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North Liberty Leader

Wagner named 2013 Special Olympics coach of the year

DUBUQUE– Special Olympics Iowa is honored to announce the selection of Rob Wagner of North Liberty as Special Olympics North America’s 2013 coach of the year. Wagner was presented with the national award during the 2014 Special Olympics Iowa State Winter Games in Dubuque Jan. 14.

Youth football registration to be March 4

TIFFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Youth Football Program will hold registrations for incoming fifth and sixth grade students for the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday, March 4, from 6 until 8 p. m. in the CCA Middle School multi-purpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. Fundamentals of football will be taught. This is full contact with pads and helmets. All equipment will be furnished except shoes. Cost for the program is $150. Practices start mid-August and last until the final game in October.

Big Country Seeds to assist in securing grant for CCA schools

TIFFIN– Big Country Seeds Inc. of Tiffin, is excited to offer its support in assisting the Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) school district secure a $25,000 grant through Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Fund.” The process begins with nomination submission by April 6 with award announcement in August.
Dan Steines, president of Big Country Seeds Inc., said the timing is right for his company to drive this initiative.

Community leaders supporting ‘Spread the Love’ PB&J drive through February

IOWA CITY– Businesses and organizations throughout Johnson County are hosting peanut butter and jelly drives this month as part of the Crisis Center’s “Spread the Love” campaign.
The Crisis Center encourages PB&J donations to the food bank throughout the month of February. Peanut butter in particular is a good source of protein and other nutrients for food bank clients.

Linn-Mar Lions end season for Women of Troy

West falls in regional semifinal, 46-37

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
MARION– They fought hard to the bitter end, but a strong second half performance by the Linn-Mar Lions ended the season for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Saturday night, Feb. 22, in the Lions’ gym.
Linn-Mar took the Class 5A regional semifinal game, 46-37.

Six point spread seals win for Solon, 68-62

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers overcame a first half deficit, but still fell prey to the Solon Spartans Friday night, Feb. 21, at home on Senior Night.
CCA honored seniors Cody Wagner, Jacob Klingeman and Josh Dillon between the sophomore and varsity games.
The Spartans took the sophomore contest 72-62 and the varsity tilt 68-62.

CCA boys: Clippers end regular season with 6-14 record

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers overcame a first half deficit, but still fell prey to the Solon Spartans Friday night, Feb. 21, at home on Senior Night.
CCA honored seniors Cody Wagner, Jacob Klingeman and Josh Dillon between the sophomore and varsity games.
The Spartans took the sophomore contest 72-62 and the varsity tilt 68-62.

West wrestlers stopped short of championships

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans crowned no champions at the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament held last Thursday (Feb. 20) through Saturday (Feb. 22) in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The team placed seventh overall in team points with 59, while Bettendorf placed first with 162. Chris Walters’ third-place finish at 126 pounds marked the highest finish in the tournament for West. Tanner Rohweder (113-pounds) was fourth, John Milani (160) placed fifth, Donovan Doyle (182) posted a seventh-place finish and Micah Kelsay (220) had an eighth-place showing.

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.

NL’s eastern annexation awaits CDB approval

NORTH LIBERTY­– North Liberty’s eastward expansion has been officially put into motion. Now, the city awaits approval from Des Moines.
The North Liberty City Council approved an annexation petition and agreement at its Jan. 28 meeting that would bring over 600 acres of the Scanlon family farm into city limits. North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar said the agreement is a benefit to both the city and to the Scanlon family.

Day of service, life of good

NORTH LIBERTY– Students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) who had to be in school this Jan. 20 made the most of it.
Traditionally a day off in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the ICCSD school board voted to have students in session this year. Across the nation, the day has more recently become a Day of Service, to join in a collective effort to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

School board approves spending, listens to public comments

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Directors approved the third reading of Appendix 9 to their Capital Projects Planning and Approval Process at their Feb. 11 meeting, where feedback was acted upon and new feedback was received.
“We have begun the transformation of the district and we need a process that works well for us,” said board member Chris Lynch.