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January 30th

Two men to square off for Swisher mayoral race

Hurlbert and Taylor on ballot for Tuesday, Feb. 4 election

North Liberty Leader

SWISHER– The abrupt resignation of Swisher mayor Tim Mason last November set into motion a special election set for Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Randy Hurlbert and Christopher Taylor are on the ballot for the open seat. The winner will serve for the remainder of Mason’s term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2015.
The Swisher American Legion is the polling place, and it will be open from noon until 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail from the Johnson County Auditor’s office.

Garner to host waffle breakfast Feb. 8

NORTH LIBERTY – Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with a basket auction and raffle on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7-11 a.m. at the school.

Community invited to Boy Scouts’ annual chili supper Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 34th annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

New city hall to open inTiffin

North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is ready to move.
City offices will close at noon on Thursday, Feb. 6, and remain closed all day Feb. 7 in order for staff to move into the new city hall, located at 300 Railroad St. The new facility will be open for business to the public beginning Monday, Feb. 10.
The Tiffin City Council’s next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, will be held in the new city hall building.

CCA voters face major decision

Feb. 4 ballot will decide how to address district’s space issues

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Tuesday, Feb. 4, is election day for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.
Voters will be asked to authorize the district to issue $48 million in general obligation bonds for a number of construction projects including a new elementary school and expansion of the current middle school in Tiffin.

Committee announces big-haired entertainment for TiffinFest 2014

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Expect TiffinFest 2014 to be a bit bigger this year.
Bigger crowds; a bigger carnival.
Bigger hair.
Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor, co-owners of Bella Sala in Tiffin, and council member Mark Petersen announced last Wednesday that the headline act for this year’s TiffinFest will be Hairball, a 1980s rock tribute band.

A failure to communicate

Stalled labor negotiations lead to public dispute, rally

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– While workers have returned to their positions at South Slope Cooperative Communications, they have done so under a company-crafted contract that has not been adopted by the workers’ union.
The lack of a negotiated agreement has created mounting tensions between union bargaining representatives and management since the previous contract expired at midnight on Oct. 31, 2013.
Last Thursday, Jan. 23, employees organized a rally and press conference at the North Liberty Community Center, to bring public attention to the situation.

Trojan wrestlers rock the mats

West sweeps Wahlert and Linn-Mar

North Liberty Leader
DUBUQUE– Winter weather swept the West High wrestlers off the mats back on Dec. 19. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Trojans swept the Linn-Mar Lions and Wahlert Golden Eagles on the mats at Wahlert Catholic High School in the rescheduled double dual.
In varsity action against Linn-Mar, Alex Aguirre (106 pounds), Jackson Voigt (170 pounds), Donovan Doyle (182 pounds), Micah Kelsay (220 pounds) and Kevin Dowell (285 pounds) all won with pins.
In varsity action against Wahlert, Chris Walters (126 pounds) and Tyler Hebl (145 pounds) won by fall.

Rough week for the Clippers’ mat men

North Liberty Leader
VAN HORNE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity wrestling team had a tough week with a pair of meet losses on Monday, Jan. 20, at Lone Tree, and two more Thursday, Jan. 23, at Benton Community in Van Horne.
In Monday night’s action, English Valley prevailed 39-24. Trevor Thurn (132 pounds) won by fall in 1:42 over Andrew Fisher and Max Moore (285) pinned Corbin Rowe in 1:36. Against Lone Tree, the Clippers fell to the Lions, 57-18.

Women of Troy blitz the Bulldogs

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Conventional wisdom suggests that when an 8-5 team takes on a 5-7 squad, the lesser-record holding team should have a tough fight on their hands if they have any hope of pulling off an upset.
Conventional wisdom did not take into account what happens when the West High Women of Troy return to the hardwood after a tough loss.