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Solon Economist

Nearad NJCAA Division II Player of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Taylor Nearad of Solon, a freshman at Kirkwood Community College, was honored by the NJCAA Division II Softball Committee Tuesday, receiving the title of 2016 Dudley® NJCAA Division II Softball Player of the Year.
Saturating the national leaderboard with her numbers, Nearad cemented her name at or near the top of every offensive statistical category this season. The freshman’s 145 hits, 129 RBI, 30 home runs and 114 runs scored all led the nation. Nearad’s .602 batting average was the third-highest in the country, while her .622 on-base percentage ranked fourth.

Spartans split with Beckman, sweep Independence

DYERSVILLE– The Solon Spartans split a baseball doubleheader on the road at Dyersville Beckman June 6 in a pair of close games.
Sophomore Luke Ira’s triple brought home Spencer Wegmann in the top of the fifth for Solon’s only run in a 2-1 loss. Zach Wegmann had two of the Spartans’ six hits. Dillon Drake suffered the loss on the mound.

Tom Wall, “gentle giant” of farming

IOWA CITY– When asked if Tom Wall had any hobbies, longtime friend Gary Milder paused for a long moment before answering:
“Working on the farm.”
Wall died May 26 after a truck collided with his tractor on the outskirts of Solon.
Wall, of rural Iowa City, was killed when a semi tractor struck his farm tractor at the intersection of Morse Road and Vincent Avenue Thursday, May 26. He was 55.

Board discusses fourth attendance center

Architects to present latest design to school board in June

SOLON– What will the Solon school district’s fourth attendance center look like?
We’ll know more later this month.
The Solon Community School District Board of Education met with Struxture Architects in a special April meetingd to consider three different design options with drawings and costs for each. The cost of a full remodel to the current middle school would be just over $10 million.

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
“The All-Star game brings high-level athletes that our community used to watch on TV into our gymnasium,” Pershing said.

The plan to preserve St. Mary’s of Newport

130-year-old structure needs new roof, siding

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
NEWPORT– There used to be a village of Newport along the road halfway between Solon and Iowa City.
St. Mary’s Church of Newport is just west on Newport Road, and if funds for its preservation are not raised, it may soon become a memory from the distant past, too.
The 130-year-old structure no longer serves a Catholic congregation as it did for the first 110 years of its existence. Even its role as a precinct polling place has fallen along the wayside.

Solon woman collects $50K on Ghostbusters lottery game

CLIVE– A Solon woman said she normally doesn’t play the lottery, but when she saw her favorite movie used as the theme for one of the Iowa Lottery’s new scratch tickets, she just had to try it.
Carrie Meyer of Solon claimed the second of 10 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s new “Ghostbusters” scratch game. She said she bought her winning ticket Sunday at Casey’s, located at 203 S. Market St. in Solon.
The 40-year-old said she scratched off her ticket later the same day and was a little disappointed at first because she thought she didn’t win.

Solon FC Soccer announces Fall 2016 Registration information

SOLON– Attention parents of students entering third through eighth grades, the Solon FC is a soccer club for boys and girls in the U14, U12 and U10 age groups. The FC is currently accepting players for the fall 2016-spring 2017 seasons. The FC is an exciting opportunity for Solon youth to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn soccer and improve their skills, play against other schools and have fun. More information about registration and Solon FC can be found online at www.solonfc.org.

May activities for Old Gold Diner

• Thank you to the Solon Senior Advocates for sponsoring the May 11 meal. Thanks to Larry Meister for giving an update on what the Advocates are up to these days.
• Bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 11 a.m., is penny bingo and, following lunch, play for prizes with black out for a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the grand prize.

Solon Senior Advocates cancel trip to LeClaire; Bluff Lake on deck

Proposed Senior Advocate trips

*Thursday, June 16: NOTE CHANGE: Galena, Ill. Leave Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:15 a.m.; $45. 11 a.m., Galena Heritage Step-on tour; 12 p.m., dine at historic DeSoto Hotel; 1:30 p.m., visit the Galena/JoDavies Co Museum (including a Galena ore mine shaft) and/or a shopping spree.
^Thursday, July 21: Kent Park/Lake Macbride: leave Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 11 a.m.; $15. Picnic in shelter at Kent Park, chat with Brad Freidhof, conservation program manager.

Boys fall to West Liberty in soccer semifinal

SOLON– The Spartans had the lead but couldn’t hang on.
Solon’s varsity boys soccer team saw its season end Wednesday, May 25, after a 3-2 loss to West Liberty in a Class 1A substate semifinal.
The Spartans held a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first period on goals by Ben Carr and Brandan Childs, but Solon gave up two unanswered scores in the second period for the difference in the game.
Carr scored his goal at the 16-minute-mark of the first period, knotting the match at 1-1 after an early strike by the Comets.

Solon pounds out 12 runs against Regina

IOWA CITY– A seven-run third inning propelled the Solon varsity baseball team to a 12-4 win over Iowa City Regina Thursday, May 26.
Solon opened the game with two runs in the first inning, a seven-spot in the third and three more runs in the fourth for a 12-0 lead before the Regals managed to muster a score.
Luke Ira and Zach Wegmann each had three RBI for Solon; Ira was 2-4 with two doubles, while Wegmann went 2-5 with two doubles.