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North Liberty Leader

Beat the Bitter is back

Second annual winter event on course to be bigger, better

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– How do you coax Iowans out of hibernation? With fireworks, a 5K and Snuggies, of course.
Those are just a few things scheduled for North Liberty’s second annual Beat the Bitter, a two-day festival filled with winter games and good cheer.

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Man shot accidentally in Golfview mobile home court

NORTH LIBERTY– A 19-year-old male in the Golfview Mobile Home Park was accidentally shot, according to authorities.
At 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, officers of the North Liberty Police Department responded to 35 Golfview Dr. in response to a report of a 19-year-old who had sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the City of North Liberty issued a press release stating the victim reportedly did not know the gunman, and a witness stated that a black male, wearing a dark-colored hoodie, shot the victim with a handgun and fled northeast on foot through the trailer court.

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Audit report for fiscal year 2016 available

NORTH LIBERTY– Winkel, Parker & Foster, CPA PC today released an audit report on the City of North Liberty for the year ending June 30, 2016.
The city’s receipts totaled $26,826,568, a 14.6 percent increase from 2015. The receipts included $8,053,179 in property tax; $4,509,489 in tax increment financing revenues; $10,096,467 from charges for service; $2,078,288 from operating grants, contributions and restricted interest; $1,673,552 from capital grants, contributions and restricted interest; $29,515 from unrestricted interest on cash investments; and $386,078 from other receipts.

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Coralville man faces charges for assault with condiment bottle

NORTH LIBERTY– A bar fight at J&A Tap, 440 N. Dubuque St., over the weekend led to the arrest of a Coralville man, who now faces several charges that could result in prison time.
According to complaints filed by the North Liberty Police Department, Tyler J. Ratzlaff, 26, admitted to throwing a glass Heinz 57 bottle at another patron early Sunday morning, although he had no justification for why he committed the act.
Officers responded to the scene at 12:21 a.m. and initially met outside the bar with the victim, who suffered a serious laceration across her forehead down to the skull.

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Council delays decision on mayoral vacancy

Special election automatically triggered by auditor’s office March 1

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is still without an official mayor.
At a regularly scheduled North Liberty City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, council members decided to again postpone the decision to either appoint a mayor or hold a special election.
“I would suggest we hold off and not take any action tonight, and review again at the next meeting,” said council member Jim Sayre.

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2017 pet tags now available

NORTH LIBERTY– It is now time to purchase your pet tags for 2017. Cats and dogs are required to wear tags that may be purchased at city hall for $2. Owners must provide verification of their pet being spayed/neutered to receive this rate. A nonspayed/nonneutered pet requires a fee of $25.
A tag provides identification in the event a pet is lost. The registration of an animal helps the city to ensure that all animals in the city are up to date with vaccines.
Dogs and cats must be kept on their owners’ property or on a leash at all times. Pets found “at large” will be impounded.

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Hockey night with the Rough Riders Jan. 20

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend in Cedar Rapids cheering on the Rough Riders hockey team in a face-off with the Youngstown Phantoms.
Discounted tickets for Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:05 p.m. will be offered to all interested. Individuals must provide their own transportation.
Order tickets at 319-261-GOAL and mention “North Liberty” for the discount. Tickets are $10.75–$16.75, based on zone.

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Citywide snowman contest Dec. 1-Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Build a snowman in any city park or your yard between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, take a photo and submit it to Jason Egly at jegly@northlibertyiowa.org along with your name, contact information and where the snowman was built. Entries will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online to be judged by recreation staff.The winning family receives prize!

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Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 37th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 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 30 Scouts.

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Garner Elementary Waffle Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Class Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the school.

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Marion buzzer beater in OT sinks CCA, 50-47

Creek Boys nearly upset Indians

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a game with a dramatic finish made for television Friday, Jan. 13, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School gym as the Clippers came close to upsetting the Marion Indians in varsity boys basketball. The Creek Boys were 1-9 entering the contest against the 7-4 Indians and arguably played some of their best basketball so far this season as they forced the game into overtime before falling, 50-47, on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot.

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Clipper grapplers 10th at Solon’s Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational

Taylor takes 2nd, Murphy and Rohret place 4th

North Liberty Leader
SOLON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity wrestlers placed 10th in team points at the 2016 Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational tournament Saturday, Jan. 14, in Solon. Lisbon won the tournament with 237.5 points while the host Spartans were second with 231.5.
Ethan Taylor was the highest-placing Clipper with a second-place showing at 285 pounds while Quinn Murphy and Andrew Rohret both finished fourth at 138 and 145 pounds respectively. Samual Stevens (106) and Austin Smiddy (120) took home sixth-place finishes and Tanner Cochran (182) finished the day in seventh.

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