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Archive - 2014

February 26th

Six point spread seals win for Solon, 68-62

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers overcame a first half deficit, but still fell prey to the Solon Spartans Friday night, Feb. 21, at home on Senior Night.
CCA honored seniors Cody Wagner, Jacob Klingeman and Josh Dillon between the sophomore and varsity games.
The Spartans took the sophomore contest 72-62 and the varsity tilt 68-62.

Linn-Mar Lions end season for Women of Troy

West falls in regional semifinal, 46-37

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
MARION– They fought hard to the bitter end, but a strong second half performance by the Linn-Mar Lions ended the season for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Saturday night, Feb. 22, in the Lions’ gym.
Linn-Mar took the Class 5A regional semifinal game, 46-37.

Community leaders supporting ‘Spread the Love’ PB&J drive through February

IOWA CITY– Businesses and organizations throughout Johnson County are hosting peanut butter and jelly drives this month as part of the Crisis Center’s “Spread the Love” campaign.
The Crisis Center encourages PB&J donations to the food bank throughout the month of February. Peanut butter in particular is a good source of protein and other nutrients for food bank clients.

Big Country Seeds to assist in securing grant for CCA schools

TIFFIN– Big Country Seeds Inc. of Tiffin, is excited to offer its support in assisting the Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) school district secure a $25,000 grant through Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Fund.” The process begins with nomination submission by April 6 with award announcement in August.
Dan Steines, president of Big Country Seeds Inc., said the timing is right for his company to drive this initiative.

Youth football registration to be March 4

TIFFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Youth Football Program will hold registrations for incoming fifth and sixth grade students for the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday, March 4, from 6 until 8 p. m. in the CCA Middle School multi-purpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. Fundamentals of football will be taught. This is full contact with pads and helmets. All equipment will be furnished except shoes. Cost for the program is $150. Practices start mid-August and last until the final game in October.

Wagner named 2013 Special Olympics coach of the year

DUBUQUE– Special Olympics Iowa is honored to announce the selection of Rob Wagner of North Liberty as Special Olympics North America’s 2013 coach of the year. Wagner was presented with the national award during the 2014 Special Olympics Iowa State Winter Games in Dubuque Jan. 14.

Johnson County deputy tops among cops

Oxford’s Kinney named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– In 1986 Kevin Kinney of Oxford joined the Johnson County sheriff’s office as a reserve deputy. Since then he has been a full-time deputy, became a detective and led the way in several high-profile cases.
Nearly 28 years later, Lieutenant Kevin Kinney has been recognized with an honor he’d never imagined.

Ireland Avenue just a few official steps away

Tiffin council remains optimistic

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has encountered many roadblocks on its six-year path to extending a main thoroughfare through town, but the Ireland Avenue project continues to gain ground.
At the city council meeting Feb. 12, City Attorney Crystal Raiber told the council the remaining necessary easement agreements were falling into place at last.

Green-Douglass to appear on primary ballot in June

JOHNSON COUNTY– Lisa Green-Douglass became a political junkie at the age of 21, the first time she attended her first Iowa caucus, during the presidential election year of 1980.
“I was immediately drawn into the whole process,” said Green-Douglass. “When you are at a caucus, you are in the initial picking process. You help create the party platform. Sometimes, some of those issues end up getting legislated. It was such a thrill for me to see grass roots politics, and really understand for the first time in my life what that really meant.”

Season’s end

Lady Spartans fall to North Scott after defeating Maquoketa in first round

ELDRIDGE– The season came to an end for the Lady Spartans over the weekend, but not without a valiant effort.
Solon’s girls fell to North Scott in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal Saturday at Eldridge, 63-51.
After falling behind by 13 points in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans played the Lancers evenly the rest of the way.