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Helping hands in a time of need

Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery brews up hand sanitizer in response to COVID-19 crisis

SWISHER– The COVID-19 pandemic has led to store shelves being emptied as worried shoppers grab supplies they think they need in case of being quarantined or ordered to remain at home.
Among the items being hoarded is hand sanitizer.
While not a replacement for soap and water, it is a product recommended to help minimize the spread of illnesses, including COVID-19, and recently people most at-risk have had great difficulty in finding hand sanitizer to purchase.

35 COVID-19 cases in Johnson County

State total jumps to 105

JOHNSON COUNTY The number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa is increasing daily.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the first three cases in Johnson County Sunday, March 8, while Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a third case of community spread in the state Sunday, March 16, and recommended the state close all schools for a period of four weeks.
On Monday, March 23, Reynolds and the IDPH announced 15 additional positive cases, bringing the states total to 105.

Fixing the UDO

P&Z Commission approves changes requested by Farm Bureau, supervisors to decide on April 9

IOWA CITY– Farmers tend to have a knack for fixing things from fences to tractors, and anything in-between. Johnson County’s farmers have been itching for an opportunity to fix problems they see with the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which was passed in December by the board of supervisors and implemented on Jan. 15. The Johnson County Farm Bureau took the first step in making repairs and adjustments to the UDO by submitting an application to amend the UDO’s text, at a cost of $750.

Schools closed for 4 weeks

CCA makes tentative plans while seeking guidance from the state

JOHNSON COUNTY– All area public K-12 school systems have closed and all activities canceled through April 12.
Schools across the state began Monday to follow the recommendation of Gov. Kim Reynolds to close Iowa schools for four weeks due to the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Local schools were already closed from March 16 through Friday, March 20, for spring break.

Cities close facilities

Solon, North Liberty, Iowa City close libraries and community centers

JOHNSON COUNTY– Events are being canceled and local cities are encouraging residents to limit their interaction in response to local cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve faced in our lifetimes,” observed Solon City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.
The cities of Solon, North Liberty and Iowa City have closed their libraries and community centers effective immediately to mitigate the spread of disease.
In North Liberty, the closure is scheduled to last through Sunday, April 12.

Breakfast with Shrek

CCA FAME flips flapjacks to support spring musical

TIFFIN– Once again, a larger-than-life character will leap from the big screen to the stage at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s Performing Arts Center as “Shrek the Musical” opens next month.

Johnson County’s controversial ordinances in the crosshairs

Legislators take aim at the UDO’s ag regulations with bipartisan support

DES MOINES– At a public hearing for Johnson County’s controversial Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), State Representative Mary Mascher (D-86) warned, “I am asking you to listen to what the people here have to say because if you don’t, we will end up dealing with it in the legislature.”

A year in review for Clear Creek Amana FFA

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter has been busy since last year’s National FFA week. When highlighting the activities that took place within the chapter, we can’t help but thank the community for all the support and encouragement.

The customer always came first

Tiffin’s Karen Ruppert looks back on a career with the postal service

TIFFIN– When Karen Ruppert closed the customer service window on Dec. 24, 2019, she also closed out a career spanning 42 years with the United States Postal Service.
Ruppert, a resident of rural Tiffin, was the postmaster of the fast-growing community from Feb. 23, 1991, until her official retirement date last month.

“Never forget where you came from”

SYNcere Printing in Tiffin: making bucks and making a difference

TIFFIN– Since 2016, Juan Santiago has been screen-printing T-shirts and other garments under the business name of SYNcere Printing (LLC). It’s a unique enterprise for a unique individual who has been an active duty Marine, a member of the Iowa Army National Guard and a High Risk Unit officer with the Iowa Probation and Parole Department.

SHS presents “Freaky Friday” March 6-8

SOLON– When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.
Solon High School’s Drama Department will present a musical version of “Freaky Friday” Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at https://sc4a.ludus.com.

The Moving Wall coming in August

SOLON– A living tribute to Vietnam Veterans is coming to Johnson County in August.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, The Solon American Legion Stinocher Post #460 is proudly sharing its commitment to honor and respect those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by sponsoring the display of The Moving Wall Aug.13-17.