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North Liberty Leader

NL’s Eyestone to run for Iowa City school board

NORTH LIBERTY– Shawn Eyestone of North Liberty has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Iowa City Community School District’s Board of Education.
There are five open seats on the board to fill this fall. “I believe strongly that every student in our district deserves to have their specific needs addressed to the best of our ability,” Eyestone said. “Whether they are performing below grade level, above grade level, or have any other special needs, the students are the reason I am entering the race.”

NLYBS Fall Fun Ball emphasizes skills, partners with Diamond Dreams baseball, softball Academy

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year in a row, North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will be providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for boys and girls ages 6-13.
The season will consist of five sessions, on Monday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 31, skipping Sept. 7, and ending Oct. 5. Rain make-up will be Oct. 12.
The sessions will focus on skill development for half of the time and half will be spent scrimmaging.

NL dancers honored in competition

NORTH LIBERTY– Three dancers at Nicole Rock’s School of Dance, in North Liberty, were selected by the Talent On Parade competition group to attend the Talent on Parade National Dance Competition in St. Louis. They learned a jazz routine with a select group of students who were picked from across the country to perform at the national competition. The girls each also performed their solo routines and received high gold ratings.

Trojans pick off Prairie and head for state

5-2 win sends West to Des Moines for second year in a row

CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s Trojans, ranked eighth in the state in Class 4A, knocked off fifth-ranked Cedar Rapids Prairie in a substate final game Wednesday, July 22, for the right to compete in the state baseball championships.
West took the 5-2 win at Prairie in front of a capacity crowd for its second consecutive state tournament campaign.

Six Clippers on WaMaC All-Conference softball teams

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TIFFIN– The WaMaC high school athletic conference released its 2015 All-Conference softball teams Wednesday, July 15, with six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers earning berths.
Benton Community’s Eric Stenberg earned the West Division Coach of the Year honors and his Bobcats won the conference with an 18-0 WaMaC showing and a 37-3 record overall. Center Point-Urbana was second in the final regular season standings at 13-5 and 26-13, with the Clippers third at 12-6 and 21-16.

Garner Elementary girls run toward success

NL school holds 2015 Girls on the Run program

NORTH LIBERTY– For girls who participate in the after-school program Girls on the Run, running is more than just a way to encourage healthy habits.
It’s a way to encourage a healthy sense of self-worth.
Esther Baker, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Eastern Iowa, has seen girls blossom through participating in the organization.
She recalled one student who came into the program with extremely low self-confidence. When given a compliment, she would respond self-deprecatingly and had difficulty interacting with the other girls and her coaches.

call the dive team

When Johnson County law enforcement needs to get to the bottom– literally– they

IOWA CITY— Johnson County citizens have a variety of public safety agencies on duty around the clock to protect them, ranging from traditional fire departments and law enforcement agencies to the county’s ambulance service. Specialty units such as the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Response Team, the Sheriff’s SWAT team, County Rescue 52 and the bomb squad supplement these organizations.
But one such unit operates literally in the murky shadows most of us never see.

Begging for a Park

NL organizers hope to make a case for off-leash dog park

NORTH LIBERTY— In 2009, a North Liberty resident had an idea for an off-leash dog park where her canine companion could run freely and play with other four-legged friends. In 2012 that vision faded, but a new group is picking up where she left off.

Sun shines on NL’s 2015 festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The barbecue pits and jamming musicians weren’t the only hot things at North Liberty’s annual Blues & BBQ festival this year.
Finally; the sun was warm, too.
It’s been awhile since the annual community celebration of summer– and all things barbecue, blues and family-friendly fun– has enjoyed a day without stormy weather. In 2011, 2013 and 2014, storms and heavy rains interfered enough with the grounds and equipment to cause the festival to be cancelled or called off early.

CCA school board takes its first look at high school expansion

OXFORD— With Tiffin Elementary nearly done and the first phase of the middle school expansion and renovation in progress, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board turned its attention to the high school and a planned expansion scheduled to start next spring.
All three projects, along with HVAC and other improvements at Amana Elementary, are part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in 2014.

ICCSD board declines to hear Appendix 6 complaint

Concern to be reviewed by Iowa Dept. of Ed

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District opted not to hear an Appendix 6 complaint that had landed on the Board of Directors’ July 14 meeting agenda. Since the complaint filed was private, President Chris Lynch cautioned directors to discuss the matter using only general or hypothetical terms.

Salute to summer

NLFD’s family-friendly fundraiser to be held Saturday, Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– A summer tradition is heating up once again in North Liberty.
The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) will host its annual Salute to Summer fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Bobbers Grill, 1850 Scales Bend Rd. NE, North Liberty.
The venue is perfect for the family-friendly event that encompasses everything from kids’ activities and games to a poker run, silent action and live music, said NLFD’s Rob DuBay, the chair for this year’s event.