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North Liberty Leader

NLFD battles blaze in rural subdivision

IOWA CITY– A home in rural Iowa City southeast of North Liberty was destroyed by fire last week.
The North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department (NLFD) was dispatched to 6 Woodland Hts. NE, Iowa City, for a structure fire in the early morning hours Tuesday, Dec. 16.
According to a report issued by the NLFD, first-arriving North Liberty units reported flames and thick smoke showing throughout the structure. Mutual aid from surrounding fire departments was quickly summoned.

Through the eyes of a lion

By Ray Haas
Special to the North
Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Each year, children in North Liberty eagerly look forward to the first Saturday of December and their opportunity to visit with Santa. They come to the North Liberty Recreation Center by the hundreds to talk to him and to eat a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee served by the North Liberty Lions Club.

Top Shelf Volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– Judy and Paul McRoberts are a married couple who offer a unique dynamic to the North Liberty Food and Clothing Pantry. Both of the McRoberts can be found volunteering in different capacities around the pantry and were both an integral part of the planning of the new pantry building by serving on the Operations Committee.
The McRoberts started volunteering at the pantry at different times. Judy started 12 years ago and Paul started six years ago on a regular basis. They enjoy spending time together while they volunteer.

NL Mayor Nielsen announces office hours

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen will begin hosting regular office hours at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St. The office hours are intended to offer the public another avenue to communicate with elected officials.
An initial reception, with light refreshments, is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 3 until 5 p.m. The public is invited to stop in to chat and meet the mayor.
Starting Jan. 6, Nielsen will be available each Tuesday from 4:30 until 6 p.m. to answer questions, listen to concerns, or discuss topics raised by the public.

Indians sink Clippers

Marion 58, CCA 49

TIFFIN– The Marion Indians took a WaMaC conference varsity matchup from the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers 58-49 Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the Clippers’ gym.
CCA held onto a slim lead in the first quarter, but a sluggish second period allowed the Indians to knock holes in the ship. CCA trailed at the half, 35-22.

Warriors washed by West’s Women

West girls 8-0 with 67-21 win over CR Wash

IOWA CITY– Christmas came early for the West High Women of Troy as they gave themselves a present Friday, Dec. 19, by scrubbing the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 67-21, in Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) play.
The West High girls, ranked fourth in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, had little trouble with the 4-3 (now 4-4) and unranked Warriors. Washington, led by Anne Visser’s seven points, was held to only 11 points in the first half, and scored most of their points at the charity stripe.
West remained perfect with an 8-0 record.

Clipper wrestlers third at North Cedar

Murphy, Steckly and Taylor finish in second place

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CLARENCE– Eleven varsity wrestling teams converged on the North Cedar Middle School Saturday, Dec. 13, for the Knight’s invitational meet. Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers finished the day third in team points with Camanche winning the meet.
Quinn Murphy, Sam Steckly and Ethan Taylor placed second at 126, 152 and 220 pounds, respectively.

Creek girls upset Indians in OT

CCA Clippers 58, Marion 56

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MARION– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls improved to 3-4 Tuesday, Dec. 16, by upsetting the Marion Indians 58-56 in overtime, giving the Indians their second loss of the season for a 5-2 record.
Hanna Stokes led the Creek Girls with 14 points, while Marion’s Chloe Rice led all scorers with 28.
The ladies are on the road to kick-off the New Year Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Solon and will welcome South Tama to Tiffin on Friday, Jan. 9.

Scoring: Hanna Stokes 14, Lexi Kinnaird 13, Emily Wieland 13, Kiley Seelman 8, Kelsey Hall 7, Hannah Mougin 3.

Trojans win at Dubuque quadrangle swim meet

West’s Scott, Anderson and Martin post individual wins

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DUBUQUE– The Iowa City West High Trojan swim team won a quadrangle meet Saturday, Dec. 13, at Dubuque Hempstead with 158 points. The host Mustangs were second with 140, Dubuque Senior scored 129 and rival City High rounded out the field with 84.

West splits on the mats in CF

Trojan wrestlers dominate Rams, fall prey to the Tigers

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CEDAR FALLS– The West High Trojans split a double dual meet Thursday, Dec. 18, at Cedar Falls High School with the host Tigers and the Rams of Dubuque Senior. The Trojans dominated the Rams 60-13, but fell 41-21 to Cedar Falls.

ICCSD must revise diversity policy

USDA confirms district cannot use Free/Reduced Lunch data

IOWA CITY- The Iowa City Community School Distirct (ICCSD) received confirmation that it must divorce its diversity policy from Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) data.
Superintendent Stephen Murley told the board last Tuesday that the use violates the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rules on what the data can and cannot be used for.
The USDA has given the school district until Jan. 31, 2015, to cease using the data.

NL man threatens to set himself on fire, charged with arson and domestic abuse

NORTH LIBERTY– According to a release issued by the City of North Liberty Telecommunications Department, officers of the North Liberty Police Department were dispatched to 254 Golfview Ct., North Liberty, in reference to a domestic disturbance on Dec. 15, around 9:15 p.m. Through the investigation, officers learned that Fernando Maldonado, age 38, (AKA Javier T.