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Chris Umscheid

Fun in any season

Friendly foursome overcomes challenges, brings fun back to Bobbers Grill, Scales Pointe

NORTH LIBERTY– It was an opportunity that hit suddenly, led to a leap of faith, a flurry of activity, and culminated in four friends becoming business partners.
But that’s only the beginning.
When Rick and Marcia Frauenholtz, and Jeff and Mary Dostal purchased Bobbers Grill, and the Scales Pointe Campground, nobody could have foreseen the challenges and rewards to come. As long time campers, they were familiar with the place and many of its patrons. They had watched dishearteningly as its popularity declined.

CCA faces two tough losses in a row

Clipper boys struggle with Maquoketa

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TIFFIN– It’s been a tough season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers boys’ varsity basketball team with only four wins and (at this writing) nine losses, two of them back-to-back and by 20 points each.
After losing 71-50 to Benton Community on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Steve Ottoson’s Clippers came home for a Friday night tilt with Maquoketa, and found themselves in trouble early before losing, 57-37. The Cardinals improved to 5-9 with the win.

Women of Troy blitz the Bulldogs

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IOWA CITY– Conventional wisdom suggests that when an 8-5 team takes on a 5-7 squad, the lesser-record holding team should have a tough fight on their hands if they have any hope of pulling off an upset.
Conventional wisdom did not take into account what happens when the West High Women of Troy return to the hardwood after a tough loss.

CCA voters face major decision

Feb. 4 ballot will decide how to address district’s space issues

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TIFFIN– Tuesday, Feb. 4, is election day for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.
Voters will be asked to authorize the district to issue $48 million in general obligation bonds for a number of construction projects including a new elementary school and expansion of the current middle school in Tiffin.

Frustration plagues Clipper girls

Fouls, free throws, turnovers help Beckman sink CCA

TIFFIN– Before Saturday night’s varsity match between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Dyersville Beckman Blazers, Clipper coach Matt Haas said he thought having the previous night off (the CCA-Western Dubuque game was postponed due to icy roads) would benefit his team.
After the 45-40 loss to the Blazers, a frustrated and upset Haas summed up the game.

Adjustments for (almost) all of God’s creatures

Dr. Helen Beck, one of a growing number of animal chiropractors

RURAL SOLON– As you pull into the driveway of Jake and Helen Beck’s home, a pair of horses trot over to the fence to look you over.
It’s no surprise the equines are there. Horses have been a large part of Helen’s life, and now they make up most of her veterinary practice.
Helen Beck, DVM, provides veterinary care, primarily to horses. She’s also one of a growing number of animal chiropractors providing adjustments to traditional family pets such as dogs and cats, with the background and knowledge to care for almost any of God’s creatures, great or small.

Clippers pick up a win from Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– Nile Rourke summed it up very succinctly.
“It feels good to start the New Year off right.”
The junior was talking about his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ 55-44 win Thursday night (Jan. 2) at home against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. The win improved the squad’s record to 3-5 and took away some of the sting of a pre-Christmas loss to West Branch. “It was good to be in control and to keep it for the whole game. We’ve had trouble finishing games, so it’s about time we played a full game and finished and won a game,” Rourke said.

Clipper girls one and one

Clipper girls 10 points better than Independence

TIFFIN– The ship is back on an even keel. After a season-opening loss to Center Point-Urbana, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls battled the Mustangs of Independence for a 67-57 win Tuesday, Dec. 3, at home.
The Clippers took an early lead with a Kelsey Hall 3-pointer and led 11-2 before an end-of-the-first period rally by the Mustangs narrowed the gap to 11-8 in favor of CCA.
Emily Wieland opened the second period for CCA by scoring on a rebound, Molly Villhauer added a pair of baskets and Lauren Stopko nailed a 3-pointer. The Clippers enjoyed a 27-22 lead at the half.

One step forward, one step back

CCA boys beat Independence, fall to Marion

TIFFIN– For 30 minutes, it was a pretty good ball game for the Clippers Friday, Dec. 6, in Tiffin asClear Creek Amana (CCA) took on the Marion Indians in a varsity matchup, leading for most of the game. The ending however, was a different story.

The price of freedom

HCS students learn about sacrifice on Veterans Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Some people may see the phrase, “freedom is not free” as a cliché. For Michael Annis, the administrator of the Heritage Christian School in North Liberty, it is more of an understatement.
The school hosted it’s annual Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, with veterans honored and thanked for their service through musical and video tributes as well as words of appreciation from Annis and a personal thank-you from every student in the building.

Bettendorf ends West’s season in OT

IOWA CITY– From the start it was apparent it would be a hard-fought battle and the final score would be close as the West High Trojans faced the Bulldogs of Bettendorf Monday, Nov. 4, in a Class 4A second round playoff game on Trojan Field.
The Bulldogs ended the Trojans’ season with a 27-24 win in overtime.

One-man mission of love

Local veteran seeks to help others battle PTSD

CEDAR RAPIDS– “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
It’s a quote of uncertain origin, but there is no uncertainty about whom it was said.