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Solon Economist

Cities close facilities

Solon, North Liberty, Iowa City close libraries and community centers

JOHNSON COUNTY– Events are being canceled and local cities are encouraging residents to limit their interaction in response to local cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve faced in our lifetimes,” observed Solon City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.
The cities of Solon, North Liberty and Iowa City have closed their libraries and community centers effective immediately to mitigate the spread of disease.
In North Liberty, the closure is scheduled to last through Sunday, April 12.

A legacy of commitment

Kevin Miller steps down as Solon head football coach

SOLON– Head Coach Kevin Miller never missed a football practice in 19 years.
“Never. No matter how sick,” he said the day after hanging up his cleats. “I felt that’s what I needed to do to, to provide the necessary example for our players. That was my own choice.”
Miller, 49, submitted his letter of resignation from the coaching position Wednesday, March 11, and spoke to his team the same day.
A Solon native, he graduated in 1989 after his team won the school’s first state title in the fall of 1988.

Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year Award recipients named

CEDAR FALLS– Fareway Stores, Inc. and BodyArmor presented the Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year Awards, in coordination with IAwrestle and IWCOA. Three finalists from each of the three state wrestling classes and three women finalists attended an awards ceremony in advance of the premier invitational, War at West Gym.
Fans had the ability to vote once per day for the top wrestler in each category until Feb. 7 on IAwrestle.com. Public votes were tallied and the top voted wrestler received an extra vote towards the IWCOA committee vote. The following athletes were recognized as 2020 recipients:

Girls track starts strong at UD, Dickinson

COVID-19 makes it ‘wait and see’

DUBUQUE– With spring break this week, it is especially quiet in the classroom and out on the track. What lies ahead with the coronavirus pandemic should show major changes in how classroom and outside school activities are conducted through spring, in Solon, in Iowa and across the nation.
But there has been a start. For Solon’s girls, that came March 3, at the University of Dubuque. With a fourth-place finish among 20 Eastern Iowa teams, the Lady Spartans logged 40.5 points.
On the way there, they picked up first- through fifth-place points in six of the 11 indoor events.

Lady Spartan Holtkamp named to Print Sports Writers 3rd Team

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), founded in February of 2018 to carry on the tradition of newspapers selecting all-state teams for Iowa high school sports, announced its 2020 Girls Basketball All-State Teams on Tuesday, March 10.
Class 5A, West Des Moines Dowling Catholic senior Caitlin Clark was named IPSWA Miss Iowa Basketball 2020. The honor was conveyed after she averaged 33.7 points per game (scoring more than 2,500 points in her career) and shooting 50.9 percent from the field, while making 84 three-pointers.

Johnson County’s controversial ordinances in the crosshairs

Legislators take aim at the UDO’s ag regulations with bipartisan support

DES MOINES– At a public hearing for Johnson County’s controversial Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), State Representative Mary Mascher (D-86) warned, “I am asking you to listen to what the people here have to say because if you don’t, we will end up dealing with it in the legislature.”

COVID-19 presumptively confirmed in eight Iowa residents

Seven identified in Johnson County

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds Monday signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, after testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory indicated eight presumptive positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa residents.
Seven of the eight cases are Johnson County residents.

Old Mill Creek Part 4 approved

Developer calls for codified park requirements

SOLON– Another 17 residential lots and a small park area are on the way for the Old Mill Creek subdivision.
Council members approved a preliminary plat and developer’s agreement for Part 4 of the residential development at a March 4 meeting.
At the end of the meeting, however, developer Cory Hodapp recommended codification of the city’s park requirements and objected to some engineering costs.

Library board looking into solar power

New roof also needed for 19-year-old building

SOLON– Solon’s library board is exploring a new roof and the possibility of utilizing solar energy.
According to Library Director Kris Brown, the board met in January with representatives of Moxie: America’s Solar Company, of North Liberty, regarding options through a third-party lease.
The topic is on the board’s agenda for upcoming meetings, Brown told members of the Solon City Council during a March 4 meeting.

Bluder named to all-conference 2nd Team

Cusick and Shive recognized by WaMaC

SOLON– Three Solon juniors earned WaMaC Conference honors following the release of the 2019-20 All-Conference Boys Basketball teams.
David Bluder was named to the East Division’s Second Team, while Ben Cusick and Carson Shive received WaMaC Recognition, formerly Honorable Mention.

SHS presents “Freaky Friday” March 6-8

SOLON– When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.
Solon High School’s Drama Department will present a musical version of “Freaky Friday” Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at https://sc4a.ludus.com.

The Moving Wall coming in August

SOLON– A living tribute to Vietnam Veterans is coming to Johnson County in August.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, The Solon American Legion Stinocher Post #460 is proudly sharing its commitment to honor and respect those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by sponsoring the display of The Moving Wall Aug.13-17.