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North Liberty Leader

Highway 965 funding gets another lift

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty keeps chipping away at street improvements projects, and little by little, funding assistance keeps the wheels of progress turning.
At its May 29 meeting, the Urbanized Area Policy Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) voted to funnel another $1,948,000 to North Liberty for Highway 965. The portion of roadway approved for this round of funding, which stretches from Penn Street to Zeller Street, is considered the third of a planned seven-phase, comprehensive plan to widen and improve the thoroughfare.

Still the best

West boys sweep the field at state soccer

DES MOINES– Top ranked. Top-seed. And, only one loss on the season, the season opener, to Cedar Rapids Washington. The Iowa City West High Trojans rolled like a juggernaut into the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines for the Class 3A state soccer tournament, and rolled back out with the state championship trophy again.
The Trojans took care of rival City High 2-0 on Saturday, June 1, to clinch their seventh title and extend their win streak to 20 straight.

Clippers girls end soccer season

CCA blows out Comets, fall with penalty kicks to Mustangs

TIFFIN– One kick is all it takes.
The 2013 varsity soccer season for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) ended Friday, May 31, in a 2-1 (4-3 PKs) loss to the Mount Vernon Mustangs on the home turf in a Class 1A regional semifinal match.

Washing the Blues away

NL blues festival abbreviated by rain

NORTH LIBERTY– Steady rains, high winds and intermittent thunderstorms postponed the North Liberty’s blues festival from its original Saturday date.
And even though Mother Nature still wasn’t smiling the next morning, plenty of people put on sunny dispositions and came out for the abbreviated event anyway.

NL will use firm to hire police chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will use a professional firm to hire its next chief of police.

NLFD responds to small fire at Red’s Alehouse

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, June 14, at 7:34 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 405 N. Dubuque St.– Red’s Alehouse– for a small fire. The first arriving unit reported smoke coming from a wall within the structure. All patrons and staff were evacuated safely.
North Liberty fire units were able to quickly extinguish the fire within 12 minutes after arrival. The fire was contained to a wall between the restroom and the kitchen. There was minimal smoke and water damage to the wall.

Tree-mendous effort

Volunteers joined in the city’s Centennial Tree Planting event May 18 to assist with planting trees in the city’s new west side park, along with city staff and North Liberty council members, as part of the city’s ongoing centennial celebration. Above, Maxwell Kelly helps the new trees get a good start by manning a watering hose. For more photos and information about the event, see page 24. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Join first summer evening hike June 21

TIFFIN– Get out and enjoy the first evening of Summer Friday, June 21, from 8 until 9:30 p.m. at Evergreen Landing parking lot at F. W. Kent Park.
The almost-full moon will rise long before the sun sets, so we should enjoy both as we hike on the prairie and around the big lake from Evergreen Landing at Kent Park. The hike is over uneven terrain, so wear sturdy shoes. Long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.
For more information about this or other sponsored events, please contact the Johnson County Conservation Department office at 319-645-1011.

Nadas to perform at NewBo, Freedom Fest

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival’s Concert Night at NewBo will be held Saturday, June 29, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The Nadas, a Des Moines based band making a return visit to Cedar Rapids, will begin the concert. Performing at 7 p.m. will be Chicago-based band Simpleton & Cityfolk. The concert is free with a 2013 Freedom Festival button. For more information visit www.FreedomFestival.com or call 319-365-8313.

Annual fireworks will be held over Lake Macbride July 4

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark.
The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 6.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

DeWitt Central takes one from CCA in eight innings

DEWITT– “Small things turn into a big deal.”
So said CCA coach Brent Henry to his crew of Clippers during game one of a varsity doubleheader Thursday, June 13, against the Sabers of DeWitt Central High School at DeWitt. A dropped ball here, a late throw there, all small things that added up to a 4-3 loss.
Unofficially Jacob Klingeman and A.J. Liddell had three hits each with a double for Liddell. Jake Neubauer and Robby Swails had two hits each while Stephen Jensen, Tanner Bandy and Colton Beckler had one hit each. Bandy’s was an RBI double with RBI singles for Jensen and Beckler.

Action heats up on the diamond

West boys split with Prairie, rout the Regals

IOWA CITY– Two out of three ain’t bad.
That’s how the West High Trojans did in three games at home in a double-header with Cedar Rapids Prairie and a single with the Regals of Iowa City Regina. West split with the Prairie Hawks Monday evening (June 10) before a win over the Regals on Tuesday (June 11).
A six-run rampage by Prairie sealed the 8-4 loss in the opener Monday evening in a game that saw Tanner Wilson hit a double. Ezra Reiners had three hits; Declan Doyle and Colin Baker both had two hits. Sam Scott worked six innings on the mound striking-out six.