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Creek Girls rebound against Vikettes

Clipper girls down Vinton-Shellsburg, 51- 48

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VINTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls rebounded from a 62-35 loss on Jan. 22 to Center Point-Urbana and snapped a three-game losing streak as they knocked off Vinton-Shellsburg Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Vinton.
The Creek Girls held off the Vikettes for a 51-48 win, which improved the ball club to 6-10 overall and dropped the Vikettes to 3-14 with their sixth consecutive loss.
Claire Navara led the Clippers with 19 points, including five 3-point goals, supported by Abbi Kinnaird with 10, while the Vikettes were led by a 20-point effort from Jarrica Speidel.

Trojans escape Cougars’ upset bid

IC West boys defeat CR Kennedy, 42-39

IOWA CITY– On paper, it looked like an easy game for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 29, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars paid a visit in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division showdown. West entered the contest with an 11-3 record overall and an 8-1 record in the conference, while the Cougars were 5-9 and 3-6.

Trojans escape Cougars’ upset bid

IC West boys defeat CR Kennedy, 42-39

IOWA CITY– On paper, it looked like an easy game for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 29, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars paid a visit in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division showdown. West entered the contest with an 11-3 record overall and an 8-1 record in the conference, while the Cougars were 5-9 and 3-6.

Women of Troy upset Cougars in OT

IC West edges past Kennedy, 56-55

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy upset sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy by one point Friday, Jan. 29, on the Cougars’ home court. West outlasted Kennedy to win, 56-55, after trailing throughout the first half.

Johnson County Sheriff seeks public assistance in locating tire thief

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the help of anyone who may have been traveling on Highway 218 on Jan. 17. A citizen driving a Chevy Lumina broke down at the 86-mile marker. The car was left on the side of the road until 3:30 p.m. Upon the owner’s return to the car, it was discovered all four tires were stolen. Anyone traveling on Highway 218 on Jan. 17 between the hours of 12:40 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., who may have witnessed the theft are urged to call 319-356-6020, ext. 8949, with any information regarding the incident.

Jo Co Ambulance Service to have new facility by 2017

IOWA CITY– “This is going to be a building we’re definitely going to be proud of,” said Steve Spenler, Director for the Johnson County Ambulance Service (JCAS), as he flipped through architectural plans and renderings for the new ambulance facility.

A visit from Capitol Hill

Clinton visits North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Two weekends, two former U.S. Secretaries of State.
That’s the recent dignitary count for North Liberty.
Many in the community welcomed former Secretary Madeleine Albright on Sunday, Jan. 17, and former New York Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday, Jan. 24. Both women were here to stump for Clinton as she campaigns to become the Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election.
A crowd of about 700 people gathered in the gym at Garner Elementary School to hear Clinton’s speech.

IC Police Department arrests West High School bomb threat suspect

IOWA CITY– On Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 8:40 a.m., the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center (JECC) received a 911 call stating there was an explosive device at Iowa City West High School. The incoming call was not able to be called back by the dispatchers.
The bomb threat resulted in the evacuation of West High School and the bussing of more than 2,000 students to a secondary location, so the school could be searched for an explosive or incendiary device. Taking place at the time of the threat, a Johnson County special election polling place was forced to be relocated.

Assistant coaches needed for CCA youth football program

TIFFIN– Parents of CCA YSF football participants who would like to be considered as assistant coaches should contact Youth Football Coordinator Trevor Bollers at trevorbollers@ccaschools.org. Many coaches are leaving the program, so new volunteers are needed as soon as possible.
• Coaches have to be trained prior to working with YSF youth. The first training session is Feb. 6 in Waterloo, sponsored by the Youth Sports Foundation.
• Bollers will be sharing training videos and important program-specific training information, especially the way tackling is taught.

TOP SHELF Volunteer

NORTH LIEBRTY– Chelsea Ladlie first heard about the North Liberty Community Panty while searching the United Way website. She contacted the pantry to find out about the pantry’s volunteer opportunities and has been a volunteer for more than four years now.
Ladlie became involved at the pantry because she was working from home and wanted to get out of the house to be around people. She said one of the great things she has seen at the pantry is children asking for food donations to give to those in need instead of birthday presents.

Tiffin to hold public hearing on tiered minimum wage for minors

Council to see proposed ordinance Feb. 2

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin still has work to do in settling its minimum wage debate.
The council will hold a Feb. 2 public hearing on the issue; this time, to discuss a tiered wage system for workers under age 18.
Last October, after robust discussion and a public hearing in which city officials sought citizen input on an ordinance to increase the minimum wage countywide, the council ultimately took no action. The lack of action allowed the county’s ordinance to take effect Nov. 1, requiring employers to bump wages to a new minimum of $8.20 per hour.

Clipper boys mirror December matchup in overtime loss

Benton Community 62, CCA 57

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a kick in the gut for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Tuesday, Jan. 19, as the Benton Community Bobcats sank the Clipper boys, 62-57, in overtime and snapped a three-game winning streak for the Creek boys.
It was also payback for the Bobcats after the Clippers took an 82-70 overtime win from them back on Dec. 8.