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NL council to consider tax rebate requests

Public hearing to amend urban renewal plan Dec. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty may soon have its own bowling center– along with an arcade, laser tag arena, billiards room and sports bar, all under one roof.
At its Nov. 24 meeting, the North Liberty City Council heard a proposal from John Burchert to build a family entertainment center that would include all those amenities in a 37,000 square–foot building, located off Penn Street on Madison Avenue.

Holiday homicide hilarity takes center stage at CCA

New CCA director debuts with play’s first Iowa performance

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– Murder isn’t usually a laughing matter, unless it’s a key element in a comedic thriller on the stage, as in Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department’s farce The Game’s Afoot or Holmes For The Holidays, which ran from Nov. 12 through Nov. 14 in the Performing Arts Center in Tiffin.

IC school board approves online survey tool for gathering feedback

Directors hope Thoughtexchange will reach larger population than listening posts, meetings

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District will begin using a new tool to gather community feedback. The online tool, Thoughtexchange, acts as a survey with added features, such as a Star feature allowing respondents to “star,” or prioritize, the thoughts most meaningful to them.

CCA details timelines for next three projects

OXFORD– The end is in sight for completion of a two-story addition to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school in Tiffin.
District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby and Shive-Hattery’s Keith Johnk both told the school board they were optimistic the chronically-delayed project would finally be completed during winter break.
Willoughby gave the board a construction update during their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 16, at Clear Creek Elementary.

TIFFIN Notes

Holiday Decorating Contest
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is holding its Annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Help bring the spirit of the holiday season to Tiffin. Prizes will be given to first, second and third places for the best holiday decorations. The city is also looking for volunteers to be judges.
If interested in signing up to be a contest judge, please contact Ashley at Tiffin City Hall, 319-545-2572. Judging will take place a week before Christmas.
This is a great chance to take the family around town and make holiday memories to remember for a lifetime.

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Trojans outlast Mount Vernon Mustangs

West opens with 63-42 win over determined Mount Vernon squad

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened the 2015-2016 season with a visit from the WaMaC conference’s Class 3A Mount Vernon Mustangs. One could presume a meeting of a Class 4A powerhouse would have little trouble with a smaller program, but the Mustangs showed they could run with the big school as they largely kept pace with a West High squad that wasn’t quite hitting on all cylinders.
The Trojans led 13-9 after the first period and 33-19 at the half, but the Mustangs narrowed the gap to a seven-point deficit going into the final period.

Women of Troy dominate Prairie, Hempstead

IC West girls move to 3-0

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 3-0 with wins over Cedar Rapids Prairie and Dubuque Hempstead.
West took an early lead at home against Prairie on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and quickly left the Prairie Hawks behind, taking a 12-3 advantage after the first period and a 24-9 halftime lead.
Rachel Saunders accounted for half of those points and went on to lead all scorers with 19 points.
SCORING: R. Saunders 19, E. Koch 9, A. Tauchen 9, L. Cook 8, M. Huinker 7, M. Fay 3, K. McGrane 3, L. Zacharias 2.
3-POINT GOALS: Saunders 3, Fay 1, McGrane 1, Huinker 1, Koch 1.

Creek girls 2-0 with win over the Beckman Blazers

CCA 36, Dyersville Beckman 29

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DYERSVILLE– The Creek Girls of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) improved to 2-0 on the season with a 36-29 win over fellow WaMaC team Dyersville Beckman Catholic on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Abbi Kinnaird led the Clippers with 18 points, including a trio of three-point baskets, a pair of field goals and five free throws. Erin Navara backed up Kinnaird with 11 points. Claire Navara put up four points with one three-bomb and a free throw, while Be DeShaw rounded out the CCA offense with her own three-pointer.

Clipper wrestlers take down Raiders, fall to the Pointers

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CENTER POINT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the varsity wrestling season on the road in Center Point with a double dual against the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana and the Blue Raiders of Anamosa Thursday, Dec. 3.
The Clippers sank the Raiders, 32-25, but fell to the Stormin’ Pointers, 37-32.
Andrew Rohert (126 pounds), Quinn Murphy (132), Cole White (195) and Ethan Taylor (220) won by fall against Anamosa. Also, Logan Viktora earned a technical fall with a 21-5 decision.

Plenty of bowlers for West

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IOWA CITY– Bowling has become a more popular sport at Iowa City West High, coach Mike Mellecker noted.
“This will be our biggest team in a few years,” Mellecker said. An assistant coach for four years, Mellecker has been the head coach for nine years, sporting a 38-77 record with the boys’ teams, and 48-85 with the girls.
Last season the boys went 6-9 overall and 3-8 in Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) competition, with Heath Schintler qualifying for the state meet, while the girls posted a 2-13 and 2-9 showing.

Trojans crown three wrestlers at Dick Mellinger Invitational

West ties with Ottumwa for team title

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BURLINGTON– Iowa City West High crowned three champions in Burlington High School’s Dick Mellinger Wrestling Invitational Saturday, Dec. 5.
Keaton Speicher won the 113-pound bracket after pinning Mediapolis’ Isaac Bybee in 3:28; Nelson Brands took the 145-pound bracket by pinning Keokuk’s Donnie Rose in 5:35; and Donovan Doyle won at 195 pounds with a fall in 1:40 over Burlington’s Mason Hartman.
West and Ottumwa tied for first place in team points with 366. Mediapolis was third with 326, followed by Keokuk (322), Burlington (210) and Davenport North (89).

Gun ban discussion draws crowd in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has learned that gun ownership is a touchy subject.
Discussion on city policy regarding firearms on public property brought citizens out in force at the North Liberty City Council meeting Nov. 24, resulting in expulsion of one individual and a backlash of criticism prior to the meeting and in the days to follow.