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Chris Umscheid

Breakfast with Shrek

CCA FAME flips flapjacks to support spring musical

TIFFIN– Once again, a larger-than-life character will leap from the big screen to the stage at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s Performing Arts Center as “Shrek the Musical” opens next month.

Johnson County’s controversial ordinances in the crosshairs

Legislators take aim at the UDO’s ag regulations with bipartisan support

DES MOINES– At a public hearing for Johnson County’s controversial Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), State Representative Mary Mascher (D-86) warned, “I am asking you to listen to what the people here have to say because if you don’t, we will end up dealing with it in the legislature.”

Heartbreak

CCA girls’ first state tourney trip ends in quarterfinals loss to No. 1 N. Scott

DES MOINES– You could just about hear the hearts break…
As the final seconds of a Class 4A state tournament quarterfinal game against No. 1 North Scott ticked off the game clock, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Karsyn Stratton sat on the bench, silent and staring straight ahead toward the jam-packed CCA student section with tears welling in her eyes. The best season in CCA girls’ basketball history was coming to an end.

The Creek Boys head to state

Withrow’s 26 points powers CCA to first state tourney appearance since 1993

MUSCATINE– One week after the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls made history with their first ever state tournament appearance, the varsity boys basketball team followed them to the Wells Fargo Arena, in Des Moines, with their own state tourney appearance, the first for the boys since 1993.

Pulkrabek to challenge for Iowa House District 73

Primary election set for June 2 ahead of Nov. 6 general election

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek announced his candidacy for the Iowa House in District 73, the Iowa House Democrats website (iowahouse.org) reported on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Pulkrabek, who started with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1985, was elected sheriff in 2005 and is retiring at the end of the year.

The customer always came first

Tiffin’s Karen Ruppert looks back on a career with the postal service

TIFFIN– When Karen Ruppert closed the customer service window on Dec. 24, 2019, she also closed out a career spanning 42 years with the United States Postal Service.
Ruppert, a resident of rural Tiffin, was the postmaster of the fast-growing community from Feb. 23, 1991, until her official retirement date last month.

“Never forget where you came from”

SYNcere Printing in Tiffin: making bucks and making a difference

TIFFIN– Since 2016, Juan Santiago has been screen-printing T-shirts and other garments under the business name of SYNcere Printing (LLC). It’s a unique enterprise for a unique individual who has been an active duty Marine, a member of the Iowa Army National Guard and a High Risk Unit officer with the Iowa Probation and Parole Department.

One game closer to state

Withrow’s 25 points power CCA past Keokuk in 76-66 substate win

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys came a step closer to following the girls to the state basketball tournament as they conquered the Chiefs of Keokuk Thursday, Feb. 27, in a Class 3A Substate 5 semifinal game at home.
The Clippers topped the Chiefs 76-66 and advanced to a substate final on Wednesday, March 4, (after this edition’s deadline) against Davenport Assumption in Muscatine.

A BIG win and a first for the Creek Girls

Upset win over Marion sends CCA to the first state tournament in school history

MARION– “It doesn’t even feel real!”
That’s what Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior and four-year varsity starter Karsyn Stratton said when asked about knocking off second-ranked Marion in a Class 4A regional final game, and heading to Des Moines for the first girls state basketball tournament appearance in school history. The Clippers defeated the Marion Indians soundly, 66-49, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Marion, to punch their ticket to the 2020 state tourney.

Liberty’s McPherson earns MVC Valley Division 2nd Team honors

Three Bolts named to Girls All-Division Basketball teams

NORTH LIBERTY– Three Liberty High varsity girls were named to the 2019-2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Girls Basketball All-Division Selections list for the Valley Division, released on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Senior Sam McPherson was a Second Team pick after leading the Lightning in scoring with 217 points in the regular season. McPherson recently signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for Mount Mercy University, in Cedar Rapids.
Freshman Keiko Ono-Fullard and senior Isabel Smith were both named to the Valley Division Honorable Mention team.

Mustangs stomp on Bolts’ state tourney dream

Liberty boys fall 52-49 in substate semifinal to Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The 2019-2020 varsity basketball season came to a sudden end for the Liberty High Lightning Friday, Feb. 28, on the road at Dubuque Hempstead in a Class 4A substate semifinal game.
The Mustangs stomped on the Bolts’ hopes for a state tournament appearance by topping Liberty, 52-49. Hempstead previously knocked off Liberty 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 28.
Liberty trailed throughout the contest with the Mustangs leading 11-6 at the end of the first quarter, 24-12 at halftime and 37-25 at the end of the third.

Two Bolts sign Letters of Intent for the Hawkeyes

Woody and Cannon commit to U of I Track and Field

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High student athletes Drake Woody and Taylor Cannon signed Letters of Intent for the University of Iowa’s Track and Field programs Monday, Feb. 24.