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CCA wrestlers grapple at Lynx invitational

Murphy takes third

North Liberty Leader
TROY MILLS– The Clear Creek Amana varsity wrestlers competed in the Lynx invitational hosted by North Linn High School on Saturday, Dec. 21. Connor Murphy placed third in 113-pound competition, winning by fall in 2:20 over Mid-Prairie’s Josh Murphy in the third place match. Daniel Brechtel placed sixth at 120 pounds, Jacob Wessling was seventh at 145 and Ethan Taylor was sixth at 220.

WB Bears just one basket better

West Branch 57, CCA 55

North Liberty
Leader
TIFFIN– It was a pre-Christmas heartbreaker for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls as the West Branch Bears visited for a men’s/women’s double-header on a snowy evening Saturday, Dec. 21. The Bears notched a 57-55 win and dropped the Clippers to a 2-6 record to close out 2013.
The game was tied 12-12 after the first eight minutes and the Clippers were down 26-22 at the half before battling back to an ever so slim 40-39 lead going into the final period. Kelsey Hall led CCA with 18 points, Kiley Seelman put in 16 and Hanna Stokes had a 15-point night.

West splits with CR Xavier

Trojans still undefeated, girls slide further behind

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Neither (freezing) rain, nor sleet, nor slippery roads could keep the men’s and women’s varsity basketball double-dip against the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier from occurring Friday, Dec. 20, in the Iowa City West home gym.
It was a split night for West with the Women of Troy coming up short, 49-46, and the Trojans pounding the ball for a 75-41 win. Mikaela Morgan led the women with 16 points and nine rebounds while David Dileo led the way for the men with 19. Wyatt Lohaus had 18 points.

Two Iowa families to be honored in 2014 Rose Parade

NORTH LIBERTY– Two families from Iowa will be honored on the Rose Parade “Donate Life Float” in Pasadena, Calif. this year: the Kim and Dave Burdakin family of Muscatine, and the Bruce and Tiffany Brockway family of Burlington.
The Brockway Family will be finishing a floragraph in honor of their son Garrett at Iowa Donor Network, 550 Madison Ave., North Liberty on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Only organic materials, such as spices, seeds and crushed flowers, are used to create floragraphs.

Blood drive to be held in North Liberty Jan. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Gerdin Conference Rooms.
In an average week, University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics patients need nearly 600 units of blood products. One pint of donated blood can help save the lives of several people.

NLFD responds to structure fire Christmas day

NORTH LIBERTY– On Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 11:34 a.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire at 8 Fairview Knoll NE in Iowa City. First arriving North Liberty Fire units reported the fire was contained to the home’s chimney and the fire was quickly extinguished.
Property damage amounts are unknown at this time. There were no reported civilian injuries, or firefighter injuries.

Supervisors still lack conviction on future of jail, courthouse

December meeting brings more discussion without direction

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– They asked, they received, and they still lack a majority consensus.
At the conclusion of a Nov. 6 work session centered around the question of what to do about the county’s jail and courthouse in the wake of May’s failed bond referendum, a request was made for preliminary designs for two new options. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, those options were laid out in great detail for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

Coming soon to a home theater near you

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think the days of the video rental story are history, prepare to be schooled again.
Family Video will open a new location in North Liberty this spring, and the privately-owned chain of video stores has transitioned well from its origins in 1946 to the 21st century.
Yes, 1946; the four is not a typo.

Animal Kingdom will branch out

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– One local veterinarian is expanding his kingdom.
At last Tuesday’s meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved a site plan revision for Animal Kingdom Veterinary Care Center to expand its current facility. Owner Dr. Wayne Ahern, DVM, told the council that it was time for the 20-year-old building at the corner of Liberty Way and Penn Street to be updated.
“When I bought the building 20 years ago it was in a cornfield at the time,” said Ahern. “It needs to be freshened up.”

Mobile Mammography Unit to be in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Monday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic has recently been renamed from Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for 27 years.