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Chris Umscheid

Reynolds’ proclamation calls for schools to reopen next month

ICCSD and CCA to revise and finalize their Return to Learn plans

VAN METER– Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation directing the state’s school districts to facilitate on-site, in-person learning when the 2020-21 school year begins next month. Reynolds signed the proclamation on Friday, July 17, and held a press conference in Van Meter.

Special election set for Sept. 1 in Tiffin

Winner will fill city council vacancy

TIFFIN– A special election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Tiffin to fill a vacant seat on the city council.
Council member Rodney Walls resigned on May 28 with the council accepting his resignation on June 9. Six residents submitted applications for possible appointment to the council, which took up discussion of appointment or election during a work session and regular meeting on Tuesday, July 14.
Councilman Eric Schnedler moved and Councilman Al Havens seconded a motion to fill the appointment by special election which was approved unanimously.

Creek Boys tame Tigers, CCA tops Grinnell, 6-5

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball club improved to 13-4 overall with a 6-5 non-conference win over Grinnell, a member of the Little Hawkeye Conference, on Monday, July 13, in Tiffin.
The Tigers scored one run in the top of the first inning and attempted a late rally with four runs in the top of the seventh. The Clippers plated one run in the bottom of the second and the third, followed with three runs in the fourth and the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Creek Girls fall in 4A regional semifinal against the Demons

Washington prevails 3-1 over Clear Creek Amana

OXFORD– The COVID-19-shortened season ended for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team Saturday, July 18, on its home diamond as the Washington (Iowa) Demons won a Class 4A regional semifinal game 3-1. The visitors did their damage early, scoring all three runs in the top of the first inning.

Lightning scorches the Prairie Hawks with 10-run inning

Liberty advances to regional final with 12-0 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team came one game closer to a potential first-ever state tournament appearance Saturday, July 18, in an inter-Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) duel as the Valley Division Lightning faced the Mississippi Division Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie.
The Bolts scorched the birds 12-0 in the Class 5A regional semifinal game, at home, and advanced to a regional final against Valley Division foe Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Bolts survive Indians

Liberty High baseball circles wagons for 8-5 win over Marion

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity baseball team improved to 10-5 on the short season with an 8-5 non-conference win at home on Tuesday, July 14, over the WaMaC Conference’s Marion Indians.
Both squads plated a run in the first inning. The Lighting flashed for one run each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth. The Bolts unleashed a five-run blitz in the bottom of the sixth, after the Indians scored a run in the top half of the inning. Liberty survived a late rally by Marion in the top of the seventh as the Indians scored three runs.

Reconciling the sins of the past

Johnson County Supervisors discuss the origins of Johnson County

IOWA CITY– In his play “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
In Johnson County, Iowa, however, some are hoping the county will still smell as sweet under a new namesake.
Recent social unrest fueled by protests against racism has led to statues and monuments, mostly related to the Civil War, being damaged, destroyed or taken down. Several national food products are seeing changes to their branding, eliminating trademark personas such as Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima due to connections with slavery.

Opportunities to get moving on tap for Tiffin starting this fall

New rec. director lays out plans for the city’s first ever recreational programming

TIFFIN– He had high hopes.
When Frank Haege packed up his family in Minnesota and moved to Solon (where his wife is from and has extended family), it was with the intention of starting a first-ever recreation department for the City of Tiffin. Haege’s first day on the job was Monday, April 13, and shortly after arriving in Tiffin, he said “I am really looking forward to working with all of the existing recreational groups in the area.”
And, he had a simple goal for the residents of Tiffin, “Get people moving.”

Supervisors return to UDO amendment proposals

Farm Bureau gets three out of seven changes approved

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved three out of seven amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Thursday, July 9, during its regular meeting.
The amendments were proposed by the Johnson County Farm Bureau to address concerns of the agricultural community regarding wording and policies the UDO codified in support of the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The 300-page UDO was approved by the supervisors last December and took effect Jan. 15 after roughly a year-and-a-half of discussion and debate.

Creek Boys pound the Trojans

CCA bombards S. Tama with 28 runs and 22 hits in WaMaC sweep

TAMA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team remained comfortably atop the WaMaC West, with an 11-3 conference showing and 11-4 record overall, after plastering the South Tama Trojans, 15-3 and 13-2, on Monday, July 6, in Tama.
The Clippers and Trojans were tied, 3-3, at the end of the third inning of game one, but the Boats unleashed a seven-run barrage in the top of the fourth and ended the game with five runs in the fifth.

Bolts pull off Senior Night split against Mustangs

Liberty High falls, 10-2, to Dubuque Hempstead and comes back for 9-5 win

NORTH LIBERTY– Thirteen seniors were recognized for their pioneering efforts at building Liberty High’s baseball program on Monday, July 6, during Senior Night, at home, against Dubuque Hempstead.
Seniors Jacob Norris, Isaac Bender, Nolan Frey, Hunter White, Chris Nicknish, Tyler Dahm, Cayden Duhaime, Chase Hutchinson, Ryan Nugent, Alec Boldt, Jonah Warren, Ben Campbell and Sam Funke were honored on a night that saw the Bolts split with the Mustangs. Liberty fell, 10-2, in the opener, but took the nightcap, 9-5, handing Hempstead its first loss of the season.

Creek Girls sweep the Lady Mustangs

Schrock grand slam ends 3-inning nightcap with 14-0 win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team dropped out of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU)’s weekly rankings for Thursday, July 9, a day after sweeping unranked Independence, 5-1 and 14-0, at home.
The Clippers put up two runs in the bottom of the second inning of game one and followed with three more in the fourth. The Mustangs put one runner across the dish in the top of the seventh.
Gabrielle Bedford went 3-3 at the plate with an RBI. Cheyaenne Bunch had two singles and an RBI. Reese Stockman nailed a double. Avery Allan had an RBI single.