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North Liberty Leader

SHARE: great food at affordable prices

NORTH LIBERTY– SHARE IOWA offers its February grocery package in exchange for two hours of volunteer service in your community. Check out our Best Value Package for $25. Orders must be in by Feb. 7 for a pick up date of Feb. 22. Order forms are located at the North Liberty library, or place orders online at www.shareiowa.org or by calling local host site Carmen at 319-626-3455. For more information, call 1-800-344-1107.
SHARE Iowa is a non-profit food buying group. Volunteer membership fees. See more packages offered at the website.

Expect miracles, droll humor in collection of tales

NL author releases book

NORTH LIBERTY– Local author Patrick Irelan doesn’t expect everyone to believe in miracles.
But if he piques your imagination or wonderment, he will consider that praise enough.
Miracles– of both the everyday and inexplicable sorts– intertwine Irelan’s recently-released collection of short stories, “The Miracle Boy,” published by Ice Cube Press.

Preliminary results for Swisher, CCA vote

JOHNSON COUNTY– Voters in two areas of Johnson County have received at least preliminary answers.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Swisher residents elected a new mayor to replace the position vacated by Tim Mason’s resignation in November. There were just two candidates on the ballot: Randy Hurlbert and Christopher Taylor.
Results released by the Johnson County Auditor’s office at 8 p.m. Tuesday show Taylor taking the seat, with a tally of 151 to Hurlbert’s 136 votes.

Mehaffey Bridge Road to receive more improvements this spring

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– A trip between Solon and North Liberty will take a little more time when a reconstruction project on Mehaffey Bridge Road gears up this spring.
The North Liberty City Council received an update on the planned upgrade from City Engineer Kevin Trom, of Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering. The council approved the city’s 28E agreement with Johnson County for cost-sharing on the project.

Rollercoaster ride for Clear Creek Amana girls’ basketball

A close win on Tuesday is followed by hard loss Friday

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TIFFIN — The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls basketball team rebounded from their 40-45 loss to Dyersville Beckman with a 41-38 win Tuesday, Jan. 14, at home against Central Clinton-DeWitt, but the week ended on a tough note with a 33-50 loss on the road at West Delaware Friday, Jan. 17.

CCA faces two tough losses in a row

Clipper boys struggle with Maquoketa

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TIFFIN– It’s been a tough season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers boys’ varsity basketball team with only four wins and (at this writing) nine losses, two of them back-to-back and by 20 points each.
After losing 71-50 to Benton Community on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Steve Ottoson’s Clippers came home for a Friday night tilt with Maquoketa, and found themselves in trouble early before losing, 57-37. The Cardinals improved to 5-9 with the win.

Women of Troy blitz the Bulldogs

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IOWA CITY– Conventional wisdom suggests that when an 8-5 team takes on a 5-7 squad, the lesser-record holding team should have a tough fight on their hands if they have any hope of pulling off an upset.
Conventional wisdom did not take into account what happens when the West High Women of Troy return to the hardwood after a tough loss.

Rough week for the Clippers’ mat men

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VAN HORNE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity wrestling team had a tough week with a pair of meet losses on Monday, Jan. 20, at Lone Tree, and two more Thursday, Jan. 23, at Benton Community in Van Horne.
In Monday night’s action, English Valley prevailed 39-24. Trevor Thurn (132 pounds) won by fall in 1:42 over Andrew Fisher and Max Moore (285) pinned Corbin Rowe in 1:36. Against Lone Tree, the Clippers fell to the Lions, 57-18.

Trojan wrestlers rock the mats

West sweeps Wahlert and Linn-Mar

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DUBUQUE– Winter weather swept the West High wrestlers off the mats back on Dec. 19. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Trojans swept the Linn-Mar Lions and Wahlert Golden Eagles on the mats at Wahlert Catholic High School in the rescheduled double dual.
In varsity action against Linn-Mar, Alex Aguirre (106 pounds), Jackson Voigt (170 pounds), Donovan Doyle (182 pounds), Micah Kelsay (220 pounds) and Kevin Dowell (285 pounds) all won with pins.
In varsity action against Wahlert, Chris Walters (126 pounds) and Tyler Hebl (145 pounds) won by fall.

A failure to communicate

Stalled labor negotiations lead to public dispute, rally

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– While workers have returned to their positions at South Slope Cooperative Communications, they have done so under a company-crafted contract that has not been adopted by the workers’ union.
The lack of a negotiated agreement has created mounting tensions between union bargaining representatives and management since the previous contract expired at midnight on Oct. 31, 2013.
Last Thursday, Jan. 23, employees organized a rally and press conference at the North Liberty Community Center, to bring public attention to the situation.

Committee announces big-haired entertainment for TiffinFest 2014

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Expect TiffinFest 2014 to be a bit bigger this year.
Bigger crowds; a bigger carnival.
Bigger hair.
Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor, co-owners of Bella Sala in Tiffin, and council member Mark Petersen announced last Wednesday that the headline act for this year’s TiffinFest will be Hairball, a 1980s rock tribute band.

New city hall to open inTiffin

North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is ready to move.
City offices will close at noon on Thursday, Feb. 6, and remain closed all day Feb. 7 in order for staff to move into the new city hall, located at 300 Railroad St. The new facility will be open for business to the public beginning Monday, Feb. 10.
The Tiffin City Council’s next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, will be held in the new city hall building.