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May 28th

Erika Jones

rika Jones, 70, of North Liberty, passed away unexpectedly at Windmill Manor on Thursday, May 15, 2014. A Celebration of Erika’s life is being planned by her family for a future date.

Gene Brawner

Gene E. Brawner, 81, died peacefully at home Sunday, May 18, 2014, surrounded by his family.
 Funeral Services were held May 22 at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Pries officiating. Burial with military honors was at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to EWALU Lutheran Church Camp, 37776 Alpha Ave., Strawberry Point, IA 52706.

On finding people

Food for Thought

I recently had cause to contact, by mail, several old friends whose addresses I no longer had handy in my head or my little address book. Accustomed to a lifetime of being able to simply look in the phone book for that information, I was dismayed when I found that a good many of them were no longer listed. Now, if they were no longer listed, that meant that they had either moved without my knowledge, changed their phone numbers to unpublished ones, or gone completely cellular. I found it difficult indeed to track down their mailing addresses. Some, I never did manage to find.

A wink from Amtrak

“I’m sorry, Ma’am,” the overly officious clerk told Sabra, “but I can’t let you on the train with that ID.” The train was the Southwest Chief, run by Amtrak between Chicago and Los Angeles.

May 22nd

West High to be well represented at state

Boys’ 4x800, Gardarsson No.1

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– The West High track and field teams will send athletes to 39 events at the 2014 state co-ed track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines from Thursday, May 22, through Saturday, May 24.
The boys 4x800-meter relay team with Wynton Karanja, Noah Brase, Ian McGillicuddy, and Kaleb Greiner (with alternates Daniel Gardarsson and Andrew Gilbaugh) is the No. 1 seed in the event with a qualifying time of 8:03.78. Gardarsson is also the top-seeded athlete in the boys 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:24.68.

CCA track and field headed to Des Moines

Bandy and girls’ shuttle hurdle relay are No. 2 seeds

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) is sending athletes to 15 events in the 2014 state co-ed track meet at Drake University Thursday, May 22, through Saturday, May 24.

Bormann sisters’ one-two punch takes out Solon

CCA 2, Lady Spartans 1

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Bormann sisters, Emma and Hannah, combined for a one-two punch Friday, May 16, as the Solon Lady Spartans visited the Clippers’ turf. The result was a 2-1 upset by the No. 10-ranked Clippers over the No. 4-ranked Solon Squad.

No. 3 City High knocks-off No. 1 West in final second

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– City High’s Scott Tribbey launched a shot at the West High goal from about 30 yards out and scored as time ran out Tuesday, May 13, at the University of Iowa soccer field. His shot gave the number three-rated Little Hawks a 1-0 win over the top-ranked and until that moment, undefeated, Trojans.
But, some say his shot came after the game clock had hit 00:00. Curiously, the University’s soccer complex does not have a horn that sounds when time runs out.

NL Leader honored with awards at INA convention

DES MOINES– The North Liberty Leader again placed a close second as the best newspaper in its class over the weekend at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contests.
The Leader was awarded second place in the overall General Excellence category, only three points behind the Westside Observer. The Leader placed in 11 writing and photography contests, capturing first place nine times.

Budget cuts solid, administration salaries frozen

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Across Iowa, school districts are dealing with the end of one-time money provided by the federal government to support operations. The result has been dramatic budget cuts in school districts, including the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
Protests from students, faculty and community members over a $3.6 million budget cut for the 2014-2015 fiscal year have gone largely unaddressed by the school board since the decision to cut the budget was made last January.