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August 13th

Decision time for CCA

New superintendent urges board to make a facilities decision

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) superintendent Tim Kuehl said it’s a no-brainer.
“We need to get going on something. We have the money, essentially, so we don’t need that approval. We have overcrowded facilities, now we need to figure out step one and take care of that.”

Plea deal reached in fatal 2011 crash

IOWA CITY– Nearly a year after charges were filed and a little over a week from when his vehicular homicide trial was to begin, 20-year-old Zachary Swenka agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. Swenka, the driver in an October 2011 wreck near the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School, will formally enter his guilty plea and be sentenced on Friday, Sept. 6.

Two arrested in North Liberty, accused of making meth

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty police uncovered the pre-cursor materials for a meth lab in a North Liberty apartment building last week.
On Thursday, Aug. 8, at approximately 9:46 p.m., a North Liberty police officer made contact with a subject near a vehicle in the parking lot of 40 Sugar Creek Ln. in North Liberty. The female subject reportedly had outstanding arrest warrants. During the contact, officers discovered material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine. Additional pre-cursors were believed to be in the apartment at 40 Sugar Creek Ln. #202.

Community center gyms to be closed Aug. 19 through Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The gyms at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., will be closed Monday, Aug. 19, though Aug. 22 so the floors can be reconditioned. The gyms will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Two arrested in North Liberty, accused of making meth

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty police uncovered the pre-cursor materials for a meth lab in a North Liberty apartment building last week.
On Thursday, Aug. 8, at approximately 9:46 p.m., a North Liberty police officer made contact with a subject near a vehicle in the parking lot of 40 Sugar Creek Ln. in North Liberty. The female subject reportedly had outstanding arrest warrants. During the contact, officers discovered material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine. Additional pre-cursors were believed to be in the apartment at 40 Sugar Creek Ln. #202.

Johnson County to offer “Food Preservation 101” workshop Aug. 16

IOWA CITY– A free talk on the basics of safe canning, freezing and dehydrating of fruits, herbs and vegetables will be offered Friday, Aug. 16, from 12:10-12:55 p.m. “Extending Your Garden Harvest: Food Preservation 101” will be held in rooms 203B-C of the Johnson County Health and Human Services (HHS) Building, located at 855 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.

Libraries refocus as technology changes how people read

North Liberty library seen as a leader in advancements

By Libby Collins
IowaWatch.org
NORTH LIBERTY– No longer limited to ink and paper, Iowa’s public libraries are spending increasing amounts of money on new technologies, such as eBooks and iPads. The number of computers in these libraries increased 76 percent from 2003 and 2012.
But it has come at a cost.

To serve and be served

J&A Tap receives outdoor permit

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been almost five years since John and Amanda Hruby bought a long-established bar in North Liberty and began working to make it better.
Since then, J&A Tap’s food, beverage selection, live music and volleyball leagues have drawn so many patrons the couple has had to expand their offerings.
On July 23, the North Liberty City Council approved conditional use permit and site plan for J&A Tap, so the crowds of people who come to play volleyball will be able to both serve and be served outdoors.

CCA’s A.J. Liddell named to 3A all-district team

TIFFIN– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association recently announced their 2013 all-district teams for Class 3A. Clear Creek Amana’s A.J. Liddell was named to the first team, Southeast district as a utility player.
A senior, Liddell had a 6-4 record pitching and a .357 batting average. According to information available on Quick Stats, Liddell put up six doubles out of 30 hits and had 17 RBIs.
Liddell was the only Clipper named.

Seven IC West Trojans earn all-district honors

IOWA CITY– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) recently announced their 2013 all-district teams for Class 4A. Seven players from Iowa City West were named. First Team honorees: Tyus Adkins (pitcher), Colin Baker (catcher), Reid Bonner (second base), Ezra Reiners (outfielder) and Devin Raffensperger (utility). Second Team honorees: Sam Scott (pitcher) and Tanner Wilson (outfielder).