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Chris Umscheid

Records set locally and statewide for First Day Hikes

145 people ply the trail at Lake Macbride

SOLON– At least 4,358 people participated in “First Day Hikes” in Iowa’s State Parks on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported it was the highest attendance since the start of the annual event in 2012, and coincided with kicking off the Iowa State Park Centennial Year (2020).

Bringing kids together

Students helping students in the CCA Middle School’s Peer PE program

TIFFIN– Seventy Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School students have taken on a role typically more mature of seventh and eighth graders, and their classmates with special needs are the beneficiaries. The students, led by Physical Education (PE) Teacher Nick Boeset, spend time each week in a Peer PE program working one-on-one with their classmates in an open gym format.

A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher

Santa Claus and The Grinch team up for Christmas joy

SWISHER– The sights and sounds of the season were on full display Saturday, Dec. 14, in a small, northwestern Johnson County community as “A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher” was held for an evening of holiday festivities.

Hoping for less bitter this year, Beat the Bitter returns this month!

A full week of outdoor activities kick off on Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Winter in Iowa can be rough. Once green cornfields resemble a windswept Arctic tundra from Siberia. Most people huddle in their homes, grumbling about the cold, the wind, the snow, the ice, and whatever reason it is they continue to live in Iowa.
However, there is another group of people who grin rather than grumble and embrace winter rather than curse it. For those special folks, there is Beat the Bitter, a week full of activities designed to get people out from under their comforters and into the great outdoors for fun, adventure and good cheer.

Creek Boys drop rough one to Stormin Pointers

CPU snaps CCA win streak with 57-37 loss

CENTER POINT The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys dipped to 4-3 as the Stormin Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) snapped the Clippers four-game winning streak Friday, Dec. 20, in Center Point. The Pointers defeated the Creek Boys, 57-37, in a game marred by the ejection of the Clippers student section by the officials in response to shouts of bull s*** by the students voicing their objection to foul calls.

Trojan-Bolts top field at Little Hawk swimming invitational

Liberty’s Hajek and West’s Pinter set meet records

IOWA CITY– The combined Iowa City West High and Liberty High boys swim team closed out 2019 winning the 2019 Little Hawk Invitational hosted by Iowa City, City High on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center.
West High’s Trojan-Bolts won with a team score of 426 points, topping the eight-team field. City High was fifth with 250, while fellow MVC rival Cedar Falls was sixth with 183. Ankeny took the runner-up spot with 358 team points.

Clippers 10th at Ft. Madison wrestling invitational

Stevens and Scranton place second at 126 and 132 pounds

FORT MADISON– The Clear Creek Amana wrestlers competed in Fort Madison’s invitational tournament on Saturday, Dec. 21, and finished the two-day event 10th in team points out of 18 teams participating.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the tournament with 487.0 team points, Dubuque Hempstead was the runner up with 421.5 and Solon was fifth with 374.0.
Sam Stevens (126) and Kael Scranton (132) finished second, while Jayden Massey (120) was fourth for CCA

Little Hawks slip past Bolts

Liberty Boys suffer first loss of the season to City High, 41-38,

NORTH LIBERTY The City High Little Hawks snapped Liberty Highs four-game winning streak with a slim, 41-38, win over the Lightning Friday, Dec. 20, at Liberty High.
The Bolts took a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but were outscored, 13-4, in the second as City built a 24-16 halftime advantage. The Lightning rallied in the third but still trailed, 34-31, going into the final period.
Junior Kelby Telander led the Lightning with a team-high 14 points, while Sam Funke and Andre Brandon contributed eight points each.

Johnson County’s Unified Development Ordinance passes third vote, takes effect Jan. 15

IOWA CITY– Johnson County’s updated Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) passed its third and final consideration on a 3-2 vote Thursday, Dec. 19, during a formal meeting of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. As with the previous two readings, Supervisors Rod Sullivan, Pat Heiden and Royce Ann Porter voted to approve while Janelle Rettig and Chairwoman Lisa Green-Douglass opposed.

A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher

Santa Claus and The Grinch team up for Christmas joy

SWISHER– The sights and sounds of the season were on full display Saturday, Dec. 14, in a small, northwestern Johnson County community as “A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher” was held for an evening of holiday festivities.

Filling bellies and warming hearts

CCA Middle School students hold Holiday Food Drive for the NL Pantry

TIFFIN– The holidays will be at least a little bit brighter for some thanks to a group of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School students, and a lot of generous individuals. Ten eighth graders at the school in Tiffin are participating in a service learning elective class called “Me to We.” According to their teacher, Leif Asper, the students organize local and global service campaigns in coordination with an organization called WE.

To serve, protect and bring holiday cheer

NLPD officers brighten Christmas with annual Shop With a Cop

CORALVILLE– The officers studied the documents before them, and questioned the young people in their custody. “What size does she wear?” “What does your brother like?” “Where’s the perfume at?”
These and many other vignettes were played out over the course of an hour Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Coralville Wal-Mart as officers with the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) conducted their annual Shop With a Cop event.