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Chris Umscheid

CCA to ask for PPEL extension in September

Measure will be on school board ballot

OXFORD– The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district expires in December 2015, and superintendent Tim Kuehl wants to ask voters to extend it. Kuehl spoke with the district’s board of directors during their monthly work session and business meeting Monday, July 29, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

Option tax expires, but some retailers still charging

JOHNSON COUNTY– Maybe they didn’t get the memo. Perhaps they couldn’t believe that a tax could actually expire.
Whatever the reason, some retailers in Johnson County are still charging the one-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) for flood relief. The tax, passed by voters in May 2009, was to be in effect for four years and ended on June 30. Iowa City, Lone Tree, Oxford, Solon, University Heights, Hills, Swisher, Tiffin and Shueyville voters approved the tax while residents of North Liberty, West Branch and Coralville rejected it.

Plea deal reached in fatal 2011 crash

IOWA CITY– Nearly a year after charges were filed and a little over a week from when his vehicular homicide trial was to begin, 20-year-old Zachary Swenka agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. Swenka, the driver in an October 2011 wreck near the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School, will formally enter his guilty plea and be sentenced on Friday, Sept. 6.

Decision time for CCA

New superintendent urges board to make a facilities decision

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) superintendent Tim Kuehl said it’s a no-brainer.
“We need to get going on something. We have the money, essentially, so we don’t need that approval. We have overcrowded facilities, now we need to figure out step one and take care of that.”

Challenges ahead at CCA

Kuehl assumes superintendent duties at Clear Creek Amana

OXFORD– After three years as superintendent of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, Denise Schares announced her retirement in February, setting in motion a short but intense search for a replacement.
“It’s a transition point, and I think for the district it’s a good time to bring somebody in on this really, really tremendous opportunity and challenge of enrollment growth,” Schares said at the time. Reluctantly the school board of directors launched the search, hiring G. Tryon and Associates and charging the firm with finding a highly qualified individual in two months’ time.

Connecting to a higher power

Former engineer now guiding the flock at Solon United Methodist Church

SOLON– Scott Keele Kober used to design power lines to connect communities to the electrical grid. Now, as the Pastor of the Solon United Methodist Church (UMC), he connects people to become a community, and to connect that community to the highest power: God.