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North Liberty Leader

Budget cuts solid, administration salaries frozen

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Across Iowa, school districts are dealing with the end of one-time money provided by the federal government to support operations. The result has been dramatic budget cuts in school districts, including the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
Protests from students, faculty and community members over a $3.6 million budget cut for the 2014-2015 fiscal year have gone largely unaddressed by the school board since the decision to cut the budget was made last January.

No. 3 City High knocks-off No. 1 West in final second

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– City High’s Scott Tribbey launched a shot at the West High goal from about 30 yards out and scored as time ran out Tuesday, May 13, at the University of Iowa soccer field. His shot gave the number three-rated Little Hawks a 1-0 win over the top-ranked and until that moment, undefeated, Trojans.
But, some say his shot came after the game clock had hit 00:00. Curiously, the University’s soccer complex does not have a horn that sounds when time runs out.

CCA track and field headed to Des Moines

Bandy and girls’ shuttle hurdle relay are No. 2 seeds

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) is sending athletes to 15 events in the 2014 state co-ed track meet at Drake University Thursday, May 22, through Saturday, May 24.

West High to be well represented at state

Boys’ 4x800, Gardarsson No.1

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– The West High track and field teams will send athletes to 39 events at the 2014 state co-ed track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines from Thursday, May 22, through Saturday, May 24.
The boys 4x800-meter relay team with Wynton Karanja, Noah Brase, Ian McGillicuddy, and Kaleb Greiner (with alternates Daniel Gardarsson and Andrew Gilbaugh) is the No. 1 seed in the event with a qualifying time of 8:03.78. Gardarsson is also the top-seeded athlete in the boys 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:24.68.

North Bend Elementary hosts first Powder Fun Run

NORTH LIBERTY– After a bitter winter, students and their families were motivated to get outside and kick up their heels.
Over 450 participants joined in North Bend Elementary’s first annual 5K and 1 Mile Powder Fun Run fundraiser held Saturday, April 12, in North Liberty.
“This was a phenomenal turnout for our first event,” said co-organizer Angie Rummel. “We felt the event was very successful. Even though it was a bit windy, the temps warmed up for us and the rain– and snow– stayed away. After having such a long and cold winter, it was great to be outside and get active.”

Fine arts strike CCA’s board’s fancy

Choir, speech take center stage

OXFORD– After all of the performers and their families and friends left, the remainder of the evening was comparatively bland.
Third, fourth and fifth grade choir members at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) performed for the Clear Creek Amana school board during a regular meeting Wednesday, April 16, in the CCE library. Also on the venue were four CCA high school students who competed in the All-State Speech Contest at University of Northern Iowa on March 31.

Walking School Bus programs get local kids walking in May

IOWA CITY– Van Allen Elementary School will be piloting a walking school bus program for 12 days in May with the hopes to encourage more kids to walk to school with new and existing friends in their neighborhood.

Heavy boat traffic expected for Memorial Day holiday

DES MOINES– Iowa’s peak boating season begins May 24, and with it comes a reminder for boat owners to make sure they have a current boat registration sticker on the vessel and that Iowa has a .08 alcohol limit for boat operators.
“Going boating with friends is a fun way to spend a day and just like car drivers, boat operators are responsible for their passengers’ safety and for other boaters on the water,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Optimists to hold plant sale May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host a plant sale on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 412 N. McKenzie Ln. in North Liberty.
Perennials, lilacs, hostas, and much more.
All proceeds go to children with cancer.

Schools to hold 5K, 1 mile run May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn, Garner and Van Allen PTOs will co-sponsor the second annual GPV PTO Rockin’ 5K Run/Walk and Little Rockin’ 1 Mile Run on Saturday, May 17. This event will begin and end at Penn Elementary. The 1 mile run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.
All proceeds from this event go to the North Liberty Family Resource Centers serving the students and families of Penn, Garner and Van Allen Elementary schools.
Register for the event at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=10205.

One shot does the job

West’s O’Deen is thorn in the Lions’ paw

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans remained undefeated at 12-0 in the wake of a 1-0 victory at home Tuesday, May 6, over the Linn-Mar Lions.
Ryan O’Deen, a senior, took a pass from junior Peter Murry and fired a shot into the corner of the Lions’ net to score roughly five minutes into the match. West held off the Lions to seal the shutout, despite withering attacks by the Lions in the final minutes.
Iowa City West held the top spot in the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association’s May 3 rankings. City High was the No. 3-ranked squad and the Lions were No. 4.

West’s 1-0 win puts them at top of MVC Mississippi Division

Women of Troy hold Kennedy

IOWA CITY– As the final horn sounded and the teams headed for mid-field to shake hands, West High coach Dave Rosenthal was heard yelling out, “that was good soccer.”
His Women of Troy held off the Cougars of Cedar Rapids Kennedy Friday, May 9, at Baker Field on the West High campus, improving their record to 7-1 in the MVC and 9-1 overall to hold the top spot in the Mississippi Division. West’s only loss thus far came at the hands of Linn-Mar on Tuesday, May 6.