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Free comic book day at Geek City May 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Stop by Geek City Games and Comics’ new location, 365 Beaver Kreek Ctr., in North Liberty, on Saturday, May 6, to get a free comic book. Stores house are 12-9 p.m.
In celebration of Free Comic Book Day– the first Saturday of May– around the world, Geek City is hosting its own event to promote reading. There will be around 20 titles to choose from. Eric Gapster, a local comic book artist, will be signing books and doing sketches as well.
“We love it when kids come in and get excited about reading,” said Geek City owner Jason Clark.

North Liberty man fondled multiple young boys, police say

North Liberty man fondled multiple young boys, police say
NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man who worked as a youth leader at a local church has been accused of sexually abusing four different children over several years.
According to criminal complaints, Benjamin C. Tweedt, 32, of Rachael Street in North Liberty, was arrested Wednesday, April 26, for sexual contact with four boys between 2006 and 2013. The victims were ages 11-13 at the time.

Keeping step with tradition

Champagne Academy of Irish Dance opens in NL

By Janet Nolte
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NORTH LIBERTY– A desire to study the past brought her to Iowa, but the need to celebrate and preserve her Irish heritage through traditional dance and music kept her here.
Prior to coming to Iowa City for graduate school in 2007, Trea Champagne taught math and science in the Twin Cities for about a decade. She’d already earned a masters degree in science education and then decided to pursue a doctorate in paleontology, “the biology of things that are dead and in rock,” in her words.

TIFFUN Creek Fest unveils new website

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TIFFIN– The countdown begins to Tiffin’s new and improved festival, TIFFUN Creek Fest, coming to town Friday, July 28.
For organizer Melissa Fontanini, the 80-some days until the event couldn’t go by more quickly. And the city, which held its last TiffinFest in 2014, is holding its breath.
“It seems like every month we’re just getting closer, getting things more solidified,” she said.

Apply to serve on a City of North Liberty board or commission by Friday, May 19, at City Hall

NORTH LIBERTY– If you’re looking to get involved in your city, serving on a volunteer board or commission is a great way to do it. Boards members and commissioners work with staff, provide recommendations to council and can make a difference in many aspects of community development.

Celebrate Bike Month in North Liberty

Bike commuting workshop at NLCL May 11

NORTH LIBERTY– In honor of Bike Month 2017, Johnson County is sponsoring several events in the area.
One of those is a “How to be a Bike Commuter” workshop at the North Liberty Community Library (520 W. Cherry St.) on Thursday, May 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jon Yetley of Sugar Bottom Bikes will teach you everything you need to know to bike commute, including quick repairs and maintenance.

Musicycle at Penn Meadows May 13

Let’s everybody run for something: The North Liberty election

There’s a dynamic in American politics today that everybody needs to run for something. In 96 of 99 Iowa counties that probably helps, but in the People’s Republic there’s a line around the block for any and all vacancies, hints of vacancies, or rumors.
So when North Liberty found itself with not one but two vacant offices, 10 total candidates showed up: seven newcomers, two current office holders and a blast from the past. The result? A mayor with less than a majority and a council member winning with just 29 percent of the vote.

Tiffin citywide clean-up day Saturday, May 13

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin’s city clean-up day will be Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You will be required to bring your items down to the public works facility (11 Brown St.). If you are unable to bring your items to the city shed, you can schedule a pick-up with the Tiffin Fire Department. The department asks that you pay a fee of $25 per truckload. You will need to pay for the pick-up prior to May 13. Contact City Hall at 319-545-2572 ext. 1 to schedule a pickup. City Hall will only accept cash or check payments. Make your checks payable to the Tiffin Fire Department.

Creek Boys win Pacha Relays, girls second

Boys’ relays, Stratton and Schrock lead the Clippers at home meet

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s boys track and field team picked up their first team title of the season Thursday, April 27, at their home Pacha Relays. The Creek Boys won with 109 points, topping runner-up Solon (94), Monticello and Mount Vernon (88 points each), Tipton (81), Williamsburg (78), Iowa City Regina (70), Davenport Assumption (49), Wilton (38), the Clipper junior varsity (JV) squad (13) and Durant (12).

Welch and Dusterhoft win at Drake Relays

Girls’ relay runners take second

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DES MOINES– Valerie Welch and Leah Dusterhoft won championships at the 2017 Drake Relays in Des Moines. The three-day event ran from Thursday, April 21, through Saturday, April 29, with middle school, high school, college, university and other athletes competing on the famous Blue Oval track at Drake University.

Trojans top at City High’s Forwald Coleman Relays, Women of Troy take second

Nock, Greiner, Welch, Dusterhoft, Nugent, Caruthers and West take wins for West High

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IOWA CITY– Six team points separated Iowa City West High’s Trojans from West Des Moines Valley for the boys’ championship Thursday, April 20, at City High’s Forwald-Coleman Relays. The West High guys amassed 162 points for the win to Valley’s 156. Pleasant Valley was third with 115, followed by Linn-Mar (99), the host Little Hawks (81), Southeast Polk (60), Des Moines East (38) and Muscatine (26).
The Women of Troy took the girls’ runner-up spot behind team champion Waukee.

Women of Troy unbeaten

IC West beats Jefferson, 9-0, and Cedar Falls, 6-2

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 9-0 on the season and 5-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) with a pair of wins.
West bombed the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks, 9-0, Tuesday, April 25, at home on Barker Field. West sank five goals in the first half and four in the second for the win, led by Regan Steigleder with four goals and one assist. Emma Cooper put in three goals and three assists. Carlin Morsch and Rachel Olson added one goal apiece. Morsch, Lexi Shaffer, Marnie Vonderhaar and Lizzie Raley each had assists.