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July 8th

CR Jefferson tests West, pulls off doubleheader upset

IC West falls 7-4, 8-4 to J-Hawks

CEDAR RAPIDS– As he was watching the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks warming up, West High coach Justin Lutjen said the doubleheader would be a good test for his Women of Troy.
Not only did the J-Hawks test West, the blue birds got the better of them with an upset sweep of the No. 1 (according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s June 26 rankings) team in Class 5A. Jefferson was the No. 5 ranked team.
In doing so, Jefferson also handed West its first MVC losses of the season, and the team’s third loss in a row following a Saturday, June 27, non-conference loss to Solon.

Creek girls take two from Indee

CCA beats Independence 5-1... twice

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls softball team improved to 18-13 on the season with a doubleheader win against the Independence Mustangs at home Monday, June 29.
The Clippers took both games 5-1.
Indee’s run in the opener came in the top of the first inning as a runner galloped across the plate.
It was all CCA after that with Claire Navara belting out a two-out, two-RBI hit with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning.
Jacquelyn Fairholm followed with her own two-RBI single for a quick 4-1 lead.

NLFD - rapid response

New technology, strategies keep NLFD moving forward

This is the third and final installment of a three-part series on the ways the North Liberty Fire Department– a volunteer unit with only three paid positions– continues to meet the challenges of protecting an ever-growing community.

NORTH LIBERTY– Prior to becoming an Iowa City firefighter and part time assistant chief for the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD), William Schmooke worked in town with an employer willing to let him leave for emergency calls.

Grass-fed beef genetics field day July 13

at Rapid Creek Ranch in Oxford

OXFORD– Getting started raising grass-fed beef may seem difficult, but experienced livestock producer Doug Darrow says the hardest part isn’t learning the logistics.
“The hardest thing is changing your thought process, letting nature be nature, and thinking about how you can manage that instead,” said Darrow, who raises grass-fed beef at Rapid Creek Ranch near Oxford.
Learn about the ongoing work Darrow and his son, Justin Wade, are doing to strengthen their grass-based beef business at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day they are hosting on Monday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blues & BBQ is this Saturday, July 11 in Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty is gearing up for its ninth year of live music, delicious food, family fun and great brews on July 11, in Centennial Park from noon until 10 p.m.

Census jobs now available in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– In the near future, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a Special Census in North Liberty. The City of North Liberty has requested it and will incur the cost. Local residents are needed to work as enumerators. Enumerators visit households and collect a facts about each member such as name, age, and relationship to the householder. Enumerators are paid $13.55 per hour, plus mileage and paid training.

The 77-day challenge

CCA’s STEM Center is on time and on budget

TIFFIN— A challenge was issued in late April on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s campus in Tiffin. Joe Greathouse, Assistant Professor in the Construction Management program and spearhead for the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center, addressed a crowd of students, parents and local construction industry representatives packed into the middle school library.
“Not to scare you, but once school is out, you’ve got 77 days to build it,” he had said. “So, no pressure.”

Amazing maze with a message

Colony Pumpkin Patch supports local food pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– During the last three autumn seasons, Dean and Katie Colony, of Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty, have offered a corn maze that contains dead-ends, detours, loops to be navigated and, somewhere among the stalks, routes to the exit.
Ostensibly designed for the entertainment of visitors, the themes for Colonys’ mazes are also purposefully chosen to create meaningful connections between people and the community.

ICCSD discusses changes to special education programs

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District’s sensitivity and lack of communication regarding its special education programs has been called into question, as community members gathered to speak about changes to the program at the Tuesday, June 9, school board meeting.
First, parents voiced concerns about the district’s plans to move Shimek Elementary School’s special education program.

Spartan girls earn WaMaC East soccer honors

Durr, Moss and Metz make First Team

Solon Economist
SOLON– The WaMaC athletic conference released its East Division All-Conference Girls Soccer selections for 2015 on Thursday, June 11, with seven Solon Lady Spartans chosen for First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention rosters.
Josie Durr, Emma Moss and Johanna Metz earned First Team spots.
Durr, a sophomore, knocked in 39 goals to lead the squad. Durr also was credited with 14 assists this season. Moss, a senior, put in 24 goals for the Lady Spartans and made eight assists. Metz, a junior, scored six times and had seven assists on the season.