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Community

Clippers shine in footlights

CCA fine arts students earn top honors

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School fine arts students recently earned top honors in theatre and vocal music competitions.
District Large Group Speech competition was held Jan. 23 at Montezuma High School with four CCA groups earning a 1-rating, and advancing to the State Large Group Speech Contest at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Rolling with the flow by maintaining the status quo

CCA sticks with 14-day COVID quarantine policy

OXFORD– “I mean my recommendations, and like so many things this year, I don’t really ever walk away feeling like, yeah, that was 100 percent the right thing,” Superintendent Tim Kuehl told the board members during a Wednesday, Feb. 3, work session of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Education.
Kuehl was talking about the district’s 14-day quarantine policy for positive COVID-19 cases and confirmed exposures.

Filling stomachs and the coffers, too

Liberty Baseball Club sells pizzas while helping the NL Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– Almost everywhere you looked, there were stacks of pizzas, at least 980 of them, neatly and carefully piled on tables, racks, in large coolers.
And they were all going out the door in a six-hour period over two days to fill stomachs and generate some funds for the Liberty Lightning Baseball Club.
The club partnered with Matt Zacek, owner of Z’s Catering and BBQ in North Liberty, for the fundraiser, which saw club members selling preorders for the take-and-bake pizzas over the past several weeks. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21, were pick-up days at Z’s.

Hedgewood Circle residential fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched at 6:14 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, for a fire at 1760 Hedgewood Cir. The North Liberty Police Department was the first to arrive and witnessed smoke from multiple sides of the building. All human occupants left the building themselves and were accounted for.

COVID-19 vaccination information, rides and contact list for North Liberty residents

NORTH LIBERTY– As Iowa continues to vaccinate its population against COVID-19, residents can stay up-to-date on eligibility, sources and other information though local county public health departments. Johnson County information is available online at https://coronavirus-johnsoncounty.hub.arcgis.com/.

“A true role model”

Gov. Reynolds tours and praises Johnson County’s GuideLink Center

IOWA CITY– The GuideLink Center, also known as the Access Center of Johnson County, started accepting patients with an acute mental health or substance abuse crisis on Monday, Feb. 15, as part of a gradual “soft opening.”
The facility, located at 300 Southgate Ave. in Iowa City, has been a goal through roughly a decade of discussion in Johnson County. Momentum was gained in 2015 when then Jail Alternatives Coordinator Jessica Peckover started a crusade for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) made up of law enforcement officers, starting with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).

FFA members host district conference

TIFFIN– Each year, the Southeast District and Iowa Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers plan and facilitate Greenhand Fire Up Conferences for FFA members in the southeast district. Clear Creek Amana High School welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southeast District on Monday, Jan. 18.

NL man charged in IC robbery

IOWA CITY– A North Liberty man was charged with first-degree robbery after a November incident in Iowa City.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Iowa City Police Department, Ernest Allen, 35, of North Liberty, sought a ride from a victim and, upon arrival at the destination, asked for $10 in cash. When the victim retrieved his wallet, the complaint noted, he felt/saw a handgun pressed to his hip while the defendant stated, “You know what this is.” Allen stands accused of taking the victim’s money, then warning the victim not to follow.
First-degree robbery is a Class B felony.

NL woman charged in pepper spray incident

CORALVILLE– A North Liberty woman faces a felony burglary charge after allegedly pepper-spraying the residents of a Coralville apartment.
According to a criminal complaint, the Coralville Police Department responded Feb. 3, to 954 Boston Way, in Coralville, for a report of a fight in progress.

Public safety in the budgetary spotlight

Additional revenue is coming into NLs coffers, but a property tax increase hangs over the discussion of next years budget

NORTH LIBERTY Growth by a city can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, more housing and more businesses mean more tax revenue for the city. On the other, an increase in demand for city services quickly consumes revenue. And often, debt is incurred by the city to pay off new expenses over time.
For the City of North Liberty, the first discussion of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 (2021-2022) budget by the city council on Tuesday, Jan. 19, illustrated the effects of growth upon the community.

Focusing on local food

IA Secretary of Ag Mike Naig visits Iowa Citys Field to Family

IOWA CITY Iowa is well known as an agricultural state, however up to 90 percent of the states food supply comes from out of state. So says Field to Family, a non-profit organization based in Iowa City, which promotes the consumption of locally grown and produced food by providing education, and operating a food hub.

Corps seeks input on revised Coralville Lake Water Control Plan, plans virtual open house events

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District is finalizing the Coralville Lake Water Control Plan and is seeking public input. Two virtual open house events will be hosted to offer a question-and-answer opportunity for the public and gather feedback about the updated plan. The first virtual event will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. and the second will be Thursday, March 4, at 5 p.m.
A digital version of the plan and a video presentation outlining changes are available for review at: