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Chris Umscheid

Clippers make history

CCA shuts down Assumption 27-0, stays perfect in District 5

TIFFIN– The victory bell rang again Friday, Oct. 10, after the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers shelled the Knights of Davenport Assumption 27-0. The win was literally one for the books as the Clippers surpassed last season’s win total with a 6-1 record overall (4-5 last season). CCA also remained undefeated in district play with a 5-0 record for the top slot. With two games left in the regular season, the Creek Boys secured the District 5 Championship, a first for the team, and are headed for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Smoke Eater retires

Solon’s former fire chief looks back on 40 years as a firefighter

SOLON– For 40 years, Dan Smith responded to emergencies in Solon, Iowa City and the surrounding area as a firefighter. In September, he put his helmet on the rack for the final time as he retires from the Solon Fire Department.
Smith is the son of the late Vernon Smith, a man who served the community as mayor, town cop, city councilman and volunteer firefighter (for eight years).

Commuters clogging I-380

DOT survey seeks input on alternatives

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters on Interstate 380 have more company on the road than before, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
And the organization is trying to find alternatives to reduce the number of drivers on the crowded super slab.
Iowa DOT representatives presented a two-pronged assault to reduce the number of daily drivers during a public information open house Thursday, Oct. 2, at the North Liberty Community Library.

DOT: How’s your driving?

Weigh in now on commuter traffic, alternatives studies

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters on Interstate 380 have more company on the road than before, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
And the organization is trying to find alternatives to reduce the number of drivers on the crowded super slab.
Iowa DOT representatives presented a two-pronged assault to reduce the number of daily drivers during a public information open house Thursday, Oct. 2, at the North Liberty Community Library.

CCA schools among those struggling with No Child Left Behind rules

OXFORD– The state of Iowa saw an increase in the number of schools “in need of assistance” designation under the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB). According to a report published Tuesday, Sept. 16, by the Iowa Department of Education, 852 out of 1,288 Iowa schools, or 66 percent, failed to meet federal proficiency standards, an increase over last year’s total of 64 percent.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is among those considered in need of assistance by the federal government.

West tripped up in overtime

West falls to Bettendorf, 28-27

IOWA CITY– “Gut-wrenching.”
That’s how West High football coach Garrett Hartwig described his squad’s 28-27 loss in overtime to Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 3, at home.
“I got more respect for the 53 men in that room (gesturing toward the locker room) right now than anybody else,” Hartwig said. “At this point in the season, it’s about executing. Bettendorf executed, credit goes to them they’re a great program.” Hartwig said his Trojans were getting better, but “we’re not where we need to be yet.”

Raiders scuttle Clippers’ senior night

TIFFIN– Seven seniors were recognized for their contributions to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) volleyball program on Senior Night, Tuesday, Sept. 30. Lauren Stopko, McKenzie Fuller, Bailey Butler, Dacia Lipkea, Hanna Stokes, Natalie Brimeyer and Jana Sefzik were honored just before the varsity march with the Williamsburg Raiders.
Unfortunately for the seventh-ranked (in Class 4A) Clippers, the un-ranked Raiders spoiled the special night by winning three games to two in an upset.

Low attendance at courthouse annex information sessions

IOWA CITY– Attendance at public information meetings about a proposed $33.4 million bond issue to build a courthouse annex has been “steady,” according to Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan.
But that doesn’t mean they are drawing a crowd.
“It’s been pretty steady at about three or four people per event,” Sullivan said.

Attendance low at courthouse annex information sessions

IOWA CITY– Attendance at public information meetings about a proposed $33.4 million bond issue to build a courthouse annex has been “steady,” according to Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan.
But that doesn’t mean they are drawing a crowd.

Progress and changes for CCA; some required, some desired

CCA board receives building projects update

OXFORD– Walls are going up now, and by next year, other walls may be coming down.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community school district’s construction manager Ray Willoughby delivered the monthly building projects report to the board of directors at its regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 18. Work is progressing at the new elementary school on the east side of Tiffin, with floor slabs in place and walls erected.

Clippers wreak havoc upon Chiefs

CCA 52, Keokuk 7, for a happy homecoming

TIFFIN– There have been a lot of reasons to smile so far this varsity football season at Clear Creek Amana. Decimating the Keokuk Chiefs 52-7 Friday, Sept. 26, for the Homecoming game is one of them.
“That was a good one,” coach Matt Hughes said after the game. “It was just another team effort, these guys are just catching fire at the right time and each week they’re getting better and better just doing our base offense. We’re not doing anything crazy, just our base offense and just trying to get a little more aggressive week in and week out.”
It worked.

Marion wins 3-0 over CCA volleyball team

Marion Indians capsize Clipper girls

TIFFIN– The Marion Indians came into a WaMaC volleyball match-up Tuesday, Sept. 23, with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ranked third in Class 4A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association. The Clippers held the number six spot, and despite a valiant effort, fell to Marion 3-0 in varsity action.