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Supervisors’ public hearing on comprehensive plan May 10

P&Z’s 24 recommended changes under consideration

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. The hearing is the latest step in what has been a nearly two-year process in crafting the document; the first of it’s kind for the county.
The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5-0 on Monday, April 9, to approve a draft of the plan with 24 recommended changes.

Brewing with Dunn Brothers

Cafe opens south of Forevergreen Road

CORALVILLE– Between the morning rush to get out the door and the push to get through traffic, there are few greater needs than to be fully caffeinated. With a new coffee shop in town, those needs are being fully taken care of. Alexandra and DeAngelo Seay moved to the Corridor to pursue their goal of creating a place to bring family and friends together over a delicious cup of coffee. They achieved this goal by opening their own franchise location for Dunn Brothers Coffee.

Cherry and Front streets get a four-way stop

NORTH LIBERTY– For years, the intersection of Cherry and Front streets has been the subject of much discussion, debate – and frustration – with regular requests to turn it into a four-way stop.
However, a past study by the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), which the City of North Liberty relies on for help analyzing and planning for traffic, found that accident rates and traffic volumes were both low and the intersection didn’t justify changes. This study is available on northlibertyiowa.org.

Intersection closure: Cherry Street east of Ranshaw Way

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Wednesday, May 9, Cherry Street is closed just east of Ranshaw Way. The closure is required so crews can reconstruct the east side of the intersection.
The contractor is required to limit the length of the closure, and expects the work to last about three weeks.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured along Penn and Stewart streets. All businesses will remain open.
The Cherry Street underpass will remain open until Monday, May 14, when it is expected to close for four days.

Trojans give Prairie Hawks their first loss

West’s Frisbie scores in double OT, 2-1

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High varsity Trojans handed Cedar Rapids Prairie its first loss of the season on Monday, April 30, at Prairie’s John Wall Stadium with a 2-1 win in sudden death overtime (OT).
The win dipped the Prairie Hawks to 7-1 and improved West’s record to 8-3.
Prairie struck first with a long-ball goal in the 30th minute by Matthew Walter. Shortly after, Gada Ambo tied the match with a cross kick from the right side into the back corner of the Prairie net. A stalemate ensued through the rest of the first half and all of the second half leading to overtime.

West defeats City, 8-1

Women of Troy defeat Little Hawks and J-Hawks

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity girls (including players from Clear Creek Amana, Mid-Prairie and Liberty High) remained undefeated on the tennis courts after knocking off rival City High and the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
The Women of Troy wore “Live Like Line” T-shirts in honor of the late Caroline Found Tuesday, May 1, as they met the Little Hawks at the University of Iowa’s Tennis Complex for their annual dual meet. Dr. Ernie Found (Caroline’s father) was honored for his continuing support of West High athletics, including the tennis program. West defeated City, 8-1.

Nock earns Athlete of the Year; Parker is Coach of the Year

Women of Troy reign in MVC Divisional Meet

Nock earns Athlete of the Year; Parker is Coach of the Year
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– One week to the day after competing in the 109th Drake Relays, Bailey Nock was a triple-winner for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy as they won the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division meet on their home track Friday, May 4.

2018 CCA softball preview

Still young, but more experienced

OXFORD– Last year the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls softball team faced two challenges. First, Matt Trosky took the helm of the program in the wake of the departure of Barb Lynn after three seasons. Lynn returned to coaching the Iowa City West High varsity this year. And second, they were a young team with only two seniors (Claire Navara and Abbi Kinnaird), and a freshman (Raina Henze) and eighth grader (Peyton Graft) pitching. The Creek Girls finished the season at 14-26.

Liberty girls fall, 3-0, to CV Christian

ALBURNETT– As storms crept ever closer, the Liberty High Lightning fell, 3-0, to the 15th-ranked team in Class 1A, the Huskies of Cedar Valley Christian (CVC). The Huskies, a shared program between CVC and Alburnett High School, brought a 9-0 record into the Tuesday, May 1, contest in Alburnett. The Bolts, unranked by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, were 2-5.

Dance for a Difference fundraiser scores big

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a vivacious scene in Liberty High School’s auxiliary gym on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22.
About 100 dancers signed up for Dance for a Difference, which ran from noon to 4 p.m. The event featured a DJ, face painting, food, a costume dance raffle, a silent auction and a teacher dance at 3 p.m.
“Dance for a Difference was amazing. Everyone was dancing, singing and just sharing their love with one another,” remarked Liberty High senior and Difference Maker Madi Barta, following the event.

Lane reduction: Penn, west of Alexander

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, crews will begin work on trail upgrades and extensions along the south side of Penn Street, between Kansas Avenue and Alexander Way. This work will require the closing of one eastbound lane of traffic on Penn Street. The intermittent closure will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and is expected to last up to three weeks.

North Liberty celebrates Older Americans Month

NORTH LIBERTY– This May is Older Americans Month and, in celebration, the City of North Liberty is hosting new and existing nutritional, social and educational programs for local seniors the entire month. The theme is “Engage at Every Age,” so the goal is to encourage seniors to try new things and to learn ways to give back to the community via volunteering.