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Solon Economist

Boys ninth at conference, district next

IOWA CITY– It was Mount Vernon’s race to win or lose, and the Mustangs responded with four top-10 runners at the WaMaC cross country meet Oct. 16 to stride away with the title. Mount Vernon’s 40 points– the totaled places of its top five runners– provided a comfortable margin at the University of Iowa Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City.

Lady Spartans roll over Anamosa

VINTON– The postseason has arrived for the Solon volleyball team.
The Lady Spartans swept Anamosa to end the regular season Oct. 14, and then rebounded from an opening loss to Maquoketa in WaMaC pool play Oct. 16 to defeat Benton Community and Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
Solon was scheduled to face Center Point-Urbana in WaMaC bracket play Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Mount Vernon.

Stealing the spotlight

Solon native Riese Lutz to compete in Mr. Gay USofA Pageant

That penchant for the limelight continued throughout his life. Now, Lutz will compete in the Mr. Gay USofA pageant in San Antonio, Texas this November.
Though this is Lutz’s first year competing in pageants solo, he is no stranger to the stage. He spent several years traveling and working as a backup dancer for drag queens and previous pageant contestants. But being in the background was nearly impossible for someone who was born to be the star.
“After a couple of years, they were like, ‘Riese, you’re stealing the show,’” Lutz said. “They told me now was my time.”

Eastern Iowa orchid show Oct. 18 and 19 at Noelridge Park in CR

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society, in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce The Third Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show and Sale on Oct. 18 and 19, at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse, 4900 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.
The show is free and open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Solon blood drive Oct. 27

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, at 1749 Racine Ave. NE, inside the St. Mary Catholic Church Fellowship Hall.
To donate, please contact Kevin Hayes at 319-430-0670 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Solon brothers return to play in Gabe’s Iowa City Oct. 18

IOWA CITY– Joe and Jake Anderson will be returning to Gabe’s nightclub in Iowa City for a second time. The two brothers, originally from Solon, and now centered in St. Paul, Minnesota have formed the heavy-metal band Cantharone. Cantharone will be playing at Gabe’s Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 18. The band will be playing songs from their second EP, scheduled to be released Oct. 31. Cantharone will be playing with The Savage Hacks, ASEETHE and Jucifer. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Must be 19 years old to attend and there is a $10 admission charge for this show.

Solon’s Sam Miller is finalist for Superintendent of the Year

CLIVE– Sam Miller, superintendent of the Solon Community School District, was a finalist for the 2014-15 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa.
“SAI is pleased to recognize leaders who are dedicated to advancing student achievement by providing students a quality education,” said Dan Smith, the association’s executive director.

Battery Up Oct. 18

Solon firefighters will help you change your smoke alarm batteries

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department is urging families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And the department members are ready to help.
From 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Spartans smother Cardinals

SOLON– The defense made some big hits and the offense made some big plays.
And that added up to a 42-0 win for the Solon Spartan football team Friday night against visiting Maquoketa.
The Spartans moved to 6-1 on the season with a conference showdown set for Friday, visiting 5-2 Western Dubuque at Epworth. Western Dubuque remains undefeated in Class 3A District 4 competition, with Cedar Rapids Xavier and Solon close behind, each sporting a single loss.
Maquoketa dropped to 1-6.
Solon scored early and often Friday at Spartan Stadium, taking a 28-0 lead into halftime.

West Delaware halts Lady Spartan comeback

Solon can’t overcome unforced errors in 3-1 loss to No. 2 team

SOLON– West Delaware came into its match with Solon having lost only a single game in the season.
Afterward, the No. 2 volleyball squad in Class 4A had only lost two.
West Delaware came to Solon for a WaMaC East showdown Oct. 9, and came away with a 3-1 win over the No.1-ranked (3A) Lady Spartans.
Solon fell behind 2-0 in closely-contested sets (25-22, 25-23) and roared back to take the third set 25-11, but West Delaware returned the favor in the decisive fourth set with a 25-16 win.

Prelude to postseason: Girls sixth at North Linn

TROY MILLS– It will take a couple leaders to push the pack as Solon’s cross country season races into the home stretch. Thursday’s WaMaC conference meet is followed by the state qualifying meet one week later.
Leading into that stretch, the Spartans are coming off the North Linn meet, with 18 (girls) and 19 (boys) full teams and several incomplete (less than five runners) squads circling the crowded Troy Mills campus. The boys were 11th, with just two top-50 runners in the crowded 1A through 3A field. The girls edged Central Clinton of DeWitt for the sixth spot.

Boys

Tried and true, or fresh and new?

NL voters will be asked to choose Nov. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The candidates for North Liberty mayor set the dichotomy between themselves early in an Oct. 8 forum held in the North Liberty City Council chambers.
Incumbent North Liberty Mayor Gerry Kuhl will face resident Amy Nielsen in the Nov. 4 election.
In his opening statement, Kuhl said that while he brings years of background in city government to the chair, his opponent has never served on a city board or commission.