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City tags dog park as high priority

Revised parks plan under review

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty will officially join the hunt for land on which to place a dog park.
North Liberty Parks and Recreation Board members and the North Liberty City Council met in a joint work session Dec. 3 to review a draft of an updated Parks Comprehensive Plan, and informally added an off-leash dog park as a priority.

On track for Christmas

Luke Stevenson of North Liberty watches the toy train set, operated by Eric Auran of Art & Antiques, at the North Liberty Community Center’s Breakfast with Santa event Dec. 5. Stevenson was one of about 350 children who came to the 10th annual breakfast co-sponsored by the city’s recreation department and the North Liberty Lions Club, which provides area children the chance to take photos on Santa’s lap, eat a pancake breakfast and enjoy holiday activities. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Liberty High transition team looks to build athletics community early

School won’t likely include varsity football in first year

IOWA CITY – The Liberty Lightning will strike a year early for some North Liberty student athletes.
The Liberty High School transition team outlined its plan for athletics for the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors on Dec. 8. Under the plan, Liberty-bound students involved in athletics will be able to practice as Lightning Bolts in the 2016-17 school year—a full year before Liberty High School actually opens.
Matt Degner, the district’s director of schools, presented the update to the board.

NLFD: keep your holidays from going up in flames

NORTH LIBERTY– For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few consider is the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. According to North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD), many households engage in holiday activities that serve as some of the leading causes of U.S. home fires, including cooking. Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires.

Blue Christmas worship to be held in Tiffin Dec. 20

TIFFIN– The Christmas season can be challenging for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. It may not be easy to sing, “Joy to the World,” when you are feeling lonely. Tiffin Grace United Methodist Church, 300 W. Marengo Rd. in Tiffin, is holding its annual Blue Christmas Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. This quieter Christmas worship service is designed for those struggling to celebrate the season due to grief or loss.
For information regarding this special service, contact the church office at 319-545-2281 or revbev@southslope.net.

North Liberty recognizes outstanding employees

NORTH LIBERTY— The City of North Liberty recognized three employees for their outstanding service.
Director of Parks, Buildings and Grounds Guy Goldsmith was named Employee of the Year. He was cited for his commitment to excellence, willingness to work across departments to achieve goals, as well as finding creative ways to save taxpayers’ money.
“He doesn’t seek recognition. He doesn’t receive the accolades he has worked so hard to be worthy of. He’s just always there ready to lend a helping hand. He simply makes it happen,” said City Administrator Ryan Heiar, who presented the award.

The Doctors are in (Tiffin)

Pet Health Center of Tiffin is open and ready to care for your furry folks

TIFFIN— Pets are often more than just furry or feathered friends; to many, they’re family.
For decades people took their pets to the Oxford Veterinary Clinic in Oxford, where veterinarians such as Dr. Bill Rugger, Dr. Kristi Anderson, Dr. Jonelle Hankner, Dr. Susan Kula (Jacobson) and Dr. Nicole Kogan cared for a variety of creatures, both large and small. The Oxford clinic is now history, replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility on the west side of Tiffin.

Rough sailing for Clipper girls

CCA girls 62, Benton 52

TIFFIN– A career-high 25-point effort from Natalia Turner wasn’t enough to pull the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ahead of Benton Community in a WaMaC varsity contest Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Tiffin. The Clippers fell, 62-52, their third consecutive loss.
Mount Vernon sank the Clippers, 63-55, on Friday, Dec. 4, and Iowa City Regina swamped them, 66-34, on Saturday, Dec. 5. With the losses, the Creek Girls dropped to 2-3 overall after season-opening wins over Anamosa and Dyersville Beckman Catholic.

CP-U Stormin’ Pointers overtake Clipper boys

CCA boys 55, Center Point-Urbana 72

TIFFIN– Four Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers scored in double digits Friday, Dec. 11, as the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) visited for a night of WaMaC conference basketball, but the Creek Boys still found themselves on the wrong side of a 72-55 final score.
Evan Downes, a senior, led the Clippers with 13 points and was backed up by fellow seniors Cal Miller, Aaron Akers and Jake Neubauer. Miller and Akers put up 11 points each while Neubauer had a 10-point night.

West High’s Women of Troy stay perfect with win over Wahawks

IC West 57, Waterloo West 40

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IOWA CITY– Rachel Saunders put up 18 points to lead the West High Women of Troy in a 57-40 win over the Waterloo West Wahawks Friday, Dec. 11, at home. West High had a 19-9 lead after the first period and was comfortably ahead, 32-17, at the half.
Maddie Huinker added 16 points as the only other Woman of Troy in double digits.
The win improved Iowa City West’s record to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC), while Waterloo West dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the MVC.

Trojans fall twice on Linn-Mar Lions’ mats

CR Jefferson and Linn-Mar take down IC West

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MARION– West High’s wrestlers traveled to Marion Thursday, Dec. 10, for a triangular meet with the Linn-Mar Lions and the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, and suffered a sweeping defeat.
The J-Hawks took the junior varsity (JV) match, 64-24, with the varsity winning, 44-26, over IC West. Likewise the Lions’ JV won, 57-24, and the varsity knocked off the Trojans, 44-24.

Trojans win IC-Dubuque Quadrangle swim meet

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CORALVILLE– The Coralville Recreation Center was the site of the 2015 Iowa City-Dubuque Quadrangle boys swim meet Saturday, Dec. 12, as Iowa City West High and City High faced Dubuque Senior and Hempstead high schools.
The West High Trojans took both varsity and junior varsity (JV) team titles with 173 points and 183 points respectively. Rival City High finished fourth in both contests.