The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 8, 2014

Shed tear for a loss few may realize


“In all the years I I coached, I raised all the athletic scholarship money,” he said. “None of it was from the school. I’d sell ads in the program and ask for donations from businesses and hold fundraisers.

“I did a study at the end, and we were by far at the bottom of giving tuition scholarships. It hasn’t changed since I left seven or eight years ago.

“It’s hard to compete with schools giving full-ride scholarships,” Walker said.

While ending the sports programs might only cost the school a dozen or two students, it will lessen the potential educational experience for everyone at the school.

Kimani Stevens, a sophomore from the Virgin Islands, played for the Cougars basketball team the past two years. Although he is moving on anyway, he was saddened by the decision.

“It broke our hearts to hear,” he said. “I think they don’t care about students.”

Even with a scholarship, attending CCC came with a price for him. It didn’t matter.

“We spend so much money on flights, but we still want to be here and represent the school,” Stevens said.

Spending time in the Midwest was part of the learning experience for him, but it also provided a look at a different culture for other students he met.

“There are so many other ways to learn,” he said. “I experienced a lot of new things in Iowa I didn’t see on the islands.”

But, without basketball, there’s little chance the Clinton community will be exposed to the next Kimani Stevens or the handful of other players who might have followed him from his homeland, and vice-versa.

“It benefited me in a good way, going to school and getting my degree. If it wasn’t for basketball, I wouldn’t be here. Basketball has helped me in so many ways.

Text Only
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd Akin's back again to talk of rape So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again.You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” she is unl

    July 22, 2014

  • Sadness remains as two-year mark passes in cousins' case As most citizens of the Cedar Valley are well aware, July 13 marked two years since the disappearance of cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey of Evansdale.The passage of time provides some semblance of healing, but the sadness, particul

    July 22, 2014

  • UI needs to keep its admission standards high There’s been a lot of talk lately — most of it coming from the leadership of the Iowa state Board of Regents — about the University of Iowa not being passionate enough about its recruitment of in-state undergraduates. Regent president Bruce Rastetter

    July 21, 2014

  • Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, North Carolina, Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.Eaton is black. The thr

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • 7-21-14 David Helscher mug Prepare for possible effects of Fed's decisions It has been more than 5 years since the Federal Reserve has taken unprecedented steps to support the economy through purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed debt securities. This has generally been called quantitative easing and has not been withou

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • What it was like as a teen

    Ten years ago today, I’d like to think I was checking out educational books to prepare myself for my upcoming journey through college.

    In reality, I was probably playing video games and thinking of ways to have fun, while trying not to get into too much trouble.

    July 20, 2014

  • Randy Meier Spoofing practices resurface Spoofing is the practice deliberately falsifying a telephone number and/or name relayed to the caller ID feature of a phone. This type of call right now is the number one phone scam I receive. Many people report receiving calls appearing on caller ID

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Impeaching the president Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.No, not that the president should be impeached. But Palin is correct in arguing that, for those who assert that Obama has grievously abused his executive authority, impeachment is the proper cours

    July 18, 2014

  • Celebrate the renovated bandshell? Yes, but... I attended the ribbon cutting for the renovated bandshell on July 1. I was a proud member of the Vision 8 team that enabled the project. However, the previous Friday night, June 27, I was also a member of the cast of “Annie Get Your Gun.”When the Nat

    July 18, 2014


With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

     View Results