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Chris Umscheid

In need of a new home and a little help from the city MOXIE wants to expand in NL creating a unique destination

NORTH LIBERTY– Jason Hall started MOXIE in his garage in 2008. Since then, the company has greatly expanded its solar energy products, with offices in 11 states and an average of 100 solar panel installations per month. MOXIE also offers electrician services, and since February, opened an electric car dealership; all from very cramped quarters on Sugar Creek Lane.

The Lightning survive the Warriors

Liberty baseball holds off a late attack from CR Wash for an 11-8 win

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s first varsity game on its new diamond was almost marred by defeat as the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors erased an 8-1 deficit Thursday, June 18. The Bolts opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and followed with one in the third, and two in the fourth before the Warriors scored one run in the top of the fifth. The Lightning added three more in the bottom half of the fifth, and looked to be cruising toward the win.

Unranked Lightning splits with 2nd-ranked Little Hawks

Liberty pulls off 8-7 win in extra innings, but falls 17-1 in nightcap

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team put up its first win of the season in dramatic fashion Thursday, June 18, with a sweep over No. 2 Iowa City High. The unranked Lightning overcame a 7-6 deficit in the 10th inning of game one of a doubleheader with two runs to pull out an 8-7 win in the first game played on their new diamond.

Showing patriotism and helping kids

Clear Creek Lions Club blankets Tiffin with Old Glory

TIFFIN– It’s known by many names: “Old Glory,” The “Stars and Stripes,” “The Colors.” The flag of the United States of America consists of 13 red and white alternating stripes with a blue field covered in white stars (originally 13 to represent a new constellation). On June 14, 1777, The Second Continental Congress passed a resolution sealing the design of the flag recognized around the world. One-hundred thirty-nine years later, President Woodrow Wilson decreed June 14 to be “Flag Day,” a day to honor the flag and the country it represents.

If you need it, they probably have it

Corridor Equipment Rental in North Liberty is the do-it-yourselfer’s temporary tool shed

NORTH LIBERTY– For almost a year, Corridor Equipment Rental, in North Liberty, has been on a mission to be the go-to source for the do-it-yourselfer needing a specific tool for a specific task, and not for all eternity.

Change in direction

CCA’s Cheyaenne Bunch charts a new college course

HOMESTEAD– She’ll get to keep blue and white in her wardrobe.
Clear Creek Amana High School (CCA) senior Cheyaenne Bunch changed her college plans, opting to remain closer to home. Bunch initially signed a letter of intent to play volleyball with Concordia University, in Seward, Neb., back in November. Concordia is a Lutheran college in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Great Plains Athletic Conference and the Bulldogs went 23-6 last season.

The search is over

CCA’s TJ Bollers commits to play football for Wisconsin

TIFFIN– Herky the Hawk has one more reason to shake his fist at Bucky Badger starting in the fall of 2021.
Clear Creek Amana High School (CCA) standout student-athlete TJ Bollers ended a lengthy search for a collegiate home, with suitors wooing him from across the country, to continue playing football with a video announcement on Twitter, released Thursday, June 11.
Bollers, a senior at CCA this fall, announced his intent to attend the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, where he will pursue a degree in engineering along with gridiron success.

His work is done

Ely’s Jim Miller leaves behind the legacy of a lifetime of service

ELY– A lifetime of service to the people of Ely, Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area came to an end on Sunday, June 7, as 87-year-old James “Jim” Miller died at his home, in Ely. Miller was born in Cedar Rapids in 1932, graduated from St. Wenceslaus Catholic High School, and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. In 1955, Miller married Kathryn “Katie” Bush, who survives him. Of Katie, Miller frequently said, “If I looked for 100 years, I could never find a better wife than Katie.”

A necessary and responsible increase

Water rates will go up three percent in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Water rates in North Liberty increase by three percent next month. The City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the increase Tuesday, June 9, during a regular meeting conducted online via the Zoom virtual meeting platform. Two more readings are required with the second scheduled for later this month and the third to occur during the first meeting in July.
The new rate starts with water used in July according to Assistant City Administrator/City Clerk Tracey Mulcahey.
A public hearing, by phone and email, was held with no comments received.

Overwhelming advantage

Primary election win presumptively clears Kunkel’s path to sheriff

IOWA CITY– Brad Kunkel will likely be Johnson County’s next sheriff.
Kunkel, a sergeant and the public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, defeated Al Fear, a sergeant with the Patrol Division of the Cedar Rapids Police Department, with an overwhelming 82 percent of the vote in a Democrat primary election Tuesday, June 2. Kunkel, of rural Solon, had 19,469 votes to 4,128 for Fear, a resident of Swisher.

Burning the midnight oil

CCA softball starts the season at the earliest possible moment

OXFORD– The Creek Girls couldn’t wait any longer.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School softball team started the 2020 season at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 1, the first day of practice per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), the Governor’s Office, the Iowa Deptartment of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Home sweet home, at last

Liberty baseball brings back just about everybody for 2020

NORTH LIBERTY– The Bolts’ diamond was finished last year, but not in time for Coach Tom Cronk and his crew to play on it.
After two seasons of being full-time road warriors, with “home” games played at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, the Liberty High Lightning will finally get to play on their own diamond on Liberty’s campus in North Liberty.