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TifFUN Creek Fest returns to Tiffin

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fest was rebranded to TifFUN Creek Fest and takes place Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at City Park.
The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at Bella Sala, with a balloon artist and bouncy houses for the kids and a bags tournament for the adults. Teams of two can register for $20. The Cedar Rapids-based country band Lonesome Road performs a free concert at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available from local vendors.

Fifth-annual Swisher Fun Days

SWISHER– The annual Swisher Fun Days will be Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, in Swisher.
Events include a kiddy tractor pull, bingo, human foosball tournament, photo contest, bags tournament, horseshoes, 5K run, parade and fireworks. The kids zone, including inflatables, will be open Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bolts and Trojans split on the diamond

From classmates to competitors

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Liberty High and Iowa City West High met in a freshman baseball doubleheader Monday, July 10, at West High and ended up in a split. Liberty’s Lightning Bolts took the first game, 12-11, but fell to their former classmates, 7-6, in the second game.

Car wash by Liberty High cheerleaders July 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High School cheerleaders are putting on a car wash Saturday, July 22, 1-4 p.m. at Hills Bank (Zeller Street) in North Liberty.
A car wash is free with donations going toward the cheer team.

“Bolt” your driveway for Liberty High

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

Women of Troy earn MVC honors as Lutjen resigns

CR Jefferson sweeps top spots

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IOWA CITY– Seven Iowa City West High Women of Troy earned spots on the Mississippi Valley Conference’s (MVC) 2017 All-Division Softball selections, released Wednesday, July 12.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson took the Mississippi Division (home to West High) team championship with J-Hawk Coach Brian Erbe and his staff earning Division Coach of the Year while Jefferson’s Avery Guy was the Division Athlete of the Year. The J-Hawks held a 38-4 record ahead of the State Tournament.

Central DeWitt ends Clippers’ season

Sabers win substate game 3-0 over CCA

SOLON– It was relatively quick, but it was far from painless as the Sabers from Central DeWitt ended Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) season in the opening round of Class 3A substate baseball Friday, July 14, in Solon. The Sabers sank the Clippers 3-0 to advance to a Monday, July 17, meeting with Solon in the District 8 final.

Liberty High ribbon cutting celebration Aug. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School district invites the public to Liberty High School’s official ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.) from 2-4 p.m.
The Liberty High Parent-Student Teacher Organization held a planning meeting regarding the celebration Tuesday, July 11, at North Central Junior High. More information will be shared as it comes available.

Creek Girls make the WaMaC All-Conference

Kinnaird and Stratton earn First Team West honors

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OXFORD– Six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) student athletes earned spots on the WaMaC Conference’s 2017 All-Conference Softball rosters released Wednesday, July 12.
Abbi Kinnaird and Karsyn Stratton earned First Team honors in the West Division.
Kinnaird, a senior, knocked 52 hits for the Clippers with a .433 batting average. She had eight doubles, one triple and six home runs in the 40-game regular season with five stolen bases, 34 runs scored and 31 runs batted in (RBI).

Rampage Soccer Camp July 31 to Aug. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration is open for the 2017 Cedar Rapids Rampage Youth Summer Soccer Camp.
Camps are open to boys and girls ages 4-14 regardless of skill level. The North Liberty session will take Monday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 4.
Camps are run by Rampage professional soccer players from throughout the world. Players on the Rampage roster have played for the Brazil National Team and the United States Arena Soccer Team.

Liberty High registration Aug. 14-15

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration is nearly underway for Liberty High School’s first set of students.
Sophomores and seniors will register Monday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freshmen and juniors will register Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
English Language Learners (ELL) and math testing will be Friday, Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m.
Students and parents are instructed to use the district’s online registration to pay school fees before coming to Liberty High School to complete the registration process.

Colony Pumpkin Patch campaigns for its corn cannon

Conditional use permits for nighttime flashlight maze, zombie paintball required by Johnson County

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NORTH LIBERTY– Patrons of the Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty might have to go without– or at least see less of– one of the farm’s regular attractions this season.
At a North Liberty City Council meeting Tuesday, June 27, owners Dean and Katie Colony requested support of their efforts to keep the “Shootout Shack,” which includes a corn cannon and paintball guns, in operation this year.