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Chris Umscheid

An event for the whole community to participate in, virtually

CCA school board approves the student leadership council Homecoming plan

OXFORD– It is doubtful any aspect of the school year is left untouched by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the annual fall tradition of Homecoming. The student leadership council at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School, in Tiffin, wrestled with how to continue the time-honored celebration while balancing health and safety concerns. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, members of the council, along with teacher and advisor Matt Trosky, presented a plan to the district’s school board of directors for approval.

They’re going back to school

Lower COVID-19 positivity rates allow ICCSD to return to classrooms on Sept. 28

IOWA CITY– On Monday, Sept. 28, students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) will report to their classrooms for the first time this academic year.
The district opened the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in a 100 percent virtual (all online) format after receiving a waiver from the Iowa Department of Education, which lifted a requirement for at least 50 percent of learning being delivered in-person, due to COVID-19 positivity rates greater than 15 percent in Johnson County.

Moving in the right direction

NLFD cuts response times, expands paid staff, and takes delivery of a new fire engine

NORTH LIBERTY– When it comes to emergency services, minutes count.
A person not breathing begins to suffer brain damage in three minutes, and it becomes irreversible by nine minutes. A person in cardiac arrest (not breathing and no pulse) has his or her chance of survival drop 10 percent with every minute. Fire doubles in size every minute. For firefighters, this reality translates into a relentless quest to minimize response times.

Moving in the right direction

NLFD cuts response times, expands paid staff, and takes delivery of a new fire engine

NORTH LIBERTY– When it comes to emergency services, minutes count.
A person not breathing begins to suffer brain damage in three minutes, and it becomes irreversible by nine minutes. A person in cardiac arrest (not breathing and no pulse) has his or her chance of survival drop 10 percent with every minute. Fire doubles in size every minute. For firefighters, this reality translates into a relentless quest to minimize response times.

Creek Boys roll over the Bobcats

CCA dominates Benton Community, 49-3

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team improved to 2-2 on the season (1-1 in Class 3A District 6) with a 49-3 shelling of the visiting Benton Community Bobcats Friday, Sept. 18, in Tiffin.
The Clippers opened the contest with Gage Freeman, a junior, taking the opening kickoff on an 85-yard sprint for a touchdown. Anthony Hennes, a senior, booted the extra point kick through the uprights, and the Creek Boys had a 7-0 lead only 11 seconds into the game.

Mustangs hold off the Creek Girls

CCA falls, 3-1, to Independence in close match

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team dipped to 8-3 on the season in the wake of a 3-1 WaMaC West Conference loss on the road in Independence. The Mustangs held off the Clippers taking the first set, 25-20, and the second set, 25-23. The Creek Girls rallied back for a third set, 29-27, win, but came up short, 25-21, in the fourth and final set.
Junior Calia Clubb led the Clippers’ offense with 18 kills, while senior Hailey Pollock put up a dozen. Pollock also had a pair of solo blocks and two ace serves in the contest, as well.

Outnumbered but making a statement

Supporters of President Trump sail the Coralville Reservoir on Labor Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County has long been a bastion of the Democratic Party, with 57,631 (active and non-active) registered voters as of Sept. 1, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. In contrast, the Republican Party has 20,693 (active and non-active) registered voters in the county in its ranks.
Despite being heavily outnumbered, Johnson County Republicans took to the Coralville Reservoir and Mehaffey Bridge on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7, to show support for President Donald Trump during a “Make the Rez Great Boat Parade.”

Ranshaw House renovation moves forward

NL council approves bid after reductions

NORTH LIBERTY– Phase Two of the renovation of the historic Ranshaw House, in North Liberty, was granted the green light Tuesday, Sept. 8, as the North Liberty City Council approved a bid from Wolfe Contracting, Inc., of Muscatine.

Moxie moves out, Casey’s moves in

NL council approves site plan for new Casey’s store

NORTH LIBERTY– Recently, Moxie Solar moved its operation to a new location along Cherry Street. Soon, a new Casey’s convenience store will be built on the former Moxie site, and that of Liberty Motors, at the corner of Highway 965 and Westwood Drive.

Creek Girls go 3-1 in West’s Caroline Found VB tourney

CCA hosts annual memorial event

TIFFIN– Due to the Iowa City Community School District conducting 100 percent online classes, all sports and other extra-curricular events are on hold until the district resumes at least 50 percent on-site education. Because of this, the annual Caroline Found Invitational Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Iowa City West High in honor of Found, a West High student and volleyball standout who died in a moped accident in 2011, was in jeopardy of being cancelled.

Creek Girls go 3-1 in West’s Caroline Found VB tourney

CCA hosts annual memorial event

TIFFIN– Due to the Iowa City Community School District conducting 100 percent online classes, all sports and other extra-curricular events are on hold until the district resumes at least 50 percent on-site education. Because of this, the annual Caroline Found Invitational Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Iowa City West High in honor of Found, a West High student and volleyball standout who died in a moped accident in 2011, was in jeopardy of being cancelled.

Creek Boys fall in rainy slog against the Saints

CR Xavier Catholic tops Clear Creek Amana, 30-7

CEDAR RAPIDS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team dipped to 1-2 on the season as they fell 30-7 to undefeated (3-0) Cedar Rapids Xavier Catholic Friday, Sept. 11, at Saints Field.
The Creek Boys caught a lucky break halfway through the first quarter when the Saints fumbled the ball on a third-and-goal, and Mark Gorbatenko recovered for the Clippers. Unfortunately, the ensuing Clipper drive failed, and the period ended in a 0-0 stalemate.