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Chris Umscheid

CCA takes on super search

Board on a tight schedule to replace Dr. Denise Schares

AMANA– They knew it wouldn’t be easy to replace superintendent Dr. Denise Schares, but the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board truly had their work cut out for them as they met with the search firm recently. The meeting with Dr. Gaylord Tryon, president and founder of G. Tryon and Associates, came toward the end of the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 13.

Aiming for excellence

Swisher American Legion program promotes responsible firearms, developes young minds

SWISHER– In an era of tense controversy over the use and possession of firearms, one group in this northwest Johnson County town is learning to respect guns, rather than fear them.
And they’re learning life lessons while learning to shoot.
For two years, the American Legion Post 671 in Swisher has sponsored a Junior Shooting Sports Program, one of the legion’s many family and youth programs. Participants from ages 12 to 18 use an air-powered rifle shooting a .177 caliber pellet as they learn gun safety and marksmanship.

A cluster of controversy

Supervisors give initial approval to Dooley subdivision

A cluster of controversy

Supervisors give initial approval to Dooley subdivision

District deals with legislative uncertainty

CCA approves 2013-2014 budget

AMANA– Every spring, school districts across Iowa draw up a budget for the next school year and certify it. It’s the art of speculation coupled with the science of fiscal reality.

NLPD’s Venenga born to serve, strong role model

NLPD interim police chief is also city’s 2012 employee of the year

NORTH LIBERTY– In December, the City of North Liberty named police lieutenant Diane Venenga as its 2012 employee of the year. Venenga was cited as, “a solid role model for every officer,” in the city’s press release. Mayor Tom Salm and city administrator Ryan Heiar made the selection, which was open to all city employees.
Since then, Lt. Venenga has been named interim police chief in the wake of chief Jim Warkentin’s resignation earlier this year.

Trojans still 4A state champs

DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans are still the reigning Class 4A Champions after a three-game campaign at the Boys State Basketball Tournament in the Wells Fargo Arena.
The team, coached by Steve Bergman, went on a rollercoaster ride, which ended with its second consecutive state tournament trophy, the fifth for the program and the fourth for Bergman.
But it almost didn’t happen.

For the love of it

Ellis honored for 20 years as “The Voice of the Spartans”

SOLON– Don Ellis loves sports. He loves Solon. He especially loves Solon Spartans sports. For 20 years, he’s been the guy sitting next to the official scorekeeper and the scoreboard operator with a microphone in his hand doing the announcing at Solon High School sporting events.

CCA superintendent to retire in June

Dr. Denise Schares announces plans at school board meeting

TIFFIN– Dr. Denise Schares, superintendent of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district announced her pending retirement, effective June 30.
“It’s a transition point, and I think for the district, it’s a good time to bring somebody in on this really, really tremendous opportunity and challenge of enrollment growth,” Schares said.

New class, new trophy, new challenge

Women of Troy return to state tournament after beating City

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy are going back to the Girls State Basketball Tournament. A decisive 55-42 win over City High Tuesday night at Cedar Rapids Prairie in a Class 5A regional final punched their ticket, and put the ladies on track for their third consecutive tourney appearance.
West led the third meeting this season of the crosstown rivals throughout, edging past 11-10 after the first period and taking a 21-19 lead into the locker room at the half.

Long list of ideas for shortage of space

Facilities committee holds brainstorming session

OXFORD– The facilities committee tasked by the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors to explore options for dealing with the district’s continued enrollment growth took a major step toward making a recommendation.

To a festive Fat Tuesday and five great years

Augusta Restaurant co-owner Jeri Halperin and Ben Black raise a toast to Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, during the New Orleans-themed restaurant’s sixth annual Mardi Gras party. For more photos of the event, see page 20.