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Chris Umscheid

A little longer, but also a little shorter

Celebrating Independence Day in the COVID-19 era in Oxford

OXFORD– The annual Fourth of July Parade was both a little longer, and also a little shorter this year. The parade, held on Saturday, July 4, followed a different route, and also had noticeably fewer entries than in some previous years.
In June, a city council member, and a member of the Oxford First Responders, created the new and longer parade route in the hopes of spreading out the crowds for social distancing; a concern during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Questions, answers and more questions

CCA and ICCSD respond to Dept. of Ed. guidance for reopening schools

DES MOINES– On Thursday, June 25, the Iowa Department of Education (DoE) released its Reopening Guidance for Schools, a two-page document created in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and to be used in conjunction with the “Return-to-Learn Support Document.” The document drew swift criticism for its bare bones content focusing on health and safety while discouraging temperature taking, and not recommending the mandatory use of masks or face coverings.

Lightning sweeps Golden Eagles

Liberty softball wins 4-1 and 8-0 at home with Wahlert

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team swept the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 4-1 and 8-0 Monday, July 29, at home.
The Lightning only needed one inning for the game-one win, putting up four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Kara Maiers held the Birds scoreless for four innings before they plated an unearned run in the top of the fifth. Maiers gave up only two hits while striking out nine in the contest.

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Creek Boys and Stormin’ Pointers split

CCA comes back from 8-6 loss for a 5-3 win against CPU

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team remained at the top of the WaMaC West with an 8-3 overall record and 8-2 conference mark in the wake of a split with the pesky Stormin’ Pointers from Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Monday, June 29, in Tiffin.
The Pointers took the opener, 8-6, but the Creek Boys reloaded and took a 5-3-nightcap win. CPU moved to 5-7 overall and 4-6 in the WaMaC West.

Creek Girls split with the Blazers

CCA defeats Beckman Catholic 7-4 and falls 6-5 in doubleheader

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team opened July with a pair of doubleheader splits.

Keeping the kiddos fed

CCA provides over 53,000 meals during shutdown, and theyre not done yet

TIFFIN When the COVID-19 crisis closed schools, districts across the state scrambled to provide distance learning opportunities and electronic devices to make it possible. They also had to come up with a way to provide a more basic need: the lunches and breakfasts many of their students depended on.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District quickly mobilized on both fronts, distributing Chromebook tablets and acquiring and distributing Internet hot spots. The district also formulated a first-of-its-kind (for CCA) plan to keep the meals coming.

A little knowledge can save a life

Diventures in North Liberty urges safety in and around the water this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– As the COVID-19 crisis continues, people are finding fewer than normal recreational opportunities, including taking a dip in a municipal swimming pool. The outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center is closed for the season while the indoor pool is open for lap swimming by reservation only.

Creek Boys sweep the Bobcats, 3-0 and 10-3 Bollers gets a pair of homers against Benton Community

TIFFIN The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball team swept the Benton Community Bobcats off the diamond Tuesday, June 23, at home. The Clippers took game one, 3-0, and shelled the Cats, 10-0, in the nightcap, boosted by a pair of home runs from TJ Bollers.
Parker Smith knocked a double in game one, while Grant Jensen had a pair of singles and drove in one run. Brock Reade, Bollers, Ben Swails, Casey Ogden and Cade Armstrong hit one each with an RBI for Reade. Ogden went the distance for the Creek Boys striking out two and giving up four hits.

Bolts sweep the Trojans

Liberty baseball tops IC West, 5-4 and 8-1

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity baseball team opened the season June 16 with a 2-0 win over Iowa City High, and won bragging rights by sweeping Iowa City West High, 5-4 and 8-1, on Tuesday, June 23, at Liberty High.
The Bolts had a two-run burst in the bottom of the third inning in game one to take a 3-2 lead and, after the Trojans tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth, the Lightning flashed again with a run in the bottom to retake the lead and added an insurance run in the sixth. The Trojans scored one run in the seventh, but Liberty held on for the 5-4 win.

Creek Girls and Lady Spartans split

CCA wins, 8-4, and falls, 9-2

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School girls softball team recovered from a pair of losses to Benton Community and made a statement splitting with WaMaC East rival Solon Wednesday, June 24, at McAreavy Field, in Oxford. The win against the Lady Spartans was the first for the varsity Clippers since a doubleheader sweep in 2012.

Cougars sweep the Bolts

CR Kennedy knocks off Liberty, 9-7 and 10-8

NORTH LIBERTY– The Cedar Rapids Kennedy varsity baseball team moved to the top of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division with a sweep of the Liberty High Lightning on Thursday, June 25, at Liberty. The Cougars improved to 4-0 in the conference, and 6-0 overall, while the Lightning dropped to 2-2 in conference play, and 5-3 overall.

People come first

It’s all about service and building relationships at NextHome Navigator in Tiffin

TIFFIN– You see it all the time: businesses proclaiming, “We put the customer first,” “Customer service is our No.1 priority” and other similar platitudes. But sadly, reality is often disconnected from flowery rhetoric.
In Tiffin, Jeff Tackaberry and his NextHome Navigator real estate agency is putting meaning behind the words with a focus on putting people first. “#Humans over Houses” is the motto.
Tackaberry has been in the real estate industry for 17 years, and has worked with several different companies.