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Community

Fareway store hourschange

BOONE Fareway Grocery Stores in North Liberty and Tiffin began operating under new store hours since March 18.
The grocery chain announced

Fixing the UDO

P&Z Commission approves changes requested by Farm Bureau, supervisors to decide on April 9

IOWA CITY– Farmers tend to have a knack for fixing things from fences to tractors, and anything in-between. Johnson County’s farmers have been itching for an opportunity to fix problems they see with the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which was passed in December by the board of supervisors and implemented on Jan. 15. The Johnson County Farm Bureau took the first step in making repairs and adjustments to the UDO by submitting an application to amend the UDO’s text, at a cost of $750.

COVID-19 quarantine care kits

IOWA CITY– Four United Methodist Churches (UMC) in the Iowa City Metro area are creating and distributing COVID-19 quarantine care kits. These simple kits are designed to provide comfort and encouragement. Each care kit includes a request form, which aids in responding to specific needs within a household, if possible.
Reverend Beth Graham from First UMC in North Liberty stated, “We are praying with our neighbors, and our faith moves us to action.”
Reverend Sarah Rohret from St. Mark’s UMC added, “We are interested because we love our neighbors, and we want to always show them we care.”

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.