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Tiffin council approves splash pad design for City Park

Ready to make a splash

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is ready to make a splash.
During its April 9 meeting, the city council approved preliminary cost estimates for a new recreational splash pad to be built in City Park near the ball diamonds. The proposed splash pad has baseball-themed equipment and multiple water activities.

Women of Troy third at Johnston

Distance Medley Relay squad earns a win

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JOHNSTON– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy placed third in overall team points last Tuesday (April 8) at the Craig Oldham Invitational hosted by Johnston High School. Waukee won the meet with 203 points while West High had 108.
The West High 1,600-meter distance medley relay team won their event in 4:29.67, giving the Women of Troy 10 points. Emmie Skopec, Valerie Welch and Taleah Smith were all second in the 1,500-meter run, 400-meter hurdles and long jump respectively. The 400-meter shuttle hurdle relay team also brought home a second-place finish.

Creek Boys tie for first in Washington

Bandy wins three events

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WASHINGTON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s boys track and field team tied with Fairfield for first place in team points at the Demon Relays hosted last Thursday (April 10) by Washington High School. CCA and Fairfield had 118 points to lead the six-team field.

Brez bows out

Longtime West High coach retires

IOWA CITY– One day earlier and it may have been written off as an April Fool’s Day prank.
But Kathy Bresnahan’s post on the social media site Facebook last Wednesday (April 2) was no joke as she announced her resignation from coaching the Iowa City West High Women of Troy varsity volleyball program.

Johnson County Sheriff’s office releases 2013 annual report

Curious trends in crime stats

JOHNSON COUNTY– Sometimes there are no clear cut answers to explain why things are the way they are. As an example, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) released its annual report documenting the department’s activities in 2013. While some categories of offenses are down, Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek is at a loss as to why, exactly. On the other hand, in general, calls for service are up, continuing a trend that shows the department is busier with each passing year.

NLFD responds to dryer fire in apartment

NORTH LIBERTY– A working smoke detector helped provide a quick response and limited damage to a North Liberty apartment building Sunday.
The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 162 Elm Ridge Drive Sunday April 6, at approximately 4 p.m. for a building fire. First arriving North Liberty Police units reported thick smoke on the third floor of the apartment building and residents were evacuated. North Liberty Fire Department units arrived and found smoke throughout the structure and heavy smoke coming from an apartment on the third floor.

North Bend Elementary 5K and 1 Mile Color Run this Saturday, April 12

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, April 12, the North Bend Elementary Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) and various sponsors will host the school’s first annual North Bend Elementary 5K and 1 Mile Color Run, beginning at 9 a.m. at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) North Bend Elementary, 2230 St. Andrews Dr. The event is a fundraiser for the North Bend PTG, with proceeds going toward classroom enrichment, playground equipment, technology equipment, field trips, guest speakers and educational supplies.

NL police to offer disposal for unused prescription drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Liberty Pharmacy, 555 W. Cherry St., for safe disposal.
This service is free and anonymous. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Liquid medications in their original containers will be accepted as well.

NL Community Library receives technology grant award

NORTH LIBERTY– The State Library of Iowa is pleased to announce that the North Liberty Community Library has recently received a Library Technology Grant Award of $1,600 to purchase two laptop computers dedicated to career development. Patrons 18 years old and older can use these computers to build resumes, conduct job searches, take proctored exams and more.

North Liberty SHARE program taking orders through April 11

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty SHARE is a non-profit food-buying group that specializes in bringing high quality food at unbelievable prices. Through SHARE’S unique food network, food is offered at a 50 percent savings off retail prices, in return for volunteer time.
In February, North Liberty SHARE participants did 170 volunteering hours. The April Best Value Package is offered for $25 in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in the community.

Skilled and deep, Trojans ready for soccer season

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IOWA CITY– They won it all last year, and are ready to defend the Class 3A state championship. As it happens every year, however, there will be some rebuilding for the Iowa City West High Trojans boys varsity soccer team.
Brad Stiles, coach for the Trojans lost several of his starters to graduation last May, but he’s cautiously optimistic heading into the new season.
“From last year’s team, we graduated eight starters and five of those had been three-year starters,” Stiles said. “We will have lots of competition for playing time as we fill positions.”

Women of Troy tie for first at J-Hawk Relays

Yokom wins 1,500 run

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy competed Saturday in the 28th annual J-Hawk Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School and held at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
West tied with Dubuque Wahlert for first place in team points with 110.