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Prairie scorches Liberty High football, 53-6

IOWA CITY– Just before the opening kick off Thursday, Sept. 15, at Iowa City West High, Liberty High’s coach Jeff Gordon sounded worried. “They’re good, they’re really good,” he said, nodding across the field at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawks.
The Hawks and the Liberty Lightning’s “O (Original) Bolts” clashed in a freshman game, with the Hawks blitzing the Lightning, 53-6.

O’Connor leads the way for CCA runners

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OSKALOOSA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country squad picked up its second team title of the 2016 season with a win Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Oskaloosa Invitational. The Creek Boys topped the 13-team field with 46 team points, led by freshman Nick O’Connor’s third-place finish in 18:25.6.

City bests West, 20-7

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IOWA CITY– City High keeps “The Boot,” a bronzed boot traveling trophy, for another year. The Little Hawks claimed it from the West High Trojans, 14-12, in last year’s annual battle of the cross-town rivals, and upset the Trojans, 20-7, Friday, Sept. 16, for the right to keep it another year.
City came into the contest ranked 10th in Class 4A with a 2-1 record, while the Trojans were ranked fifth with a 3-0 showing as they took to the gridiron for the rivalry on their Homecoming night.

“Restore It and They Will Come: The Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts’ Tower” Sept. 18

CORALVILLE– Acclaimed nature photographers Robert and Linda Scarth will present their program on three years of covering nesting Chimney Swifts in the restored Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts’ Tower.
The presentation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Coralville Public Library, in the downstairs E. Jean Schwab Auditorium, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Street line painting to be completed on Penn Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Crews are expected to finish painting lines for Penn Street’s additional lanes this week, representatives for the project’s general contractor, Metro Pavers, said Tuesday. The contractor is expected to have turn lanes open during peak traffic times, with occasional closures to complete the work.

Refueling Meals on Wheels

IOWA CITY– Managed Medicaid is forcing local Meals on Wheels programs to live hand-to-mouth.
Elder Services, Inc., which operates Meals on Wheels in Johnson, Washington, Iowa and Cedar counties, began its ‘Refueling Meals on Wheels Campaign’ Sept. 7.
This campaign is focused on ensuring the viability of the Meals on Wheels program with a goal of raising $250,000.

The public has its say on CCA’s facilities planning process

Questions without easy answers

TIFFIN– The question itself is relatively simple on its face, imploring Clear Creek Amana (CCA) district officials to consider how best to accommodate expected continued enrollment and likely overcrowding with $25 million available in 2018.
The solution, or solutions, are not quite as simple, attendees at a Sept. 8 public forum at the high school in Tiffin discovered.

Library closed Sept. 16 for staff in-service training

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library will be closed Friday, Sept. 16, for its annual staff in-service training.
During that day, all of the library’s upholstery will also be cleaned, and Iowa Prison Industries will move and reconfigure shelving in the kids’ area. This is one of the library’s first steps in redesigning the kids’ area to include activity stations.

Star Party Sept. 23 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The night time is the right time! Join Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and the City of North Liberty this fall to learn about the night sky Friday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. Contact Judy for more information or to register at judy@earthviewenvironmental.com. This is a family event, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Giant balloon games at NLRC Sept. 16-17

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Center will join forces with Chad Johnson of ICBalloons to create the world’s first interactive giant balloon games event Sept. 16 from 3-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 2-7 pm.

North Liberty’s seventh annual Doggie Plunge

Over 300 dogs make a splash at North Liberty’s seventh annual Doggie Plunge
View more Doggie Plunge photos in our online gallery at http://economist-leader.smugmug.com/

Clippers 3-0 with win over Golden Eagles

CCA withstands Dubuque Wahlert, 24-14

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers stayed in the ranks of the unbeaten with a 24-14 Class 3A District 4 win over Dubuque Wahlert at home on a rainy night where the ground game reigned supreme.
The Golden Eagles struck in the first quarter, capping off a long drive with a 1-yard run to score.