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North Liberty Leader

Tiffin council reconsiders tiered wage, proposes lower age limit

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Still searching for equanimity, members of the Tiffin City Council are now hoping to find a number everyone can live with in the debate over a municipal minimum wage ordinance.
But the number they seek is an age, not a per-hour compensation.

Elementary school will start earlier

ICCSD sets bell schedule for upcoming year

IOWA CITY– Bells will ring at 7:55 a.m. for elementary school children next year, and 8:50 a.m. for secondary school. The change was made by a unanimous vote by the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors on Feb. 9.
Currently, elementary schools run 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with junior high and high schools running from 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Pantry director DuBois to step down in May

NORTH LIBERTY– Tina DuBois, executive director of the North Liberty Community Pantry, will be leaving the organization at the end of May.
“We’re thankful for Tina’s leadership and service,” said Sean Pearl, chair of the pantry’s board of directors. “Tina has helped build this exemplary organization and will be leaving us in a strong and stable position to continue fulfilling our mission to feed and clothe our neighbors in need. We’ll miss her contributions, and we wish her well.”

Spill reaches Coralville Reservoir after Monday accident

SWISHER– Liquid runway deicer and diesel fuel spilled after a semi-truck owned by Cryotech Deicing Technology rolled over Monday, Feb. 15, along Interstate 380 about 14 miles south of Cedar Rapids.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) assisted with recovery and cleanup of the deicer and diesel fuel that escaped from the semi and flowed into McAllister Creek. About 3,600 gallons of liquid runway deicer and an estimated 50 gallons of diesel fuel flowed downstream about four miles to the Coralville Reservoir.

Penn school will host Science Night Feb. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Elementary will be hosting a fun-filled evening of exciting science Friday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

NL Optimists to host pancake breakfast March 5

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host its 43rd annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the North Liberty Community Center gymnasium, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds will benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.”

Clipper boys bedevil the Demons

CCA outlasts Washington, 75-71, in 3A semifinal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Xavier Catholic High School in northeast Cedar Rapids was the sight of an exorcism Monday, Feb. 22, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys bedeviled the Demons of Washington, 75-71, in a Class 3A District 9 basketball semifinal.

Women of Troy pull off a 3-peat

West downs Jefferson, 61-51

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– For the third time this season the West High Women of Troy defeated the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. The third win came Saturday, Feb. 20, at home in a Class 5A regional semifinal matchup as West prevailed, 61-51, to advance to the regional final Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Waukee.

Victory just out of reach for CCA Clipper girls

End season with 44-35 loss

TIFFIN– Coach P.J. Sweeney was baffled. He’d watched every bit of video he could find on the Clinton River Queens and scouted them. He thought he’d cooked up a plan to get the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers through their Class 4A quarterfinal round game against the Clinton River Queens.
But after 32 minutes of basketball and a 44-35 loss, Sweeney and company were performing an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong.

Donovan Doyle is MVC Valley Division Wrestler of the Year

Six Trojans named to All-Division squads

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Six West High wrestlers were named to the 2015-2016 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division wrestling squads. The list was released on Monday, Feb. 15, ahead of the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.
West High senior Donovan Doyle was named the Valley Division’s Athlete of the Year with a 48-1 record at 195 pounds while Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Matt Orton, Dick Briggs and their staff picked up Coach of the Year honors.
First Team picks from West were Nelson Brands and Doyle. Brands, a sophomore, compiled a 47-3 record.

Budget, wish list out of balance

CCA’s Kuehl laments state’s lack of commitment to education

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Superintendent Tim Kuehl prepared for the district’s upcoming budget talks by submitting a wish list for staffing.
It included increasing the number of elementary teachers, elementary art and music teachers; increasing the number of high school and middle school guidance counselors; and adding staff in the high school band and ELP (English Language Proficiency) programs.
Kuehl acknowledged it was an optimistic list.

No snow necessary

Fun bests the blahs in first annual Beat the Bitter Winter Games

NORTH LIBERTY– Although Midwesterners, Iowans are apparently not very good at winter.
That was the beginning of a discussion that ended with a plan for action to create “Beat the Bitter Winter Games and Good Cheer,” North Liberty’s newest community celebration.
The inaugural event took place Saturday, Feb. 6, with activities to encourage area residents to come outside, get moving, spark some new friendships and warm up to winter as best they could.