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Chris Umscheid

Giving back while helping out

Tiffun Creek Fest provides a day of fun with a greater purpose

TIFFIN– For the second year, residents of Tiffin and the surrounding area had a full day of entertainment courtesy of the Tiffun Creek Fest, the successor to Tiffin Fest. This year’s event was held on Saturday, July 28, in the Tiffin City Park, a change from the soccer fields last year.

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The clouds are building

Liberty High’s football field nears completion, but probably won’t be ready until mid-season

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s Lightning (the Bolts) will soon have a complex full of clouds to strike from as an athletic complex just west of the school continues to take shape.
Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) voters approved a $192 million bond issue last September, which included $12,544,000 for the second phase of a three-phase construction plan for Liberty. Phase One was design and construction of the 264,000 square foot school, which opened last August.

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Tiffin a "growing community under development"

Population growth triggers revision to Tiffin’s Comprehensive Plan

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin commissioned a Comprehensive Plan, to serve as a guide toward managing future development and population growth over a 20-year span, in 2014. The 2014 edition took approximately two years to compile, craft and approve. In the short span since the plan was adopted, Tiffin’s growth continued seemingly unimpeded, and projections for future growth needed to be revised.

Clear Creek Boys clobber Panthers, 14-3

CCA earns first postseason win since ‘15 with 14-3 victory over Mt. Pleasant

SOLON– Friday the 13th turned out to be the Clippers’ lucky day as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team pounded the ball early and often for a 14-3 win over the Panthers of Mount Pleasant in a Class 3A Substate 5 District 9 first round game in Solon.
The Creek Boys put two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Cam “Lender” Armstrong hit a sacrifice fly to score Sam Young, and Cody Ogden drilled a solo homerun.

Bolts fall victim to Trojan juggernaut

Strunk homers in West’s 8-3 win over Liberty

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High closed out the regular season at 29-9 extending its win streak to nine in a row at the expense of new rival Liberty High with an 8-3 non-conference varsity win Monday, July 9, at West High.

Not your grandpa's playground

Centennial Park’s first playground ready for Blues & BBQ festival

NORTH LIBERTY– Playground design has come a long way. Forty years ago, kids played on jungle gyms and monkey bars installed on asphalt pads or surrounded by various sizes of gravel. Later, bits and pieces of shredded tires were layered around the appliances, cushioning young bodies from the inevitable falls. More recently, other materials such as wood chips were placed to provide a softer surface.

CCA's SAVE: An alternative to asking taxpayers for more

CCA explores funding options through SAVE dollars

OXFORD– SAVE: “Secure an Advanced Vision for Education,” is a funding stream many school districts in Iowa rely on for a multitude of projects without having to dip into an already strained general fund. SAVE was previously known as “SILO” or the School Infrastructure Local Option tax, or more formally, “the Statewide School Infrastructure Sales and Services Tax.”

Clippers split with Stormin’ Pointers

CCA baseball sweeps, softball swept

CENTER POINT– The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball and softball teams traveled to Center Point for a pair of doubleheaders Monday, June 25, against the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Stormin’ Pointers.
Both Clipper squads hit the .500 mark with the Creek Boys improving to 12-12 sweeping the Pointers, 10-5 and 6-4, while the Creek Girls dipped to 14-14 being swept, 11-0 and 7-1.

Bolts and Pirates split in Cedar Rapids

Kimm RBI lifts Liberty, 2-1

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty Lightning snapped the Alburnett Pirates’ nine-game winning streak on Wednesday, June 27, at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
The Pirates took game one of the varsity doubleheader 4-2, but the Bolts regrouped and won the nightcap, 2-1.

CCA names principal for new elementary in Tiffin

District approves from within

OXFORD– Sometimes the obvious answer is right in front of you. For the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, as Communications Director Laurie Haman said in a recent press release, the district, “did not have to look far to add a new elementary principal.” Brian Williams, the current Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has been approved by the board to become the principal of the new elementary school, which is currently under construction just north of Tiffin Elementary.

Trojans sweep J-Hawks

Barnes’ dinger ends game one on Monday, rain delays game two until Saturday

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity Trojans swept Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a two-day doubleheader that started on Monday, June 18, and finished on Saturday, June 23, at West High. West took game one 15-4 in five innings and won the nightcap, which was suspended in the second inning due to weather, 8-7. The game was to be resumed on Tuesday, June 19, but additional rain pushed the conclusion to Saturday.

Spartans sweep the Creek Boys

Solon takes doubleheader, 6-2 and 10-0, from CCA

CEDAR RAPIDS— Soggy field conditions in Tiffin moved the annual non-divisional WaMaC conference baseball double header, between Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Solon, to Mount Mercy University’s turf diamond, in Cedar Rapids, on Thursday, June 14. Solon swept the Clippers, 6-2 and 10-0. Luke Ira set the tone for the Spartans, belting out a solo homerun on the first pitch of game one. Solon jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-RBI double by Adam Bock, an RBI single from Zach Wegmann and a run scored on a passed ball.