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Area schools combat vaping

Solon hosts informational session for parents

SOLON– It looked like a typical teenager’s bedroom: a pile of clothes on the floor, stuff on the bed, an array of items on the nightstand and on the desk. As concerned parents surveyed the scene, with guidance from Prelude staff, it quickly became apparent there was contraband hidden in plain sight.

Think right, do right

Solon’s “Shoe Guy” Greg Morris, honored as Iowa’s Firefighter of the Year

SOLON– Greg Morris had a lot of titles over the years: husband, father, ardent fans of University of Iowa athletics know him as “The Shoe Guy,” volunteer firefighter, and now he’s added another.
Morris, from Solon, is the 2019 Iowa Firefighter of the Year.

Making computer and communications systems easy

EZ Solutions in North Liberty takes the worry out of technology

NORTH LIBERTY– In this digital age, technology can be confusing at best, and intimidating at worst. The Internet, which 20-years ago involved dial-up modems and long waits to download content, has progressed to instant information exchange, including transacting business in mere seconds. The technology continues to improve, with more and more devices in life connected to the cloud, but it has also become more complex, with little to no user-repairable components.

Oxford man charged with third degree arson

OXFORD– A series of suspicious fires led to Timothy James Hora, 30, of Oxford being arrested and charged with five counts of third-degree arson.

More roundabouts coming to North Liberty

$4 million project begins in spring

NORTH LIBERTY– A new elementary school in North Liberty means ambitious roadway improvements starting this spring.

With the opening of Christine Grant Elementary School in August, two roundabouts are planned for simultaneous construction on North Front Street, just before classes begin. Anticipated to start as soon as weather cooperates, the estimated $4.1 million project also includes water main and sanitary sewer replacement, improved intersection lighting and sight distance improvements on West Penn Street.

Front Street/Penn Street roundabout

Waves of uncertainty

Backlash prompts further discussion of CCA’s ’19-’20 preschool plan

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved a significant change to the preschool program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Currently the district offers a full-day program with state grant money paying for the morning session (aka “Voluntary”) and families paying tuition for the afternoon (aka “Enterprise”). However, CCA has been accumulating a surplus balance on the state-funded portion while routinely running a deficit on the private pay.

CCA proposes 2019-20 academic calendar

Dates to remember

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District would like to hear from you, if you’ve got something to say about the 2019-20 academic calendar.
A public hearing will be held on the current proposed calendar on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford.
District Superintendent Tim Kuehl presented the draft calendar to the board during a Monday, Nov. 19, regular meeting at CCE.

A golden opportunity

ICCSD donation of a house provides rare training opportunity for the NLFD

NORTH LIBERTY– A small two-story house and two little sheds used to sit on a parcel of land overlooking a wooded ravine just east of Liberty High School in North Liberty. The house was abandoned for some time and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) purchased the land for future expansion of the high school. Eventually the structures would have to be torn down.

Oak Hill

CCA board approves historic name for new elementary school

TIFFIN– The members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board faced a dilemma with far-reaching implications Wednesday, Oct. 17, during their regular monthly meeting in Oxford: What to call the new school, currently under construction in Tiffin.

A barn for the workhorses

CCA Board approves plans for new Transportation Facility in Tiffin

OXFORD– The board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District has approved the design of a new transportation facility and sent the project out for bid. The board took the action Wednesday, Sept. 19, during the regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

Forevergreen interchange on track

Interstate progress for North Liberty and the greater Corridor

JOHNSON COUNTY– Those eagerly awaiting the Forevergreen Road interchange will be happy to know progress is moving at a steady pace.
“The bridge is on schedule and is almost done,” reported Newman Abuissa, Field Engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), District 6. The project in its entirety is expected for completion winter 2019.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

CCA Board re-elects officers

Jennifer Mooney laughs as Steve Swenka (not pictured) nominates her for the office of vice-president for the school board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District. Bob Broghammer (left) and Jennifer Mooney retained their offices as President (Broghammer) and Vice-President (Mooney) at the board’s annual organizational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. Neither Broghammer nor Mooney had challengers and were re-elected on a voice vote.