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Chris Umscheid

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.

Bolts sweep Saints on Senior Night

Liberty High knocks off CR Xavier 2-0 and 4-3

NORTH LIBERTY– Senior Night at Liberty High School was made sweeter by a Lightning softball sweep of the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints.
Liberty took the varsity doubleheader 2-0 and 4-3 while honoring Ella “Jo-Jo” Johnson and Brylee “BK” Klosterman between games on Friday, July 10.

A little longer, but also a little shorter

Celebrating Independence Day in the COVID-19 era in Oxford

OXFORD– The annual Fourth of July Parade was both a little longer, and also a little shorter this year. The parade, held on Saturday, July 4, followed a different route, and also had noticeably fewer entries than in some previous years.
In June, a city council member, and a member of the Oxford First Responders, created the new and longer parade route in the hopes of spreading out the crowds for social distancing; a concern during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Questions, answers and more questions

CCA and ICCSD respond to Dept. of Ed. guidance for reopening schools

DES MOINES– On Thursday, June 25, the Iowa Department of Education (DoE) released its Reopening Guidance for Schools, a two-page document created in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and to be used in conjunction with the “Return-to-Learn Support Document.” The document drew swift criticism for its bare bones content focusing on health and safety while discouraging temperature taking, and not recommending the mandatory use of masks or face coverings.

Lightning sweeps Golden Eagles

Liberty softball wins 4-1 and 8-0 at home with Wahlert

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team swept the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 4-1 and 8-0 Monday, July 29, at home.
The Lightning only needed one inning for the game-one win, putting up four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Kara Maiers held the Birds scoreless for four innings before they plated an unearned run in the top of the fifth. Maiers gave up only two hits while striking out nine in the contest.

Creek Boys and Stormin’ Pointers split

CCA comes back from 8-6 loss for a 5-3 win against CPU

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team remained at the top of the WaMaC West with an 8-3 overall record and 8-2 conference mark in the wake of a split with the pesky Stormin’ Pointers from Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Monday, June 29, in Tiffin.
The Pointers took the opener, 8-6, but the Creek Boys reloaded and took a 5-3-nightcap win. CPU moved to 5-7 overall and 4-6 in the WaMaC West.

Creek Girls split with the Blazers

CCA defeats Beckman Catholic 7-4 and falls 6-5 in doubleheader

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team opened July with a pair of doubleheader splits.

Keeping the kiddos fed

CCA provides over 53,000 meals during shutdown, and theyre not done yet

TIFFIN When the COVID-19 crisis closed schools, districts across the state scrambled to provide distance learning opportunities and electronic devices to make it possible. They also had to come up with a way to provide a more basic need: the lunches and breakfasts many of their students depended on.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District quickly mobilized on both fronts, distributing Chromebook tablets and acquiring and distributing Internet hot spots. The district also formulated a first-of-its-kind (for CCA) plan to keep the meals coming.

A little knowledge can save a life

Diventures in North Liberty urges safety in and around the water this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– As the COVID-19 crisis continues, people are finding fewer than normal recreational opportunities, including taking a dip in a municipal swimming pool. The outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center is closed for the season while the indoor pool is open for lap swimming by reservation only.