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Community

The shock that saves lives

Local law enforcement agencies benefit from $10.1 million grant to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators

IOWA CITY– A defibrillator is a device administering an electrical shock to the heart in an attempt to correct a life-threatening chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation, or V-Fib. In this condition, the heart muscle quivers erratically, but does not pump blood. Essentially, without a heartbeat, the person is dead. The defibrillator’s shock literally jolts the heart, stopping it completely for an instant, in the hope natural pacemakers will kick in again in a normal, life-sustaining rhythm restoring heartbeat and breathing.

2.4 percent more for school districts

Governor Kim Reynolds signs funding package for fiscal year 2022

DES MOINES– School administrators and boards of education have a degree of certainty as they put together their budgets for the next fiscal year (FY). Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an education funding package on Tuesday, Feb. 23, which sets a 2.4 percent increase over last year’s amount of state supplemental aid for the state’s 327 school districts. The state’s school aid funding formula provides dollars to districts and Area Education Agencies (AEAs) by combining state aid with property tax revenue on a per-student basis.
Per-student funding will increase from $7,048 to $7,227.

Shots fired, no injuries in North Liberty standoff

Maryland man flees from police, shoots at them, barricades himself

NORTH LIBERTY– An incident, beginning in Coralville, ended in North Liberty with a Maryland man taken into custody after shooting at officers and barricading himself.

Steindler Orthopedic inks purchase agreement for land in North Liberty Planning for healthcare development underway

IOWA CITY– Steindler Orthopedic Clinic has entered into a purchase agreement for 34 acres of land located on the east side of Interstate 380 and the Forevergreen Road interchange in North Liberty.
“This is an exciting time for Steindler Orthopedic as we celebrate 75 years serving Iowa City and Eastern Iowa. This investment marks a tremendous milestone for our organization, our team and especially for patients who all benefit from investment in our community,” said Steindler President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Magallanes.

CCA FFA at sub-district contest

MARENGO– On Feb. 23, four members of the Clear Creek Amana Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter traveled to Iowa Valley High School to compete in the 2021 Northwest Sub-District Competition. Four FFA members represented Clear Creek Amana competing in contests at Sub-Districts. Lillie Haman participated in Ag Sales and sold Muck Boots. Haman received a gold and is the alternate for Districts.

Clippers shine in footlights

CCA fine arts students earn top honors

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School fine arts students recently earned top honors in theatre and vocal music competitions.
District Large Group Speech competition was held Jan. 23 at Montezuma High School with four CCA groups earning a 1-rating, and advancing to the State Large Group Speech Contest at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Rolling with the flow by maintaining the status quo

CCA sticks with 14-day COVID quarantine policy

OXFORD– “I mean my recommendations, and like so many things this year, I don’t really ever walk away feeling like, yeah, that was 100 percent the right thing,” Superintendent Tim Kuehl told the board members during a Wednesday, Feb. 3, work session of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Education.
Kuehl was talking about the district’s 14-day quarantine policy for positive COVID-19 cases and confirmed exposures.

Filling stomachs and the coffers, too

Liberty Baseball Club sells pizzas while helping the NL Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– Almost everywhere you looked, there were stacks of pizzas, at least 980 of them, neatly and carefully piled on tables, racks, in large coolers.
And they were all going out the door in a six-hour period over two days to fill stomachs and generate some funds for the Liberty Lightning Baseball Club.
The club partnered with Matt Zacek, owner of Z’s Catering and BBQ in North Liberty, for the fundraiser, which saw club members selling preorders for the take-and-bake pizzas over the past several weeks. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21, were pick-up days at Z’s.

Hedgewood Circle residential fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched at 6:14 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, for a fire at 1760 Hedgewood Cir. The North Liberty Police Department was the first to arrive and witnessed smoke from multiple sides of the building. All human occupants left the building themselves and were accounted for.

COVID-19 vaccination information, rides and contact list for North Liberty residents

NORTH LIBERTY– As Iowa continues to vaccinate its population against COVID-19, residents can stay up-to-date on eligibility, sources and other information though local county public health departments. Johnson County information is available online at https://coronavirus-johnsoncounty.hub.arcgis.com/.

“A true role model”

Gov. Reynolds tours and praises Johnson County’s GuideLink Center

IOWA CITY– The GuideLink Center, also known as the Access Center of Johnson County, started accepting patients with an acute mental health or substance abuse crisis on Monday, Feb. 15, as part of a gradual “soft opening.”
The facility, located at 300 Southgate Ave. in Iowa City, has been a goal through roughly a decade of discussion in Johnson County. Momentum was gained in 2015 when then Jail Alternatives Coordinator Jessica Peckover started a crusade for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) made up of law enforcement officers, starting with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).

FFA members host district conference

TIFFIN– Each year, the Southeast District and Iowa Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers plan and facilitate Greenhand Fire Up Conferences for FFA members in the southeast district. Clear Creek Amana High School welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southeast District on Monday, Jan. 18.