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North Liberty Leader

West High runners in action at MVC divisional meet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy won the Mississippi divisional meet of the MVC Thursday, Oct. 17, at the University of Iowa’s Ashton cross country course. The varsity girls took the meet with 34 team points, besting Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dubuque Senior, City High, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Dubuque Hempstead and Waterloo East.
Ashlynn Yokom won the varsity girls’ race with a commanding lead over all others and a 14:07.0 meet record time and was named Athlete of the Year. Girls coach Mike Parker was awarded Coach of the Year honors as well.

West girls swim to second place at MVC conference meet

IOWA CITY– The Cedar Falls girls varsity swim team won the conference meet held Thursday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City with 396 points. The West High Women of Troy were the conference runner-ups with 388.50.
Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 481.35, good for 20 points, while Lilian Zhu won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:00.59, also good for 20 team points.

Clipper football improves to 4-4 for the season

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Football is a game full of statistics. For example, in Friday night’s contest between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Indians of Marion, the Indians had 287 yards of offense to CCA’s 269, and had the ball for just over 26 minutes to Creek’s 21 minutes of possession.
In the end, the most important statistic of the game was found on the scoreboard at the conclusion: CCA 21, Marion 7.

Clippers x-country runs at WaMaC conference meet

Boys finish 5th, girls end 12th

CENTER POINT– Jane Astor’s Clipper Cross-Country teams were in-action Thursday, Oct. 17, at the WaMaC conference meet hosted by Center Point-Urbana (CPU) at the Bob Bowers Athletic Complex.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys finished fifth in team points behind winner and conference champion CPU, Vinton-Shellsburg, Mount Vernon-Lisbon and Marion. Jack Murray again led the Clipper effort, bringing home a fifth-place finish in 16:49.

Grass and weeds: How high can you get?

City wants more control over habitual offenders

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY–North Liberty City Council members want to keep things equal on both sides of the fence, at least when it comes to mowing.
The council considered proposed changes to the city’s weed and grass heights ordinance at its meeting last Tuesday, Oct. 8, some of which were rejected by council.
The city administration regularly fields complaints about residents who let their grass and weeds go, and city employees were seeking a way to eliminate sending perennial reminders to repeat offenders.

The suite life for dogs

New boarding, daycare and grooming salon opens in NL

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Kristine Bauer has gone to the dogs, and she’s loving every minute of it.
Grooming dogs was something that came naturally to the Cedar Rapids resident, who learned the craft from a friend with a grooming salon in Missouri. But when Bauer’s son graduated from high school and went on to Iowa State University to be part of the wrestling program, Bauer said her pet project became opening a new location where she could add doggie daycare and boarding.

ICCSD board discusses redistricting, phasing plan

Area schools over-crowded, board asks for action

By Eric Hawkinson
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Members of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of education agreed Tuesday night to make haste on plans and discussions for redistricting.
The district, one of the largest in the state, is experiencing growing pains in many of its aging schools and is in the process of creating a course of action for its $250 million facilities plan.
“Southeast [elementary] is bursting at the seams,” board member Jeff McGinnis said.

Free meal, annual event honors Johnson County veterans on Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will again be offering a complimentary dinner to any veteran and one guest on Monday, Nov. 11, at the South Slope Telecommunications Center on Mehaffey Bridge Rd. in North Liberty beginning at 6 p.m.

Run for the Schools torch runs to be held throughout week

IOWA CITY– With the annual Run for the Schools road race set for Sunday, Oct. 20, local schools are getting into the spirit of the event with “torch runs” around the community.
The Run for the Schools is hosted by the Iowa City Road Races and title sponsor MidWestOne Bank to raise money for the Iowa City area public schools and the Regina Catholic Education Center. Students will carry a torch around their school campus or pass the torch from one school to another in relay style. The following schools have set aside time for this activity on the following days:
Thursday, Oct. 17:

Volunteers needed to fill NL board vacancies

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty needs you. You can make a difference in many aspects of community development. You are invited to take this opportunity to volunteer your time to serve on the planning commission. Applications are available at the city administration building at 3 Quail Creek Cir. or on the city’s website, and must be turned in by Oct. 23. The city council will make appointments at their Nov. 12 meeting for a term that will begin immediately after appointment.

CCA to host annual Senior Supper Saturday, Oct. 19

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Clear Creek Amana Student Assistance Team/Interact club will host its annual Senior Supper. Any district patron over the age of 55 is welcome to come and eat a supper provided by the students. They will have ham, turkey and mashed potatoes along with a great potluck provided by the students. They will show off the new high school and provide tours of the building. Please call the high school at 319-545-5623 by Oct. 15 if you wish to attend.

Mayor says no to Tiffin P&Z appointment

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– In a rare display of executive authority, Tiffin Mayor Steve Berner has decided to veto a recent council decision. The action prompted criticism during public comment at last week’s council meeting.
The Tiffin City Council voted 3-1 on Sept. 25 to appoint resident Matthew Klein to the city’s planning and zoning (P&Z) commission, after discussion on two of the three applicants and some back-and-forth jockeying of motions to appoint them.