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Solon Economist

More development on East Main

Erusha presents mixed-use concept to council Spring 2021 construction planned

SOLON– The landscape of Solon’s Main Street is set to change again.
At a June 17 meeting, Solon City Council members reviewed a plan by Neil Erusha, of rural Solon, to redevelop three-quarters of a city block on the northeast corner of Highway 1 and Main Street into a mix of commercial and residential use.
Erusha proposed two new two-story buildings facing Main Street and the rehabilitation of an existing building on the north end of the property.
The concept depicted accesses on Highway 1, Cedar Street and Main Street, and that’s where Mayor Steve Stange had an issue.

Local student qualifies to compete at world’s largest rodeo.

DENVER– Taylor Moore, junior at Solon High School, earned a position on the Iowa State National High School Rodeo team and will travel with fellow teammates to Guthrie, Okla., on July 17-23 to compete at the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the pole bending and cutting horse competitions.

School board tackles race

Coons pushes discussion, asks for plan addressing teaching diversity

SOLON Dan Coons thinks something needs to happen.
The Solon school board member wants to know what the district is going to do to address racism.
He asked the question during the final moments of the June 18 board meeting, during an agenda item (Talking Points) reserved for reflection and observation.
Coons said he sent the other board members an email expressing his desire to discuss the recent national struggle to deal with race relations.

Solon rides highs and lows against Tipton and Assumption

Big win at home, big loss on the road

SOLON– The Spartans scored 15 runs over two games.
But 14 came in one game and the Solon varsity baseball team split single games against Tipton and Davenport Assumption last week.
The Spartans shut out the Tigers, 14-0, at home, on June 23 and then got waylaid by the Knights the following evening, 11-1.
Freshman Blake Timmons and seniors Lucas Walker and Mathieux Rehnke combined to limit Tipton to four hits and no runs over five innings, with seven strikeouts by Walker.

Solon splits with CCA

Lady Spartans rebound for 9-2 win in nightcap

OXFORD The Lady Spartans six-game win streak ended in Oxford.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team took the opening game of a road doubleheader from Solon, 8-4, June 24, but the Lady Spartans bounced back with a convincing 9-2 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, Solon struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
But the Creek Girls grabbed control with four runs in the home half of the third.

CCA sweeps Solon

Clippers sail past Spartans in road doubleheader

TIFFIN– Solon didn’t have what it needed to get past Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
The Clippers swept the Spartan varsity baseball team June 25 in Tiffin. CCA claimed the first game 8-3 and took the nightcap 5-4 in nine innings when Clipper Ben Swails drove home teammate Brock Reade with the winning run.

Lady Spartans tackle ranked opponents

Solon sweeps rescheduled doubleheader from Central DeWitt

SOLON The Lady Spartans took on some heavy hitters.
Solons varsity softball team hosted a trio of ranked teams for a pair of weekend triangular tournaments and came away 1-2.
The Lady Spartans, ranked No. 14 in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, defeated unranked Keokuk and No. 15 (2A) Columbus Catholic (Waterloo) Friday before falling to No. 10 (5A) Ottumwa and No. 4 (5A) Iowa City High Saturday.
The Lady Spartans came into the tournament riding another winning streak, having overpowered Central DeWitt with 21 total hits and 19 runs in a home doubleheader June 25.

Under construction

5th Street intersection closed through mid-July for signal project Council updated on current projects

SOLON– It will be mid-July before the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street opens back up.
Eastbound through traffic on 5th Street has been diverted around construction of a traffic signal, and paving is scheduled for July 13-14, according to City Engineer Dave Schechinger.
During a June 17 city council meeting, Schechinger said crews are currently working on sewer and sub-drain, with subgrade scheduled for the following week. The work is expected to increase the intersection’s radius, widening the southeast corner by about 10 feet.

Splash pad back in sight

City prepares to absorb rising costs Hoping for summer 2021 opening

SOLON– The City of Solon would like to get its splash pad into the ground, but there are still costs up in the air.
It’s been a long time on the drawing board for the city’s first water park, but city officials hope to pull the project together and start construction in earnest yet this year.
At a special meeting June 10, city council members authorized a $64,518.45 down payment to Vortex Aquatic Structures International for the splash pad’s structures and recirculation equipment.
The total cost of the materials will be $215,061.50, including delivery.

23 runs good for sweep

Solon takes two from CPU Three wins in a row for Spartans

SOLON– The bats came alive against the Stormin’ Pointers.
Solon High School’s varsity baseball team swept a doubleheader from Center Point-Urbana (CPU) 10-1 and 13-3 at home June 18.
The Spartan pitchers allowed only four hits and a single earned run in the opener, while Solon’s offense knocked 14 hits, including three doubles.
The Spartans put up two runs in the bottom of the first, but broke open the game with six in the fourth inning, sandwiched by single runs in the third and fifth.

Roaring back from 0-2

Lady Spartans on a six-game tear Solon sweeps home opener against CPU

SOLON– There’s nothing like home cooking.
After dropping the first two games of a condensed season at West Delaware June 15, Solon High School’s varsity softball team returned to the friendly confines at home and promptly erased the opening day memory with six straight double-digit wins.
The Lady Spartans opened the home stand with a doubleheader against Center Point-Urbana (CPU) June 17, rolling up 11-1 and 12-0 victories. On Friday, June 19, Solon swept Maquoketa 15-3 and 10-0, and at a weekend triangular Saturday, June 20, the Lady Spartans lapped Union Community 12-2 and Durant 12-0.

Baseball is back

Spartans topple Fairfield in home opener Solon begins season with split at West Delaware

SOLON– Fans welcomed Solon’s varsity baseball team back to the diamond June 17 for a home opener against the Fairfield Trojans.
The Spartans made the most of six hits and five walks for a 9-3 win.
The victory moved Solon to 2-1 after starting the season with a doubleheader split with West Delaware June 15.
Junior Brayden Rickertson threw 4 1/3 innings on the mound, giving up four hits and two unearned runs while striking out four and walking three. Senior Sully Steen pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up an unearned run and a hit.