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North Liberty Leader

A long talk about a short bus

NL council debates $50K allocation to pilot intra-city transportation

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty proposes to purchase a few new vehicles for city use in Fiscal Year 2016, including a small bus for transporting children in the city’s Before-And-After-School childcare program.
That single $25,000 item prompted more discussion on the new budget than any other.
But the argument was not about the bus.

A familiar name joins CCA

TIFFIN — A man familiar to many in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District has joined the district’s board of education. Matt McAreavy, of rural Oxford, took the oath of office before the start of the board’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the high school in Tiffin. The board appointed McAreavy to fill the seat vacated earlier this month by Kevin Kinney, who was elected to the Iowa State Senate for District 39 in November.

IC school district sets target date for opening of new Liberty High

IOWA CITY – Liberty High School in North Liberty will open as a comprehensive school in the fall of 2017.
This decision was made following a recommendation by Superintendent Stephen Murley and a design committee of administrators, teachers and parents.
It means that the high school will not operate as a branch of either West or City High and will have its own athletic and extracurricular programs.

NL Pantry holds contest for naming new teaching garden

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is starting a garden this spring, but our garden needs a name. The community is invited to suggest names.
The project planners want to build community through this teaching garden. The work in the garden will increase healthy foods available to families served by the Pantry. Put on your creative caps and send some names soon. The person who submits the selected name will be honored in a ribbon cutting ceremony this spring.
Deadline for name entries is 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15               

Boy Scout Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 7

NORTH LIBERTY – North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 35th annual Chili Supper from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the North Liberty Community Center.
This dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event.  Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 scouts.

Garner Elementary waffle breakfast to be Feb.14

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Class Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 7-11 a.m. at the school.

Public is invited to Bald Eagle Watch & Expo Feb. 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be co-hosting a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Road, North Liberty. The other co-hosts are the Iowa City Bird Club and the Iowa Wildlife Federation. This event is free to the public and will be held at two different locations simultaneously.
The speakers, exhibitors, and vendor will be located at the indoor venue which is North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Guest speakers include:

Spotlight on speech and drama

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN — Mimes, intense drama, fractured fairytales and musical theater combined on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) stage Thursday, Jan. 22, as the high school’s speech and drama students hosted their Speech Showcase Night.
Fourteen acts were scheduled; plenty to choose from, noted speech team director Christine Maas. “We have over four hours of material,” said Maas. The goal of the night was for each student to perform at least once.

Clippers knock off Bobcats, 55-41

TIFFIN– It’s a much better season this year for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boy’s varsity basketball team.
With a 55-41 win over the Benton Community Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 27, the Clippers improved to 11-4 on the season and notched their fourth win in a row for the second time in the 2014-15 campaign.
In contrast, Steve Ottoson’s crew only posted six wins last season with 15 losses.
Jake Neubauer, a junior, led CCA against the Bobcats with 14 points while senior Drew Wagner put up a dozen, mostly in the tumultuous second half.

Women of Troy upset by CR Kennedy

West’s second loss of season, 60-54

IOWA CITY– After having a 14-game winning streak snapped by West Des Moines Valley, the Iowa City West High Women of Troy rebounded with a 10-point win over Cedar Falls on the road Tuesday, Jan. 27.
But a visit from the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars Friday, Jan. 30, ended with West’s second loss of the season, and its first in the Mississippi Valley Conference. The Cougars won 60-54, dominating the game throughout the first half.

Independence wins WaMaC conference wrestling title

Murphy earns second for CCA at tourney

North Liberty Leader
EPWORTH– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Connor Murphy was crowned the 120-pound runner-up Saturday, Jan. 31, at the WaMaC Conference Tournament at Western Dubuque High School. Murphy was the top finisher for the Clippers, who placed 14th in overall team points.
Independence won the Conference Championship with 217.5 team points, Mount Vernon was second, Williamsburg finished third and Solon was the number four team.

Independence wins WaMaC conference wrestling title

Murphy earns second for CCA at tourney

North Liberty Leader
EPWORTH– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Connor Murphy was crowned the 120-pound runner-up Saturday, Jan. 31, at the WaMaC Conference Tournament at Western Dubuque High School. Murphy was the top finisher for the Clippers, who placed 14th in overall team points.
Independence won the Conference Championship with 217.5 team points, Mount Vernon was second, Williamsburg finished third and Solon was the number four team.