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Chris Umscheid

Young farmers argue for changing Ag Exemption

IOWA CITY– Young farmers in Johnson County raised their voices loud and clear to the board of supervisors: change or scrap the county’s agricultural exemption policy.
The young guns blazed away during a Thursday, May 10, public hearing on the proposed county comprehensive plan, citing the immense difficulties many budding farmers encounter in trying to purchase 40 acres (the minimum amount of land required to be considered a “farm” in Johnson County).

Supervisors’ public hearing on comprehensive plan May 10

P&Z’s 24 recommended changes under consideration

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. The hearing is the latest step in what has been a nearly two-year process in crafting the document; the first of it’s kind for the county.
The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5-0 on Monday, April 9, to approve a draft of the plan with 24 recommended changes.

Trojans give Prairie Hawks their first loss

West’s Frisbie scores in double OT, 2-1

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High varsity Trojans handed Cedar Rapids Prairie its first loss of the season on Monday, April 30, at Prairie’s John Wall Stadium with a 2-1 win in sudden death overtime (OT).
The win dipped the Prairie Hawks to 7-1 and improved West’s record to 8-3.
Prairie struck first with a long-ball goal in the 30th minute by Matthew Walter. Shortly after, Gada Ambo tied the match with a cross kick from the right side into the back corner of the Prairie net. A stalemate ensued through the rest of the first half and all of the second half leading to overtime.

No hydrants? No problem

Firefighters practice moving big water

LAKE MACBRIDE– Fire hydrants.
Most towns have them strategically placed on street corners and other easily accessed locations, so firefighters can quickly find them, connect their pumpers to them and assure a steady and uninterrupted water supply.
However out in the rural areas and in towns without a municipal water system, those familiar fireplugs are nowhere to be seen.
Firefighters have utilized tank trucks, or tankers, to haul water to fire scenes for as long as there has been motorized fire apparatus.

Ag classes coming to CCA

District last offered ag and FFA in the late 1970s

TIFFIN– Next year, blue corduroy jackets might be seen in the hallways of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin, identifying students enrolled in a brand new agricultural education program, which has also joined the Future Farmers of America (FFA).
CCA last offered agricultural classes in the late 1970s in partnership with Kirkwood Community College. However, the college dropped the program and the school district was unable to continue it. Interest in the curriculum and hopes for restarting the program laid dormant like seeds waiting for an opportunity to burst forth.

First home win for the Bolts

Liberty girls have little trouble corralling the Mustangs

CORALVILLE– Liberty High’s varsity girls soccer team put its first home win in the books Tuesday, April 24, after defeating the Independence Mustangs, 4-1, on the home field at the Coralville Youth Sports Complex.
Sydni Von Sprecken scored early in the first half. The Mustangs tied the match, 1-1, with a penalty kick (PK), but the rest of the contest belonged to Liberty. Megan Davis and Madi Barta ended the first half with a 3-1 lead. Elise Hermiston fired a PK past the Mustangs’ keeper in the second half to seal the win.
Both teams ended the day with a 2-4 record.

Little Hawks shock Trojans

City High sweeps West in annual doubleheader

IOWA CITY– A fierce battle and stunning moments always ensue when West High and City High meet on the University of Iowa’s soccer field, and the 2018 meeting was no different.

Stormin’ Pointers sweep The Creek

CPU defeats CCA in varsity soccer doubleheader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity girls’ and boys’ soccer teams faced Center Point-Urbana in a home doubleheader Thursday, April 19, after a soggy pitch in Center Point forced the boys’ match to Tiffin.
The visitors ruled the evening as the Pointer girls sank the Clippers 7-0 and CPU’s boys capsized CCA, 2-1.
Lillian Hennes made nine saves and was the victim of seven goals in 80 minutes of play for the Creek Girls while Blake Malli made four saves and allowed two goals for the Creek Boys. Christian Romero put in CCA’s only goal of the night with an assist by Trevor King.

A win in JMFD’s battle to save lives and property

Additional water supply for firefighting in Shueyville

SHUEYVILLE– Residents in the Shueyville area in general, and future residents of the Jacobs Landing subdivision on Curtis Bridge Road will have some measure of peace of mind as the Jefferson-Monroe Fire Department (JMFD) has placed another underground water tank.

It’s Official

Johnson County to lease, then purchase, Celebration Barn

OXFORD– The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) unanimously approved entering a lease agreement with the Iowa Natural Heritage Trust Fund (INHF) for seven parcels of land known as The Celebration Barn.
The board took action during a Tuesday, April 17, meeting at Kent Park, ending speculation and rumors regarding the purchase.

Kites for Kids honors child abuse victims

NORTH LIBERTY– Kites filled the sky above the football field at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty Saturday, April 21 during the Kites for Kids festival. The family-friendly activity was part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and was held to recognize and honor children who have been affected by child abuse. It also recognized the many non-profit and social services organizations, which work tirelessly in an attempt to prevent child abuse.
While some families brought their own kites to fly, free kites were provided on-site, with minimal assembly required.

Beauty and the Beast dance in Tiffin

TIFFIN– True love and internal beauty won out over vanity and ego as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department performed the musical version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 22, in the Performing Arts Center, in Tiffin.