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CCA finishes 16th overall at Prairie invitational

Creek boys run with the big dogs

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys cross country team opened the 2016 season with a trip to Cedar Rapids Prairie and the 32nd Prairie Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Clippers were 16th overall out of a 20-team field and finished sixth in the 10-team Orange Division.

Creek girls run in Prairie XC invitational

Freshman Barker leads CCA with 32nd-place showing

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls cross country squad opened the 2016 season by competing in the 32nd (Cedar Rapids) Prairie Invitational Meet Saturday, Aug. 27, at Prairie High School. The Creek Girls were 19th overall in team points and 10th in the Orange Division.
Kaylie Barker, a freshman, led CCA with a 32nd-place finish overall and eighth-place showing in the Orange Division in 21:35.

Salute to Summer

Firefighters, kids cool down at annual fundraiser

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NORTH LIBERTY– An ominous morning turned into a beautiful day for the North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer fundraiser last Saturday, Aug. 20, at Bobber’s Grill and Scales Pointe Campground.
Around 600 attended the event, said fire Capt. Chris Kochanny, which is fewer than normal. Still, he said it was one of the better events since the weather was cooler.
“In years past we’ve had issues with people getting too hot, especially kids in bouncy houses,” he said.
The only downside, he noted, was the wind.

NL man accused of assault shot in leg by homeowner

OXFORD– A North Liberty man accused of a rural Oxford home invasion was shot by the homeowner, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Aaron Douglas Kahler, 39, 645 Andy Ct., North Liberty faces charges of assault while participating in a felony, burglary second degree, domestic assault third and subsequent offense and violation of a no-contact order. after an incident Aug. 16.

Baby Fair at North Liberty library Aug. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Do you have a new baby, expecting, or just thinking about adding to your family? Join others for the 2nd Annual Baby Fair sponsored by Mercy Hospital Iowa City on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1-3 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Library.
Talk with obstetricians, pediatricians, doulas and midwives along with over 40 vendors including local non-profits and businesses about all things baby at this free event.

Back on the campaign trail

IOWA CITY– She wasn’t there for herself, but Amy Nielsen, North Liberty mayor and Iowa House District 77 hopeful, is nonetheless back on the campaign trail following a short hiatus after winning the Democratic nomination in June.
“We were kind of in first gear,” she said at a speaking event for Hillary Clinton last week. “Now we’ve gone straight to third.”

Comply now, complain later

Officers share how to have positive interactions with police

NORTH LIBERTY– While police-involved shootings and subsequent public protests continue to pop up across the country, the atmosphere was relaxed inside one of the North Liberty Community Center meeting rooms during a special forum Aug. 21 between police and citizens.
Around 40 attendees, in addition to several North Liberty Police Department staff, met over pizza and drinks at the 90-minute “town hall” style meeting Sunday evening. A panel of about six officers answered participants’ questions, which they could either ask aloud or write down on index cards.

Detour change: Oak Lane and North Liberty Road

NORTH LIBERTY– Early this week, crews began to pave North Liberty Road between Oak Lane and Dubuque Street, as well as the southern portion of the Oak Lane intersection. During this work, traffic to Oak Lane will continue to be detoured north on North Liberty Road, though there may be some delays at times.
Once this is completed, Oak Lane traffic will be detoured south on North Liberty Road to Dubuque Street so crews can pave the north side of the intersection. The contractor has not yet been able to provide an expected date for this change.

Doggie Plunge Sept. 8 and 9

NORTH LIBERTY–Bring your dog to the North Liberty Outdoor Pool for the 7th Annual Doggie Plunge Sept. 8 and 9 from 3-8 p.m.
Register online ($7 pre-registration or $10 day-of) at apm.activecommunities.com/northlibertycommctr/Activity_Search. Proceeds will be donated to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.
Please have proof of current rabies and vaccinations. If dogs are unable to "play nice" they may be asked to leave without a refund. One dog per person.
Contact Ashley Kipp, Aquatics Supervisor, at akipp@northlibertyiowa.org or by calling 319-626-5707 with questions.

The tradition starts now

Liberty High’s Bolts gird for gridiron

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re the first football team for the still-under construction Liberty High School, but being “first” isn’t tops on their list of concerns.
For the 21 West High freshmen who make up the Liberty Lightning’s inaugural team, it’s more about building a legacy for the “Bolts” who will follow them.

Three seniors lead Creek volleyball

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TIFFIN– This is Jackie Clubb’s third year at the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball program and she has three seniors to lead the way on the floor.
The Creek Girls finished 2015 with a 23-16 record overall and a 4-3 WaMaC conference West Division showing good for fourth place. Two seniors from the 2015 crew were lost to graduation: Alyssa Weldon and Ashley Prusha. Weldon, a unanimous First Team pick for WaMaC All-Conference honors, was a setter and outside hitter while Prusha was a middle hitter.

Familiar faces abound for Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy will be banking on experience on the court in the 2016 season. Coach Randy Dolson, in his third year with the program, brings back six starters from last year’s 27-12 squad that posted a 5-3 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record for a fourth-place finish.