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Community

A bright light shines on

Liberty High mourns and remembers a young life lost

NORTH LIBERTY– A very dark year got even darker for the Liberty High School community as 17-year-old Liberty High senior Brooke Anne Langland died on Friday, Nov. 13.
She was born on Dec. 17, 2002, to John and Traci Langland. A senior, she had been accepted into the University of Iowa to pursue a career in healthcare, and was planning to try out for the Iowa Dance Team. “Since the age of three, Brooke had lived and breathed dance,” her obituary said. She was a member of Liberty High’s three-time state championship dance team.

No changes on the Clipper ship’s bridge

CCA school board keeps things the same in annual organizational meeting

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, the “Home of the Clippers,” will see no changes at the top of the school board after the board of directors’ annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Board President Jennifer Mooney retained her post following nomination and without an opposing challenge. Mooney was voted-in unanimously with board member Kathy Swenka absent. Vice-president Matt McAreavy also retained his position after nomination without a challenger, and by unanimous vote of the board.

On course to return, but subject to change

CCA school board discusses Nov. 30 return to on-site instruction

OXFORD– If all goes well, students in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will return to their classrooms on Monday, Nov. 30. The district moved to virtual learning on Monday, Nov. 9, after a wave of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines sidelined a significant number of transportation department employees. Coupled with a high COVID positivity rate in Johnson and Iowa counties, the district applied for, and received, a waiver to return to online learning until Tuesday, Nov. 24. The district is on Thanksgiving Break Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25-27.

CCA and ICCSD return to virtual learning

Significant increase in COVID-19 cases leads to online school through Thanksgiving break

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s back to online learning for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) students.
Students in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District returned to all-online learning after the district shifted back to virtual education on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The new big project for North Liberty

NL council discusses Phase Five of the Ranshaw Way reconstruction project

NORTH LIBERTY– Reconstruction of Highway 965, also known as Ranshaw Way, in North Liberty will continue next year with Phase Five of the multiyear project.
City Engineer Kevin Trom and representatives from Shive-Hattery presented an overview of the $9.3-9.4 million project to the city council on Tuesday, Oct. 27, during the council’s regular meeting (conducted virtually).

Governors proclamation requires masks in gatherings and services

NORTH LIBERTY With rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and hospitals around the state reaching capacity, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation adding restrictions and continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation imposes a number of additional public health measures, including a mask requirement in a variety of settings, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

NLPD awarded $1,000 for AEDs

Area nonprofits and communities receive over $25,000 from Alliant Energy’s Foundation

CEDAR RAPIDS– A total of 15 area organizations received community grants totaling $25,500 from Alliant Energy’s Foundation.
The grants fund projects in four key areas, which resonate with Alliant Energy’s core values: Hunger and Housing, Workforce Readiness, Environmental Stewardship, and Diversity, Safety and Well Being.
Among the 139 awarded by Alliant Energy’s Foundation for the fall grant cycle, totaling over $345,000, the City of North Liberty Police Department received $1,000 for automated external defibrillators (AED).

Will people “Swing and Sway the CRANDIC Way” again?

NL council discusses the latest study on reestablishing passenger rail service to Iowa City

NORTH LIBERTY– In 1904, the Iowa Railway and Light Company began “interurban” passenger rail service between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City with a trolley powered by an overhead electric line.

A way to say thank you for what they’ve done for us

Swisher Men’s Club honors veterans

SWISHER– Jose N. Harris is quoted as writing, “A veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal or political views, there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact…”
The Swisher Men’s Club decided to not only remember that fact, but also make a visual statement of gratitude.
On Friday, Nov. 6. members of the club installed 50 banners in Swisher honoring Swisher area veterans in honor of Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11).

Tiffin man killed in electric bike accident

TIFFIN– A Tiffin man has died of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, emergency services responded to the bike trail in the Tiffin City Park for a bicycle crash at 3:48 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
Steven Towne, 49, of Tiffin, was operating a Shred Surface electric mountain bike near the ball diamonds on the bike trail when he lost control and struck a bridge railing. Towne was not wearing a helmet and sustained fatal injuries; he died at the scene.

CCA returns to virtual learning

Significant increase in COVID-19 cases leads to online school through Nov. 23

OXFORD– Students in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District have returned to all-online learning after the district shifted back to virtual education on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The show must go on

CCA’s drama dept. makes major shift for fall play to abide by COVID-19 restrictions

TIFFIN– Improvisation is a skill actors must learn, and comes in handy when fellow actors forget their lines. But what happens when a worldwide pandemic still has a firm grip, resulting in a host of restrictions and limitations; and your best-scripted plan for a fall play doesn’t fit?
You improvise.