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Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp to invade NL Rec. Center April 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Join local experts John Watson and Guy Cain of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp (ZASC) on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center, as they demonstrate how to use survival skills during an impending zombie apocalypse. Training will be provided on survival gear, fire building, emergency shelter construction, water collection and water filtration. This class will be different from the one offered last fall, as participants will trek outdoors away from the recreation center in search of wild edibles.

Clipper runners set a path toward state

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TIFFIN– It’s already been a busy season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field program with indoor meets at the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and Cornell College (the WaMaC Indoor meet), while the outdoor season started Saturday, March 28, with Iowa City Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational.

Trojans seventh at John Ask Relays

Schneider third in 3,200-meter

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s boys track and field team finished seventh in overall points at the 56th annual John Ask Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson Saturday, March 28, at Kingston Stadium. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the meet while the defending champion Cedar Rapids Prairie team was fourth. The Trojans won the meet in 2008 and 2009 and again from 2011 through 2013.
Matthew Schneider was the top individual finisher for West taking third place in the 3,200-meter run and Josh Jensen was fourth.
Adam Weis was fifth in the 1,600-meter run.

Still time to sign up for CCA Youth Football program

TIFFIN– For those who missed the sign up for the 2015 CCA Youth Football season, there is still time to get registered. Email Bev Seelman at bev-jim-mba@msn.com with your mailing address and receive an application. Cost for the season is $150 which includes six games and equipment. Late registration starts July 1 when the fee increases to $175.  For those with questions, contact Bev Seelman at 319-626-6155 in the evening.

West girls win abbreviated Washburn Invitational in Muscatine

MUSCATINE– Cold weather prompted an early end to the Dick Washburn Invitational track meet Friday, March 27, at Muscatine High School, won by the Iowa City West girls. West took the meet with 81 team points, besting squads from Linn-Mar (third), Cedar Rapids Prairie (tied with Pleasant Valley for fourth) and Cedar Rapids Washington (10th).
Valerie Welch won in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.82 seconds. Grace Young, Kia Noibi, Haley Roudabush and Welch brought the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay to a win in 1:12.68.

Playing on a strong team

Whitmore opens NL office as Edward Jones investment advisor

NORTH LIBERTY– Travis Whitmore feels he has learned a lot about life through playing sports and growing up in America’s heartland: a strong work ethic, perseverance, teamwork and respect for others.
Today, he is applying those life lessons to teach others about financial management.
Whitmore recently opened a new office as an Edward Jones financial advisor. Located at 550 Pond View Dr., Ste. C., Whitmore is ready to meet customers at their convenience.

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Earlier this month, about 40 trees were cut down on the property of Gary Weinman, a rural resident who is suing the City of North Liberty to halt condemnation of a portion of his prairie land for a public sewer project. The city prevailed in a court hearing to stay compensation proceedings, and was ordered to pay Weinman $80,000 for the easement. The city is appealing that award, and more recently communicated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about a permit process questioned by Weinman’s legal counsel. (photo by Tom Tau)

ICCSD proposes tax increase for 2016

Administration recommends raising rate by 25 cents

IOWA CITY- Though the Iowa legislature has yet to set state aid for schools, Iowa City Community School District officials remain hopeful that the amount will be higher than the governor’s recommended 1.25 percent.
Administrators and school board members met Tuesday, March 10, to discuss the administration’s budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2016.
The budget is based on a two percent state aid budget scenario, leading to the proposed tax rate of $13.95 per $1,000 in taxed property value, an increase of 25 cents from Fiscal Year 2015.

A room to grow

NL CoLab offers innovative space for start-ups

NORTH LIBERTY– Google was started in a garage, Facebook in a college dorm room.
In the business world, the term “start-up,” conjures images of small, cramped quarters and slightly uninviting spaces.
But now that image is starting to change.
The North Liberty CoLab, located at 215 Hwy. 965, Ste. 1, is the newest collaboration space in the Iowa City area. It’s a place where start-up businesses and entrepreneurs can come together, network and bounce ideas off one another.

North Liberty to hold open house for 2015 projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has a number of projects planned for this year and invites the public to an open house to learn more about the plans, meet engineers and staff, and ask questions about the projects.
The open house will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the North Liberty Community Library’s meeting rooms.
Projects that will be presented include:
• Penn Meadows Park upgrades, including bathrooms, a concession stand, picnic shelter and splash pad;
• North Liberty recreation trail resurfacing, re-grading and upgrades;

Volunteers asked to help end hunger Saturday, March 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids Against Hunger 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty. Volunteers will pack food for distribution by the international food relief organization, Kids Against Hunger.
In order to make this a great event, the church congregation must raise over $18,750, and needs hundreds of volunteers to do the actual packing.

NLYBS Field Enhancement Day to be Saturday, March 28

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) Field Enhancement will be Saturday, March 28, from 9-11 a.m. at Penn Meadows Park. NLYBS players, and their families, are asked to come out and help get the fields ready for the season.
The area for the new sports pavilion (bathrooms and concession stand) plus the brick courtyard will be marked off, with bricks that were purchased prior to Feb. 26 on display.