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NLFD battles wind-driven house fire

One miserable day

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Chief Brian Platz was stunned.
“In 25 years in the fire service, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
Platz was reacting to a wind-driven blaze that completely destroyed a house in the 2800-block of 270th Street NW on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The alarm was sounded shortly before 10 a.m. as a report of smoke coming from a residence at 2855 270th Street NW. The North Liberty Fire Department’s (NLFD) response was immediate.

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NL holiday hours

NORTH LIBERTY– Christmas and New Year’s will affect North Liberty city hours and services.
Trash and Recycling: collected Thursdays, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.
City Hall: closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1 and 2.
Library: closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1; on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 closing at 6 p.m.
Recreation: closed Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1; open limited hours on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NL garbage and recycling one day late for holidays

Makes hanging pictures easy

NL inventor makes A product to hang his hat on

NORTH LIBERTY– For those of us who struggle getting photos to hang on the wall straight (and who doesn’t?) a North Liberty inventor has the solution.
“Everybody is frustrated with hanging pictures; I don’t care who you talk to,” said Roger Miller, creator of PicGenie123. “I created the product out of my own frustration– bottom line.”
The Iowan developed a unique new approach to hanging wall objects using a simple set of hardware. His invention even gained the approval of The Home Depot, which recently started selling the product in over 2,000 stores across the U.S. and its territories.

K-9 stop nets eight pounds of meth in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Two non-Iowa residents have been arrested on drug and weapon charges after a weekend traffic stop in Tiffin.
After running a stop sign, Dawn M. Colunga, 38, of Indianapolis, was stopped by Coralville police on the 100 block of Village Drive at about 7:05 p.m. Friday. With the assistance of a K-9, police searched her Honda Civic and found out eight-and-a-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine, a small bag of heroin and a small portion of marijuana.

CCA seeks public input

School district held three public hearings on Dec. 20

CCA held three public hearings on Dec. 20
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors held three public hearings on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Clear Creek Elementary, in Oxford, during its regular monthly meeting.

Optimist 13th annual holiday food basket distribution

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Optimist held their 13th annual kid-friendly holiday food basket distribution at Van Allen Elementary School. The club provided food for when students are out of school for the holiday break, for a total of $3,800 in items such as canned foods, pasta, cereal, bread and fresh fruit. The club served 128 children last year and anticipates an increase this year, with figures to be available at the end of the school week. They were joined by Danielle Weipert, Jill Winders and Kris Hynek of the North Liberty Family Resource Center.

Creek Girls escape Vikettes’

CCA holds off Vinton-Shellsburg upset bid, 49-42

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 2-4 with a 49-42 win over the Vinton-Shellsburg (VS) Vikettes on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at home.

Creek Boys capsized by the Trojans

South Tama pushes past CCA, 70-52

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys attempted to ride a wave of momentum in the wake of a Dec. 12 win (the first of the season) over Benton Community as they took on the visiting Trojans of South Tama. Unfortunately for the Creek Boys, the wave quickly turned into a riptide as the Trojans capsized the Clippers early and took a 70-52 win Dec. 15.
CCA trailed throughout the contest and went from a five-point deficit at 16-11 at the end of the first period to a 33-19 gap at halftime.
South Tama led 42-30 going into the final quarter.

Little Hawks upset Women of Troy

City High tops West High, 53-40, now No. 1 in 5A

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IOWA CITY– City High’s Little Hawks moved from No. 3 in Class 5A basketball to the top spot after upsetting the West High Women of Troy Tuesday, Dec. 12, at City High.
The Little Hawks won the contest, 53-40, and knocked West from No. 2 to the No. 3 spot in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s weekly rankings issued Thursday, Dec. 14.
West High held a 14-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter and was up, 18-15, at halftime following a low-scoring second period, which saw only four West High points and five City High points in the quarter.

Lightning scorches the Tigers

Liberty boys defeat Tipton, 60-49

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TIPTON– The Liberty High varsity boys basketball squad is quickly learning how to travel and navigate an oddball schedule.
The team, in its first year, is not affiliated with any athletic conference (Liberty will officially join the Mississippi Valley Conference in the 2018-19 academic year). This means rather than playing a typical schedule against conference opponents, the Lightning play on atypical days against pretty much any team with an open date or looking for an extra game.

Creek Boys snap losing streak

CCA beats Vinton-Shellsburg

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VINTON– Brandon Clubb and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak to pick up their first win of the 2017-18 season Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Vinton, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. CCA won the varsity contest, 60-50.
The Creek Boys held the lead throughout the game, leading 17-15 at the end of the first period and holding a 29-21 advantage at halftime. Darius Moore led the Clippers with 22 points, while Tyler Schrepfer contributed 16 and Jordan Wolfe added eight. T.J. Bollers led the Creek Boys on the boards with seven rebounds.

Dubuque and Waterloo defeat Liberty wrestlers

Rams, Trojans give Lightning a tough night

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WATERLOO– Liberty High’s inaugural varsity wrestling team was handed a setback Thursday, Dec. 14, in a double dual at Waterloo East High School against the Trojans and Dubuque Senior’s Rams.
East defeated the Lightning, 54-12, with Liberty’s Jared Alger (132 pounds) taking a 10-6 decision from East’s Brayden Good, Ashton Barker (152) taking a 12-8 decision from East’s Antonio Rodriguez and Jacob Morgan (160) pinning East High’s Andrew Mora in 2:43.