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Chris Umscheid

Still the best

West boys sweep the field at state soccer

DES MOINES– Top ranked. Top-seed. And, only one loss on the season, the season opener, to Cedar Rapids Washington. The Iowa City West High Trojans rolled like a juggernaut into the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines for the Class 3A state soccer tournament, and rolled back out with the state championship trophy again.
The Trojans took care of rival City High 2-0 on Saturday, June 1, to clinch their seventh title and extend their win streak to 20 straight.

Clippers girls end soccer season

CCA blows out Comets, fall with penalty kicks to Mustangs

TIFFIN– One kick is all it takes.
The 2013 varsity soccer season for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) ended Friday, May 31, in a 2-1 (4-3 PKs) loss to the Mount Vernon Mustangs on the home turf in a Class 1A regional semifinal match.

Protecting Seniors

Area legislators target elderly abuse at Coralville forum

CORALVILLE– Iowa has had laws in the books for decades dealing with dependent child and dependent adult abuse. However, advocates for the elderly say those laws do not go far enough to protect the state’s senior citizens.
Four state legislators spoke about the issue of elder abuse at a legislative forum held Monday, June 10, in Coralville sponsored by the Johnson County Task Force on Aging.

DeWitt Central takes one from CCA in eight innings

DEWITT– “Small things turn into a big deal.”
So said CCA coach Brent Henry to his crew of Clippers during game one of a varsity doubleheader Thursday, June 13, against the Sabers of DeWitt Central High School at DeWitt. A dropped ball here, a late throw there, all small things that added up to a 4-3 loss.
Unofficially Jacob Klingeman and A.J. Liddell had three hits each with a double for Liddell. Jake Neubauer and Robby Swails had two hits each while Stephen Jensen, Tanner Bandy and Colton Beckler had one hit each. Bandy’s was an RBI double with RBI singles for Jensen and Beckler.

Action heats up on the diamond

West boys split with Prairie, rout the Regals

IOWA CITY– Two out of three ain’t bad.
That’s how the West High Trojans did in three games at home in a double-header with Cedar Rapids Prairie and a single with the Regals of Iowa City Regina. West split with the Prairie Hawks Monday evening (June 10) before a win over the Regals on Tuesday (June 11).
A six-run rampage by Prairie sealed the 8-4 loss in the opener Monday evening in a game that saw Tanner Wilson hit a double. Ezra Reiners had three hits; Declan Doyle and Colin Baker both had two hits. Sam Scott worked six innings on the mound striking-out six.

Supervisors debate failed jail proposal

Etheredge offers Poor Farm proposal

IOWA CITY– In the wake of a third failed bond referendum for a proposed justice center to replace the county jail and renovate the historic courthouse, Johnson County supervisors are looking for alternatives.
The board met Tuesday, May 14, for the official canvass of votes and to discuss the next steps to be taken. Board member Rod Sullivan expressed his disappointment with the results.

Swisher junior shooters aiming for excellence

Swisher American Legion program promotes responsible firearms for developing minds

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SWISHER– In an era of tense controversy over the use and possession of firearms, one group in this northwest Johnson County town is learning to respect guns, rather than fear them.
And they’re learning life lessons while learning to shoot.
For two years, the American Legion Post 671 in Swisher has sponsored a Junior Shooting Sports Program, one of the legion’s many family and youth programs. Participants from ages 12 to 18 use an air-powered rifle shooting a .177 caliber pellet as they learn gun safety and marksmanship.

A matter of perspective

County’s Planning & Zoning administrator explains Rural Cluster zoning for development

IOWA CITY– Opponents of a proposed housing development on Newport Road and the Johnson County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Department agree on one thing.
“Urban sprawl is not good.”
So said RJ Moore, assistant administrator of the department.
The development on land owned by Sharon Dooley at 2915 Newport Road, has sparked controversy and put the spotlight on urban-style housing in rural areas. It has also brought the term “Rural Cluster” (RC) to the forefront.

A matter of perspective

County’s Planning & Zoning administrator explains Rural Cluster zoning for development

IOWA CITY– Opponents of a proposed housing development on Newport Road and the Johnson County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Department agree on one thing.
“Urban sprawl is not good.”
So said RJ Moore, assistant administrator of the department.
The development on land owned by Sharon Dooley at 2915 Newport Road, has sparked controversy and put the spotlight on urban-style housing in rural areas. It has also brought the term “Rural Cluster” (RC) to the forefront.

CCA needs more time, more information

OXFORD– Recommendations from the district’s facility committee were presented to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors Wednesday, April 17, during a work session preceding the regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary. Many of the board members had been in attendance at the Wednesday, April 10, facility committee meeting where the options had been determined, making a presentation by middle school principal Brad Fox something of a repeat.

Trojans survive Saints: West boys 2, Xavier 1

IOWA CITY– As he looked out across the extra-wide pitch at West High, coach Brad Stiles realized something was missing.

A hard knock life

TIFFIN– It started as a comic strip in the 1930s, became a Broadway smash in the 1970s and 80s, and in April 2013, it hit the stage at Clear Creek Amana High School.
It’s “Annie,” a classic American Broadway smash chock-full of optimism, hope and catchy tunes that stick in your head for days.
Jenna Tackaberry donned the curly red wig for the title role in the CCA High School production, which ran April 4, through April 6, in the CCA Performing Arts Center. Sage Spiker took on the role of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, the hardened billionaire who opened his heart to the plucky orphan.