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January 20th, 2009

Purdue Rolls Over Iowa

IOWA CITY– For the second week in a row, the Hawkeye men played a Big Ten game on Sunday morning and for the second Sunday in a row the Hawkeyes got smoked, this time by Purdue, 75-53.
The Boilermakers were picked to have one of the top teams in the Big Ten and they proved it with great outside shooting (10-15 from 3-point), great passing (19 assists) and tough defense (19 turnovers for Iowa).
One of the only bright spots was the play of seldom-used big man David Palmer.

Hawkeye women win two

IOWA CITY– Sunday was a great day for the Hawkeyes to open up the offense, make a close game a blowout and win their 11th game of the season, third in a row, against Northwestern, 74-46.
You have to start with Kachine Alexander. If she doesn’t get some all-conference votes I want a recount.
The 5-9 junior had the first triple-double in eight years (all Big Ten Cara Consuegra was the last one in 2001) scoring 10 points, with 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

VanderPol's career cut short

IOWA CITY– There has been some sad news from the women’s basketball team, as Nicole VanderPol is calling it a career.
The 6-2 senior has been fighting injuries for most of her time at Iowa and the latest, poor circulation in her leg which gives her numbness, has made her decision to finish the season on the bench supporting her teammates.
I talked to her at the hospital when the women’s basketball team visited the children and she said she was done playing.

Iowa Wrestlers beat Oklahoma State

IOWA CITY– Nine straight losses to the Cowboys doesn’t sound right so the Hawkeyes, wrestling without two starters, won six matches and righted the wrong with a 20-13 win over the Cowboys.
I don’t know if head coach Tom Brands will be happy with four matches decided by less than three points but there is still time to improve.
I suppose you have to give Oklahoma State a little credit for keeping it close.
They used a smaller mat, which Mark Ironside (radio color man for Iowa) called a “junior high mat”.

North Central Jr. High Knights go undefeated

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Central Knights eighth-grade boys basketball team completed the season with a 9-0 record. They were also undefeated as seventh-graders so they completed junior high with an overall record of 18-0.

Guest opinion from the Iowa House

DES MOINES– On Monday morning, January 12th, I was sworn in as your State Representative for the next two years. I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to serve, and I am humbled by the challenges currently facing Iowa and the new General Assembly. In this space, over the next two years, I will attempt to update you as to my activities as your State Representative, my legislative goals, and the week-to-week developments in the Iowa Legislature and State Government.

January 13th

Johnson County to phase out the phasing?

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s just a guideline, really.
However, proposed changes to the North Corridor portion of the Johnson County Land Use Plan could impact a significant number of rural property owners, if they wish to develop land in the future.

Crime and reason

NORTH LIBERTY — The news was shocking: five robberies in six months, an attempted sexual assault, and a purse snatching in a store parking lot.
For some, it may have seemed the end of small town innocence. For North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin, it’s a symptom of the growing pains common to a rapidly expanding community.
“We’re no longer a small-town agency,” Chief Warkentin said in a mid-December interview with The Leader.
In 2008, the NLPD responded to 12,729 calls for service, a 46 percent increase over 2007. The department filed 571 charges with 455 arrests.

Joint Communications Center receives second grant

IOWA CITY– The announcement of a second grant award for the new Johnson County Joint Communications Center in Iowa City should help to ease the construction costs of the new building and county wide interoperable communications system.
In November 2008, the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency was awarded $1,927,882 from the federal Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant.
Funding from this grant will be used toward the new countywide joint emergency communications center and interoperable radio system.

Area Chamber announces new board members

IOWA CITY– Three local business leaders have joined the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. Larry Meyers, Johnson County Board of Supervisors, Kate Minette, Pearson, and Craig Willis, Security Abstract Corp., will lend their expertise to the policy-making body.
Born and raised in Dyersville, Iowa, Larry Meyers has lived in Johnson County for nearly 30 years. As a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors since January 2006, Mr. Meyers serves on a variety of County committees including Technology Plan – GIS, Safety and Information Services.