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Chris Umscheid

Fine-tuning

Johnson County planners touch up language in the proposed comprehensive plan

IOWA CITY– Johnson County’s first ever, and at times controversial, comprehensive plan is in its final phase of development, and should be in final draft form at the end of the month.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors held a work session on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the County Administrative Building in Iowa City where board members discussed changes to the current draft plan with Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) staff.

CCA nips Benton Community, 73-69

Creek Boys get third win upsetting Benton Bobcats

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys earned their third win of the 2017-18 season in a hard-fought upset against Benton Community Tuesday, Jan. 16, at home. The win improved the Creek Boys’ record to 3-9, while the Bobcats took a dip to 7-6.

CCA girls fall 55-31 to CPU

Pointers take a bite out of the Creek Girls

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls had a rollercoaster week as they cruised past Benton Community 56-23 on Tuesday, Jan. 16, on the road and returned home to face the No. 5 team in Class 4A, the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) on Friday, Jan. 19. The Pointers bit the Clippers, 55-31, dipping the Creek Girls’ record to 8-6 overall.

Fire and ice

Area firefighters cope with difficult fires and brutal weather conditions

Fire and ice

Area firefighters cope with difficult fires and brutal weather conditions

JOHNSON COUNTY– Area firefighters, largely volunteer, have dealt with not only a number of challenging house fires, but also brutal sub-zero cold and dangerous wind chill factors. Extreme conditions are not unusual for firefighters as they routinely work in one of the most Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) environments possible; a “working” structure fire, where flames, toxic smoke and the potential for structural collapse are among the risks. Adding the aforementioned weather conditions, firefighting becomes even more hazardous.

Bergie’s Trojans

West High racks up home win No. 79 with 69-42 victory over Linn-Mar

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IOWA CITY– Seventy-nine. That’s how many consecutive wins the Iowa City West High Trojans have on their home court.
Nine, the number of wins this season for the Trojans, with zero losses. One recent victim was Linn-Mar, which dropped to 5-4 after Bergie’s Boys pounded them 69-42 at West High School Jan. 9.

West overhauls CR Warriors, 72-50

Women of Troy wallop the Warriors

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy posted their sixth consecutive win Friday, Jan. 12, at home with a 72-50 pounding of Cedar Rapids Washington’s Warriors.
The first period was a back and forth battle with the Warriors edging out West High 9-8, but the momentum quickly shifted in the second with B.J. Mayer’s Women of Troy blasting the Warriors 19-8 for a 27-17 halftime lead. West outscored Washington 22-20 in the third on its way to the 22-point advantage at the end.

Clippers struck by Lightning

Liberty boys hand CCA boys 58-45 loss

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NORTH LIBERTY– Stu Ordman and the Liberty High varsity boys basketball team improved their record to 5-6 with a 58-45 home win over Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday, Jan. 6. The Lightning handed the Clippers their second loss in two days as the Creek Boys fell the night before to Central Clinton, DeWitt and dropped to 2-7.

Creek Girls escape Lightning Bolts

CCA tops Liberty, 64-58

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NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team picked up a pair of wins Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6, extending its winning streak to five games and improving its record to 6-4. The Clippers defeated Central Clinton, DeWitt, 50-38, Friday night and faced the Liberty Lightning in a varsity girl-boy doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The Bolts fell, 55-32, Tuesday, Jan. 2, at home to Dubuque Hempstead and were topped 64-58 by the Creek Girls for their second-consecutive loss and a 5-7 record.

Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief Brian Platz looks to be an agent of change

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NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

Trojans finish 2017 on top

West High trounces East High, 86-55

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans finished 2017 with a 7-0 record thanks in part to trouncing the Waterloo East Trojans, 86-55, Friday, Dec. 22, at home.
West pulled ahead 18-11 at the end of the first period and bombed the visiting Trojans 24-15 in the second quarter for a 42-26 advantage at halftime. West High continued to punish East High with 23 and 21 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Platz: Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief looks to be an agent of change

NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”