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Chris Umscheid

Solon library display honors railroads and railroaders

All aboard at the Whistle Stop

SOLON– In May of 1869 the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Minneapolis Railway Company began construction of a railroad in Burlington. By 1871 the line had extended to Cedar Rapids via West Branch, Elmira, Oasis, Solon and Ely. In 1875 the railroad went into receivership and was sold to the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern in 1876 before being purchased by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific in 1885.
100 years later, in 1985, the Rock Island Railroad, better known as “The Rock,” was gone, it’s line through Solon completely abandoned and later pulled up.

Easy Win

CCA 40, Mid-Prairie 6

TIFFIN– After the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) suffered a heartbreaking season-opening overtime loss on the road in Center Point, they retooled and rearmed for a week two visit from Mid-Prairie (Wellman) in a Class 3A-Class 2A non-district match-up.
The result was a 40-6 shelling of the Golden Hawks, improving the Clippers’ record to 1-1.

West wins 3-0 over Jefferson

Balanced attack thwarts J-Hawks

IOWA CITY– The Women of Troy opened the 2014 MVC volleyball season ranked fifth in the state and with a 2-1 record Tuesday, Sept. 2, at home against the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. West had knocked off North Scott and No. 6 Pleasant Valley before falling to Bettendorf in MVC/MAC play, while the J-Hawks had yet to take to the court.

CCA public input meeting centers on question of division

TIFFIN — Two scenarios were laid out before attendees of a public input meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Clear Creek High School in Tiffin.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district’s enrollment and boundary study committee hosted the event, seeking guidance from the district’s patrons on how best to realign the elementary school attendance areas ahead of the new elementary school in Tiffin. The unnamed school is currently under construction and is scheduled to open fall of 2015.

A night of firsts for the Trojans

West gets by Cougars 12-9 in season home opener

IOWA CITY– “Firsts” were in abundance Friday, Aug. 29, at West High as the Trojans welcomed the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars for week one of varsity football.
It was the first official varsity game on the new synthetic turf. It was the first game for Garett Hartwig as head coach after taking over for Brian Sauser in June. It was the first career catch for junior Gabe Huinker that won the game for West.

Progress continues on CCA school projects

OXFORD — Ray Willoughby started his building projects report to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board with a little bit of good news.
“Ben (Macumber, principal of Amana Elementary) got his air turned on fully tonight,” Willoughby said, referring to the completion of a $453,000 renovation project at the school. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) work, along with electrical upgrades throughout the building, are two of several projects funded by a $48 million bond issue approved by voters in February for renovation and expansion.

Coach’s bump puts Clippers volleyball under new leadership for 2014 season

TIFFIN– It may be rough sailing for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers as the varsity volleyball season gets underway without Brian Bronzynski at the helm.
Bronzynski was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this year after his teaching position was cut, and he was told the CCA district would not offer him the coaching contract without a teaching position. This was in the wake of his wife Karla being diagnosed with cancer, and Bronzynski taking time away from school to be with her during treatment.

A new era for Trojan football

New head coach, field and competition for 2014

IOWA CITY– The 2014 high school football season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 29, and for the West High Trojans, it will be the start of a new era on three counts.
First, after six seasons, head coach Brian Sauser has left the program for a position in Oklahoma. Sauser has been replaced by one of his assistants, Garrett Hartwig. Second, the old grass gridiron has been torn out and replaced by synthetic turf.
Third, the Trojans will no longer compete within the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC), but instead in Class 4A district play.

MRAP armored vehicle "just another tool"

Johnson County law enforcement agencies band together for armored vehicle

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s just another tool in the toolbox for law enforcement personnel. So says Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek about the MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected) truck his department and five other law enforcement agencies across the county recently joined together to obtain.

CCA solidifies sidewalk agreement with City of Tiffin

OXFORD– An agreement between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district and the City of Tiffin for the construction of a sidewalk-trail was signed by the school board Wednesday, July 23, during its regular meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. The agreement stipulates that the district will build an eight-foot sidewalk from the west edge of its property (by the northwest corner of the high school) to Ireland Avenue, with the city reimbursing the district for three feet of the width.

District champs!

Wagner’s run gives CCA 3-2 edge over Vinton-Shellsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers earned another achievement for the 2014 baseball season Monday, July 21, by winning the Class 3A District 9 championship with a 3-2 win over the Vikings of Vinton-Shellsburg in Williamsburg.
The Clippers went up on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning as Tanner Bandy smacked a line drive over the left field fence for a solo home run, giving CCA a 1-0 lead. The Vikings tied the game in the fourth and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

Clippers advance in district baseball

WILLIAMSBURG– Conventional wisdom has it that it is tough to beat a team three times in one season, let alone in one week. But the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers baseball team dashed that notion as well as South Tama’s hopes of advancing toward the state championship Friday, July 18, in a Class 3A Substate 5 District 9 semifinal baseball game in Williamsburg. The Clippers trounced the Trojans 10-3 to go on to face Vinton-Shellsburg in a district final Monday, July 21.