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North Liberty Leader

No more fighting city hall

Tiffin council narrowly approves building contract

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The deal is finally sealed for Tiffin’s new city hall.

CCA building plans begin to narrow

Board holds special session to trim facilities needs before public vote

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The devil is in the details. And on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the board of directors of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district found themselves bedeviled by– and at times bogged-down in– details.
The board met at the high school in a special work session to get an update from Shive-Hattery’s Keith Johnk on facilities options and to narrow-down the language for a bond issue election coming up in February.

Kids Campsite play area opens in North Liberty Recreation Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The new play area inside the North Liberty Recreation Center is now open.
The city is hosting “Kid’s Campsite Grand Opening Week,” from Monday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 4. The center, which was installed just inside the facility’s south entrance, will be open from 9 a.m. until noon and 4 until 8 p.m. each day this week. It’s an opportunity for families to get a free preview of the play area and climbing equipment designed for toddlers and young children. Information packets will also be available.

Free car wash, fundraiser at NL UICCU to be Oct. 12

IOWA CITY– Join the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Music Auxiliary for the annual free car wash and fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The car wash will be held at the following locations:
• Sherwin Williams, at Hwy. 6 East, Iowa City, by Eastside Bands.
• Hy-Vee North Dodge, Iowa City, by Eastside Choirs.
• Hy-Vee, First Ave./ Muscatine Ave., Iowa City by Eastside Orchestras.,
• Two Rivers-Bank and Trust, Hwy. 6 West on the Coralville strip by Westside Orchestras.

Ill-fated victory?

West powers through despite health woes

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Even if they’re not hitting on all cylinders, the West High Women of Troy can still knock out tough teams and rack up victories. Such was the case Tuesday, Sept. 24, as the Linn-Mar Lions visited Trojan Nation.
“Everybody’s sick and I thought we looked like we didn’t have any energy,” said coach Kathy Bresnahan, battling her own voice-depleting virus. Despite the various illnesses, and Hannah Fairfield sidelined by injury, the Women of Troy tamed the Lions, 3-0.

West stays perfect on the road; Trojans’ pounding offense saves the night

DUBUQUE– The Rams of Dubuque Senior High School put up quite a fight Friday, Sept. 27, as they hosted the Trojans of Iowa City West on Dalzell Field in an MVC-Mississippi Division contest. West was defending its 4-0 record, while the Rams entered the fray with a 1-3 showing, after having knocked-off Linn-Mar 28-13 in week two action.
The Trojans kept their perfect record, holding-off the Rams and ram-rodding a ground attack for a 32-20 win.

A celebration rings out in Tiffin

CCA picks up homecoming win over Fort Madison

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The Fort Madison Bloodhounds sniffed around for a victory and a chance to spoil homecoming for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Sept. 27. Instead, they were sent to the pound as the Clippers played dogcatcher with a 28-8 victory. The win improved the Clippers to 2-3 overall (0-2 in Class 3A District 6) with the regular season half-over.

CCA volleyball beats Williamsburg 3-1

WILLIAMSBURG– It took four sets to settle the matter, but in the end the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity volleyball team reigned over the Williamsburg Raiders on the road Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Clippers took the 3-1 win improving their record to 7-4-0. CCA took the first set 25-17, dropped the second set 25-17 and prevailed in the next two games 25-23 and 25-16.

Clipper cross-country in action at Solon

SOLON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross-country teams traveled to Solon Monday, Sept. 23, for the Solon invitational. Iowa City High’s Little Hawks reigned in both the girls’ 4K and boys’ 5K events. The host Spartans were third (girls) and fifth (boys) while the Clippers finished eighth in team points in girls’ competition and ninth in the boys’.
Chloe Keith led the Clipper girls with a 40th-place finish in 18:16. City High’s Ellen Carman won in 15:48. Eric Douglass was the leader for the boys in blue with a 12th-place finish in 17:44. Tipton’s Eric Lenz won in 16:29.

Venenga chosen as NL chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has named its new chief of police.
Lt. Diane Venenga was chosen last week among a field of four final candidates culled from a national search orchestrated by Moulder and Associates LLC of Des Moines.

Muller continues pursuit of the truth

NL resident guides next generation of journalists

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– As a child, Lyle Muller really liked three things: radio, newspapers and music. And through a dedicated career in the media, he is accomplished in all three.
Muller, a North Liberty resident since 1979, is currently the Executive Director of Iowa Watch, a non-profit media watchdog with the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Formerly the editor for The Gazette, Muller now spends his days focusing on the craft of journalism and mentoring up-and-coming student journalists.

Reconfigured CCA board sets sail

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– While the majority of voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district did not call for change in the Sept. 10 school board election, the board of directors did undergo a roster change, and a change in leadership.