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Chris Umscheid

Helping hands in a time of need

Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery brews up hand sanitizer in response to COVID-19 crisis

SWISHER– The COVID-19 pandemic has led to store shelves being emptied as worried shoppers grab supplies they think they need in case of being quarantined or ordered to remain at home.
Among the items being hoarded is hand sanitizer.
While not a replacement for soap and water, it is a product recommended to help minimize the spread of illnesses, including COVID-19, and recently people most at-risk have had great difficulty in finding hand sanitizer to purchase.

Liberty and CCA girls run at Dickinson Relays

Liberty’s Keeney 2nd in 1,500 run, Cannon 3rd in 60-meter hurdles

CEDAR FALLS– The Liberty High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field teams ran Monday, March 9, at the A.D. Dickinson Relays in the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.
Liberty’s Ashlyn Keeney took second place in the 1,500-meter run in 4:52.56, while Taylor Cannon was third in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.21 seconds. Liberty’s Cami Mac took sixth in the 3,000-meter run in 10:43.99 to round out the top-10 finishers.

Girls A.D. Dickinson Relays, Monday, March 9

Libertys Boldt becomes a Ram

Liberty High’s Alec Boldt signs with Cornell College

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High senior Alec Boldt recently signed a Letter of Intent to play football and baseball for the Cornell College Rams, in Mount Vernon.
Boldt made two solo tackles for the Bolts last season, both quarterback sacks and both for a loss of yards, as part of a 7-3 campaign that ended in the first round of Class 3A postseason play with a 14-7 loss to Solon.

Stratton and Withrow earn IPSWA honors

CCA ballers named to All-State basketball teams

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced the 2020 girls and boys basketball all-state teams with two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) student athletes recognized.
Senior Karsyn Stratton was named to the Class 4A Girls First Team on Saturday, March 7. Stratton led the Clippers to a program record 19-5 season, its first WaMaC championship, and their first-ever state tournament appearance. She averaged 20.7 points per game with a total of 496 on the season. Stratton topped 1,500 career points earlier in the season.

Fixing the UDO

P&Z Commission approves changes requested by Farm Bureau, supervisors to decide on April 9

IOWA CITY– Farmers tend to have a knack for fixing things from fences to tractors, and anything in-between. Johnson County’s farmers have been itching for an opportunity to fix problems they see with the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which was passed in December by the board of supervisors and implemented on Jan. 15. The Johnson County Farm Bureau took the first step in making repairs and adjustments to the UDO by submitting an application to amend the UDO’s text, at a cost of $750.

Fixing the UDO

P&Z Commission approves changes requested by Farm Bureau, supervisors to decide on April 9

IOWA CITY– Farmers tend to have a knack for fixing things from fences to tractors, and anything in-between. Johnson County’s farmers have been itching for an opportunity to fix problems they see with the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which was passed in December by the board of supervisors and implemented on Jan. 15. The Johnson County Farm Bureau took the first step in making repairs and adjustments to the UDO by submitting an application to amend the UDO’s text, at a cost of $750.

THIRD!

CCA’s Schrepfer makes All-Tournament Team in Clippers’ first Tourney since ‘93

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) first boys state basketball tournament trip since 1993 (and the third in program history) resulted in a third-place trophy for Class 3A.

A balancing act

CCA Board seeks a fiscally possible and responsible path to continued enrollment growth

OXFORD– With the strong possibility of a bond referendum in September looming ever larger on the horizon, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board took up the juggling act of balancing the need for more academic space with the fiscal constraints of available funding during a Wednesday, March 4, work session.

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.