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West falls 37-19 in varsity wrestling

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WATERLOO– Mark Reiland’s West High Trojans met Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Waterloo East on East’s mats Thursday, Dec. 5, with the Trojans dominating the East High Trojans 68-3, and the J-Hawks taking a 37-19 win from West.
Jakeb Bakken (126-pounds), Chris Walters (132), Tyler Hebl (145), Nathan Kelsay (152), John Milani (160), Donovan Doyle (182), Mitch Yoerger (195), Micah Kelsay (220) and Aydan Wynos (285) all won by fall against East.
Wynos picked up West High’s only win by fall of the dual against the J-Hawks, pinning Jefferson’s Michael Smith in 4:42.

Clippers split on the mat

CCA wrestlers win over Anamosa, fall to Center Point Urbana

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TIFFIN– They broke even. The season opening double-dual for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity wrestling squad, under coach Jared Carder, saw a win over the Anamosa Raiders and a loss to the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana Thursday, Dec. 5, at home.
Against Anamosa, Daniel Brechtel (120-pounds), Tyler Kasper (152), Harry Lucas (170), Ethan Taylor (220), Luke Wingert (106) and Connor Murphy (113) pinned their opponents as the Clippers won 46-30.

Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) 46.0 Anamosa (ANAM) 30.0.

West High splits with CR Xavier’s bowling Saints

Girls win, boys lose on May City lanes in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Mike Mellecker’s West High bowling teams came up with mixed results Friday, Dec. 6, as they matched their skills with the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier at May City Bowling in Cedar Rapids.
The Xavier boys won 3,035 to West’s 2,680. Caleb Miller led the Saints with 477 while Patrick Wood led the Trojans with 395.
In girl’s action, West High, led by Mariah Shimon won 2,190 to 1,362 against a partial Xavier squad. Kayla Thompson led the Saints with 298.

ICCSD discusses changes that expedite new elementary

By Alex Kline
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCDS) Board of Directors met on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to discuss adjustments to the facilities master plan in a work session. Updates to the plan will be presented to the board and voted on at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting.
The biggest update to the plan was to accelerate the building of a new north elementary school by one year. The changes call for the new elementary to be open by 2019.

NL council approves design contract for eastward expansion of sewer, water

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is preparing to take its first steps eastward.
In its Nov. 26 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved a $155,000 contract with Fox Engineering to create preliminary designs for expanding water and sanitary sewer services to the city’s designated growth area east of the current city limits.

$37 million in TIF debt

NL files annual report with state

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As per Iowa’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) law reforms, cities are required to file a comprehensive report each year outlining their TIF obligations, TIF revenues and how they spend them.
The City of North Liberty just filed its 2013 report, which indicates the city has $37,159,359 in outstanding TIF debt. That amount is down from the previous year, when North Liberty reported a total of $44,598,591 in outstanding TIF debt.

How things change and stay the same

North Liberty City Council member and centennial committee chairman Terry Donahue (left) helps to unveil a new mural in the North Liberty Community Library. The piece was created by artist Bounnak Thammavong (right) to commemorate the city’s 100th year of incorporation, and revealed to the public Nov. 16 as part of the community’s centennial celebration finale. (photo by Lori Lindner)

UI Recreational Services offers Snowy Owl Camp in December

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Recreational Services will offer their Snowy Owl Camp to first through sixth graders on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2 and 3, 2014. Camp days will begin supervision at 7:45 a.m. and will be provided until 4:15 p.m. Snowy Owl Camp will take place in three main facilities: Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Macbride Nature Recreation Area and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The camp is broken down into three program areas:

Iowa City-area schools benefit from Mediacom’s ‘Shoes That Fit’ campaign

IOWA CITY– School age children from six Iowa City and North Liberty-area elementary schools will benefit this year from the annual “Shoes That Fit” campaign that supplies need-specific shoes and clothing to local children. The non-profit community outreach program is led by Mediacom, along with Iowa City business partner Scheels.

A smooth move for new nutrition shop

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– A new North Liberty business gives patrons a unique opportunity to have a nutritious meal and shop at the same time.

Swenka files appeal with Supreme Court

Separate motion asks court to reconsider prison sentence

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– A new attorney representing Zachary Swenka has filed an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court and a motion for reconsideration of sentencing in Swenka’s criminal case.
Last Thursday, Nov. 21, documents were filed with the Sixth Judicial District Court and the Iowa Supreme Court by attorney Leon Spies, of Mellon & Spies of Iowa City. The motion requests that the two-year prison sentence imposed upon Swenka, after he pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Oct. 24, be reconsidered.

Souped up support helps some stretch weekly food budgets

Pantry hosts fourth annual soup supper fundraiser

NORTH LIBERTY– In a community as rich in commerce and growth as North Liberty, it’s hard to remember there are people here who deal with hunger and food uncertainty every day.
It’s why the North Liberty Community Food Pantry just saw a record number of visits in one month; this October brought 837 visitors to the pantry. Its previous peak was 678 visits in a single month.
It’s also why participating in the organization’s fundraisers is more important than ever before.