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North Liberty Leader

Swenka files appeal with Supreme Court

Separate motion asks court to reconsider prison sentence

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– A new attorney representing Zachary Swenka has filed an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court and a motion for reconsideration of sentencing in Swenka’s criminal case.
Last Thursday, Nov. 21, documents were filed with the Sixth Judicial District Court and the Iowa Supreme Court by attorney Leon Spies, of Mellon & Spies of Iowa City. The motion requests that the two-year prison sentence imposed upon Swenka, after he pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Oct. 24, be reconsidered.

Souped up support helps some stretch weekly food budgets

Pantry hosts fourth annual soup supper fundraiser

NORTH LIBERTY– In a community as rich in commerce and growth as North Liberty, it’s hard to remember there are people here who deal with hunger and food uncertainty every day.
It’s why the North Liberty Community Food Pantry just saw a record number of visits in one month; this October brought 837 visitors to the pantry. Its previous peak was 678 visits in a single month.
It’s also why participating in the organization’s fundraisers is more important than ever before.

Marijuana found growing in NL couple’s basement

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty couple has been charged with possession of a controlled substance after law enforcement officers allegedly found marijuana plants in their basement.
On Sept. 16, at approximately 1 p.m., detectives of the multi-jurisdictional Johnson County Drug Task Force knocked on the door of the residence at 140 W. Zeller St. in North Liberty, based on a tip. Occupant Debbie Jean Kennel-Waechter, 53, wife of Kevin Waechter, 56, consented to a search of the premises.

Special election to replace Swisher mayor

Election in January, Gudenkauf remains mayor pro tem

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

SWISHER– The bomb was dropped Monday, Nov. 11, but the shock waves continued to tremble in this northwest Johnson County community a week later.
Mayor Tim Mason, and city clerk Connie Meier both resigned suddenly during the Nov. 11 meeting, making council member Mary Gudenkauf the mayor pro tem and leaving the city of just under 900 without a city clerk.

Local businesses work together to help feed their neighbors

JOHNSON COUNTY– At a time of year that emphasizes giving and good will, a group of local businesses have joined together to make a difference for those who may be struggling.

Public invited to Corridor Christian Counseling Center open house Dec. 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Corridor Christian Counseling Center is celebrating its third holiday season in the Corridor. To honor the occasion, the public is cordially invited to join them for a Holiday Open House at 655 Liberty Way, Ste. 6, North Liberty on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4 until 6 p.m. Stop by to meet the staff and enjoy some festive refreshments.
For more information, call 319-665-2137, email counseling@southslope.net, or website www.corridorchristiancounselingcenter.com.

Making beautiful portraits is a snap with

Ruby Ellen Photography

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Robyn Rasmussen has come a long way from the $300 Minolta film camera she had in 1996.
She was still in high school at that time, but the investment she made to accommodate her interest in photography proved to be much more than a flash in the pan.
Rasmussen, of North Liberty, is now the owner of her own business, Ruby Ellen Photography. Since officially launching her venture in October 2012, she has been busier taking photos than she ever dreamed.

Centro’s growth requires Wisconsin expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– Centro, Inc., a custom rotational molder headquartered in North Liberty is expanding their presence in Wisconsin by opening a manufacturing facility in Beaver Dam, Wis. Centro currently has seven molding operations, one of which is located in Horicon, Wis., only eleven miles from Beaver Dam.

New roles, new players for Women of Troy

West girls face tough MVC competition

North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– B. J. Mayer is mixing things up at West High. In his seventh year at the helm of the Women of Troy varsity basketball program, Mayer is moving players around and bringing in some newcomers for the 2013-2014 season.

Will Trojans see a three-peat?

West High boys’ hoops reloads for 2013-2014

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans have won the Class 4A state championship two years in a row (2012 and 2013), and had a perfect 26-0 season (16-0 MVC). But can they threaten for a coveted “three-peat?”
The team, coached by Steve Bergman, took a heavy hit back in May as Jeremy Morgan, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy, Austin Swank, Jason Stewart, Mark Lowe, Justin Fleming and Drew Haas graduated.

CCA’s new elementary most likely to be in Tiffin

Board approves land deal contingent upon bond passage

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– If voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district approve a $48 million bond in February, Tiffin will be the site of a new elementary school.
CCA superintendent Tim Kuehl asked the school board to approve a resolution at their monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13, approving the acquisition of land for the new school. The deal involves two parcels of land in the Bigelow Subdivision, located on the NE corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue on the east side of Tiffin.

Swatch of green redefines plat

Fox Valley asked to change, then change back

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes all you have to do is ask nicely.
Other times, you have to lay your personal dreams out on the table and plead for them to be considered.
A North Liberty resident did a little of both at last week’s council meeting, and ultimately got the answer she was hoping for.