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Chris Umscheid

To a festive Fat Tuesday and five great years

Augusta Restaurant co-owner Jeri Halperin and Ben Black raise a toast to Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, during the New Orleans-themed restaurant’s sixth annual Mardi Gras party. For more photos of the event, see page 20.

Happy ducks and happier hunters

Conservation group puts the emphasis on local wetlands

SHUEYVILLE– Since 1911, Delta Waterfowl has been committed to preserving the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. For a year now, the Hoosier Bay Chapter has been organizing and making plans for the future of local waterfowl and hunting, specifically in their namesake Hoosier Bay, located south of Ely in the Atherton Wetland.
The group with around 30 members is headquartered in Shueyville and covers a 50-mile radius.

Fighting to a bitter end

Dowling derails Trojan grapplers’ run for State Dual Meet

IOWA CITY– Two “firsts” occurred Wednesday night in the West High gymnasium.
One, the Trojans won’t be going to the state dual meet in Des Moines for the first time in a decade.
The other, the West Des Moines Dowling Maroons will be going for the first time since 1993. The Maroons bested West by one point, winning a Class 3A Regional Dual Meet, 35-34.

Creek’s Murphy places fourth in district meet

Connor Murphy was the only Clear Creek Amana Clipper to advance to a Class 2A District Wrestling Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 9, at Solon High School. Murphy is shown here battling Max Wehage of Vinton-Shellsburg in first round action. The sophomore placed fourth, falling to Wehage in 5:07, and to Jaret Probasco of South Tama in the Third Place match in 1:55.

The best in the West

Disterhoft breaks West High record as team trounces Waterloo East

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble beating the Lady Trojans of Waterloo East at home Friday night, taking the MVC contest, 69-28. With West coming into the match-up with a 14-4 record vs. East’s 1-17, the end result was no surprise.

Sherm’s Auto: used, but not used up

New dealership filling a need for more affordable transportation

NORTH LIBERTY– In the United States of America, it’s a basic fact of life: “Everybody needs a vehicle.” So said Steve Sherman, owner of Sherm’s Auto in North Liberty.

Greatly appreciated

Honor Tour overwhelms Solon WW II veteran

RURAL SOLON– Thank you. Two words which often seem insignificant, or are casually tossed about. But, to a veteran, they can be overwhelming when offered with sincerity.

Sticking with the tried and true

CCA board looks at construction project methods

TIFFIN– By consensus of the group, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District Board of Directors settled a decision eight months in the making.
Since May of last year, the board has been mulling over two distinctly different ways of conducting a major building construction project: the traditional way, and Integrated Project Delivery, or IPD.

A dynamite performance

Fun and surprises with ‘The Foreigner’

TIFFIN– For Pete Huch it was a golden opportunity. Huch, the drama director at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School, has wanted to stage a production of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” since his college days.
“I finally got the cast for it,” Huch said, adding that the CCA group was a good fit for Shue’s cast of characters.

Women of Troy hold off Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs

West girls up to the challenge

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy repelled a threat from the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead Tuesday, Jan. 8, pulling off a 55-46 MVC victory on their home court.
Laynie Whitehead put West on the scoreboard early in the first period, and West took a 9-1 lead prompting the Mustangs to call for a time-out. Ally Disterhoft hit the first of two 3-pointers late in the quarter for a 16-7 lead. The Mustangs galloped back in the second, out-scoring West 13-11. West held a 27-20 lead at the half, with 12 of those points coming from Disterhoft.

Clipper JV girls take Solon Spartans 60-49

TIFFIN– With the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Spartan varsity girls moving their match-up to Cornell College and “Rivalry Saturday,” Friday night’s junior varsity (JV) game became the marquee contest. The home crowd wasn’t disappointed though, as PJ Sweeney and company pulled off a 60-49 win powered by sophomore Lexi Kinnaird’s 22-point effort including one 3-pointer.
Kelly Noska, a junior, put in 15 points while sophomore Kiley Seelman had 12 with a trio of 3-bombs. Sophomore Kelsey Hall had a 9-point night and sophomore Alexa Sweeney added in 2.

Report confirms more east side growth

OXFORD– The Facilities Committee of the Clear Creek Amana school district was formed last fall to explore the needs of the growing district, and propose solutions for consideration by the school board of directors. Since October, the volunteer members have poured over a plethora of enrollment figures and capacity data for the district’s buildings.