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North Liberty Leader

Why North Liberty needs 1105

As a North Liberty resident, I find it easy to feel insulated from big city problems. I don’t think my neighbors are hungry. I don’t worry that they are abused, unable to pay their bills, or struggling with mental illness
Local statistics shatter those illusions:

Iowa City district talks attendance zones, FY15 budget

Community engagement, likely tax increase from the ICCSD

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY–The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of directors moved quickly through a Feb. 25 public hearing on Penn Elementary and a consent agenda to hear a report on the developing community engagement process.
The ICCSD engaged St. Louis consulting firm UNICOM•ARC to educate, inform the public, and engage the community as the district’s attendance zones are restructured to accommodate district growth.

Family Science Night

Sisters Ava and Grace Hatch work together as they prepare to make a soda can implode at Penn Elementary during the PTO-sponsored Family Science Night Feb. 21. The experiment was a demonstration of the reactions when heat and cold are applied to water inside a container. The hands-on display manned by students in the University of Iowa’s Science Education program was just one of the many stations children and families could visit to learn more about scientific principles from all realms of science. For more photos of the event, see page A10. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Kay Family Chiro gives back to Family Resource Center

NL chiropractor to donate patient fees to Family Resource Center

NORTH LIBERTY– Dr. Kayla Davis, DC, of Kay Family Chiropractic grew up in a small community. She understands what it’s like to rely on neighbors and friends to have your back.
That’s why Dr. Davis has decided to donate exam fees from her new patients– the entire fee, from all new patients– between now and April 30 to the North Liberty Family Resource Center (FRC) for its tutoring program.

Bridge closure on Copi Road

 JOHNSON COUNTY– During a scheduled structure inspection it was determined that the Copi Road Bridge should be closed effective immediately.
The section of road affected is between Half Moon Avenue and Eagle Avenue. This structure is currently in the Johnson County Five-Year Road Construction Program and is scheduled for replacement to begin fall 2014 with an anticipated completion timeline of spring 2015.

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.

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.

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.