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Community

CCA board talks technology

District deploys computer devices to homes in response to COVID-19

OXFORD– When Gov. Kim Reynolds cancelled the remainder of the school year in response to the COVID-19 crisis, districts across the state scrambled to provide computer devices in order to provide learning opportunities for their students. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District responded by deploying 413 Chromebooks to elementary students who did not have an Internet-capable device at home, and also has provided 25 “hot spots,” which provide an Internet connection

An unusual salute in unusual times

First United Methodist Church of North Liberty honors its high school seniors

NORTH LIBERTY– Eight high school seniors were honored in a “reverse parade” Sunday, May 17, at the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty. The eight, graduates of Clear Creek Amana and Liberty High School, are members of the congregation, and due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, celebrating them took a different path this year; one leading through the parking lot as congregants and others drove by honking and waving.

Four contenders for three seats

An all-Democrat field vies for Board of Supervisor in the June 2 primary

JOHNSON COUNTY Four democrats are competing for three seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in the June 2 primary election.
Supervisors Rod Sullivan, Lisa Green-Douglass and Royceann Porter are facing the expiration of their terms on Dec. 31 while Dean Phinney hopes to take the place of one of them as three seats are on the ballot.

Better than nothing

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds provide a treatment, but not a cure for schools’ COVID-19 budgetary ailments

JOHNSON COUNTY– Iowa’s school districts have been scrambling to continue to provide distance-learning opportunities to their students since Gov. Kim Reynolds closed the state’s schools on March 15 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The initial four-week closure was extended to May 1 before cancelling the remainder of the school year on April 17.

Peony displays before and after bloom

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County provides one of those lesser known, but most wonderful, places to visit; the North Liberty Ridgewood Cemetery. While many go to sit on the old hillside benches and remember family and friends, many go to experience one of the most extensive plantings of peonies most will ever see. It’s especially meaningful in May when the peony display is at its finest. They are absolutely beautiful with many varieties of old pioneer multi-colored flowers and that distinct and wonderful smell.

Keeping Fido and Fluffy happy and healthy

Pet Health Center of Tiffin adjusts services in response to COVID-19

TIFFIN– The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led most businesses to adjust how they deliver services in an effort to protect both employees and customers, and the Pet Health Center of Tiffin (PHCT) is no exception.
“We are committed to continuing to provide health care to the beloved pets of the local communities,” Dr. Allison Malandra said as she explained two initiatives PHCT has implemented: curbside service, and telemedicine.

Four contenders for three seats

An all-Democrat field vies for board of supervisor in the June 2 primary

JOHNSON COUNTY– Four Democrats are competing for three seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in the June 2 primary election.
Supervisors Rod Sullivan, Lisa Green-Douglass, and Royceann Porter are facing the expiration of their term on Dec. 31 while Dean Phinney hopes to take the place of one of them as three seats are on the ballot.

A ride to remember in a year like no other

CCA seniors parade through the streets of Tiffin

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School seniors were to have donned their “Clipper Blue” caps and gowns, and crossed the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas on Friday, May 22, in a graduation ceremony.
However, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to wipe out mass gatherings, the district cancelled the event and announced a “virtual ceremony” in its place at 7 p.m. on May 22. The district also tentatively announced an official ceremony for July 24 with the decision to be made by July 10.

All dressed up and nowhere to graduate

Liberty High seniors receive their caps and gowns while graduation plans remain uncertain

NORTH LIBERTY– Curbside pick-up has become a mainstay of the new normal during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as restaurants and hardware stores have adapted in order to serve their customers in a safe and socially distanced manner. At Liberty High School in North Liberty, curbside delivery was utilized on Thursday, April 30, as a way to distribute graduation caps and gowns to the seniors during a two-hour event. A drive-through lane was set up outside the main entrance to the school where tables were set up with boxes full of bagged caps and gowns, arranged alphabetically.

Two men battle at the ballot box for Johnson County Sheriff

Winner of June 2 primary will likely be the next sheriff

JOHNSON COUNTY– Two men will be on the June 2 Democrat primary election ballot for the position of Johnson County’s Sheriff. And, with nobody on the Republican ticket, the winner will most likely become the successor to retiring Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.
Pulkrabek, a Democrat, announced his retirement last year along with his intention to challenge Republican Bobby Kaufmann for Iowa House District 73, which includes Solon, the easternmost part of Johnson County, and all of Cedar County.

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.

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.