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Chris Umscheid

Back at it

Tiffin roundabout project is “going well”

TIFFIN– Work on the Highway 6 and Park Road roundabout, on the east side of Tiffin, resumed Monday, April 13, following a winter hiatus.
The $3.1 million project is being paid for with a combination of funding sources: $500,000 coming from an Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) grant, $500,000 from the Transportation Safety Improvement Program (TSIP), and the balance from municipal bonds.

Schrepfer signs with the Fighting Bees

CCA senior commits to St. Ambrose

NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Tyler Schrepfer signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees. Schrepfer made the commitment from home Tuesday, April 28, sitting at his family’s dining room table in North Liberty.

Changes on hold

Supervisors’ UDO amendment discussion delayed until July 9

IOWA CITY– Throughout the development of Johnson County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and its companion Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), the Johnson County Farm Bureau and the County’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability Department (PDS) have been at odds with each other.
On Thursday, April 9, both entities were in complete agreement.

Clippers and Bolts honored

2020 Iowa Governor’s Scholar Program recipients named

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana’s Trace Johanson and Sarah Grace Stewart, and Liberty High’s Rudy Nahra and Harrison Voigt are among 424 seniors from across the state that were chosen for the 2020 Iowa Governor’s Scholar Program.

A glimpse of normal

CCA continues a patriotic tradition near Oxford

OXFORD– A common cliché heard frequently in this time of viral pandemic is “the new normal.” In a time of traditions such as going to church, high school graduations, RAGBRAI and the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival all being cancelled or prohibited, some glimpses of normal, or tradition, can still be found. For example, the large American flag still flies over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Administrative Offices, at the intersection of Highway 6 and Upper Old Highway 6, just north of Oxford.

ICCSD appoints interim superintendent

Matt Degner takes over for outgoing Steve Murley on July 1

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) moved one step closer to the end of the Steve Murley era as the district board of directors selected Assistant Superintendent Matt Degner to serve as the interim superintendent beginning July 1. The board took the action by unanimous vote on Tuesday, April 21.

A request for assistance

Solon firefighters ask county supervisors to help build the house

IOWA CITY– Solon’s volunteer firefighters have been working for roughly two years to build a new fire station on the south side of town.
The firefighters have received donations from young and old, from local businesses and various corporations, and from across the country via online donations.
Now they are turning to the county government.

Adapting technology in a time of need

Local initiatives protect those on the frontlines in the war against COVID-19

NORTH LIBERTY– COVID-19 is thought to spread primarily through close, person-to-person contact via microscopic respiratory droplets, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The droplets are released when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes, and can land in the nose or mouth of somebody close by, possibly even inhaled into the lungs.

His mission: to get people moving

Frank Haege is Tiffin’s first recreation director

TIFFIN– Frank Haege has a simple goal for the residents of Tiffin: “Get people moving.”
Haege is the city’s first recreation director, charged with researching, planning and implementing programmed inclusive activities for individuals and groups for the City of Tiffin at a recreational level. Or simply put, to get people moving.

The end

Gov. Reynolds cancels the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year

JOHNSTON– Students will not return to classes for the 2019-2020 school year after Governor Kim Reynolds issued her third and final proclamation for the schools during her daily COVID-19 press conference Friday, April 17, at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston.
“I regret to say Iowa schools will not reopen for this school year,” Reynolds said.

The longest-serving council member in Swisher

Mary Gudenkauf has helped shape her community since 2008

SWISHER– During the March meeting of the Swisher City Council, Mayor Chris Taylor offered congratulations to council member Mary Gudenkauf, who he said “just set a new record for Swisher’s longest-serving council member in at least 40 years!” Gudenkauf was elected to the council in 2008 and is serving a term which expires in 2023.
When asked about the distinction, she initially and jokingly called it a “rumor,” but added since Taylor is a Conflict of Interest Research Application Analyst with the University of Iowa, “I’m inclined to believe he fact-checked his own statement.”

Lighting up for the seniors

Liberty High honors seniors’ leadership

NORTH LIBERTY– All spring high school sports remain postponed until at least Monday, May 4 (first practice date of May 1), but all of the athletic fields at Liberty High were lit up Wednesday, April 9, in a salute to the seniors.
Liberty, like many schools, was holding a Virtual Spirit Week with Wednesday’s emphasis on leadership. Athletic Director Mike Morrison said lighting up the fields was a way to honor the seniors and recognize their leadership.