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Archive - 2020

October 1st

Council OKs “shouse”

Board of adjustment approves conditional use for shop house

SOLON– It’s a shop. It’s a house.
It’s a “shouse.”
Solon City Council members approved a combination building to be used as a principal residence on Solon’s south side during a Sept. 16 meeting.
The council action backed up a decision by the Board of Adjustment (BOA) on the previous night to allow a conditional use request by Mike Bails for a one-acre corner lot at 1809 Racine Ave.
City Administrator Cami Rasmussen said Bails brought the idea for a combined storage building and living quarters to her a while back.
“It was unusual, didn’t clearly fit into the zoning code,” she said.

Soothe-ing influence

Alicia Bogard wants her massage therapy business to provide relief

SOLON– These are stressful times, and Alicia Bogard hopes people make the time to take care of themselves.
It’s hard for people to realize how deeply the events of this year have impacted them, and like never before, time to heal is needed, she said.
Bogard is hoping to provide calm in the storm with Soothe, the massage therapy studio she opened in February.
“Massage isn’t just for your muscles, it’s so therapeutic for your mind and your emotions, too,” she said. “In that space of time, you’re receiving nurturing and kindness, things that are so important for our well-being.”

CCA Trap Club in action against Iowa City

Quintin Becicka, Sam Pettinger, Emily Bernacki and Wyatt Adams take individual honorsQuintin Becicka, Sam Pettinger, Emily Bernacki and Wyatt Adams take individual honors

HOMESTEAD– Clear Creek Amana’s Trap Club competed against a partial Iowa City squad Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Amana Sportsmen’s Club in Homestead.
Top Team Overall — Quintin Becicka 50, Sam Pettinger 48, Emily Bernacki 47, Dillon Schmidt 47, Jackson Tandy 47.
Top Squad – 211 — Jacob VanZante, Mitchell Barney, Adam Krotz, Kale Locklear, Declan Adams.
Individuals — 1, Quintin Becicka, 50. 2, Dillon Schmidt, 47. 3, Jackson Tandy, 47.
JV Individuals
Boys — 1, Sam Pettinger, 48. 2, Drake Schmidt, 40. 3, Ryan Humphrey, 40.

Creek Girls hold off the Stormin’ Pointers for 3-0 sweep

CCA slips past CPU with nine kills from Etscheidt, eight from Clubb

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 9-3 overall, 3-1 in the WaMaC West, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at home, as they swept the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana, 3-0.
The Clippers dominated the first set, 25-12, and overcame deficits in the second and third games for 26-24 and 25-23 wins for the match victory.
Junior Morgan Etscheidt led the Clippers with nine kills, backed up by fellow junior Calia Clubb with eight and senior Hailey Pollock’s six.

The Barkers again lead the way for CCA XC

Brandon Barker wins, Haidyn Barker third in Kennedy High’s Eastern Iowa XC Classic

CEDAR RAPIDS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) cross country squads ran in Cedar Rapids Kennedy High’s 2020 Eastern Iowa Cross Country Classic on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, giving the Clippers a shot at competing with metro-area Class 4A squads.
CCA’s varsity boys took the runner-up spot with senior Brandon Barker winning the event in 16:33.48 after maintaining a lead throughout the race. Gavin Zillyette, a junior, finished fourth in 17:15.91. The host Cougars took the team title with 37 team points to the Creek Boys’ 52.

Lightning go 4-0 in home volleyball tourney

Cassidy Hartman shells Liberty’s opponents with 33 kills

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning are back, and they’re fully charged. Liberty High’s varsity volleyball team returned to the floor after a three-week pause due to the Iowa City Community School District opting to start the 2020-2021 academic year in a 100 percent online setting in response to COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. With positivity rates well below 15 percent, the district planned to return to a hybrid (virtual and on-site) education model on Monday, Sept. 28, which green-lighted sports and other extra-curricular activities to resume on Saturday, Sept. 26.

A very special win for the Creek Boys

CCA rolls over Newton 41-14, and honors a great man

NEWTON– On Sunday, Sept. 20, John Michael “Mike” Hennes died unexpectedly. His death sent shockwaves through the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community as he was an alumnus of the former Clear Creek High School, and dad to CCA athletes. Friday morning, Sept. 25, his funeral was held in Oxford. That evening, his son Anthony joined his teammates on the varsity football team with a Class 3A district game in Newton. In honor of his dad, Anthony Hennes wore a specially crafted jersey bearing the number 41, Mike’s number, in place of his usual number 15.

Is Trick-or-Treating happening?

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween is coming up, but it will look different than years past because, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson County Public Health and other experts caution traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives; although interactions door-to-door are typically quick, they usually involve close and frequent contact, the conditions spreading SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus causing COVID-19. Often, many kids and families gather at doors or on sidewalks and the more households they visit, the greater chance germs are spread and linger.

Removed and replaced

Lulu Merle Johnson is the county’s new namesake

IOWA CITY– Johnson County has a new namesake.
Lulu Merle Johnson, Ph.D., replaces Richard Mentor Johnson as the county’s eponym (namesake) through action by the county board of supervisors during a Wednesday, Sept. 23, work session.
Dr. Johnson (1907-1995) was born in Southwest Iowa and entered the University of Iowa (UI) in 1925 as one of at least 64 black students (14 women).

Clippers’ Homecoming Court announced

2020 King and Queen were crowned in virtual event on Sept. 30

TIFFIN– Homecoming at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School looks very different this year due to concerns and considerations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the traditional parade and dance indefinitely postponed in the name of safety.