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Highway 965 stage 1 reopens, construction continues into stage 2

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, the first stage of Highway 965 re-opened as scheduled. Advanced Millwork, its tenants and businesses in Penn Landing can be accessed from Penn Street and Highway 965.
Crews moved forward with the 600-foot section to the north, between Dubuque Street and the previous construction. This work, which includes reconstruction and widening the road, replacing the railroad crossing, and the addition of sidewalks and recreation trails, is expected to last into November.

Stone Soup Supper, Silent Auction to benefit community pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its sixth annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4:30-7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank & Trust Company and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

ICCSD financial state declined in 2013-2014

Personnel costs climb, key challenges lie ahead for district

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) is in financial decline.
Those words weren’t heard Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the school board meeting, but buried in the 353-page board packet was the observation, written in the executive summary of the district’s annual financial report. “The district’s overall financial condition declined during Fiscal Year 2013-2014,” the report stated.
During his report to the board, District CFO and board secretary Craig Hansel tried to be brief.

Clippers set school record for most wins

CCA running away with the season

TIFFIN– The bell rang out another victory in what has become a historic season at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Friday, Oct. 17. With a 17-7 non-district win over Vinton-Shellsburg, the Clippers’ record increased to 7-1 overall, a record for the most wins in a season in the history of the program. In addition, the Class 3A District 5 Championship was finalized with Davenport Assumption beating Fairfield, 35-22.

Clipper boys 7th at WaMaC XC meet

Tener, Keith set pace

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IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Ashton Course was the site for the 2014 WaMaC Conference Cross Country Meet Thursday, Oct. 16.
Mount Vernon-Lisbon took the boys meet with 40 team points while the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers were seventh with 177. Rival Solon was ninth overall with 247. Center Point-Urbana’s Josh Yeager won the race in 16:10 while Jacob Tener led the Clippers with his 12th-place finish in 17:15.

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NL engineer, inventor creates must-have baby safety product

NORTH LIBERTY– Gerald Beranek of North Liberty has always had a knack for solving everyday problems, consistently putting to use his background and education in mechanical engineering.
It was an everyday problem that led him to design and create his new product that is suddenly booming in the baby world; the Vusee monitor shelf.
As expectant parents, Beranek and his wife were setting up the baby’s nursery about eight months ago.
“When my wife asked me to put up the baby monitor, I wasn’t sure where it should go,” said Beranek. “Basically, there was no good place for it.”

City of North Liberty to host community Halloween events

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty trick-or-treat night will be on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Remember to take an adult, only knock on doors at houses that have their outdoor lights on and be safe.
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Tiffin Trick-or-Treat Friday, Oct. 31.

TIFFIN– Trick-or-Treat night in Tiffin will be held Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 until 8 p.m. Please be cautious of little ghosts and goblins as you drive through town.

Stone Soup Supper, Silent Auction to benefit community pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its sixth annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4:30-7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank & Trust Company and South Slope Cooperative Communications.

NL American Legion Auxiliary to host free annual Veterans Day dinner Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at South Slope’s community room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty.
The evening will include a home-cooked meal, videos, music, military ceremonies and a guest speaker, as well as door prizes. Dinner is free to veterans and one guest.
All area veterans are invited to this free annual event, sponsored by the North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary, with the venue courtesy of South Slope Cooperative Communications.

North Liberty Community Pantry awarded challenge grant for community garden project

NORTH LIBERTY– A new project in North Liberty will bring growth to the community in a whole new way.
In September, the North Liberty Community Pantry was awarded a $38,850 challenge grant from the Wellmark Foundation in order to develop a community garden. Now, pantry supporters and director Tina DuBois are in the process of raising the required matching funds, which must be pledged by Dec. 15.