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CCA shapes 2014-2015 school year schedule

Board finds calendar acceptable, not perfect

AMANA– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District Superintendent Tim Kuehl readily admits the proposed academic calendar for the 2014-2015 school year isn’t perfect. But, “the perfect calendar does not exist,” he said.
Kuehl presented a proposed calendar at a school board work session Wednesday, March 12, at Amana Elementary. The board will likely approve the final product on Wednesday, April 9, with a public hearing prior to their vote.

Story Time Yoga

Library brings yoga into Saturday story time

NORTH LIBERTY– Yoga is known for its physical, mental and spiritual benefits. It can increase strength, facilitate flexibility and reduce stress.
At the North Liberty Community Library, it is also helping kids get more out of books read at story time.
Youth and Teen Services Librarian Melanie Harrison and Circulation Library Emily O’Sheridan-Tabor came across the idea when attending a library conference last fall.

West High’s Lohaus, Senior’s Haber named Athletes of the Year

Six Trojans named to MVC All-Division basketball teams

IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) recently announced the 2013-2014 All-Division boys’ basketball teams for the Mississippi and Valley Divisions. Iowa City West High’s Wyatt Lohaus and Dubuque Senior’s Kyle Haber share Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year honors while Senior’s Wendell Elmers is the division Coach of the Year.

Mississippi Division First Team
Kyle Haber, Dubuque Senior, 6’-7” senior*
Wyatt Lohaus, IC West, 6’1” senior*
A.J. Carter, CR Kennedy, 5’11” senior*
David DiLeo, IC West, 6’6” senior*
Jacob Olson, CR Jefferson, 6’0” junior

Women of Troy win 800M sprint medley

West, Creek girls run at ISU indoor

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AMES– St. Patrick’s Day was a long one for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy and Clear Creek Amana girls’ track and field programs as the teams traveled to Iowa State University for the 21st annual Iowa State High School Indoor Classic.
The meet, held in the Lied Recreation and Athletic Facility is said to be one of the premier high school indoor meets, drawing teams from across Iowa by invitation.
The West High 800-meter sprint medley relay squad won their event in 1:52.13. The Creek girls were fourth in the event with 1:56.15.

Women of Troy ready for 2014 track and field season

Success is the expectation, and the goal

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IOWA CITY– “Tradition Never Graduates.” That phrase is seen multiple times in the 2014 Media Guide for the West High Women of Troy track and field program. Thumbing through the 20-plus page publication, one quickly sees why.

Trojans run in Cyclone country

AMES– A day after the Mississippi Valley Conference indoor meet at the UNI-Dome, Iowa City West High sent a detachment of Trojans to Iowa State University for the 21st annual Iowa State High School Indoor Classic. The Tuesday, March 18, invitational meet drew teams from across Iowa.

Council passes first reading of new rental housing code

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will add a new role, and a new employee to carry it out, if a proposed housing ordinance passes its next two readings by the City Council.
The ordinance is specific to rental units and the obligations of landlords and tenants. State law requires towns with populations of 15,000 or greater to adopt an ordinance to ensure regular inspections of rental housing and a process for dealing with complaints.

Clippers for the cure

TIFFIN– When Jami Tandy was diagnosed with breast cancer, she immediately received loads of support.
Her co-workers at South Slope Cooperative Communications and many friends began wearing Team Tandy buttons, complete with the requisite pink ribbon. Calls and cards and expressions of concern came pouring in. Prayers were said on her behalf.
But a completely unexpected show of solidarity came from Jami’s son and his basketball team, when they bounded onto the court sporting shaved heads and bright pink socks.

We Run second anniversary Lucky Run to be March 29

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, LLC, is celebrating its second anniversary with a Lucky Run. Register for the 1K, 5K or 10K run that will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m. at the North Bend Elementary School in North Liberty. Participants will receive a finishing medal and T-shirt for their entry fee. Register at www.werunllc.com/Lucky_Run.php. Portions of the race proceeds will benefit local youth fitness and Soles4Souls. Direct questions to kris.tharp@werunllc.com or call 319-626-2426.

Solon salon to host March 30 book signing for NL author

SOLON– Solon resident Sue Randall will be hosting an open house at the Hair Styling Chalet, 401 W. Main St., Solon on Sunday, March 30, from 2 until 5 p.m. People can drop in and meet North Liberty author S.C. Sherman and learn more about his books.

Tiffinfest 2014 planning well underway

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The wheels are rolling for TiffinFest 2014.
City Council member Mark Petersen, co-chair of this year’s event, updated the council at last week’s meeting on the planning committee’s progress.
“All the contracts are in, which is way ahead of schedule,” said Petersen.

Board accepts $140 million proposed budget for FY2015

IOWA CITY– Support for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board’s recently-drafted public comment guidelines collapsed among board members at its March 11.
Though there is a lot to celebrate in the district, dissent about public participation at board meetings followed the reports of accomplishments.