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North Liberty Leader

Tiffin council backs up on Jon’s driveway, cell tower

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN–Tiffin City Council members changed their minds on two long-debated items at recent city council meeting.
One will gain the city revenues, and the other will spend them.

Greyson Gray: legend, terrorist foe, 12-year-old

North Liberty author writes popular young adult series

NORTH LIBERTY– Some people struggle their entire lives trying to figure out what it is they are passionate about, and what they want to do. For Benjamin, “B.C.” Tweedt, the answer is clear.
He wants to be a writer.

Trojans ready for championship three-peat

West runs over City 74-50 for fourth state tourney trip

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR RAPIDS– It was a good night to be a West High Trojan, especially if your name was Nick Gallagher. The senior was second in scoring with 19 points and second only to teammate Wyatt Lohaus (22 points) as the Trojans ran over rival City High 74-50 Tuesday, March 4, in a substate final at Cedar Rapids Prairie.
“He (Gallagher) probably wasn’t at the top of their scouting sheet,” West coach Steve Bergman said with a laugh after the game.

Clipper girls ready to run

TIFFIN– Jane Astor probably isn’t a fan of Punxsutawney Phil, the infamous groundhog who’s prognostication of a prolonged winter seemed to be coming true.
Astor, the head coach of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls’ track and field team, and her athletes are itching to get out on the track.
After all, it is rather difficult to run the hurdles in UGGs®.

West, CCA boys compete at Demon indoor

West’s 4x800 takes second, Murray fourth in 1600-meter

IOWA CITY– The boys indoor track season opened last Thursday, March 6, with the Demon indoor meet hosted by Washington (Iowa) High School at the University of Iowa’s Recreation Center. The non-points earning exhibition match gave the men a chance to compete while snow still covered the ground.

Time is now to sign up for CCA youth football

TIFFIN– For those who missed the Clear Creek Amana Youth Football Program registration for incoming fifth and sixth grade students for the 2014-2015 school year, there is still an opportunity to sign up by emailing your name and address to Bev at the email below and an application will be mailed to you.

County projects half a cent overall tax increase

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County residents will likely see an increase in their tax bills in the upcoming year, albeit a modest one.
The county Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget on Feb. 25. With more than $97 million in anticipated expenditures, the overall tax levy will raise just one-half of one cent over last year’s levy for city residents, to $6.67 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Wise about birds

Mike Havlik of the Y-Camp wildlife experience in Boone holds a live barred owl as part of his presentation on the behavior of owls and other birds of prey during he Eagle Watch and Expo in North Liberty Saturday, Feb. 8.This owl is missing an eye, after being injured on a roadway and rescued by Y Camp staff. Owls aren’t exactly as wise as legend would have it, Havlik said, because their huge eyes take up a large portion of their skull cavities. This and other interesting facts about birds of prey were shared by bird and wildlife experts with expo visitors throughout the day.

NL brings 1105 $10K closer to goal

NL council pledges additional funds to social services

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will give $97,000 to various social services in fiscal year 2015.
Last Tuesday, Feb. 25, the city council approved a pledge of $10,000 to the 1105 Project, a capital campaign that consolidated social service organizations into a single location in Iowa City.
When council member Terry Donahue balked at giving funds to support a construction project outside of town– initially the lone voice of dissent– he leveraged his vote to get another $4,000 for the North Liberty Community Food and Clothing Pantry.

CCA approves land sale to Tiffin for access road

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN–The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board of directors unanimously approved selling a parcel of land to the City of Tiffin.
The property is needed for an access road into the future Deerview subdivision just west of the high school.
The board met Wednesday night, Feb. 19, and held a public hearing on the latest proposal prior to its vote.

Getting ahead of the head shops

Tiffin to hold public hearing on banning drug paraphernalia

TIFFIN– Whether you aspire to open a head shop in Tiffin, or to make sure one never does, you might want to attend a public hearing on the matter March 12.
The Tiffin City Council set a public hearing to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit the use, possession, manufacture or sale of drug paraphernalia within city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Michon Jackson said in an email last week it was a proactive maneuver some cities are taking in light of recent changes to marijuana laws in other states.

Public invited to Tiffin city hall open house March 18

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin will hold an open house for the new city hall located at 300 Railroad St. from 3 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. Everyone is invited to tour the facility and speak with city staff, council members and Mayor Steve Berner during the open house event. City officials are excited to have this newly constructed building that has adequate staff work space, a community event room available for rent to the public, and provides a professional atmosphere for the city to conduct its business.