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Solon Economist

Solon’s Maggie Snider wins second national fencing title

RICHMOND, Va.– Maggie Snider of Solon competed in the USA Fencing North American Cup, taking first place in the Division 1A Women’s Epee event. The event included top youth, college and adult fencers from around the country. 
With this win, Snider clinched first place for the 2016-2017 season of USA Fencing Division 1-A Women’s Epee. This is her second career national title, and her first division win.
Snider trains at the Iowa City Fencing Center (ICFC) with Judy O’Donnell, and she is coached in competition by 2012 USA Olympic Head Coach Roberto Sobalvarro. 

Passing the baton

Ambition twirlers carry on tradition started by Golden Girls

IOWA CITY– Longtime Hawkeye fans remember Diana Reed as the “Golden Girl,” the baton twirler who performed with the University of Iowa (UI) Marching Band at football games and won the title of “Miss Iowa” in 2007.
Jessica Baker, 23, remembers Reed as the teacher and coach of Diana’s Golden Twirlers, the program Reed founded to offer twirling classes for an eager group of kids which included Jess and her younger sister Julia.

Waterfowlers honor missing friend, hunter

Solon waterfowlers hold autumn hunt in memory of Tanner Wymer

SOLON– A clear day, light southeast wind; with temperatures in the low 50s. It would be a great morning for a mid-autumn walk. Not so much for attracting geese to a picked corn field.
A small flock had worked the 30 decoys dotting the corn stubble west of nine layout blinds just outside Solon Oct. 23.
“Two geese were close enough for a shot, but we held up, thinking the group might circle once more,” explained Colton Dall.
It did not. Still, it was not a washout. A couple hunters worked a wooded creek, about 70 yards away, dropping a duck.

Lady Spartans pick up first win

Solon girls move to 2-2 with win over Washington

SOLON– The Lady Spartans turned up the pressure, and with it came the first win of the season.
Fueled by 28 total steals, half of them from senior Josie Durr, Solon routed Independence 59-24 during a home non-conference varsity basketball game Nov. 29.
Durr led all scorers with 25 points and added eight rebounds to pace the team. Junior Sam Miller added six points, as did junior Brianna Smith and sophomore Gabby Marty. Smith had six rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, while Marty pulled down five boards.

Spartans lose OT thriller to Pointers

Solon drops to 1-1 after opening win at Indee

SOLON– It went down to the wire.
The Solon Spartans and the Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Stormin’ Pointers took a varsity boys basketball match-up into overtime Dec. 2 in Solon.
CP-U held Solon to just three points in the extra period to prevail, 74-69, handing the Spartans their first loss of the season.
Solon dropped to 1-1, having won the Nov. 29 season opener on the road at Independence, 58-41.

Solon takes 4th at talent-packed Independence tournament

INDEPENDENCE– Solon wrestling proved itself a contender at its first tournament of the season last weekend.
The varsity Solon wrestlers took fourth place at the 25-team invitational in Independence, finishing with 227 team points and a pair of runner-up titles after two days of 3A, 2A and 1A competition.
“I thought we had a pretty strong showing,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “It was the toughest tournament hands down in the state of Iowa this first weekend.”

Creek Boys pick up first win

CCA falls to W. Delaware but slips past Regals, 61-58

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TIFFIN– Coach Brandon Clubb and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers earned their first win of the season Saturday, Dec. 3, at home against Iowa City Regina in a boys-girls varsity doubleheader. The Creek Boys slipped past the Regals, 61-50, for a 1-2 showing early in the season.
Tyler Hallett led the Clippers with 16 points and a dozen rebounds with support from Tate Thomsen (14 points), Corey Siders (10 points) and Tyler Schrepfer (nine points).

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be homemade candy as well as crafts, decorations and other gift items. The sale will be held at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at SUMC Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting its second annual Christmas Tree Walk at the Solon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (change of venue) Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Solon KC Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 4, at St. Mary

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. Gifts bags and crafts will be available for children who visit Santa.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes.

High speed chase ends east of Solon

Juvenile girl critically injured in crash

SOLON– A high-speed chase between troopers and a Des Moines man listed on the state’s sex offender registry ended east of Solon Nov. 22.
Jeffery D. Rangel, 20, of Des Moines, was charged by an Iowa State Patrol trooper with eluding resulting in injury, a Class D felony, after a chase began on Interstate 80 and reached speeds of 116 mph on Highway 1 between Iowa City and Solon.

Cost of sheriff’s contract to increase

Pulkrabek makes annual visit to city council

SOLON– The cost of the city’s contract with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is going up by about $3,500.
The sheriff’s office currently provides 34 hours of weekly law enforcement to the City of Solon at a cost of $41 per hour. That hourly cost will increase $2 an hour, to $43, beginning in July 2017.
It was not unexpected news.
The sheriff’s office instituted a policy of increasing its hourly rates every other year and, with that understanding, the city upped the number of contract hours from 32 to 34 last year.