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Chris Umscheid

Honor, bravery and appreciation

Local fabricator says “thank you” in a big way

SOLON— There are many traditions in the fire service, including the Maltese Cross, the time-honored symbol of firefighters. The Maltese Cross is considered a badge of honor and a symbol of protection displayed by American firefighters.
In Solon, it’s also a sign of gratitude and appreciation.
Bill Frees, owner of Newport Fab and Machine, Inc., recently fabricated and donated a Maltese Cross emblem to the Solon Fire Department.

There to help

Rural Health and Safety Clinic faces many challenges

HILLS– President Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
For four years, Roger Stutsman and Kelley Donham have been trying to convince farmers they are not from the government, and they truly are there to help.

Moving forward with police, citizen relationships in NL

NLPD strategizes to bring cops and kids together on the court

NORTH LIBERTY — Everyone knows they serve and protect; but on Saturday, Oct. 24, North Liberty residents will find out if their sworn police officers got game, too.
The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) will host its first “Hoops with a Cop” event at the North Liberty Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to noon, with the officers taking to the basketball court to meet the public and have a little fun.

Clippers vex Vikettes

CCA wins, 3-0, against Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– The Creek Girls, under the leadership of head coach Jackie Clubb, knocked off the Vikettes of Vinton-Shellsburg, 3-0, in varsity competition Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School gym. Corrine Schwarting’s dozen kills led the Clippers, backed up by 10 from Alyssa Weldon.
CCA overcame an early deficit in game one for the 25-20 win, with kills from Ashley Prusha and Schwarting. Game two also saw the Creek Girls battling early from behind. An apparent ace serve from Alyssa Weldon gave them a 7-6 lead on their way to a 25-17 win before taking the third set 25-20.

Spectacular Senior Night for West

Trojans pick up second win, 63-27, over Hempstead

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans put on quite a show Friday, Oct. 9, as they celebrated Senior Night with a 63-27 win over Dubuque Hempstead. The win elevated the Trojans to 2-5 overall, 2-0 in Class 4A District 7, while the Mustangs slipped to 5-2 overall, 1-1 in district play.

Remembering Solon’s fallen

Window display tells the story of Solon’s war veterans

SOLON– In November 1942, a Japanese torpedo sank the USS Juneau, a light cruiser. Among the dead were five brothers from Waterloo: George, Francis, Joseph, Madison and Albert Sullivan. News of the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers became a rally cry for the war effort as their story went nationwide.

Migrating to Mexico

Project documents butterflies

KENT PARK— Every fall, monarch butterflies pass through Johnson County on their way to their winter home in Mexico, a journey of over 2,000 miles. Scientifically inclined minds have often pondered where the little wonders come from, where they go and what, if anything, affects their journey. During an afternoon event Saturday, Sept. 12, at F. W. Kent Park, 65 of the colorful fliers were tagged and documented as they headed south.
Kristen Morrow, a Naturalist with Johnson County Conservation, led the event for 80 people.

Cougars too much for Women of Troy

IOWA CITY– Macy Anderson’s 16 kills led the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars to a 3-0 win over Iowa City West High Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the West High gym.
Kennedy was ranked fifth in Class 5A with a 12-5 record overall and 3-0 record in the MVC’s Valley Division while West was sixth at 13-4 overall and 3-0 in Valley Division competition.
The Cougars won the hard-fought three-game set 25-21, 25-21 and 25-15.
Emily Halverson led West’s offensive efforts with nine kills, Chandler Haight added seven and Ali Tauchen and Maddie Laffey each had six.

Trojans roll over Davenport Central’s Blue Devils

Henderson’s air assault, keeper gives West first season victory

IOWA CITY– Six touchdowns by the Iowa City West High Trojans doomed the Blue Devils of Davenport Central Friday, Sept. 25, at Trojan Field. The win, on Homecoming Night for West, was the first of the season.
West High quarterback Alex Henderson connected three times with Oliver Martin and twice with Devontae Lane for five touchdowns. He kept the ball for a sixth as West won, 42-14, on Homecoming Night.

City celebrates with a mix of old favorites, new traditions

SWISHER — Organizers of the 2015 Swisher Fun Days added several new attractions to the two-day annual festival. Fun Days, held Aug. 7-8 in the northwest Johnson County community, featured a Kids Zone with several inflatable attractions for the younger crowd and a first-ever human foosball tournament for more mature patrons.
The event, a Swisher tradition for decades, was previously sponsored primarily by American Legion Post 671. This year, volunteers from throughout the community organized the event.

CCA board hears annual progress report

The snapshot that defines a year

TIFFIN— Among the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, each school district must provide an annual report to the federal government, and to the public it serves, on academic performance.
Curriculum Director for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Mark Ernst presented the district’s Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) to the school board at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Tiffin Elementary School.

Warriors’ offense too much for Trojans

West falls to CR Wash, 42-13

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans fell to 0-3 on the season with a 42-13 loss to Cedar Rapids Washington, in a non-district meeting of the Mississippi Valley Conference rivals, Friday, Sept. 11, on the Trojans’ turf.
A scoreless first quarter gave way to three Washington touchdowns before halftime.
With 9:31 left in the first half, the Warriors scored on a short run. Wash scored again with 59 seconds remaining on a touchdown pass and ended the half with another pass into the West High end zone in the final five seconds and took a 21-0 lead into the locker room.