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Archive - 2020

October 8th

Creek Boys sail past Oskys Indians

Fig runs wild in CCAs 37-7 Homecoming win over Oskaloosa

TIFFIN Clear Creek Amanas (CCA) varsity football team celebrated Homecoming 2020 with a commanding 37-7 win over the Oskaloosa (Osky) Indians Friday, Oct. 2.
It was the third consecutive blowout win for the Creek Boys after dismantling Benton Community 49-3 and Newton 41-14, and improved their record to 4-2 heading into the final game of the shortened regular season.

NL’s dog park is now open!

A soft open now ahead of grand opening in the spring for the Red Fern Dog Park

NORTH LIBERTY– Louis was very excited. As a 6-month-old standard poodle puppy, he’s naturally a happy and curious creature. On Thursday, Oct. 1, however, he had a whole new world to explore, and but for his human and the local newspaperman, it was all his.
Louis and his doggie mom, Maria Bozaan, were the first to visit the park, which officially but quietly opened at sunrise. Bozaan explained she had been taking Louis to the dog park in Iowa City, but living and working from home in North Liberty, the new Red Fern Dog Park was a long-awaited convenience.

Four contend for three board of supervisor seats

Republican Phil Hemmingway hopes to unseat one incumbent Democrat

IOWA CITY– Four candidates are on the ballot for three seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Democrat incumbents Rod Sullivan, Lisa Green-Douglass, and Royceann Porter are defending their seats while Republican Phil Hemmingway, a former member of the Iowa City Community School District Board of Education, hopes to unseat one of them. Hemmingway lost to Porter in a December 2018 special election to replace the late Kurt Friese, and also ran in the 2018 general election.

Still a long way back to normal

Volunteers pitch in to clean up Lake Macbride State Park

SOLON– Almost seven weeks after the historic derecho wind storm moved across the state of Iowa, the after-effects are still evident at Lake Macbride State Park despite a Herculean effort by park staff.
“It was bad,” said Park Manager Ron Puettmann. “There’s probably thousands of trees down in the park, most of them in the timbered areas, of course.”
The hardest-hit areas though, were the campgrounds, he said.
“Those are still closed yet until we get the hazard trees taken care of,” he noted.

Malli and Barker crowned as CCA’s Homecoming Queen and King

Tradition reigns in scaled back 2020 Homecoming

TIFFIN– Although greatly scaled back due to concerns prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Homecoming Week was held in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District. Organizers cancelled the annual parade and traditional dance, opting instead to defer both events until a time when such gatherings are safe to attend.

October 1st

Iowa 1 south of Iowa City to reopen Sept. 25

IOWA CITY– Replacement of two bridges and construction of two new box culverts on Iowa 1, just south of Johnson County Road F-52, south of Iowa City, was expected to be completed and the roadway reopened to traffic Friday, Sept. 25, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Fairfield construction office.
There may be intermittent lane and shoulder closures over the next few weeks where flaggers assist traffic through the work area to allow the contractor to finish the detail work for this project.

Firewise on the Farm

DES MOINES– As Iowa’s annual harvest preparation hits full stride, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’ The following simple steps can save time and money:

Curbside leaf collection begins in October

NORTH LIBERTY– Fall leaf collection is scheduled to start Monday, Oct. 12, and run through Friday, Nov. 20. Leaves are collected curbside if at the curb by 7 a.m. that Friday.
To have leaves collected, rake them within 2 feet of the public street by 7 a.m. on each Monday. Crews collect them by Friday. Don’t bag leaves or mix them with sticks, branches or other yard waste, or any other materials.
To speed collection, avoid placing piles near street signs or utility poles, and avoid parking vehicles in front of leaf piles.

Spartans deliver Stanton’s first home win at homecoming

Solon downs Vinton-Shellsburg, 28-6

SOLON– Homecoming benefited both the Spartan faithful and Head Coach Lucas Stanton on Friday, Sept. 25, as the Solon varsity football team handed the coach his first home win, 28-6, over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings.
“It was definitely nice to get a win at home in front of our fans,” Coach Stanton professed. “I know our kids really wanted to make sure we got back to protecting our home field. We felt we were in control even when we were down 3-0, we didn't panic. Homecoming is always a week of distractions even in the COVID-19 world we are living in right now.

IHSAA and IGHSAU revise XC postseason dates

Changes due to COVID-19 fears splits qualifying and state meets

DES MOINES– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) announced changes to the 2020 boys and girls cross country season on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The schedule was altered due to ongoing fears related to the COVID-19 epidemic and a need to employ mitigation means for competitors and crowds.
The state qualifying meets and the state meet will be separated by classification and scheduled to take place over two days. The state meet remains in Fort Dodge at the Lakeside Golf Course, home to the state meet since 1993.