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Chris Umscheid

Action heats up on the diamond

West boys split with Prairie, rout the Regals

IOWA CITY– Two out of three ain’t bad.
That’s how the West High Trojans did in three games at home in a double-header with Cedar Rapids Prairie and a single with the Regals of Iowa City Regina. West split with the Prairie Hawks Monday evening (June 10) before a win over the Regals on Tuesday (June 11).
A six-run rampage by Prairie sealed the 8-4 loss in the opener Monday evening in a game that saw Tanner Wilson hit a double. Ezra Reiners had three hits; Declan Doyle and Colin Baker both had two hits. Sam Scott worked six innings on the mound striking-out six.

Supervisors debate failed jail proposal

Etheredge offers Poor Farm proposal

IOWA CITY– In the wake of a third failed bond referendum for a proposed justice center to replace the county jail and renovate the historic courthouse, Johnson County supervisors are looking for alternatives.
The board met Tuesday, May 14, for the official canvass of votes and to discuss the next steps to be taken. Board member Rod Sullivan expressed his disappointment with the results.

Swisher junior shooters aiming for excellence

Swisher American Legion program promotes responsible firearms for developing minds

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SWISHER– In an era of tense controversy over the use and possession of firearms, one group in this northwest Johnson County town is learning to respect guns, rather than fear them.
And they’re learning life lessons while learning to shoot.
For two years, the American Legion Post 671 in Swisher has sponsored a Junior Shooting Sports Program, one of the legion’s many family and youth programs. Participants from ages 12 to 18 use an air-powered rifle shooting a .177 caliber pellet as they learn gun safety and marksmanship.

A matter of perspective

County’s Planning & Zoning administrator explains Rural Cluster zoning for development

IOWA CITY– Opponents of a proposed housing development on Newport Road and the Johnson County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Department agree on one thing.
“Urban sprawl is not good.”
So said RJ Moore, assistant administrator of the department.
The development on land owned by Sharon Dooley at 2915 Newport Road, has sparked controversy and put the spotlight on urban-style housing in rural areas. It has also brought the term “Rural Cluster” (RC) to the forefront.

A matter of perspective

County’s Planning & Zoning administrator explains Rural Cluster zoning for development

IOWA CITY– Opponents of a proposed housing development on Newport Road and the Johnson County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Department agree on one thing.
“Urban sprawl is not good.”
So said RJ Moore, assistant administrator of the department.
The development on land owned by Sharon Dooley at 2915 Newport Road, has sparked controversy and put the spotlight on urban-style housing in rural areas. It has also brought the term “Rural Cluster” (RC) to the forefront.

CCA needs more time, more information

OXFORD– Recommendations from the district’s facility committee were presented to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors Wednesday, April 17, during a work session preceding the regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary. Many of the board members had been in attendance at the Wednesday, April 10, facility committee meeting where the options had been determined, making a presentation by middle school principal Brad Fox something of a repeat.