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Community

A ride to remember in a year like no other

CCA seniors parade through the streets of Tiffin

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School seniors were to have donned their “Clipper Blue” caps and gowns, and crossed the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas on Friday, May 22, in a graduation ceremony.
However, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to wipe out mass gatherings, the district cancelled the event and announced a “virtual ceremony” in its place at 7 p.m. on May 22. The district also tentatively announced an official ceremony for July 24 with the decision to be made by July 10.

All dressed up and nowhere to graduate

Liberty High seniors receive their caps and gowns while graduation plans remain uncertain

NORTH LIBERTY– Curbside pick-up has become a mainstay of the new normal during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as restaurants and hardware stores have adapted in order to serve their customers in a safe and socially distanced manner. At Liberty High School in North Liberty, curbside delivery was utilized on Thursday, April 30, as a way to distribute graduation caps and gowns to the seniors during a two-hour event. A drive-through lane was set up outside the main entrance to the school where tables were set up with boxes full of bagged caps and gowns, arranged alphabetically.

Two men battle at the ballot box for Johnson County Sheriff

Winner of June 2 primary will likely be the next sheriff

JOHNSON COUNTY– Two men will be on the June 2 Democrat primary election ballot for the position of Johnson County’s Sheriff. And, with nobody on the Republican ticket, the winner will most likely become the successor to retiring Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.
Pulkrabek, a Democrat, announced his retirement last year along with his intention to challenge Republican Bobby Kaufmann for Iowa House District 73, which includes Solon, the easternmost part of Johnson County, and all of Cedar County.

Back at it

Tiffin roundabout project is “going well”

TIFFIN– Work on the Highway 6 and Park Road roundabout, on the east side of Tiffin, resumed Monday, April 13, following a winter hiatus.
The $3.1 million project is being paid for with a combination of funding sources: $500,000 coming from an Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) grant, $500,000 from the Transportation Safety Improvement Program (TSIP), and the balance from municipal bonds.

Clippers and Bolts honored

2020 Iowa Governor’s Scholar Program recipients named

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana’s Trace Johanson and Sarah Grace Stewart, and Liberty High’s Rudy Nahra and Harrison Voigt are among 424 seniors from across the state that were chosen for the 2020 Iowa Governor’s Scholar Program.

No pomp under the circumstances

CCA cancels 2020 graduation amid COVID-19 concerns

TIFFIN– Seniors in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District were dealt two more disappointing blows on Wednesday, April 22, as both prom and graduation were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A letter sent to students and families stated, “We understand the disappointment this will cause for our students and all those who have worked tirelessly to plan this special event. However, we must remember that this is in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, families and our community at large.”

A glimpse of normal

CCA continues a patriotic tradition near Oxford

OXFORD– A common cliché heard frequently in this time of viral pandemic is “the new normal.” In a time of traditions such as going to church, high school graduations, RAGBRAI and the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival all being cancelled or prohibited, some glimpses of normal, or tradition, can still be found. For example, the large American flag still flies over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Administrative Offices, at the intersection of Highway 6 and Upper Old Highway 6, just north of Oxford.

North Liberty public building closures extended, programming modified

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty's public facilities, including city hall and the community center, currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will remain closed, and registration for summer programs will be postponed, indefinitely.
Through the closure, city staff will continue to offer no-contact services such as phone support and Library Hop checkout, digital services including movies and books, and other modified programming provided remotely, delivered digitally, or held asynchronously.

ICCSD appoints interim superintendent

Matt Degner takes over for outgoing Steve Murley on July 1

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) moved one step closer to the end of the Steve Murley era as the district board of directors selected Assistant Superintendent Matt Degner to serve as the interim superintendent beginning July 1. The board took the action by unanimous vote on Tuesday, April 21.

Volunteers step in to clean up popular shooting range

SWISHER– One of Iowa’s most heavily used shooting ranges was the recipient of a cleanup project led by volunteers who stepped in after the local range manager was sidelined with a non-work-related injury.
The Hawkeye Wildlife Area shooting range, between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, is a popular destination for avid target shooters to sharpen their skills and site in their rifles. The range consists of three separate ranges– a 100-yard range, a 50-yard range and a 25-yard range. Range rules require users clean up after themselves and take out what they bring in.

Adapting technology in a time of need

Local initiatives protect those on the frontlines in the war against COVID-19

NORTH LIBERTY– COVID-19 is thought to spread primarily through close, person-to-person contact via microscopic respiratory droplets, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The droplets are released when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes, and can land in the nose or mouth of somebody close by, possibly even inhaled into the lungs.

Fareway donates more than $200,000 to support small businesses and their employers

BOONE– Fareway Stores, Inc. announced a $200,000 donation to the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives (ICCE). The donation provides for $1,000-$2,000 in gift cards to ICCE chamber of commerce members in the communities Fareway serves.
“ICCE’s members have the pulse in their communities on how to best serve their small business members during this time of need,” said Fareway President and CEO Reynolds W. Cramer. “We hope this donation helps small businesses and their employees that are facing challenges during this crisis.”