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Creek Girls bit by the Pointers

CP-U sinks CCA, 3-0

TIFFIN– The Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) swept the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, 3-0, in varsity volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Tiffin. The Pointers took the first set, 25-20, with the Creek Girls narrowing the gap to one point (19-18) although trailing throughout. CP-U won the second set, 25-21, in a game where the Clippers tied the Pointers 7-7, 15-15, 18-18 and 20-20 but never led. CP-U took the match with a 25-13 third-set win.

Macbride alcohol ban takes legislative twist

Administrative rules committee sends amendment to legislature

DES MOINES– It’s up to the Iowa Legislature now.
The implementation of an alcohol ban at Lake Macbride State Park’s beach was delayed by a legislative review committee, and the Iowa House and Senate will have their chance to fix the problem.
A ban on “alcoholic liquor, beer, and wine” from beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County was approved by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission at an Aug. 11 meeting and the amended rule was to go into effect Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Liberty High construction continues ahead of schedule

NORTH LIBERTY— Construction continues on the new Liberty High School ahead of a fall 2017 opening. According to Liberty principal Scott Kibby, work on the 210,000 square foot facility is approximately one month ahead of schedule.
The school, located near the intersection of Dubuque St. and North Liberty Road, is being built to accommodate 1,000 students initially with a 500-student addition planned for the future. Kibby anticipates opening with around 600 students, at this time, subject to attendance boundary changes and population changes in North Liberty.

Ordinance to push archers outside city limits

City council passes first reading of public safety amendment

NORTH LIBERTY– Just outside North Liberty city limits is the Johnson County Archers (JCA) shooting range. Many don’t know about the public range, said JCA Public Relations Coordinator Dan Heitzman, but soon it could be the nearest place for archery enthusiasts to shoot their bows.
At a Sept. 13 meeting, the North Liberty City Council passed the first reading of an amendment to the city code regarding public health and safety, adding arrows to the list of weapons unlawful to be discharged within city limits. Other weapons on the list include several types of firearms.

Pentecost named new streets superintendent

NORTH LIBERTY– Michael Pentecost was named the City of North Liberty’s streets superintendent by the city council, effective Sept. 14. Pentecost has been with the City of North Liberty since 2001, most recently as assistant water superintendent.
“Michael has been a valuable member of our team for more than a decade,” said City Administrator Ryan Heiar. “He brings public works experience, a strong work ethic and a deep knowledge of North Liberty.”

Bird banding at F.W. Kent Park Sept. 24

OXFORD– For the past two years, Johnson County Conservation (JCC) collaborated with federally licensed bird bander Rob Bradley to survey bird populations at F.W. Kent Park. The public is invited to observe Bradley, a bander with over 30 years of experience, and his team of volunteers in action on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the bird blind near the Conservation Education Center.

NLPD and Colony Pumpkin Patch partner for a future furry officer

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty loves its dogs and the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is no different.
The department believes a future canine unit would be a big asset to the community by helping human officers with searches, apprehension and tracking. But, starting a K-9 program isn’t cheap– initial costs run $75,000 or more.
That’s where Dean and Katie Colony and their pumpkin patch come in.

Rev. Katie Lowe Lancaster installed as Pastor of Discipleship Ministries at Holy Trinity

NORTH LIBERTY– The congregation of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty has announced the addition of Pastor Katie Lowe Lancaster to the staff. Pastor Lowe Lancaster will serve as Pastor of Discipleship Ministries, including Small Group Ministries support, Christian Education and Servant ministries within and beyond the community. She was formally installed to the new post on Sunday, Sept. 18.

North Liberty Community library

BABIES & TOTS ProgramS
My Baby Storytime – Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
Storytime – Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
PJ Storytime – Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Tot Time – Fridays, 10 a.m.
Family Storytime – Saturdays, 10 a.m.
Leaves Craft – Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

School age PROGRAMS (K-6)
*NEW* Super Tuesdays – Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Come and go activities. No registration required.
Crafternoons (Sept. 27) – Leaf suncatchers, build your own witch face, finger paint corn-on-the-cob, and snowflakes with coffee filters.
Graphic Novel & Comic Club (3rd-6th grade) – Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m.

Dubuque Wahlert wins, 3-0, over Iowa City West

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy were swept, 3-0, Tuesday, Sept. 13, at home by the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert in varsity volleyball action. West dropped the first set, 14-25, and though they narrowed the gap in the second and third sets, Wahlert prevailed, 25-19 and 25-21.
Emma Norris led the West offense with a dozen kills, Maddie Fay made 28 assists and Madi Ford had 22 digs. Defensively, Emily Halverson and Fay posted one block assist each.
Mackenzie May led the Golden Eagles with 21 kills.

Clippers vex the Vikettes

CCA defeats Vinton-Shellsburg, 3-1

VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team pulled off a 3-1 win over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes Thursday, Sept. 15, in Vinton. The Creek Girls took the first set, 25-16, but stumbled in the second set for a 24-26 loss, before taking the third and fourth sets, 25-21 and 25-22.
The Clippers improved to 9-7 and snapped a four-match losing streak.
Shauntina Williams led the Clipper offense with 16 kills. Lauren Helle contributed 10. Zoey Boehme made 23 assists; Riley Hennes had 11 and McKenzie Justice and Hennes made three ace serves apiece. Sheyanne Koethe racked up 34 digs.

Mustangs gallop past Creek Girls

Independence wins, 3-0, over CCA

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INDEPENDENCE– The Independence Mustangs swept the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, 3-0, in varsity volleyball action on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Independence. The Mustangs prevailed 25-22, 25-20 and 25-20 to drop the Creek Girls to 8-7 on the season. It was the Clippers’ fourth consecutive match loss following three losses in Iowa City West’s Caroline Found Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 10.