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North Liberty Leader

Progress continues on CCA school projects

OXFORD — Ray Willoughby started his building projects report to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board with a little bit of good news.
“Ben (Macumber, principal of Amana Elementary) got his air turned on fully tonight,” Willoughby said, referring to the completion of a $453,000 renovation project at the school. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) work, along with electrical upgrades throughout the building, are two of several projects funded by a $48 million bond issue approved by voters in February for renovation and expansion.

Tiffin council considers tax rebate request for seed dealer

Big incentive for Big Country

TIFFIN– At odds over a tax rebate request, Tiffin City Council members nonetheless directed city administration to proceed with the paperwork to financially assist a local business with a planned expansion.
Big Country Seeds owner Dan Steines returned to the council Aug. 13 to ask for another five-year, 100 percent property tax rebate for a second expansion of his business. Tiffin council approved Big Country’s first expansion in 2013, for which Steines’ received a five-year, 100 percent tax rebate; the first the city has granted for longer than three years.

CCA Foundation seeks 2014 Hall of Fame nominations

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana Foundation Board is seeking nominations for the 2014 Hall of Fame award. Application letters are due by Sept. 1 and should include at the minimum the following information: a) Name of nominee, b) Address of nominee, c) Year (if known) and school graduated from, d) Whether person is deceased, e) Why should this person be considered for this honor– provide as many details as possible (years of service, what was the service, offices held, etc.), f) Letter signed by nominator with address and phone number if questions.

Youth baseball and softball fun fall league to begin Sept. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) is providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for kids ages six through 10. The season consists of five sessions on Monday nights from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 8. The season will end on Oct. 6, or Oct. 13 if there is a rain-out during the season. The first 45 minutes will be practice and the second 45 minutes will be scrimmaging. The cost is $25. Please register on-line at the NLYBS website: www.eteamz.com/NLYBS/.

North Liberty’s annual Fun Run/Walk to be held Sept. 21

IOWA CITY– The North Liberty Steering Committee of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce announces the annual North Liberty Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at North Bend Elementary. Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank, the event features a 5K route and free kids’ race for children ages 12 and under.

Invasive species eradication day Sept. 6

Join Iowa’s five land trusts to celebrate land protection in Iowa. Come for the volunteer day; stay for live music and lunch.
The Nature Conservancy, Bur Oak Land Trust (formerly known as Johnson County Heritage Trust), Whiterock Conservancy, Four Mounds Foundation and INHF will host a volunteer day to eradicate invasive species and take back the land with complementary lunch and live music to follow.
Turkey Creek Preserve (near Iowa City) at 2525 Sugar Bottom Rd. Solon, on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Coach’s bump puts Clippers volleyball under new leadership for 2014 season

TIFFIN– It may be rough sailing for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers as the varsity volleyball season gets underway without Brian Bronzynski at the helm.
Bronzynski was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this year after his teaching position was cut, and he was told the CCA district would not offer him the coaching contract without a teaching position. This was in the wake of his wife Karla being diagnosed with cancer, and Bronzynski taking time away from school to be with her during treatment.

Five starters to lead Women of Troy

Iowa City West High girls cross country ready for action

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Five starters will lead the way on the cross country courses for the West High Women of Troy this season as the squad defends its 2013 Conference and Regional Championships.
Seniors Emmie Skopec and Maria Burtch, with sophomores Olivia Moore and Jessie and Gabby Skopec, return to the lineup for 2014. Burtch finished 77th at the State Meet in 16:12.1, Emmie Skopec was 32nd in 15:16.7. Moore completed the State Meet in 88th place in 16:24.1; Jessie Skopec was 25th (and second for West) in 15:07.2 while Gabby Skopec was 50th in 15:34.3.

Johnson County response agencies band together for armored vehicle

Another tool in the Toolbox

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s just another tool in the toolbox for law enforcement personnel, or so said Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek about the MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected) truck his department and five other law enforcement agencies across the county jointly obtained.

LOST causes “distractions” for courthouse bond issue

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– All the hoopla between governments in Johnson County over their propensity to share is apparently now moot.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn its request for the county’s municipalities to collaboratively pay for a long-awaited courthouse expansion in exchange for an extended sunset.

ICCSD school board holds listening post

“Why bus students to school when they could walk?”

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of the community suggested taking the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) diversity policy, approved in February 2013, off the table when redesigning school attendance area boundaries.
During the Wednesday, Aug. 13, listening post held, board president Chris Lynch and directors Tuyet Dorau, Patti Fields and Brian Kirschling indeed listened more than they spoke.

TiffinFest - Annual community celebration begins Friday

It only takes 8 Seconds

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– On Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m., the band 8 Seconds will come to the TiffinFest stage to perform a free concert, located at and sponsored by Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd. in Tiffin.
It is just one of the musical treats to be enjoyed at this three-day event.