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Chris Umscheid

NL council approves new city hall

Action paves the way for design work to begin

NORTH LIBERTY– Talk about whether to build a new city hall in North Liberty or extensively renovate the current facility turned into action late last month.
North Liberty City Council members approved moving forward with design work for a new building during their Dec. 22 regular meeting.

Budget woes ahead for ICCSD

A decrease in enrollment could mean an increase for taxpayers

IOWA CITY– The continuing pandemic has reached into seemingly almost every aspect of our lives. And for the taxpayers of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), it may well reach into their wallets once the district’s school board of education sets the budget for the next school year.

Bolts get first win of the season

Daugherty’s 15 points leads Liberty past Western Dubuque in squeaker, 50-49

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls basketball team watched a 31-16 halftime lead evaporate but maintained a fingertip grasp to earn its first victory of the 2020-2021 season on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at home, against Western Dubuque. The Bolts pulled out a 50-49 win to improve to 1-4 overall, 1-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division. The Bobcats dipped to 2-10 and 1-4.

Creek Boys vanquish Vikings in blowout fashion

Potter hits a double-double for CCA in 78-46 win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team extended its winning streak to seven, to sit comfortably atop the WaMaC West standings at 8-1 in the conference and 8-2 overall, after wiping out the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings, 78-46, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at home.

Trojans split with the Trojans in bowling action

Ryan Bys and Robert Jones win for IC West against Waterloo East

WATERLOO– Trojan battled Trojan at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo on Friday, Jan. 15, as Iowa City West High’s bowling squads traveled north to take on Waterloo East.
West High’s varsity and junior varsity (JV) boys beat the Trojans from East 2,827 to 2,038 and 2,341 to 1,771, respectively, with West’s Ryan Bys winning the varsity match with 469 and Robert Jones bowling 405 to win the JV match. West’s JV girls also won, tipping the East High Trojans 1,609 to 1,284 with Kaylen Brackett bowling 234.

Trojan-Bolts washout the Warriors on Senior Night

Carter, Gerke, Brotherton, Luo and Skelley win for IC West and Liberty High

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High and Liberty High swim team celebrated four senior Trojan-Bolts with another dual meet win at home, this time against fellow Mississippi Valley Conference team Cedar Rapids Washington, on Thursday, Jan. 14. The varsity squad put up a 118 to 58 win over the Warriors and honored Luke Nichols, Nathan Deyak, Noah Kleese and Evan Sharafuddin.

Creek Girls almost get burned by the Blazers

Morgan Etscheidt’s 17 points help keep CCA ahead of Beckman Catholic for 64-52 win

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls returned to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU)’s weekly rankings Thursday, Jan. 14, after their 59-56 overtime win against Vinton-Shellsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and improved their lot in life with a hard-fought 64-52 win over Beckman Catholic of Dyersville at home on Friday, Jan. 15.

No good deed goes unpunished

Regulators spring sudden $14k fee on Cedar Ridge and other distillers for making hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

SWISHER– Jeff Quint called it “The final kick in the pants from 2020.” Quint, owner of Cedar Ridge Distillery, was referring to news of a $14,060 fee the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was demanding for producing hand sanitizer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost ready

Johnson County’s GuideLink Center for behavioral health crises is on track to open next month

IOWA CITY– The GuideLink Center, Johnson County’s access center for people in acute behavioral crises, is on track to open early next month, according to project manager Matt Miller.
Miller presented a progress report to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors during its informal meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17. Miller put the project at 95 percent complete with an anticipated substantial completion date of Saturday, Jan. 2.

Clippers crown seven champions at North Scott’s JV tourney

Schreiber and Bedford plant the flag for CCA girl’s wrestling program

ELDRIDGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s girls and junior varsity (JV) boys wrestling teams combined for seven championships in North Scott’s JV Tournament Saturday, Jan. 2, in Eldridge.
Overall, the Clippers posted 14 top-two finishes and a 39-20 record for the highest win percentage.

Bolts finally open their wrestling season

Liberty places 10th at Maquoketa’s Zimmerman Invitational in season debut

MAQUOKETA– Liberty High’s wrestlers finally opened the 2020-2021 season with an appearance in Maquoketa’s Zimmerman Invitational tournament on Saturday, Jan. 2. The Bolts’ season had been delayed thanks to the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) being out with 100 percent online learning, which wiped out the first three meets of the season.

Some good things to remember about 2020

Three area teams had state tournament firsts

JOHNSON COUNTY– 2020 will of course be remembered as a year where many activities were cancelled due to the pandemic, including the entire high school spring sports season. However, winter sports wrapped up just in time, and a successful summer season led to the approval of fall sports.