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North Liberty Leader

Inking those college deals

Six West High athletes commit

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They signed on the line and formalized their commitments. Six West High athletes– Jasmine Bailey, Tyus Adkins, Declan Doyle, Wyatt Lohaus, Tereysa Lehnertz and Adrienne Jensen– signed national letters of intent at a signing ceremony in the school cafeteria Wednesday, Nov. 13.

West High’s 2013-14 wrestlers loaded and ready

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Mark Reiland’s 2013-2014 West High varsity wrestling team hasn’t changed much from last year’s squad, which went 21-8, 13-1 in MVC competition. Reiland, in his 15th season with the Trojans, only lost four seniors to graduation: Kegan Wakefield at 138 pounds, Blake Bohner at 182, Mickey Pelfrey at 195 and Colin Foerstner at 285.

Striking out for the top

West High bowling team prepares for 2013-14 season

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It started out as a club activity, became a sanctioned sport by both the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), and continues to get bigger every year. “It” is the girls and boys bowling teams at West High, under coach Mike Mellecker.
Mellecker started as an assistant coach in 2000, back in the club sport days. In 2007 he took the top spot. Since then the boys have compiled a 19-62 record while the girls have fared better at 33-61.

Clear Creek Amana Foundation Hall of Fame honors 2013 inductees

Special to the North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Foundation held its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Oct. 25, during the half-time of the junior varsity football game. Honored were 2013 Clear Creek Amana Hall of Fame inductees Bill J. Leischenring and Darrell Wallace.

Patch work

NLPD asks for citizen input on logo redesign

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– For the next seven days, citizens have a unique opportunity to tell North Liberty police officers what to do.
The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is in the process of updating the emblem that will represent the department, not only on its officers’ uniforms but also on letterhead, identification badges and other items, and they are asking for the public to weigh in on the design.

Funning for the firefighters

NL comedian serves up more Comedy For Charity

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They’re on-call 24/7/365, ready at a moment’s notice to drop whatever they’re doing and respond to your call for help. They’re the firefighters who make up 14 fire departments in Johnson County, and North Liberty-based comedian Nathan Timmel would like to give them a little help.

The price of freedom

HCS students learn about sacrifice on Veterans Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Some people may see the phrase, “freedom is not free” as a cliché. For Michael Annis, the administrator of the Heritage Christian School in North Liberty, it is more of an understatement.
The school hosted it’s annual Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, with veterans honored and thanked for their service through musical and video tributes as well as words of appreciation from Annis and a personal thank-you from every student in the building.

Swenka files cross-claim against CCA

By Lori Lindner
and Chris Umscheid

IOWA CITY– Zachary Lee Swenka of North Liberty has filed a cross claim against the Clear Creek Amana Community School District (CCACSD) as part of the lawsuit brought against him by an Oxford couple.
The parties were involved in a vehicle accident in October 2011, which resulted in a fatality.

Wheeling and dealing ...with life

NL resident hopes to raise awareness of inaccessiblibity

NORTH LIBERTY– She is a reverend, a mother and grandmother. She serves on the executive committee of the Johnson County Democrats and on the Iowa Agency on Aging. An advocate for people living with specific needs, she is the disability caucus chair for the Iowa Democratic Party, has a masters degree in counseling and is a graduate of the chaplaincy program at the University of Iowa.
Diana Coberly is a person first; the fact that she has accomplished so much in life from a wheelchair is secondary.

NL to hold Centennial finale, time capsule dedication Nov. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, Nov. 16, the North Liberty Centennial Committee has planned a variety of fun events to celebrate North Liberty’s 100th birthday, starting with free daytime activities at the North Liberty Community Library.
8 a.m. until noon: waffle breakfast
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.: Kids’ activities
10 a.m.: Birthday opening
11 a.m.: Time capsule ceremony
12 p.m.: Mural unveiling
1 p.m.: Community photograph

Friends of NL library to hold annual waffle breakfast Nov. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– Visit the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., for the Friends of the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Belgian Waffle Breakfast fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. until noon in the recreation center gym. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring Belgian waffles and sausages.
Kids 5 and under eat free, everyone else eats for just $7 each. Tickets are for sale at the library or at the door the day of the breakfast. The Friends will also have their new cookbook for sale. All proceeds benefit the library.