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Chris Umscheid

It’s Official

Johnson County to lease, then purchase, Celebration Barn

OXFORD– The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) unanimously approved entering a lease agreement with the Iowa Natural Heritage Trust Fund (INHF) for seven parcels of land known as The Celebration Barn.
The board took action during a Tuesday, April 17, meeting at Kent Park, ending speculation and rumors regarding the purchase.

Kites for Kids honors child abuse victims

NORTH LIBERTY– Kites filled the sky above the football field at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty Saturday, April 21 during the Kites for Kids festival. The family-friendly activity was part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and was held to recognize and honor children who have been affected by child abuse. It also recognized the many non-profit and social services organizations, which work tirelessly in an attempt to prevent child abuse.
While some families brought their own kites to fly, free kites were provided on-site, with minimal assembly required.

Beauty and the Beast dance in Tiffin

TIFFIN– True love and internal beauty won out over vanity and ego as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department performed the musical version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 22, in the Performing Arts Center, in Tiffin.

Creek Girls pick up first win

CCA defeats S. Tama, 1-0

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team picked up its first win of the 2018 season Friday, April 13, at home against the South Tama Trojans. The Clippers came into the match with an 0-2 record while the Trojans were 1-1.

Mustangs run wild against the Women of Troy

Dbq Hempstead shuts out West, 6-0

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy fell to an uncharacteristic 0-4 Thursday, April 12, in their first home match of the 2018 season as the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs defeated them 6-0.
The Mustangs struck three times in the first half and scored again four minutes into the second half. A Penalty Kick (PK) made it 5-0 for Hempstead with the final goal hitting with 24 minutes remaining in the match.

Seussical flashes across the stage

Liberty High’s first musical plays tribute to Dr. Seuss’ works

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School’s first musical is in the books. The show, “Seussical the Musical,” was the product of a series of books written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) took Seuss’ works, such as “Horton Hears a Who,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Horton Hatches the Egg” and others, and crafted them into a musical that opened off Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York City in 2000.

Questions asked, changes requested

P&Z gives input on county comprehensive plan

IOWA CITY– They’ve had their say. The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) reviewed the final draft of a proposed comprehensive plan for the county during a Thursday, April 5, work session. The five-member commission requested several changes, which were dutifully noted by Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) staff. P&Z gave the plan one final review, with its changes in place, during a regular meeting on Monday, April 9, and approved the plan on a 5-0 vote, sending it to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for adoption.

Background

Blazers spoil Clippers’ season opener

Single Beckman goal topples CCA boys, 1-0

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys soccer team opened the regular season with a 1-0 loss to Dyersville Beckman Catholic High School on Monday, April 2, at home. Beckman was a Class 1A state qualifier last year, losing to Iowa City Regina in the semifinal round, and winning a consolation bracket game against Gilbert.
The Creek Boys held the Blazers at bay until three minutes before halftime, when Drew Boekholder launched a shot past Clipper keeper Blake Malli to score.
Malli, a junior, had 10 saves.

CIT continues to grow in Johnson County

Fourth class graduates in March, Johnson County commits funds for access center

IOWA CITY– The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) initiative in Johnson County has not only gained traction, it’s chugging along at full throttle.

Women of Troy victorious in home

Haight wins twice; Nock, Steva, Ince and Severt also earn victories

IOWA CITY– The 2018 regular (outdoor) track and field season opened Wednesday, March 28, for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy with their home meet under heavy clouds, cool temperatures and even some rain. However, West was hot on the track and in the field winning the meet, as has become tradition.
Mike Parker’s squad won a dozen events between junior varsity (JV) and varsity to win the event with 164 points, topping runner-up Cedar Rapids Prairie (139) and rival City High, which ranked third in team points.

Portzen wins bid for CCA elementary

Dbq contractor built Tiffin Elementary and high school addition

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District awarded an $18,750,875 bid to Portzen Construction, Inc. of Dubuque during the regular monthly meeting of the school board of directors on Wednesday, March 21, at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford. The bid is for construction of the new elementary in Tiffin adjacent to Tiffin Elementary on Park Road.

gonna need a bigger boat

CCA Enrollment projections continue up

OXFORD – The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, the “Home of the Clippers,” continues to see enrollment growth, which has led to the construction of a fourth elementary school, additions to another, expansions of the high school and a fifth elementary to begin construction this year along with other projects across the district. A casual look around the district shows housing developments springing up like dandelions. And according to Rob Schwarz, it’s only going to continue.