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North Liberty man accused of assaulting woman, stealing phone

NORTH LIBERTY– A violent robbery in the heart of North Liberty on Sunday ended with one suspect in custody.
According to a complaint, North Liberty policed responded to a call around 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, near the intersection of Sugar Creek Lane and Prairie Ridge Road. They spoke with a female victim who claimed she had her phone stolen by a black male wearing a black jacket and two different colored shoes. She also complained of blurred vision, a headache and had a large contusion near her eye, the report stated.

Beer Burger has cracked the state’s top-10 Burgers

Top 10 Best Burgers in Iowa Announced

AMES– North Liberty’s Beer Burger has cracked the state’s top-10 burger list in its first year of operation.
Iowans submitted more than 9,200 nominations for best burger between Feb. 13 and March 13 and the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association counted the nominations that were received via the website, texting and paper ballots.
The number of votes each restaurant received determined the 2017 Top Ten restaurants and their burgers. Those restaurants making the Top Ten list (in alphabetical order) include:
- Ankeny Diner, Ankeny
- Elm’s Club, Creston

Sign up for Avenue of the Flags 2017

Deadline May 15 to fly colors during five national holidays

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 seventh year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.

First United Methodist Church of North Liberty groundbreaking ceremony April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The First United Methodist Church of North Liberty will host groundbreaking activities on Palm Sunday, April 9. The activities will begin with the 9:45 a.m. worship celebration followed at 11 a.m. by the outside groundbreaking ceremony. Members of the community are welcome to join the festivities.

Muddy Creek clean-up Saturday, April 8

NORTH LIBERTY– In observance of Keep America Beautiful Day, Boy Scout Troop 216 and Cub Scout Packs 216 and 275, the North Liberty Tree & Storm Water Advisory Board and the North Liberty Parks Department will lead a cleanup day Saturday, April 8, to remove debris along Big Muddy Creek and the North Liberty Recreation Trail.

Easter Egg Hunt April 8 at NLRC

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Optimist Club and the North Liberty Recreation Center (NLRC) co-sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will take place this year Saturda, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. sharp at the NLRC. Candy is spread on the ground. If inclement weather, the event is moved inside. Don’t be late, the candy vanishes in minutes! This free event is for ages 10 and under.

A ship without captains

Football co-coaches resign amid turmoil

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By Chris Umscheid
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football co-head coaches Ronnie and Matt Hughes resigned Tuesday, March 21. Matt Hughes posted his letter of resignation on the program’s Facebook page saying, “Today was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make because this community and its kids mean so much to me. There are many reasons behind my decision that most of you will not ever know- but please know and understand that I’m doing what I feel is in the best interest of the kids of CCA and my family.”

CCA Community Clean-up Day to be held Friday, April 28

TIFFIN– The annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community Clean-up Day will be held on Friday, April 28. Clear Creek Amana High School students from the Student Assistance Team/Interact Club and National Honor Society will volunteer their day to help older community members with yard work, windows, small household chores and general spring cleaning.

Preview: State experience should translate to 2017 Women of Troy success

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IOWA CITY– 2016 was another banner year for the Iowa City West High girls track and field program– a Mississippi Valley Conference Divisional Championship, nine events qualifying for the Drake Relays and 11 sent to the State Coed Meet. With the 2017 season underway, the Women of Troy return 10 state placewinners: Bailey Nock, Valerie Welch, Peyton Steva, Kia Noibi, Micaela Gravelin, Olivia Moore, Jessie Skopec, Gabby Skopec, Leah Dusterhoft and Chandler Haight.

Preview: No easy games

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TIFFIN– Tim Benson has six seasons at the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer program and one thing has become abundantly clear to him.
“There are no easy games in our conference.”
The Clippers went 13-5 last year and secured the WaMaC Conference West Division Title before falling to Central Clinton-DeWitt in a Class 2A substate semifinal. This year, the Creek Boys want to not only win another title, but also go even further.

Changes coming to WaMaC and MVC in ‘18

Liberty officially joins MVC, WaMaC loses two schools

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DES MOINES– Changes to the WaMaC and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) in 2018 will likely lead to some new competitors for the Solon Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.
Liberty High School, under construction in North Liberty, has been accepted into the MVC starting with the 2018-19 academic year, making it a 15-team conference. Liberty will be an independent school for its first year (2017-2018) before joining the conference.

Preview: Clipper girls look for a better year on the links

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TIFFIN– 2016 was a little rough on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls golf team. The squad finished 13th out of 15 teams in the WaMaC Conference and were sixth out of seven teams in the conference’s West Division. Coach Cam Stockman doesn’t expect things to be any easier this year for the Clippers.
“The conference will probably be pretty tough,” he said. “We haven’t finished very high in the conference standings, so we are hoping to move up this year with a nice mix of experience and newcomers.”