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Blues & BBQ brings cold brews for all

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Blues & BBQ committee understands July is a great month to sit outside, eat delicious food and drink a cold beer. Blues & BBQ falls on July 12, and the festival will have brewed offerings to fit every taste: hop lovers, cider fanciers, beer snobs and those who just want a cold, refreshing pint.

School board reluctantly signs water, sewer deal with Tiffin

CCA “over a barrel” in agreement with city

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Superintendent Tim Kuehl prefaced the board of directors’ discussion of a proposed agreement with the City of Tiffin by saying it was not a dream agreement, but rather, “the best we’ve got.”
The agreement details how water and sewer lines will be extended to the new elementary school site at the corner of US Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue, and how the estimated cost will be split, with the City of Tiffin paying one-third and the remaining two-thirds becoming the school district’s responsibility.

Highway 965 construction begins, road closures to follow

NORTH LIBERTY– The next phase of improvements to Highway 965 between Penn Street and Pheasant Lane has begun.
Crews started work outside of the highway’s shoulder to add storm sewers. When detour signs and temporary traffic signals are in place, Highway 965 will close between Penn and Dubuque streets’ intersection. The closure is expected as early as June 30, but may not occur until after July 4.

Lane reduction on Zeller Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting this week, Zeller Street will be reduced to one lane between Front and Main streets so workers can complete sewer connections for newly constructed houses there. The lane is expected to reopen by Thursday, June 26.
During the lane reduction, Zeller will be open to two-way traffic, but traffic may be delayed by the work. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time or find alternative routes.

Red, White and Bluegrass Festival to feature local, national touring acts

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty American Legion Post 1976 will be hosting a Red, White and Bluegrass Festival Thursday, July 3, featuring local and national touring acts, as well as a flag retirement ceremony and fireworks.
The festival runs from 4:30 p.m. until midnight. There will be a $10 admission. Featured bands include Fried Egg String Band (4:30 p.m.), Slew Grass (5:45 p.m.), Tallgrass (7 p.m.) Chicago Farmer (8:30 p.m.) and Evergreen Grass Band (10:30 p.m.). Food will be available from TC Bonez BBQ.

CCA lays groundwork for boundary committee

OXFORD– Rob Schwarz was blunt.
“Not everybody will be happy,” said Schwartz. The owner of consulting firm RSP and Associates (RSP) was referring to upcoming elementary school attendance area boundary changes for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.

Clippers fall to Williamsburg, split with Sabers

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TIFFIN — Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s varsity baseball team improved to 10-7 overall and 7-7 in the WaMaC in the wake of doubleheaders against Williamsburg and Central Clinton-DeWitt. The Clippers dropped a pair Monday, June 16, to the Raiders and split with the Sabers Saturday on June 21.

CCA vs. Williamsburg
Lightning delays plagued the night as the Raiders took the opener 4-3 in eight innings and made the sweep with a 5-2 nightcap win.

Varsity, reserves have their way with Regals

IOWA CITY– The West High varsity reserve team shelled Iowa City Regina 14-2 Tuesday, June 17, setting the stage for a 4-1 varsity win at Regina.
In the reserves’ game, the Regals put two across home plate in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 lead. The game stagnated until the top of the sixth when the Trojans’ bats came to life with a 14-run barrage, led-off by Shane Sturtz’ two-RBI double. Spencer Shelton, John Collentine, Nick Spiess, Jacob Verry and Mitch Boxwell all drove in runs during the onslaught.

CCA trap team finishes season at state competitions

TIFFIN– The CCA High School trap team participated in the Iowa High School State Trap Shooting Championship and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) trap championship events on May 30 and 31. To compete at the state event, shooters must participate in an invitational league and shoot at least four events to qualify.

Friday, May 30, state championship:

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Next special program July 9

TIFFIN– You may be hearing some strange noises coming from Tiffin’s Springmier Community Library these days, as young readers explore scientific concepts as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
The library’s Summer Reading Program kicked off June 4 with a visit from Sam Dunn, education specialist at Blank Park Zoo, and the friends she brought along induced some squeals, gasp and a lot of laughter from the kids in attendance.

Women of Troy again denied a championship

DES MOINES– They stood in a circle, arms around each other, on the sideline for one last time. The trophy they’d just been presented sat alone behind them, an uninvited tag-along. It wasn’t what they came to Des Moines and the Cownie Soccer Park for.
It said, “2014 Soccer State Participant.”
They wanted to bring home one that instead said “2014 Soccer State Champion.”

Trojans make high school soccer history

West picks up third-straight soccer title with 1-0 win over Johnston

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DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans made history Tuesday, June 10, when they became the first team to win three Class 3A state soccer championships in a row.
West High defeated Johnston 1-0 at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines in the final round after having knocked off Valley, West Des Moines 2-0 in the quarterfinal round on Thursday, June 5, and taking down the Warriors of Cedar Rapids Washington in the semifinals on Friday, June 6, 1-0 in the second overtime period.