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February 11th

Creek Girls win two in a row

CCA knocks off Williamsburg, Independence in consecutive games

TIFFIN– Put two more wins in the book for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball squad. The Clippers knocked off rival Williamsburg, 51-35, Thursday, Feb. 4, at home and put away the visiting Mustangs of Independence, 44-35, 24 hours later.
Erin Navara led the Creek Girls with 18 points (including three 3-point goals) against Williamsburg, backed up by Be DeShaw’s 12. Claire Navara scored nine (all 3-point goals) in the game, which was a make-up of a weather postponement from Tuesday, Feb. 2.

West knocks off CR Jefferson and Xavier

Two nights, two games, two wins for Trojans

IOWA CITY– Two nights, two games and two wins.
That’s how Iowa City West High’s Trojans spent Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6.
Bergie’s Boys blasted the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 102-74, in the J-Hawks’ nest on Friday and returned home for a match-up against Cedar Rapids Xavier, which was rescheduled from Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Trojans sullied the Saints, 72-55.

City staff win Severson Challenge, coveted cup

IOWA CITY– Staff from the City of North Liberty won this year’s Severson Holiday Charity Challenge and, as a result, will display the engraved Severson Cup traveling trophy throughout 2016 for earning the greatest percentage growth in donations over last year.

North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department logs record number of calls for service in 2015

NORTH LIBERTY– Volunteer firefighters in North Liberty responded to a record number of calls for service in 2015. The fire department consists of 45 volunteer firefighters and EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians), in a fire district that covers 55 square miles including the City of North Liberty, Penn and Madison townships, and 12 miles of shoreline and water on Coralville Lake.

Garner Elementary to host Waffle Breakfast fundraiser Feb. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the school.

NLFD responds to garage fire

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2:17 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 340 N. George St. for a report of smoke coming from a detached garage. The smoke was reported by a North Liberty City employee who called 911.
North Liberty police officers notified the residents, who were home at the time, and all escaped without injury. North Liberty engine 112 arrived first, in less than four minutes after being dispatched. The fire was quickly located and extinguished keeping fire damage to a minimum.

On the bus

NL officials, task force hope to test drive options for intra-city transit

NORTH LIBERTY– For 10 years, certain North Liberty representatives advocated for transportation options for residents.
Behind the scenes, a committee is still working toward that end.

NLFD: “rhino tough” is enough

NL firefighters to participate in charity stair climb

NORTH LIBERTY— For the fourth year, members of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) will participate in the American Lung Association’s “Fight For Air Climb,” a fundraising event.
Ten NLFD firefighters will join their brothers and sisters from across the state, as well as law enforcement officers and the general public in climbing 86 floors and 1,796 stairs in four buildings in downtown Des Moines on Sunday, April 10.

First reading of ordinance to lower minimum wage for minors

TIFFIN– They wondered why they were discussing it again.
Tiffin City Council members Jim Bartels and Mike Ryan both said Tiffin’s lack of action against Johnson County’s new minimum wage ordinance should have settled the issue in November.
However, the item was back on the council’s Feb. 2 agenda, after councilor Al Havens proposed a tiered wage to allow employers to pay people under age 18 the state minimum of $7.25 per hour.

Solon boys fall to Maquoketa

SOLON– If Solon only had been playing against Maquoketa’s Abe Kinrade and Jon Ernst, it would have been a two-point win.
Unfortunately, five other players scored for Maquoketa Feb. 5 in Solon, handing the Spartans their fifth loss in a row, 69-52.
Kinrade and Ernst each had 25 points for the Cardinals, almost eclipsing the whole of Solon scoring. With the win, Maquoketa avenged a Jan.12 home loss (92-78) at the hands of the Spartans.