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Community

Gun shots fired outside business in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– At approximately 2:20 a.m., on March 14, officers with the North Liberty Police Department responded to the area of the 500 block of Penn Court in reference to the report of several gunshots. Multiple callers reported there were several gunshots and a lot of cars leaving from the rear of 580 N. Madison Ave., and a subject running with a gun.
Arriving officers located several spent shell casings in the rear parking lot of the building. Officers also observed holes in the rear of the building consistent with bullet holes. At the time, there were no known victims.

A balancing act

CCA Board seeks a fiscally possible and responsible path to continued enrollment growth

OXFORD– With the strong possibility of a bond referendum in September looming ever larger on the horizon, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board took up the juggling act of balancing the need for more academic space with the fiscal constraints of available funding during a Wednesday, March 4, work session.

Breakfast with Shrek

CCA FAME flips flapjacks to support spring musical

TIFFIN– Once again, a larger-than-life character will leap from the big screen to the stage at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s Performing Arts Center as “Shrek the Musical” opens next month.

A year in review for Clear Creek Amana FFA

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter has been busy since last year’s National FFA week. When highlighting the activities that took place within the chapter, we can’t help but thank the community for all the support and encouragement.

City hosts Open House to highlight 2020 community projects

NORTH LIBERTY– This year, North Liberty will make major improvements to key infrastructure.
Once completed, the infrastructure upgrades will increase transportation capacity, add pedestrian connectivity, provide recreational amenities and replace aging infrastructure in the growing community.
To learn more about the projects, the public is invited to an open house on Monday, March 30, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the North Liberty Library, located at 520 W. Cherry St.
At the open house, residents can visit with project engineers and city staff about planned infrastructure updates.

Pulkrabek to challenge for Iowa House District 73

Primary election set for June 2 ahead of Nov. 6 general election

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek announced his candidacy for the Iowa House in District 73, the Iowa House Democrats website (iowahouse.org) reported on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Pulkrabek, who started with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1985, was elected sheriff in 2005 and is retiring at the end of the year.

The customer always came first

Tiffin’s Karen Ruppert looks back on a career with the postal service

TIFFIN– When Karen Ruppert closed the customer service window on Dec. 24, 2019, she also closed out a career spanning 42 years with the United States Postal Service.
Ruppert, a resident of rural Tiffin, was the postmaster of the fast-growing community from Feb. 23, 1991, until her official retirement date last month.

“Never forget where you came from”

SYNcere Printing in Tiffin: making bucks and making a difference

TIFFIN– Since 2016, Juan Santiago has been screen-printing T-shirts and other garments under the business name of SYNcere Printing (LLC). It’s a unique enterprise for a unique individual who has been an active duty Marine, a member of the Iowa Army National Guard and a High Risk Unit officer with the Iowa Probation and Parole Department.

Season finale

Liberty High’s show choirs put on an afternoon extravaganza

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School’s show and jazz choirs brought down the curtain on a successful 2019-2020 season with a Spring Showcase concert featuring vocal groups Spark, Amplify, Voltage, Impact and Storm Saturday, Feb. 22, at Liberty High. Interspersed among the groups were three teasers for the upcoming spring musical “Shrek” as Agustin Colon-Sanchez (Donkey), Posey Stoeffler (Fiona) and Scott Dill (Shrek) performed solos from the show. North Central Junior High’s New Connections show choir also performed a set.

Pantry “Rolls Into Spring” with 2nd annual toilet paper drive

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) hosts its second annual Roll Into Spring toilet paper drive throughout the month of March. The pantry is seeking donations of toilet paper, a product that is harder to come by than one may think.
“Last year we distributed over 10,000 rolls of toilet paper.” said pantry staff member Jake Putnam. “It’s one of the few items we have to limit, at one roll per family per week. If there are a lot of people in that family, that roll goes quickly.”

A unique facet of Iowa City history comes alive in “Beer Money”

North Liberty author Steve C. Sherman releases his sixth novel

NORTH LIBERTY– In the early 1880s, a trio of brewers in the Northside neighborhood of Iowa City had become wealthy and powerful, and Public Enemy No.1 in the eyes of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). The clash between the WCTU and the brewers: Conrad Graf, J.J. Englert and John Dostal is the focal point for North Liberty author Steve C. Sherman’s latest book, “Beer Money,” a work of historical fiction set for release on Tuesday, March 10.

15th Annual Purple Martin Workshop/Seminar to be held next month in Kalona

KALONA– A workshop/seminar on attracting purple martins will be held Saturday, March 21, beginning at 9 a.m., at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center, located at 1005 Nutmeg Ave., 1.8 miles north of Kalona, and one mile east off Highway 1.
Presenters include:
• Carolyn Murphy, from Iowa City, will talk on "Monarchs and More"- Murphy is an Iowa Master Gardener and longtime monarch butterfly enthusiast. She has visited the wintering grounds of monarchs in Mexico and been involved in their conservation for many years.