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Solon Economist

Solon parent pedals for autism supplies

Brad Raasch and sons trek 230 miles to assist Lakeview Elementary

SOLON– The Raasch brothers– Preston, 5, and Zander, 4– call it the Big Adventure.
Their father, Brad Raasch, calls it “the right thing to do.”
For six days in August, Raasch and his sons cycled over 230 miles– the distance equivalent to traveling from Solon to Chicago– to raise funds to purchase supplies for children on the autism spectrum at Lakeview Elementary.
Raasch set up a funding page on the Crowdsource site YouCaring, listing a target goal of $500.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if we’d make that $500,” Raasch said.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 Soup Annual Soup Supper Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 23, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features home made soups of all varieties. Previous year’s have included such traditional soups as chicken noodle and chili, and some not so traditional soups such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. The supper is all-you-can-eat, including fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts. Cost is $7 for ages 10 and up, $5 for ages 5 to 9 and free for those less than 5 years of age.

Spartan wrestlers edge Hawks, dominate Sabers

SOLON– The varsity Solon wrestlers swept a meet with West Delaware and Central DeWitt Jan. 7, moving to 9-3 on the dual season.
The Spartans edged out West Delaware, 37-34, and then dominated Central DeWitt, 45-18.
“The West Delaware meet was very close,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “Each team won seven matches, but we had more bonus points. Of our seven wins, five of them were by fall and one was a major decision. That was the difference in the meet.”
The match started at 126 pounds, and Ben Carr put the Spartans on the board with a 39-second pin over West Delaware’s Jordan Rausch.

Solon closes out against Benton, 45-42

JV squad provides spark against Bobcats

SOLON– A lot of strength and perseverance was displayed by the Lady Spartans as they defeated the Benton Bobcats at home, 45-42.
In a week that saw two games postponed due to the tragic drowning of Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Lady Spartans were called upon to perform Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Benton Bobcats.

Solon mourns loss

Body of Solon senior recovered from Coralville Lake

SOLON– A senior at Solon High School has died as a result of an accidental drowning in the Coralville Reservoir.
The body of Tanner Wymer, 17, of rural Iowa City, was recovered at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, about 20 hours after the canoe he was riding in capsized while on open water.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Wymer and Michael Felton, 51, Solon, were in a canoe on the Coralville Reservoir near Twin View Heights Sunday, Jan. 3, when the canoe capsized.

Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Jan. 24

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champion awards. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 24, from 8:30-11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Kids age 5 and under eat free. The public is invited to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography Van available in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center Mobile Mammography van will be in Solon on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The Van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic, formerly known as Solon Family Practice, is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for nearly 20 years.

Fifteen years later, Neuzil is stepping out

Supervisor Terrence Neuzil leaves Iowa for Kalamazoo Co.

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– Last month, Johnson County bid farewell to one of the area’s most well-known citizens.
Terrence Neuzil served on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for 15 years. He resigned his position to take a job as the County Administrator of Kalamazoo County, Mich.
Dec. 20 was Neuzil’s last day serving his hometown constituents.

Optimist Club to sponsor Oratorical Contest for students under age 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others,” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2015-16 year.

Solon Duals title goes to Spartans

Wrestlers run the table at dual tournament Jan. 2

SOLON– The Spartan varsity wrestlers hosted the Solon Duals Saturday, Jan. 2, and came away with the title.
Solon took first place, with Interstate 35, Keokuk, PCM (Prairie City Monroe), Davenport Central and Muscatine rounding out the results.
The Spartans notched 33 pins over the course of five rounds.
“I was very pleased with our effort throughout the day,” said head coach Blake Williams. “The guys showed a lot of fight, which is what we look for every time out on the mat. It was definitely a great team effort.”

Christmas Tree-ts

Around 200 people attended the first annual Christmas Tree Walk sponsored by Solon’s Old Gold Diner Dec. 5 at the Palmer House Stable on Main Street. Twenty-five individually decorated Christmas trees were on display throughout the day, and free-will offerings were collected for Solon nonprofit organizations. The event also featured live music, with the McAtee Trio (Sami, James and Lillee) pictured at right. (photos by Doug Lindner)