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Citizens Police Academy

Learn how local law enforcement works at the Citizens Police Academy

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department, in cooperation with the Johnson County Sheriff and the police departments of the University of Iowa, Coralville and Iowa City, are offering the Citizens Police Academy with the goal of promoting a better relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves through education and hands-on learning. Training includes department tours and ride-alongs, defensive tactics, evidence collection, drug investigation and many other areas of enforcement and operations.

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Nov. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– For the sixth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving Dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses. On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center, in North Liberty.

Costumed chaos at StoneBridge

NL Montessori students pillage StoneBridge for treats

NL Montessori students pillage StoneBridge for treats
By Chris Umscheid
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NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year, robots, waddling pumpkins, princesses, a dinosaur, a skunk, a gecko, a Little Mermaid and other assorted characters, including crime fighters Batman and “Paw Patrol” K-9 Chase, made the rounds of the StoneBridge Promenade’s merchants in search of Halloween treats.

Trojans return to the UNI-Dome

West High pushes past Cedar Falls, 27-9

Bettendorf awaits IC West in Class 4A semifinal

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IOWA CITY– They’re going back to “The DOME.”
Iowa City West High’s varsity football Trojans knocked off Cedar Falls for the second time this season Friday, Nov. 3, at home in a Class 4A state football quarterfinal, and punched their ticket to a Friday, Nov. 10, semifinal with Bettendorf.
The Trojans won, 27-9, thanks in part to a big second half.

A diamond in the rough no longer

CCA improves the baseball diamond in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Next spring, when the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers hit the diamond in Tiffin to start the 2018 baseball season, they may well sing John Fogerty’s 1985 hit Centerfield: “Well, a-beat the drum and hold the phone. The sun came out today. We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field. A-roundin’ third and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man. Anyone can understand the way I feel…”

West athletes earn All-MVC Volleyball honors

Colby Greene named to Mississippi Div. First Team

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) released its 2017 All-Division Volleyball Selections Tuesday, Oct. 31, with five Iowa City West High student athletes earning recognition.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Maddie Slagle earned Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year, Jefferson’s Amy Norton was named the Division Coach of the Year and the Jefferson J-Hawks were the division team champion.

Learning from last season

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IOWA CITY– Mark Reiland, West High’s head varsity coach, doesn’t sugar coat his words. Ever.
Looking at the 2017-18 wrestling season, Reiland, in his 19th year at West High, said his team has, “Lots of returning kids with varsity experience, but not all of the experience was positive.”
In other words, for some of his Trojans, the 2016-17 season may well have been more of a learning situation.

Roghair and Ernst third at State

Women of Troy eighth in team points

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MARSHALLTOWN– Iowa City West High sent five swimmers to the 2017 State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4.
The Women of Troy were eighth in team points behind team champion Ames (384 points), Dowling Catholic, Bettendorf, Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Waukee and Pleasant Valley.
Lily Ernst, a sophomore, and Aurora Roghair, a freshman, put up third-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle, respectively. Roghair also posted a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

Alleyna Thomas Swimmer of the Year

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IOWA CITY– The 2017 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division Swimming selections were released Monday, Oct. 30, with Iowa City West High well represented.
Alleyna Thomas was named the Mississippi Division Swimmer of the Year, while the Dubuque Wahlert Coaching Staff took Coach of the Year honors.

200-medley relay: Honorable Mention: Iowa City West (Vivian Gibson, Jennifer Du, Silvia Tinelli, Izabel Houselog).
200-freestyle: First Team: Aurora Roghair. Second Team: Alleyna Thomas.

Creek Girls look to build on historic season

2017-18 CCA girls basketball preview

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team made history last season as it notched its first postseason win in well over a decade. The Clippers defeated Benton Community, 53-40, on Feb. 15 at home in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal for the historic win. However, Cedar Rapids Xavier dashed the Creek Girls’ hopes of advancing farther with a 55-33 loss three days later in the regional semifinal. The loss ended the Clippers’ season at 13-10 overall, and 8-6 in the WaMaC Conference, good for fourth in the West Division.

Swisher Auxiliary to host Annual Homemade Turkey Supper and Turkey Bingo Saturday, Nov. 4

SWISHER– Swisher Auxiliary’s Annual Homemade Turkey Supper and Turkey Bingo will hosted Saturday, Nov 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion, located at 68 3rd St. SE, in Swisher.
Cost of the event is adults $10, children 6-12 years old $5 with under 5 admitted free.
The Junior Auxiliary will also host a turkey bingo upstairs. Cost is $1 to play bingo for the opportunity to win a frozen turkey. Bingo begins at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until the turkeys are gone. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Keystone Place mural celebrates Iowa

Retirement community artwork pays tribute with beauty and humor By Cale Stelken

NORTH LIBERTY– “It kinda felt like Oakdale, maybe a prison!”
Mary Jo Pipkin, Executive Director of Keystone Place at Forevergreen, laughed about the once imposing, concrete wall that loomed over the retirement community’s Memory Care Courtyard.
“We started out here and said, ‘Gosh, what can we do with this wall with it being secured and gated in?’” she said. The staff soon saw the giant pale slab as an artistic opportunity.