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IC West trounces Burlington, 59-7

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans snapped a two-game losing streak by rolling over the Greyhounds from Burlington, 59-7, Friday, Sept. 30, in Iowa City.

Creek Boys third at Solon Invitational

Sedlacek, a pair of Barkers and McCarty lead the way for CCA

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SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys finished third in team points Monday, Sept. 19, at the Solon Invitational. Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the meet with 37 points, followed by Mid-Prairie (81) and CCA (95). The host Spartans finished ninth with 216.
Wyatt Sedlacek led the Clippers with a 15th-place showing in 18:23. Jack Wingert was a step behind, also clocked at 18:23.

Creek Boys second at home cross country classic

Barker leads Clipper Girls to third

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IOWA CITY– The Creek Boys from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) finished runners-up to Mid-Prairie in their home meet, the Clipper Cross Country Classic, Monday, Sept. 26, at the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City.
“It was a tough night for the Clippers,” Coach Ben Robison said. “Mid-Prairie ran really, really well, and we didn’t race as well as we have been. Our sophomore Cole Liebe stepped up in a big way tonight, and ran well. We need to refocus, and start prepping for championship season.”

Life on the mat

Missouri transplant opens martial arts gym for kids, adults

NORTH LIBERTY– When Ben Brown was a kid, he just wanted to be a ninja. Now, he hopes to help other kids on their way to fulfilling that dream.
And, the grown-ups are invited.
“I hear often that adults would love to train for various reasons, it’s a good workout, it sounds fun, or they just want to defend themselves,” said Brown. “But they just feel weird standing next to a 9-year-old. I get that completely.”

Forevergreen Rd. interchange becoming reality

Iowa Department of Transportation presents final design to council

NORTH LIBERTY– While not set to be fully functional until late 2019, plans for the Forevergreen Road interchange are virtually complete.
Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) staff presented a project overview, including a local roadway improvement plan, during a North Liberty City Council work session Tuesday, Sept. 13.
“We’re now reaching the detailed part of our design,” said IDOT engineer Newman Abuissa, who first presented the proposal to city council in September 2015.

Forevergreen Road Interchange and Local Roadway Improvements Timeline:

2016
Right of Way Design Public Information Meeting Nov. 1 for property between Kansas Avenue and Covered Bridge Boulevard
2017
Right of Way Design Public Information Meeting spring 2017 for property between Covered Bridge Boulevard and Jones Boulevard
Interchange bid letting proposed summer 2017
Local road bid letting proposed fall 2017 for Kansas Avenue through Covered Bridge Boulevard
Interchange construction fall 2017 through calendar year 2018
2018
Local road construction between Kansas Avenue and Covered Bridge Boulevard calendar year 2018, including closures and detours

Mayor Nielsen becomes Certified Elected Municipal Official

NORTH LIBERTY– Amy Nielsen, mayor of North Liberty, is among seven elected city officials to be awarded the Certified Elected Municipal Official (CEMO) designation. The designation was created by the Iowa League of Cities as a way to recognize elected officials committed to continuing professional development while in office.
The recognition program allows attendees to build towards the CEMO designation while receiving meaningful, informative and useful information on topics that expand the elected official’s knowledge and capabilities. Participation in the program is 100 percent voluntary.

Annual fall festival Oct. 8 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch kicks off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 8, with food, fun, games, demonstrations and more.
Activities, including the 5-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins, take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend admission is $8 per person.
This year’s corn maze at highlights the North Liberty Police Department’s campaign to bring a K-9 officer and dog to the force. A portion of all the season’s sales support the initiative.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch is located at 2780 Front St. NE. Pets are welcome at the farm but must remain leashed and be picked up after.

Free fall leaf pick-up to begin Monday, Oct. 3, at 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Open burning of leaves and yard waste is not permitted in North Liberty. The city will pick up leaves that property owners have raked to the curb Monday through Friday from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21.
Leaves should be piled within two feet of the curb or edge of road. No sticks, branches or any other yard waste should be mixed with the leaves. Brush or garden waste may be bundled for pickup on your regular trash day.

North Liberty lends a helping hand

NORTH LIBERTY– Although unaffected by the late September flooding much of Eastern Iowa experienced, the City of North Liberty was able to assist those areas in need.
At the request of Dave Wilson, Director of Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, the North Liberty Streets Department delivered materials to assist with flood mitigation and recovery Thursday, Sept. 22, as the Cedar River prepared to crest at near-record levels.

Five-and-0

Clippers earn historic win 26-0 over CP-U

TIFFIN– To borrow from the late musical artist known as Prince, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers likely partied like it was 1999 in the wake of their 26-0 win Friday, Sept. 23 over Center Point-Urbana. The year 1999 was the last time the Creek Boys had a 5-0 record, which is where they and West Delaware stand in Class 3A District 4.
The win was doubly sweet for the Clippers coming on their Homecoming night with quarterback Ashton Carpenter presented as the King with Be DeShaw as his Queen.

“O-Bolts” 3-2 with win over Indians

Liberty defeats Marion, 36-22

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MARION– The Original Bolts freshman football team, representing Liberty High, improved to a 3-2 record in their inaugural season with a 36-22 win at Marion Monday, Sept. 19.
“The offensive line collectively played their best game to date,” Bolts’ coach Jeff Gordon said, noting the crew dominated the line of scrimmage for large portions of the game. “Max Lenane, Sam Nicklaus, Scott Dall, Alec Boldt, Evan Scwarzendruber, Ryan Nugent, Harrison Voight and Andres Estrada all stood out along the Bolt offensive line.”