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North Liberty Leader

West girls bring experience, chemistry to tennis court

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– In any endeavor experience counts, and for the West High Women of Troy, experience on the tennis court could well lead to a season of success. Coach Amie Villarini returns five of six starters from last year’s 9-4 (MVC) and 9-6 (overall) team.

Clippers perform at WaMaC Indoor Meet

Smith wins in 60 m. hurdles

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MOUNT VERNON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) was among its WaMaC counterparts Saturday, March 21, at the Conference Indoor Meet held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
Mia Smith won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.85 seconds with Natalie Brimeyer taking second place. In addition, Karen Bolenga placed third in the 55-meter dash and fourth in the long jump. Madelynn Langridge, Brimeyer, Riley Hennes and Megan Lukas finished second in the 4x400.

North Liberty council fails to pass developer’s agreement, touches on efficacy of tabling

Quorum of three creates conundrum

NORTH LIBERTY– Miss a meeting, miss a lot.
With two councilors absent, the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, March 10, faced a situation that resulted in the failure of one and the tabling of two agenda items related to a planned new subdivision, as well as a discussion about tailoring future votes.
At the beginning of the meeting, City Attorney Scott Peterson reminded the three councilors present that while they constituted a quorum thereby allowing them to take action, resolutions would require unanimity in order to pass.

The $66,000 question

Responsibility for change in sewer project floats between City of Tiffin, school district

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Whether to blame poor design or poorly placed construction trailers?
The question almost doesn’t matter, as the answer will be the same either way: a sewer line needs to get to the new school in Tiffin, and quickly.
Still up in the air is who will pay the price.

Students continue to leave IC district

Board looks at open enrollment, demographic and class size data

IOWA CITY– The trend of students leaving the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) has continued this past school year.
Total enrollment is 13,050 students for the 2014-15 school year, and although that number has increased 1.2 percent over the last year, more students are also choosing to attend school in other districts.
This year, 461 students open enrolled out of the district, as opposed to 117 open enrolling into ICCSD schools. This resulted in a net loss of 344 students, an 8.9 percent increase of loss over last year.

Mehaffey Bridge reduced to one lane beginning March 30

Expect lengthy delays through July

SOLON– Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with stoplight control at the Mehaffey Bridge over the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County beginning Monday, March 30. A maximum vehicle width restriction of 9’6” will be in place at the bridge location during this phase of the construction. 
The road will remain open to traffic, but travelers should expect potentially lengthy traffic delays, especially during the morning and afternoon peak travel hours.
The contractor hopes to complete this phase of construction in July.

NL Pantry seeks volunteers for Gardening for Health Project

Orientation meetings for public to be held March 31 and April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is excited to announce the spring launch of its Gardening for Health Project, and invites the public to participate in the very first growing season.
This year the project will include the installation of a patio and rainwater catchment system, the construction of raised beds, the planting of fruit trees and berry bushes and the growth of annual vegetables to stock the pantry shelves. The garden will become the location of hands-on educational events about gardening topics and cooking skills throughout the growing season.

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

IOWA CITY– Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with stoplight control at the Mehaffey Bridge over the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County beginning Monday, March 30. A maximum vehicle width restriction of 9’6” will be in place at the bridge location during this phase of the construction. 
The road will remain open to traffic, but travelers should expect potentially lengthy traffic delays, especially during the morning and afternoon peak travel hours.
The contractor hopes to complete this phase of construction in July.

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

TIFFIN– Due to no school on Tuesday, March 3, the Clear Creek Amana Youth Football Program registration for incoming fifth and sixth grade students during the 2015-2016 school year has been rescheduled for Monday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Clear Creek Amana Middle School multipurpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. 

Mini Dance Marathon gives kids a fighting chance

raises over $6,000 for cancer patients

TIFFIN– Students and community members got down and boogied to raise money to help kids fight life-threatening diseases on Friday, March 6.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s mini Dance Marathon, now in its second year, raised $3,417 to support children battling cancer and their families. Mini marathons held by area schools support the University of Iowa’s annual Dance Marathon, a student-led organization that raises millions of dollars to assist young patients treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
At CCA, this year’s total more than doubled the amount raised last year.

Fourth title foiled for West High basketball

Trojans forced to settle for third place at state tourney

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans won 24 games in a row this season and were on track for an unprecedented fourth-straight Class 4A State Championship as they entered Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, March 13, for a semifinal game against the North Scott Lancers. However, the Lancers put the Trojans in a hole early and led throughout on their way to a 57-51 win, sending West High to the consolation game on Saturday, March 14.

Making it official

West High’s Hartwig named head football coach

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IOWA CITY— After serving as interim Head Football Coach last season, Iowa City West High School’s Garrett Hartwig has been named as head football coach, according to a Tuesday, Feb. 17, press release from West High Athletic Director Scott Kibby.
Hartwig served as the Trojans’ defensive coordinator until last spring when Head Coach Brian Sauser left the program and the district.
Hartwig came with Sauser from Muscatine High School where the pair engineered a successful turnaround of a struggling program. It was a similar situation at West when the coaching duo arrived.