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Harvey puts his paw prints on the CCA stage

The Creek’s thespians bring a classic to life

NORTH LIBERTY– Elwood P. Dowd is a happy man. Day in and day out, he meets new friends and generally lives without a care. His best friend, though, is a 6-3 white rabbit named Harvey, who nobody else can see. The trials and tribulations of his loving sister, Myrtle Mae Simmons, and her efforts to have Dowd committed to a sanitarium are the basis for “Harvey,” a two-act comedy-drama the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department presented Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Performing Arts Center in Tiffin.

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Trying to fill the void

Johnson County to hold special election Dec. 18 for supervisor vacancy

IOWA CITY– Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese, 54, died on Friday, Oct. 26. His unexpected death sent shockwaves through the county, which have turned into a scramble to find a replacement to fill out the remaining two years of his term.

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Serving those who served

CCA Middle School students welcome and feed local veterans

TIFFIN– Elizabeth, a seventh-grader at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School summed up why she and several other students eagerly crowded behind tables of food, donned plastic gloves and served breakfast to a group of veterans.
“They helped for us, so we’d like to help out for them.”
Veterans and their families filled the commons area in the school Monday, Nov. 12, for the annual Springmier Community Library Veterans Celebration, which featured breakfast including casseroles, rolls, breakfast pizza, oatmeal and biscuits and gravy.

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A golden opportunity

ICCSD donation of a house provides rare training opportunity for the NLFD

NORTH LIBERTY– A small two-story house and two little sheds used to sit on a parcel of land overlooking a wooded ravine just east of Liberty High School in North Liberty. The house was abandoned for some time and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) purchased the land for future expansion of the high school. Eventually the structures would have to be torn down.

Supervisors close to finalizing land purchase for Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

Multiple studies OK purchase and construction, Rettig still opposed due to flood risk

IOWA CITY– A long awaited comprehensive access center for behavioral emergencies and mental health crisis in Johnson County, the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC), took another step toward becoming a reality as the board of supervisors received an update on the various studies being performed ahead of finalizing purchase of land for the facility.
Matt Miller, the project manager with Hart Frederick Consultants P.C., reported on the pre-purchase progress during a Wednesday, Oct. 31, work session of the supervisors.

Oak Hill

CCA board approves historic name for new elementary school

TIFFIN– The members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board faced a dilemma with far-reaching implications Wednesday, Oct. 17, during their regular monthly meeting in Oxford: What to call the new school, currently under construction in Tiffin.

A focal point in the community is due for a makeover

Oxford American Legion seeks donations for new Veterans Memorial

OXFORD– The Veterans Memorial in Oxford stands for all who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States. Like many veterans, it has seen good times and bad, and has stood in the face of adversity.
But Oxford’s memorial has lost some of its luster and Oxford American Legion members have banded together to raise funds for a new one.
The current memorial replaced a wooden monument which bore the names of Oxford’s veterans placed some 25-30 years ago, possibly even 40, depending on who you ask.

Bringing a legend back to life

The DanceMor opens its doors again after four-year hiatus

SWISHER– Live music and dancing has returned to the historic DanceMor ballroom in downtown Swisher after a four-year hiatus.
The venue, originally a dance floor and stage covered by a circus tent, closed in 2014 and sat dormant until a young couple with an appreciation for the history, and a passion, set out to breathe new life into it.

A toilet paper "ribbon cutting"

NL wastewater treatment plant celebrates expansion

Photo: North Liberty City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tempore Chris Hoffman delivers remarks ahead of a toilet paper “ribbon cutting” Thursday, Oct. 18, at the North Liberty Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The streak is over

N. Scott lances CCA, 45-7, ending historic winning streak for the Clippers

TIFFIN– Senior Night at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School was spoiled Friday, Oct. 12, as the Clippers’ historic gridiron winning streak ended at the hands of the visiting North Scott Lancers.
The Lancers pounded the Creek Boys, 45-7, and dipped CCA to 7-1 after the first-ever 7-0 record in school history. North Scott also clinched the Class 3A District 5 championship (and secured a spot in the playoffs) as well.

The sound of silence

Swisher's 6 p.m. siren falls silent

SWISHER– Small towns have a reputation as being quiet, and the little community of Swisher, in the northwest corner of Johnson County, is no exception. However, after recent actions by the city council, it’s gotten even quieter.
The council voted unanimously on Sept. 10 to discontinue sounding the town’s outdoor warning siren daily at 6 p.m., a tradition dating back to the 1970s.

An option for special needs kids to be kids

Adaptive sports program debuts in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Kids just want to play. Sometimes though, challenges get in the way of having fun. An innovative new program in Tiffin is working to overcome those challenges under the motto “EveryBODY Deserves to Play.”
Courage League Sports is a provider of recreation and sports for kids with disabilities including cognitive, physical, emotional or any combination thereof.
“This gives them a place to play, move their bodies, to be social, interact, and have fun,” said Jenny Rempt, owner of the new Iowa City-area venture.