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Chris Umscheid

Six lanes for I-380? Yes, they will IDOT lays out plans for increasing traffic with additional lanes

NORTH LIBERTY– If you’ve grown sick of seeing the orange cones, “Jersey barriers,” and tall cranes at the Interstates 80 and 380 interchange, once that massive project is done, construction will move roughly four miles to the north.
And start a new multi-year project.

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Unleash the adventure in style

Archie’s Rent-A-Ride meets NL’s temporary transportation needs

NORTH LIBERTY– Many small businesses were started by entrepreneurs who saw a need that wasn’t being met locally. Such is the case with Archie’s Rent-A-Ride in North Liberty. Since July, Ron and Kris Mace have been providing top-notch rental cars as an offshoot of their repair shop, Archie’s Brake & Quick Lube.

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On a quest to do good

Iowa icon Carson King helps out the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, again

TIFFIN– On Sept. 14, a new Iowa icon was created. Cable sports network ESPN’s Game Day program was in Ames for the University of Iowa (UI) versus Iowa State University football game when their cameras picked up a young man named Carson King holding a cardboard sign seeking beer money. What started as a joke quickly escalated into a serious fundraiser as thousands of people from across the country responded.

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It’s wait and see for farmers on the UDO’s final wording

P&Z makes 16 recommendations, supervisors set Dec. 5 for public hearing

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5, regarding the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a document which codifies the Comprehensive Land Use Plan the Supervisors approved in 2018. Work began on the UDO soon after with over 1,000 man-hours spent by the county’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability department (PDS) crafting it.

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A two-wheeled vision for the future

MPO of Johnson County unveils bike plans at public meeting

NORTH LIBERTY– About a dozen or so people took a first-hand look at future plans for bicycle trails in the Iowa City, Coralville, Tiffin and North Liberty area at a public meeting held by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Johnson County on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Van Allen Elementary School in North Liberty.

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The changing of the guard

New voices and new roles for CCA school board

OXFORD– It was the changing of the guard Tuesday, Nov. 19, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors as Steve Swenka and Terry Davis departed at the end of their terms, and Eileen Schmidt and Jeff Tackaberry joined the seven-member board.

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Nine Bolts and three Boats will bowl for the Trojans

2019-2020 Iowa City West High boys bowling preview

IOWA CITY– Nine Liberty High School student athletes and three from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) will join the Iowa City West High’s boys bowling team this season. The Bolts (Liberty Lightning) and Boats (CCA Clippers) join 13 West High Trojans.
Mike Mellecker is the coach for the Trojans (Mellecker also coaches the girls’ team, as well) with a 69-110 career record. West High went 8-14 last season.

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Liberty’s Lauren Strauser to bowl for Trojans

2019-2020 Iowa City West High girls bowling preview

IOWA CITY– Liberty High senior Lauren Strauser will be the sole Bolt on the Iowa City West High girls bowling team this season. Liberty bowlers and swimmers have competed with West High in shared programs since Liberty’s founding.
Mike Mellecker is the coach for the Women of Troy (Mellecker also coaches the boys’ team) with a 68-129 career record. West High went 3-18 last season.

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No preseason love from the IGHSAU for CCA or Liberty

North Scott and City High are No.1 in preseason basketball rankings

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) released its 2019-20 preseason girls basketball rankings on Friday, Nov. 22, for all five classes.
Neither Class 4A Clear Creek Amana (CCA), nor 5A Liberty High made it into the listing of the top-15 teams across the state.

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Experience and hard work should make the Bolts’ ballers completive this season

2019-2020 Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball preview

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High School varsity boys’ basketball team was tested in battle, they’ve grown, and they’re working on becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC). The Lightning are starting their third season of varsity competition with Head Coach Stu Ordman.

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Not the chow line they were used to

CCA Middle School’s annual Veterans Breakfast thanked those who served

TIFFIN– Just as they had done countless times years ago, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines “fell in” for the chow line. This time however, instead of grumpy mess sergeants and privates on KP duty, they were greeted by smiling middle school student council members who happily filled their red, white and blue decorated plates with pastries, breakfast pizza and even biscuits and gravy.

It’s wait and see for farmers

P&Z makes 16 recommendations, supervisors set Dec. 5 for public hearing

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5, regarding the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a document which codifies the Comprehensive Land Use Plan the Supervisors approved in 2018. Work began on the UDO soon after with over 1,000 man-hours spent by the county’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability department (PDS) crafting it.