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Chris Umscheid

The shock that saves lives

Local law enforcement agencies benefit from $10.1 million grant to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators

IOWA CITY– A defibrillator is a device administering an electrical shock to the heart in an attempt to correct a life-threatening chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation, or V-Fib. In this condition, the heart muscle quivers erratically, but does not pump blood. Essentially, without a heartbeat, the person is dead. The defibrillator’s shock literally jolts the heart, stopping it completely for an instant, in the hope natural pacemakers will kick in again in a normal, life-sustaining rhythm restoring heartbeat and breathing.

2.4 percent more for school districts

Governor Kim Reynolds signs funding package for fiscal year 2022

DES MOINES– School administrators and boards of education have a degree of certainty as they put together their budgets for the next fiscal year (FY). Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an education funding package on Tuesday, Feb. 23, which sets a 2.4 percent increase over last year’s amount of state supplemental aid for the state’s 327 school districts. The state’s school aid funding formula provides dollars to districts and Area Education Agencies (AEAs) by combining state aid with property tax revenue on a per-student basis.
Per-student funding will increase from $7,048 to $7,227.

Tigers maul Creek Boys hopes for return to The Well

Christian Withrow leads CCA with 17 points in 69-58 substate loss to Grinnell

TIFFIN The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team had a stellar season with a 12-game winning streak and a second consecutive WaMaC West Championship on the way to a 16-2 conference record. However, an encounter with the Grinnell Tigers in a Class 3A-Subtate 6 quarterfinal contest at home on Monday, Feb. 22, resulted in the end of the season for the Clippers as the Tigers gouged out a 69-58 win to advance.

Bolts survive Wildcats

Kelby Telander leads Liberty in 4A substate semifinal with 19 points in 58-50 victory

NORTH LIBERTY The Liberty High varsity boys basketball team survived a Class 4A Substate 6 semifinal round game against the Davenport North Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 26, at home. The 58-50 win advanced the Lightning to the Substate 6 final on Tuesday, March 2, against Pleasant Valley at Bettendorf, a neutral site, with the winner claiming a berth in the 2021 Class 4A boys state basketball tournament.

A true role model

Gov. Reynolds tours and praises Johnson Countys 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 Sheriffs Office (JCSO).

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.

Indians end Creek Girls’ season with regional semifinal upset

Calia Clubb leads CCA with 12 points. but Marion wins 54-36

TIFFIN– The 2020-2021 varsity season ended for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls Saturday, Feb. 20, with a surprising 54-36 loss to the Marion Indians in a Class 4A regional semifinal game in Tiffin. The Clippers, ranked No. 14 in Class 4A, knocked off Marion in last year’s regional championship to earn their first-ever girls state basketball tournament appearance. Also, the Creek Girls defeated the Indians 51-41 in Marion earlier this month.

Cougars end the Bolts basketball season

Liberty girls fall, 47-37, to Cedar Rapids Kennedy in 5A regional quarterfinal

CEDAR RAPIDS The 2020-2021 varsity girls basketball season ended for Liberty High Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy as the Cougars won a Class 5A regional quarterfinal, 47-37.
Kennedy entered the contest No. 15 in the final weekly rankings of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) while the Lightning were unranked all season.

Bolts tangle with Cougars, emerge abraded

Kelby Telander puts up nine to lead Liberty in 59-43 loss to CR Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team suffered its third consecutive loss since returning from quarantine, tangling with the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Kennedy High School. The Cougars eviscerated the Lightning, 59-43, to drop the Bolts to 5-4 overall (3-4 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division while improving to 14-6 overall and 9-4 in the MVC Valley Division.

“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).

Senior Night success for the Creek Boys

Withrow puts up 26 points, Schrepfer sinks five three-pointers in 85-66 win over West Delaware

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School recognized 16 seniors (five varsity girls and 11 varsity boys) Friday, Feb. 12, during a girl-boy varsity doubleheader against West Delaware Friday, Feb. 12, and celebrated a 46-39 win for the girls, and an 85-66 win for the boys.

Lions chew on Bolts

Ono-Fullard leads nine Liberty players in 47-37 loss to Linn-Mar

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls picked up their third win of the season and a morale boost, Saturday, Feb. 6, on the road, winning a non-conference game against the Williamsburg Raiders. The win improved the Lightning’s record to 3-9 overall, dipping Williamsburg to 8-10.
The celebration was short-lived however, as the Linn-Mar Lions rolled into North Liberty on Tuesday, Feb. 9, for a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division contest. The Lions came in at 6-6 in the division and 8-7 overall while the Bolts sat at 2-7 in the division.