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Trojan-Bolts dunk Dubuque’s Mustangs

IC West-Liberty High girls open 2020 swimming season with home win over Hempstead

CORALVILLE– The combined Iowa City West High and Liberty High “Trojan-Bolts” picked right up where they left off last year, staying undefeated in the Coralville Recreation Center’s pool Tuesday, Aug. 25, with a dual meet win over Dubuque Hempstead.
The Trojan-Bolts’ junior varsity (JV) squad won, 143-21, with the varsity winning, 151-35.

Picking up the pieces

Backup generators do their job for city

NORTH LIBERTY– Council member Raquisha Harrington summed it up during an Aug. 11 meeting.
“2020 has not been nice to anyone at all,” she observed.
Harrington was echoing comments from other North Liberty City Council members who voiced support for city employees after an inland hurricane known as a derecho tore a path across the state and into Illinois Monday, Aug. 11, leaving hundreds of thousands without power for days.
Power was restored to most North Liberty residents by Tuesday afternoon, allowing council members to continue with a regularly scheduled virtual meeting.

Haman Makes CCA FFA History

IOWA CITY– With the Iowa State Fair postponed until the 2021 fair season, organizers put on the Iowa State Fair Special Edition– a livestock show for Iowa’s youth. The livestock show was for 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members only, with livestock nominated by May 15, to be shown at the Iowa State Fair.

CCA FFA leaders attend district conference

TIFFIN– Each year, Southeast district and Iowa Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers plan and facilitate Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conferences for FFA members in the Southeast district. Clear Creek Amana welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southeast district on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Clipper football focuses on the present ahead of an uncertain season

2020 Clear Creek Amana varsity football preview

TIFFIN– Student athletes, their families and coaches watched as the 2020 spring sports season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
They held a collective breath as summer baseball and softball were allowed to proceed, albeit in a shortened season, which did see some teams benched due to positive infection testing.
With the green light from the state and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), there will be a 2020 high school football season. As with the summer sports however, it will look a little different.

A big change for Clipper cross country this year

2020 CCA high school cross country preview

TIFFIN– In 2015, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School cross country program split with then-assistant coach Ben Robison taking the helm of the boys program, while head coach Jane Astor led the girls teams.
Now, everything old is new again as the programs have recombined with Robison leading the way for both the boys’ and girls’ programs.
Robison, in his 12th year of coaching at CCA, has Megan Miller and Paige O’Brien as assistant coaches, and the legendary Jim White as an assistant and the program’s mental performance coach.

Clear Creek Amana FFA Fair fun

IOWA CITY– Several Clear Creek Amana Future Farmers of America (FFA) members participated in the Johnson County Fair. Although many fair events were canceled this year and closed to the public, Johnson County still provided an opportunity for 4-H and FFA members and their families to exhibit their projects.
Kayla Jiras and Lillie Haman both participated in the photography division at the county fair. The students brought their photos in for judging on Monday, July 20, and picked them up on Thursday, July 23. Kayla and Lillie earned blue ribbons for each of their photography exhibits.

Uncertainty, suspicion, distrust and a long wait for change

Life experiences are shared at North Liberty Social Justice and Racial Equity listening posts

NORTH LIBERTY– The death, in police custody, of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., earlier this summer sparked protests, riots and a new awareness of racial inequalities.
Following demonstrations in Iowa City, Coralville and Solon, the City of North Liberty embarked on a proactive approach to address issues related to its minority communities.
According to data from 2015, whites make up 88.2 percent (16,134) of the residents of North Liberty with blacks comprising 4.7 percent (867), and Hispanics totaling 4.4 percent (806).

It’s the law… sort-of

JoCo Supervisors pass face covering ordinance

IOWA CITY– They’ve asked nicely. They’ve pleaded, appealing to your concern for your fellow man. Now, they’ve made it a regulation.
The Johnson County Supervisors unanimously approved a face covering regulation during their regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 6.

CCA has sights set on Aug. 24

Board receives an update on district’s Return to Learn plan

OXFORD– While some school districts, such as the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) have pushed back the first day of the 2020-21 school year, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District is still planning on returning students to their buildings on Monday, Aug. 24.
CCA Superintendent Tim Kuehl and Associate Superintendent Matt Leeman updated the school board of education on the district’s Return to Learn plan during a regularly scheduled work session on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the district administrative offices near Oxford.

Good Neighbor Meeting Aug. 18 for property located at the SW corner of Kansas Avenue and Oak Terrace Avenue

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty may soon consider a zoning map amendment (rezoning) for the property located at the southwest corner of Kansas Avenue and Oak Terrace Avenue. The developer has indicated that the proposed zoning would be RS-4 PAD Single-Unit Residence District Planned Area Development and the development would be 27 detached single-family homes on one lot.
The purpose of the Good Neighbor Meeting is to allow the applicant(s) to describe the proposed development, answer any questions and hear any concerns about the proposed development.

A smoother ride is coming soon

Ireland railroad crossing to be replaced starting Aug. 17

TIFFIN– At least 100 feet away from the railroad tracks crossing Ireland Avenue in Tiffin is a round advanced warning sign: the familiar yellow circle with a large black “X” and “R R” markings on it. Below that is another warning sign, one which will no longer be required soon, that states “Rough Crossing.”