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Solon Economist

This Was Their Year

Nearad, Ira combine to power Lady Spartans past No. 2 Benton

SOLON– It was the match-up everyone expected.
Benton Community and Solon had split a regular season doubleheader in Van Horne when the Bobcats were the number-one team in Class 3A, and the Lady Spartans were ranked second.
The rematch in the 3A softball championship game Friday at the Rogers Sports Complex near Fort Dodge didn’t disappoint, at least for Solon fans.
Senior Taylor Nearad’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning provided the margin of victory, and senior Emily Ira struck out 14 batters to power Solon past Benton to a final score of 3-1.

Sizzlin’ Beef Days

Solon’s Shelby Gunnells heaves for 8 feet in the women’s division of the Solon Beef Days Hay Bale Toss Friday, July 17, on Main Street in Solon. It was a particularly hot Beef Days, with temperatures ranging in the 90s and humidity making it feel about 10 degrees hotter. (photo by Doug Lindner)

City, school to cooperate on upgrades

8-foot sidewalks to serve as trail connection

SOLON– The school and city have forged an agreement to hopefully provide 8-foot sidewalks linking the new middle school with the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).
Members of both the Solon school board and the Solon City Council unanimously approved a 28E agreement last week addressing sidewalks, utilities, signage and other infrastructure improvements relating to the new middle school.

Dance Team can drive Aug. 7

SOLON– The Solon Dance Team will hold a can drive on Friday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Solon High School parking lot. The dance team is raising funds, so any donations are appreciated. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Contact Marjorie Lane at 624-3401, ext. 1116, for collection bags and to schedule pick up.

Clothing sought for Solon 175th anniversary style show

SOLON– Clothing wanted! In conjunction with the celebration of Solon’s 175th Anniversary, a committee from the GFWC Solon’s Women’s Club is preparing a style show. The committee is seeking items of clothing that would be applicable for the Style Show. Persons wishing to share clothing items may contact Sandy Phillips at 319-363-2210 or via email at eaglemere50@gmail.com. It is hoped that contributors might like to participate by wearing a piece of their clothing in the Style Show. The Committee extends its appreciate to those who are able to help.

Solon United Methodist Church to celebrate 175th

Celebration set for Sunday, Aug. 30

SOLON– As the community of Solon prepares to celebrate its 175th year– a quartoseptcentennial, according to Wikipedia– one of Solon’s longest-standing institutions will also turn 175 years old this fall.
Solon United Methodist Church will host a 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30, to commemorate the church’s origin, history and accomplishments over the last century and three-quarters.

Cring & Clazzy to perform at Solon Methodist Church July 26

SOLON– Jonathan Cring and Janet Clazzy have been dubbed by a recent reviewer as “the biggest two-piece band in America.”
The duo will appear on Sunday, July 26, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church, 122 N. West Street in Solon.
Cring and Clazzy will share an entertaining and inspirational program called “567: Go Tell it from the Mount,” a modern-day look at The Sermon on the Mount, using music, stories and song.

RAGBRAI route

Keep your eyes out for about 15,000 people in Solon Friday, July 24, as RAGBRAI rolls through town. The designated route brings riders west on Sutliff Road from Lisbon, then south on Hwy 1, then west on Rock Street, then south on Dubuque Street, then west on Main Street, then south on Racine Avenue, then west on 180th Street (5th Street).

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Fall Flag Football registration

Fall Flag Football registration is open and available until Aug. 7. All Pre-K through fourth grade Solon students should have brought home a registration form. Pre-K through fourth graders can register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/.
Registration forms are also available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website or can be picked up at city hall. The coaches meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon City Hall. Practices can start the following week.

Solon man accused of sexual abuse

IOWA CITY– A Solon man has been charged with sexual abuse in the third degree, A Class C felony, and willful injury causing injury, a Class D felony, after a June incident at an Iowa City business.
According to a criminal complaint, Donald E. Born, 49, of Solon, is accused of assaulting an employee at Iowa Business Supply in Iowa City at approximately 4 p.m. on June 11.

No. 1 Solon faces No. 8 Center Point-Urbana in 3A semifinal Thursday July 23

FORT DODGE– It took the Solon Lady Spartans only three innings to take care of business in the opening round of the 2015 Iowa State Softball Tournament.
No. 1-ranked Solon clobbered unranked Clarke 18-0 in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, July 21, at the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex north of Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans will face Center Point-Urbana (CPU) in a 3A semifinal Thursday, July 23, at 11 a.m. on Buena Vista University Field, with the winner advancing to the title game Friday at 12:15 p.m. on the same field.

Solon falls to Marion in substate baseball

SOLON– It wasn’t the postseason they’d been hoping for.
The Solon varsity baseball team fell to Marion 9-1 in a district semifinal Friday, July 17, in Solon.
Marion pitcher David Kuhn held the Spartans to a single hit and the Indians broke the game open in the third inning with six runs.
The Spartans ended the season 22-16, but were 12-4 down the stretch of the regular season, including doubleheader sweeps of Clear Creek Amana, Anamosa, Western Dubuque and Maquoketa.
Solon defeated Washington 10-3 on the road in the regular season finale July 14.