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North Liberty Leader

Family, tradition, duty, and honor

Four Tiffin firefighters recognized as they retire

TIFFIN — The Tiffin Fire Department celebrated 76 years of combined service Monday, March 15 as Chief Brian Detert (24 years), 1st. Asst. Chief Randy Morgan (31 years), 2nd Asst. Chief Corey Donaldson (11 years), and 2nd Captain Steve Kick (10 years) retired from the all-volunteer department.

County tax levy continues to decrease

Supervisors discuss FY 22 budget, vote set for March 25

IOWA CITY– For the fifth consecutive year, the countywide tax levy for Johnson County will decrease. The levy, assessed to property owners, will be $6.30143 per $1,000 of taxable value according to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, beginning on July 1, and is down from the current rate of $6.34581. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on the proposed budget Tuesday, March 16, and is scheduled for a final discussion and vote Thursday, March 25, at 9 a.m.

Terrorists for the greater good?

NL comedian and author Nathan Timmel enters the realm of fiction with “We Are 100”

NORTH LIBERTY– What happens when the common man gets pushed to his limits and finds a group of like-minded individuals? Nathan Timmel explores the possibilities in his new book We Are 100, which is now available on Amazon.com.
Timmel, a North Liberty-based comedian, has previously penned 11 non-fiction books ranging from an autobiography to collections of letters to his young children, Hillary and Truman, which were written in hotel rooms across the country; and even an exploration of life with a new baby in the house-written from the perspective of Kitty, his late miniature schnauzer.

More unknowns than in a typical year

CCA 2021 girls’ soccer preview

TIFFIN– Twenty-one months. That’s how long it will have been since the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity soccer girls played their last game when they take the field on Tuesday, April 6.
The 2020 season was wiped out before it even started due to the cancellation of the remainder of the school year, and all spring sports, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Head Coach Matt Harding in his ninth year (and eighth season, as there was no season last year) remembers all too well how it felt when Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation was made.

Liberty’s distance men compete in Dickinson Relays

Jack Kinzer second in the 3,200

CEDAR FALLS– The Liberty High varsity distance runners started the 2021 track and field season with an appearance in the Dickinson Relays held Tuesday, March 9, at the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.
Seniors Bo Gryp, Jack Kinzer and Caleb Schillinger and junior Christian Montover competed in one of the very few indoor meets being held this season. Gryp and Montover ran the 1,600-meter run with Gryp finishing 11th in 4:35.99 while Montover was 26th in 4:55.36. Kinzer was second in the 3,200-meter run in 9:48.14 with Schillinger taking 14th place in 10:16.59.

Withrow named to IPSWA all-state basketball team

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced the 2021 boys’ basketball all-state teams on Tuesday, March 16, with Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Christian Withrow named to the Class 3A Second Team.
Withrow led the Clippers’ scoring with 440 points this season, topping the 1,000-point mark. The IPSWA recognition follows being named the WaMaC West Player of the Year and a unanimous selection to the WaMaC West First Team. In addition, the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association picked Withrow for the 2021 Class 3A Substate 6 All-Substate Team.

Big news for a small business

A2Z Heating and Plumbing in North Liberty merges with the best in the area, and adds a new service while keeping the help wanted sign up

NORTH LIBERTY– The company motto for A2Z Heating and Plumbing, Inc. states, “Meeting all of your needs from A2Z,” and indeed, the staff of the North Liberty based business brainstormed and found services they provide for 25 out of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Only “X” was left out, as “Nothing begins with X.”
Since starting out in 2003, A2Z’s business has steadily grown and now they can add more items to their list under “L” and “T.”
“L” is for “Lift stations,” and now also for “Lawn irrigation systems.”

The trend continues

CCA can expect enrollment growth to continue through 202x

OXFORD– As the COVID-19 crisis seems to be fading, the school board of directors and administrative team of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will soon put the spotlight again on space needs.
The district received its latest enrollment forecast from RSP in January, and board members reviewed it during a Feb. 3 work session. RSP has provided enrollment analysis and projections for the district since 2014 and guided facilities planning committees and attendance area boundary discussions.

Spring Cleanup Day returns April 24 and other cleanup options

NORTH LIBERTY– After skipping the event in 2020 due to the pandemic, Spring Cleanup Day returns on Saturday, April 24, from 7 to 11 a.m., largely in its previous form. Participating residents are required to wear a mask and remain in vehicles during the collection to protect patrons and staff.
Spring Cleanup Day is held annually on the last Saturday in April and is for residents of North Liberty only. Be prepared to verify you are a North Liberty resident with a water bill stub or driver’s license.

Change is coming to Tiffin

New speed limit on Hwy. 6 to go into effect sooner than later

TIFFIN– If they haven’t already, drivers on Highway 6 through Tiffin will soon see a new speed limit in effect, dropping the speed from 55 entering town to 45.
The change is the result of a speed study conducted by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) at the request of the City of Tiffin. Cathy Cutler, transportation planner for the IDOT’s District 6 Office in Cedar Rapids, said such studies are justified after certain roadway improvements are completed.

More basketball honors for Calia Clubb

IGCA and IPSWA recognize CCA junior

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School junior Calia Clubb picked up more honors for her varsity basketball efforts this season. Clubb led the Clippers with 257 points and 233 rebounds this year as CCA claimed a third of the WaMaC West Championship and topped the WaMaC overall.

A Clipper and two Bolts earn hoop honors

CCA’s Withrow and Liberty’s Telander and Hazeltine recognized

IOWA CITY– The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) named Clear Creek Amana senior Christian Withrow and Liberty High seniors Kelby Telander and Ira Hazeltine to 2021 All-Substate Teams.