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Road tripping through Johnson County

Supervisors, staff view progress of current road, bridge projects

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County supervisors and county staff hit the road on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The purpose of the trip was to tour road sites, receive updates on projects and view road conditions in various spots throughout the county, an effort undertaken annually, said County Engineer Greg Parker, who supervises the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department.

Debut Dance Studio to celebrate five years of dance on Sept. 15

Public invited to open house in new location at Penn Landing

NORTH LIBERTY– On Sunday, Sept. 15, Debut Dance Studio will host an open house from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the studio’s new location at 620 Pacha Parkway, Ste. 1, in North Liberty. Come tour the new facility and enjoy activities and dance classes for kids. There will be a performance by Forte Performing Company at 6 p.m., during which the members of the company will preview their dances for the upcoming season.
The open house also marks the five-year anniversary of Debut Dance Studio. For more information about Debut Dance Studio please visit the website at www.debutdancestudio.com.

Celebrate the century farmer-style at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty is “Celebrating the Century,” farmer-style. Commemorating North Liberty’s 100 years of incorporation, the Colony Pumpkin Patch’s new corn maze is a depiction of the city’s 100th birthday logo. Visitors can journey through the maze beginning Saturday, Sept. 28, and for an extra challenge play a North Liberty trivia game using your Smartphone, or use your GPS to work your way though the twists, turns and dead-end paths of the five-acre maze.

Mistakes plague Clippers in loss to Mid-Prairie

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Turnovers and penalties took a heavy toll on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Sept. 6, as they entertained the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie, Wellman.
The Hawks took the non-district contest, 27-13.
The game opened on a sour note with a fumble on the Clippers’ first possession, giving the Hawks a drive toward the goal line. CCA held them from scoring a touchdown, but Mid-Prairie still managed a field goal for a 3-0 lead.

West sweeps East

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Two out of three wasn’t bad.
The West High Women of Troy swept the Waterloo East High Trojans 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 3, at home in varsity volleyball action. West took the first set 25-18, but it was a hard-fought win.
“We weren’t ready to play that first one, were we?” coach Kathy Bresnahan asked rhetorically afterward.

Clipper runners enjoy respite from the heat at Williamsburg

Keith, Douglass lead the way for CCA x-country

WILLIAMSBURG– After blistering heat and smothering humidity, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country squads opened the 2013 season with an invitational at the athletic complex in Williamsburg. The host Raiders won the girls’ varsity 4K with 36 team points while Vinton-Shellsburg won the boys’ 5K with 58.
The CCA Clipper girls finished seventh overall with 171 points while the boys were fifth with 112. Chloe Keith was the fastest CCA girl with a 16th-place finish in 18:05 and Eric Douglass posted a seventh-place finish in 17:51.

State experience, untested newbies for Trojan x-country team

IOWA CITY– Mike Parker’s Trojan cross country team will rely heavily on a pair of seniors, a quartet of juniors and a sophomore as they look to defend their MVC super meet championship from last season.

West football rolls past Warriors

Iowa City West, 49, Cedar Rapids Wash, 8

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans improved to a 2-0 record Friday, Sept. 6, on the road at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors were the latest to fall victim to coach Brian Sauser’s crew.
The Warriors scored in the first quarter and led 8-7 before the juggernaut that is West High football kicked into high gear.

Wild Rabbit, worthy cause

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It looks like something a few dozen clowns would tumble out of. It has more glitter than a Liberace performance. And, it will be a $500 boost to the North Liberty Food Pantry’s coffers when somebody buys it.
It is a 1979 VW Rabbit, known as the “Sparkle Car,” for sale at Sherm’s Auto in North Liberty. Owner Steve Sherman took the utilitarian economy car, which had been brush-painted a rather drab shade of brown, and transformed it into a one-of-a-kind unit its future owner will never lose in a parking lot.

ICCSD to make land purchase near North Liberty for district’s third comprehensive high school

By Eric Hawkinson and
Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The spot for a new high school has been chosen, as the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) inches toward finalizing its comprehensive facilities master plan.
The school board voted 6-0 at an Aug. 13 district meeting to approve a land acquisition for the location of a proposed third high school; 76 acres of near at the junction of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road.

CCA board candidates respond to questions

TIFFIN– Six candidates are running for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District Board of Education. Five of the candidates will appear on the Sept. 10 school election ballot, while one candidate has declared a write-in campaign.

NL announces chance for public to meet police chief finalists Sept. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will host an opportunity for the public to meet the five finalists for police chief from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the North Liberty City Council Chambers, 3 Quail Creek Cir. The informal reception will offer members of the public a chance to meet the candidates and offer input in the final selection.