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Everyone’s an inventor

STEAM Room Fab Lab offers possibility to create anything

IOWA CITY– If you could make anything, what would you choose? A bicycle? A new chandelier? A life-saving medical device? What would you do if there were no limits?
Kirk Cheyney invites you to find out. Cheyney is the founder of the STEAM Room Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory full of machines, equipment, and possibilities.

Local scouts, parents clean up Muddy Creek

Scouts get their feet wet for water quality

NORTH LIBERTY– It doesn’t take much to convince a bunch of Boy Scouts that splashing around near a creek can be fun. It’s the adults you have to worry about.
“For the kids, everything’s fun,” said Ray Bennett, Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 275. “It’s the adults that see this as work.”

Park it somewhere else

New ordinance aims to improve safety, aesthetics in residential zones

TIFFIN– Local businesses may be required to relocate vehicles and equipment if the Tiffin City Council passes an amendment to its zoning ordinance.
Council members unanimously passed the second reading of the amendment last Tuesday, April 5. The amendment, which has both a home occupation and parking component, will most likely affect construction, hauling and excavation companies that use their pri­vate addresses for parking large trucks and storing supplies.

If you receive, you shall give

NL Community Fund looks to community for grant support

NORTH LIBERTY– Growing community, growing needs, growing support.
That slogan– at least most of it– couldn’t be more representative of North Liberty, which isn’t the small bedroom community its early residents remember. A special census put the city’s current population at 18,228– a 36 percent increase since the U.S. Census Bureau’s last official count of 13,374 in 2010.

NL Community Pantry names new executive director

From food bank to food bank

NORTH LIBERTY–After a five-year stint at the Crisis Center of Johnson County, Kaila Rome will join the North Liberty Community Pantry staff as the new executive director.
“We’re excited to have Kaila join [the pantry] to continue its work and build on its successful history,” said Sean Pearl, chair of the board of directors. “She’s a great fit for our innovative pantry.”

CCA’s Reagan Boeset receives 2016 STEM Teacher Award

One of the best in the state

TIFFIN— In March of 2014, Joe Greathouse, an assistant professor in the construction management program at Kirkwood Community College, introduced the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board to the idea of an innovative educational experience for high school students in the Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy. He proposed students, under the tutelage of seasoned professionals, design and build a facility dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the CCA campus.

Tiffin approves $9 minimum wage

Council opts out of Johnson County increases with flat rate

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TIFFIN– Starting May 1, Johnson County residents who work minimum wage jobs in Tiffin could be earning 15¢ less than those who hold jobs in Iowa City and Coralville.
After months of discussion and several proposals including an age-tiered wage scale, the Tiffin City Council, at last, passed an ordinance rejecting the countywide minimum wage increase of $9.15 per hour. Instead, the city opted for its own municipal $9 minimum wage.

Sign up now for Avenue of the Flags 2016

Flying colors

NORTH LIBERTY– Since 2011, the Optimist Club of North Liberty has been helping North Liberty residents display their patriotism.
The organization’s Avenue of Flags program is now in its sixth year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.

Spartans edge out Creek Boys

2-1 match settled with Penalty Kicks

TIFFIN— The Solon Spartans and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers met in boys varsity soccer action Thursday, April 7, on the Clippers’ turf with a stiff wind out of the north. Solon came into the contest with a 4-0 record with wins over Iowa Mennonite, Mediapolis, Wapello and Bellevue-Marquette Catholic, while the Clippers were basking in the glory of their season-opening win over Mid-Prairie two days earlier.
After two overtime periods and 15 Penalty Kicks (PK), Solon improved to 5-0, while the Creek Boys felt the sting of their first loss of the season.

Trojans fifth at home Hollingsworth Relays

Ali wins 1,600 meter run, Karanja 2nd

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IOWA CITY— The West High Trojans hosted their home meet, the Hollingsworth Relays, Saturday, April 9. Cedar Falls won the meet with 126.5 team points, followed by Pleasant Valley with 88, and a tie for third place between Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Linn-Mar with 74 points each. The Trojans finished the day in the fifth spot with 73. Cedar Rapids Washington, Solon, Ankeny Centennial, Johnston, Davenport Central, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids Xavier rounded out the field.

West High defeats CR Jefferson, 3-0

Women of Troy open with exhibition in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS— The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released the 2016 preseason high school soccer rankings on Monday, April 4, with the West High Women of Troy at the top of Class 3A. West posted a 19-2 record last season on their way to the 3A Championship.
Later Monday afternoon, West faced Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an exhibition match, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, and won 3-0 in 40 minutes of play.

Clippers third in Demon Relays

Secrest-Seelman second in 400-meter hurdles

WASHINGTON— Clear Creek Amana’s boys track and field team placed third Thursday, April 7, in the Demon Relays hosted by Washington High School.
Mount Pleasant won the cold and windy meet with 145 team points, followed by Mid-Prairie with 86 and the Creek Boys in a 66-point tie with Winfield-Mount Union.