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Six Clippers earn WaMaC All-Conference soccer honors

CCA’s Jacobson and Buffard named to First Team

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TIFFIN– The WaMaC athletic conference released its West Division All-Conference Boys Soccer selections for the 2015 season on June 11, with six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers earning spots on the First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention rosters.
Jon Jacobson and Pierre Buffard were First Team picks for the Clippers. Jacobson, a senior, scored 14 goals this season and had five assists. Buffard, also a senior, was responsible for seven goals and credited with three assists.

Fine tuning ICCSD’s budget

School board looks at ways to reduce operational costs

Iowa City– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) released its third quarter budget report at the district’s May 26 school board meeting.
Overall, the district budget is where it should be, according to Chief Financial Officer Craig Hansel. Board members worried, however, about how ICCSD stacked up against other similar-sized districts in several cost categories, including support staff and operational costs.

Well and good at CCA

TIFFIN– It was a healthy way to wrap up the school year.

Should it stay or should it go?

CCA parents, constituents argue for and against keeping softball complex in town of Oxford

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board fielded comments about its softball diamond at a regular meeting last Wednesday, but Superintendent Tim Kuehl made it clear: there is no money in the district’s budget for a new sports complex.

Liberty’s Gate in NL to expand

More rental housing to be built on NL’s west side

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has approved another group of rental housing and commercial buildings to be built on the city’s west side.
Liberty’s Gate development is near the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Madison Avenue, an area already peppered with commercial and residential development. The development group is preparing to add another commercial building and a single 28-plex residential building with two 8-stall garages in 3.26 acres on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Legion to host Red White and Bluegrass Festival Friday, July 3

NORTH LIBERTY­­– The North Liberty American Legion Post No. 1976 will host its fifth annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival on Friday, July 3, at American Legion Post 1976, 2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd., North Liberty. The festival will feature music by Going Up Caney, Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers, Slew Grass, Cedar County Cobras and the Dirty River Ramblers. Music begins at 4 p.m. and ends at midnight. Adult admission is $10, and kids 14 years and under enter free. The post’s annual flag retirement ceremony will be held at 9:30 p.m., followed by a free fireworks display.

Watch fireworks over Lake Macbride July 4

SOLON– The public is invited to see the fireworks over Lake Macbride on Saturday, July 4, with the show beginning at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Public support for the event is greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Mark Ramsey at 1598 Spartan Ct. NE, Solon, IA 52333. Checks should be made payable to Fireworks Fund. This is a Cottage Reserve-sponsored night. The Solon Beef Days Committee has provided assistance with expenses.

North Liberty residents invited to Hawkeye game Sept. 5

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Athletic Department will host North Liberty Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 5, when the Iowa football team entertains Illinois State in its 2015 season opener.
Any member of the North Liberty community can purchase an unlimited number of $40 group rate adult tickets and $25 youth tickets. The single game ticket price is $55 per seat. 

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Thanksgiving in July food drive, Turkey Trot 10k/5k/1 mile event to be July 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its third annual Thanksgiving in July and Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races/Family 1 Mile Event on Saturday, July 11, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with a community wide food drive to provide food assistance to the hungry. The chip-timed race will begin and end at Centennial Park located at 1565 St. Andrews Drive.

NLFD answering the call

This is the first installment of a three-part series on the ways the North Liberty Fire Department– a volunteer unit with only three paid positions– continues to meet the challenges of protecting an ever-growing community.

NORTH LIBERTY— As of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) had responded to 333 alarms. Assistant Chief William Schmooke expects plenty more.
“We’re going to push over 1,000 calls this year,” he said, up from 983 last year.

Clippers snap Mustang streak

Softball squad splits with ranked teams at Ft. Dodge tourney

MOUNT VERNON– The Mount Vernon Mustangs carried a 12-game winning streak into a softball doubleheader with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers June 17 in Mount Vernon.
The streak ended.
Claire Navara’s run in the top of the fifth inning held up, and Lexi Kinnaird scattered five hits to give the Clippers a 1-0 win over the No. 14 (Class 3A) Mustangs.
Mount Vernon rebounded in the second game, another squeaker, 2-1.
“Mount Vernon is a strong team and it was a nice win for us,” said CCA Head Coach Barb Lynn. “It was a great night of softball.”

Clipper boys drop two against Williamsburg

Swails’ RBI not enough

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WILLIAMSBURG– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ran into trouble on the road Tuesday, June 16, as the Williamsburg Raiders took both ends of a varsity doubleheader in Williamsburg. The Raiders won the opener, 6-3, and held on for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.
An RBI double by Robby Swails brought in Logan Viktora to score for CCA in the top of the first inning in game one, but the 1-0 lead was short-lived as Williamsburg found two unearned runs in the bottom of the second and added two more runs in the third.