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UI DeGowin Blood Center to hold blood drive in NL Aug. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center will host a blood drive Monday, Aug. 3, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in the North Liberty Recreation Center. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, please call 319-356-2058 to coordinate an appointment time. Those seeking to sign-up may go online at www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter. All successful donors will receive a “Live Here, Give Here” T-shirt.

World Link seeks host families for international students

SOLON– World Link and local coordinator and host Barb Messer are seeking host families in the Solon, Clear Creek Amana and Cedar Rapids College Community school districts.
“World Link is one of the few exchange programs with a real purpose,” Messer said. “We feel the best way to ensure long-lasting peace and understanding between the U.S. and other at risk countries is to enable young people to learn about the U.S. and Americans firsthand while educating Americans about their homes and lives as well, person to person.”

Record-setting season ends in Williamsburg

Clippers beat Grinnell, 3-0; then fall to Raiders, 1-0

WILLIAMSBURG– Cappy’s Crew made it through the first round of Class 3A substate baseball by defeating the Grinnell Tigers, 3-0, in Williamsburg on Friday, July 17, but fell 1-0 to the Williamsburg Raiders on Monday, July 20.
The Clippers entered the District 9 semifinal with a 20-18 record to Grinnell’s 10-16 and, with the higher seed, took the “home” spot on the scoreboard.

Trojans pound Ottumwa in substate semifinal

DeLaney hits for the cycle to lead West

IOWA CITY– Baseball fans were treated to a rare feat Monday, July 20, as West High’s Kevin DeLaney hit for the cycle. DeLaney, a senior, belted out a single, a two-RBI double, a two-RBI triple and a solo home run in perfect sequential order as he led the Trojans with four hits in a 14-7 substate semifinal win over the Bulldogs from Ottumwa.

Cappy’s Crew sinks Washington, 13-9

Clippers end regular season at 20-18

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WASHINGTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team closed out the regular season last year with the most wins in a season in the program’s history; 20. After a trip to Washington on Monday, July 13, the Clippers not only took a 13-9 shootout win, but also tied the high water mark with a 20-18 record ahead of the Class 3A substate campaign.

Women of Troy earn MVC All-Division honors

Lutjen is Valley Division Coach of the Year

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IOWA CITY– Nine West High Women of Troy were named to the Mississippi Valley Conference’s (MVC) 2015 Valley Division All-Division teams. The conference released its selections on Wednesday, July 15, with Dubuque Senior’s Sydney Tigges named the Division Athlete of the Year.

Trojans split on Senior Night

West falls 7-3, retaliates 11-1 against Davenport Central

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans closed out the regular season by splitting a varsity doubleheader at home with the Davenport Central Blue Devils on Senior Night July 14. Davenport took game one, 7-3, before West regrouped and dominated the nightcap with an 11-1 win.

Oh, Yeah!

North Liberty’s ninth annual Blues & BBQ festival finally caught a break from Mother Nature, and the rain stopped nearly as soon as the free event opened on Saturday, July 11, at Centennial Park in North Liberty. The rest of the day was hot and smokin’, with plenty of saucy barbecue, cool blues music, ice-cold craft beer and fun kids’ activities to meet everyone’s summer to-do list. Above, Kevin “B.F.” Burt, , accompanied by Big Medicine, offers up his usual great performance on the big stage. See more photos and information on Blues & BBQ in upcoming editions of the Leader.

What’s burning?

City of Tiffin hopes to stamp out illegal dumping at municpal yard waste burn site

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin wants to continue providing a convenience to residents, but frequent abuses of the service warranted changes.
The Tiffin City Council approved revisions to an ordinance defining how residents use the city-provided “burn pile,” an area where yard waste can be dumped for safe burning later.

call the dive team

Trained volunteers provide unique service to county, area

IOWA CITY— Johnson County citizens have a variety of public safety agencies on duty around the clock to protect them, ranging from traditional fire departments and law enforcement agencies to the county’s ambulance service. Specialty units such as the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Response Team, the Sheriff’s SWAT team, County Rescue 52 and the bomb squad supplement these organizations.
But one such unit operates literally in the murky shadows most of us never see.

We Run Glow Run 5K Race, Family 1K event  to be Sept. 5; proceeds benefit Steele Basler family

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, North Liberty’s running shoe specialty store, will host a Glow Run 5K race and Family 1K event on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 9 p.m. at Performance Health Fitness, 3290 Ridgeway Dr., Coralville.
The registration fee covers entry into the chip-timed 5K race, technical race-day shirt and finishing medal for the first 600 registrants, along with entry into a drawing for door prizes.
The 1K race is not timed.

CCA is finalist for America’s Farmers grant

ST. LOUIS, Mo.– In the Johnson County area, Clear Creek Amana Community School District has been announced as a finalist in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Clear Creek Amana Community School District is among the top districts in Iowa in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000.