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North Liberty Leader

Clear Creek school board examines security concerns

Construction progresses, questions arise about workers

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY — Construction of the new elementary school and the addition to the middle school are progressing, and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Board of Directors is looking ahead to the next phase of work.
Once the middle school addition is completed in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year, renovation will begin on the existing building, which will potentially put construction workers inside the building during the school day.

Blood drive to be held at the NL Recreation Center Jan. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Gerdin Conference Rooms 1 and 3 (lower level). All successful donors will receive a Black & Gold winter hat.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, please call 319-356-2058 with an appointment time that works for you. Sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

Save with CCA college credit classes; info meeting Jan. 26

TIFFIN– On Monday, Jan. 26, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School will host an evening devoted to information regarding college credit in high school at 7 p.m. in the high school commons.
With the new Kirkwood Center at the University of Iowa opening next fall, there will be more opportunities to get postsecondary credit while still in high school. This can save thousands of dollars in tuition or certification costs.

Six Appeal vocal band returning to CCA Jan. 29

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) is pleased to announce that Six Appeal is returning to perform at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Six Appeal is a high-energy a cappella group from the Twin Cities area.

Trojans roll over Prairie Hawks

IC West, 76, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 40

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Connor McCaffery led Iowa City West to a 76-40 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) win over the visiting Prairie Hawks from Cedar Rapids Prairie Friday, Jan. 2.
McCaffery, a sophomore, put up 18 points to top all scorers in a game that was overshadowed by the sophomore game, which preceded it.
It took four overtime periods to settle that contest, with Prairie pulling out the 88-83 win. In contrast, the varsity Trojans’ win seemed anticlimactic.

Big boots to fill in conservation department

Grace logs 23 years with Johnson County

IOWA CITY —Larry Wilson, president of the Johnson County Conservation Board, and fellow board members offered commendatory remarks about retiring Conservation Department secretary and office manager, Rose Grace.
“It’s incredible we’ve had such good service for 23 years,” Wilson said.
Grace officially retired Monday, Dec. 29 and was recognized at the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the County Administrative Building.

Bionic Nerds

North Bend Bionic Nerds place at regional competition

NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) North Bend Elementary school is proud of its LEGO League team, Bionic Nerds of North Bend. The team competed against 32 other teams in Davenport all day on Sunday, Dec. 14, and ranked 13th in the competition. The team earned a Judges’ Choice Award for team members’ core values and assisting another team which would otherwise would have been unable to compete in the competition.

Construction to begin on the Johnson Iowa Road bridge over Clear Creek

Project to start Jan. 5, weather permitting

IOWA CITY– Weather permitting, construction will start on the Johnson Iowa Road Bridge Replacement project on Monday, Jan. 5. Johnson Iowa Road will be closed to traffic at the bridge over Clear Creek during construction. Construction should be completed by the end of April 2015.
The project involves replacing the existing bridge with a timber bridge on Johnson Iowa Road over Clear Creek approximately two miles west of Oxford. Iowa Bridge & Culvert, L.C. of Washington will be the prime contractor. The awarded contract price is $316,691.00.

Blood drive to be held at the NL Recreation Center Jan. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Gerdin Conference Rooms 1 and 3 (lower level). All successful donors will receive a Black & Gold winter hat.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, please call 319-356-2058 with an appointment time that works for you. Sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

Do you know what’s in your cold medicine?

By Jason Powers MD
UI Health Care, North Liberty
Special to the Leader

Cold symptoms can affect us any time of year, but there’s nothing like cold weather to bring out the scratchy throat and runny nose we feel during cold season.
Whether you use Grandma’s home remedy or the latest “breakthrough” being advertised on television, know the ingredients of what you’re taking for your cold symptoms.

Clipper wrestlers top Indians, fall to Trojans

CCA splits in South Tama

North Liberty Leader
TAMA– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers took a dual meet with the Marion Indians Thursday, Dec. 18, at South Tama High School, and then fell to the host Trojans.
Luke Wingert took a 12-3 major decision over Marion’s Aaron Cleppe in the 106-pound match, CCA’s Daniel Brechtel won his 113-pound match by pinning Ian Kelly and Ethan Taylor took a 5-1 decision from the Indians’ Kyle Van Meter in the heavyweight match.
CCA’s Jordan Delaney won by fall in the 120-pound match against South Tama while Quinn Murphy pinned the Trojans’ Lansin Lacina.

Trojans take Little Hawk swimming invitational

Keen, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays set meet records

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High swimmers continued their winning ways Saturday, Dec. 20, by winning the Little Hawk Invitational at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. The Trojans took the meet with a top team score of 389 while the City High Little Hawks placed fifth.