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Solon Economist

Solon public library

Dates to remember:

Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime: Join us each week as we sing songs, read books, play games and make crafts! For children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers. Held weekly. During the month of January the theme puzzlers! There will not be story time programming on Tuesday, Dec. 26, or Tuesday, Jan. 2. Enjoy the holidays!
Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.: Your Space: (fifth-12th grade) Snacks and space for board games, Wii, and hanging out. Held on school days only.

Lady Spartans rebound on the road,

Solon girls hold off West Delaware 49-40

MANCHESTER– Juniors Erin Kerkhoff, Gabby Marty, Taylor Ryan and Abby Smith, along with senior Brianna Smith started, in Manchester, as the Lady Spartans took the court, clad in their charcoal colored travel uniforms, against West Delaware. The Lady Spartans made Christmas special this year, snatching a win from the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, before the Christmas break on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Fourth quarter surge, 65-58

Spartans close out 2017 with wins over West Delaware, Keokuk

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SOLON– Trailing by four points heading into the fourth quarter, the Spartans needed some defensive stops and they got them.
Solon’s varsity boys seized control in the final minutes of the basketball game to defeat West Delaware, 65-58, at home Dec. 19.
The Spartans held the Hawks to just seven points in the final eight minutes after being down 51-47 at the end of the third.

Middle school wrestling finishes strong

SOLON– The Solon Middle School wrestling team finished up a strong season on Friday, Dec. 8, with a meet in Williamsburg. This year’s team bolstered an impressive number of 32 athletes from seventh and eighth grade and was composed of wrestlers with varying levels of experience including 15 newcomers to the sport. Despite their inexperience, the Spartans wrestled tough from the start of the season to the finish and compiled a season record of 259-227 over their nine competitions.

Jerry Linderbaum alumni hoops tournament

Saturday, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. Sign up or check in at the high school gym. Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant. Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.

Council debates Gallery Acres

Connection fee, doubled water rate proposed

SOLON– There was good and bad, but it didn’t get ugly.
The pros and cons of extending residential water service to a rural subdivision three miles outside the city limits were extensively discussed Wednesday, Dec. 13, during a two-hour work session by the Solon City Council.
Council members were asked to submit any questions necessary to make a decision on Gallery Acres West’s (GAW) request by the end of the year, and they waded through staff responses, with follow-up questions, and listened to opinions from the city engineer and public works director.

Doc. Davis Joins Dr. Brian Huedepohl in new Pet Health Center of Solon

SOLON– Dr. Rob Davis and the Davis Vet Clinic announced a new veterinary clinic in Solon. On Jan. 1, the Davis Vet Clinic will join the Pet Health Center of Solon. Dr. Davis will continue to work at the new clinic. As Dr. Davis puts it, he is not ready to hang up his hat yet, but after 35 years of being the boss, he is ready to have somebody new take over management.
Dr. Brian Huedepohl, partner/owner of Pet Health Center, said “We feel with a veterinarian of Dr. Davis’ caliber and experience joining us, we can continue to provide excellent veterinary care in the Solon area.”

Jerry Linderbaum alumni tournament, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. Sign up or check in at the high school gym. Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant. Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.

Solon wrestlers take first at Regina

Solon wrestlers put loss to West Delaware behind them,

SOLON– Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams didn’t want Thursday’s results to carry over to Saturday.
The Spartan varsity wrestlers were handed a convincing 48-23 loss by West Delaware at home Dec. 14.
“Although it was a disappointing night, the message to the team was learn from it and to put it behind us,” Williams said. “It is a quick turnaround Saturday.”
The team responded with an overwhelming win at the 14-team Regina Invitational Dec. 16.

Spartans surge

The Solon boys split a pair of conference games

SOLON–The Spartan varsity basketball team ran away late from Anamosa in a 62-48 home win Dec. 12, but fell to Beckman Catholic at Dyersville, 70-60.
The loss dropped Solon to 4-2 on the season.
Hosting Anamosa, the Spartans took control of the game in the second quarter, limiting the Blue Raiders to just three points for a 20-16 halftime edge.
Solon added cushion to the lead in the third quarter and held a 46-36 advantage heading into the fourth.

Lady Spartans let two get away

Solon girls fall to Anamosa, 55-36, and Beckman, 57-43

SOLON– Solon’s girls dropped to 2-7 last week with losses to Anamosa and Dyersville Beckman.
The Lady Spartans traveled to Anamosa on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and came out flat, losing 55-36. It was the return to play of Solon junior Taylor Ryan.
Solon kept pace with the Raiders in the first quarter, trailing 15-12, but the Blue Raiders silenced the Lady Spartans in the second period, outscoring them 14-1, for a 29-13 halftime score.

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Monday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservation.