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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.

North Bend to hold 5K, 1-mile fun run April 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Bend Elementary Parent Teacher Group (PTG) will host the second annual, family-friendly 5K and 1-mile Fun Run on Saturday, April 11.
The 5K will begin at 9:15 a.m., and the 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m. Both events will start and end at North Bend Elementary School, 2230 St. Andrews Dr., North Liberty. There will be color stations along both routes. 

Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host annual pancake breakfast April 12

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 12, at the Tiffin Fire Station. Pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, cinnamon rolls and Clear Creek Orchard jams will be served from 6 a.m. to noon. There is no cost associated; however, free-will donations are encouraged.
The money raised by the firefighters and first responders has been used to purchase protective safety equipment, medical gear and even fire trucks in the past.

Finding balance in a kayak

Local kayak fishing enthusiasts cast around for new club members

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think you couldn’t reel in a 25-pound catfish in a kayak, Scott Shrader would prove you wrong.
Shrader, of North Liberty, has always been a fisherman. As a child, he went bass fishing with his father and competed in fishing tournaments as he got older.
He bought a kayak because he also loved paddling around on the water, and a kayak offered something a little different.
“Kayaking a relaxing sport, and you don’t have to deal with the gas and maintenance and expense of having a motor boat,” said Shrader.

Plenty of competition for Clipper boys

CCA take the field for 2015 soccer season

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TIFFIN– In his fifth year leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer program, coach Tim Benson (50-20-2-career record) has an enviable problem.
“My concern is making sure we have the right 11 guys on the field as 25-plus guys will be competing every day, not just with our competition, but with each other for playing time.”
The swelled ranks give Benson some depth to work with on the pitch as the Clippers sail into an always competitive WaMaC West Division.

West girls bring experience, chemistry to tennis court

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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.