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Solon Economist

Offense + defense equals 11-0 start

Emily Ira strikes out 29 in two games as Lady Spartans roll

SOLON– When the offense is sputtering, put Emily Ira on the mound.
Twice in the last week, Coach Jim White’s Lady Spartan softball team was able to preserve an undefeated season by riding strike-out happy Ira’s pitching arm.
Ira struck out 16 batters in a 1-0 victory over Benton Community (No. 4 in Class 3A), and 13 against Highland in a 4-0 win over the weekend.
But in fairness to the rest of the Solon pitching staff and the team’s defense, no one scored an earned run against the Lady Spartans last week.

Solon Sluggers make donation to food pantry

The Solon Sluggers, a 13U baseball team that has been together five years, donated food and funds from their second annual Solon Survivor Extreme 5K race to the Solon Community Pantry Monday, April 14. Pictured are: (front) Adam Bock, Aidan Dall and Mason Stahle; (middle) Cam McQuinn, Kale Altman, Andy Brokaw and Ben McAtee; (back) Coach Carl Stahle, Jake Roskopf, Ryan Geistkemper, Eric Weetman, Clay Gerdin and Andy DeValk. Not Pictured: Coaches Jeff Geistkemper and Mike Gerdin. (photo by Carol Tobias)

Master Gardener Hortline spring hours

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Master Gardeners are staffing the spring season Hortline service for area homeowners and garden enthusiasts. The Hortline, staffed by volunteers, will be open from 9 until 11a.m. every Monday and Friday plus 3 until 5 p.m. every Wednesday. You may speak to a Master Gardener by calling 319-337-2145, leave a message, email or stop by the Johnson County Extension Office, located adjacent to the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds at 3109 Old HWY 218 S. You may email your questions to Shannon at bielicke@iastate.edu.

WIC benefits available statewide on a first-come, first-serve basis

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans.
The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through Oct. 31.

Oversight corrected

Solon Vietnam vet receives Purple Heart 45 years later

RURAL SOLON– On April 22, 1969, Ronald “Steve” Durr was standing in the back of an Air Force C-123 cargo plane as it was departing a Special Forces camp deep in the jungles of Vietnam. It was a mission the staff sergeant and his crew had flown many times as they brought in vital supplies to the Green Berets, landing just long enough for Durr, the crew’s loadmaster, to send the cargo down the plane’s loading ramp as it took off again. The area was known to be a hotbed of enemy activity, and on this day the Viet Cong made their presence known.

Old Gold to host premier of Little Brown Church movie

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting the premiere showing of “The Little Brown Church in the Vale: The Movie” Tuesday, June 17, at the Solon United Methodist Church.
The movie is produced and directed by Oskaloosa native Brian Hanson, now of Franklin, Tennessee.
“The Little Brown Church in the Vale: The Movie” is the delightful story of The Little Brown Church, the “Church in the Wildwood” song that made it famous, and the people whose lives have been touched by this “little brown church” in Nashua.