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Women of Troy have change-up at the top for 2013

West High women charge into 2013 season with new coach

IOWA CITY — For five years, Jeff Kelley led the West High Women of Troy on the softball diamond. He resigned from that post at the end of April for personal reasons, with a 153-58 overall record and 100-30 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC). Kelley and company made the team’s first-ever State Tournament appearance last year, finishing fourth in Class 5A.

Connecting people to purpose

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

WITH PHOTO:

Limbo, akimbo

Penn Elementary student Brady Dauber laughs as he goes to the floor during a limbo session on roller skates. Penn P.E. teacher Tiffany Fishman introduces a roller skating unit in her classes each year as part of the physical education curriculum. For more photos, see page 20. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Blues, any way you like it

NORTH LIBERTY– Funky and soulful, jazzy and upbeat, or down-home and root-bound; however you take your music, North Liberty Blues & BBQ will be serving it up for you this weekend.

Boston strong

North Liberty woman returns safely from site of American tragedy

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty chiropractor and runner Dr. Sheri Giese, DC, has already made up her mind.
In 2014, Giese will once again be among the nearly 30,000 people who don bib numbers and beat feet along 26.2 miles of Massachusetts roads that are part of the oldest annual marathon in the world. It’s a traditional event with an international luster that was blackened this year in a matter of seconds by two terrorist-planted bombs that killed three people and left more than 200 injured.
“People have asked me if I’ll run next year,” she said. “Yeah, I’m running next year.”

ICCSD updates local governments on diversity and facilities plans

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig provided a little history lesson Monday, April 29, as representatives of the county, municipalities and school districts of Johnson County prepared to hear an update from the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD). The quarterly meeting between the governmental entities is referred to as the Joint Cities meeting, though county and school district officials are also participants.

North Liberty Fire Department responds to garage fire May 3

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, May 3, at 2:49 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 530 Penn Ct. for a building fire. First arriving North Liberty Police units reported smoke coming from the garage of a single family residential structure. Residents report smelling smoke and when they opened the garage door the garage was fully involved with fire. Residents evacuated the structure and the residence had working smoke detectors. North Liberty Fire Department units arrived and found heavy smoke coming from the structure and garage.

Tree planting rescheduled for May 18

North Liberty– The city’s planned Centennial Tree Planting event, which was rained out last Saturday, has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m. at the city’s new, and unnamed, west side community park, 1565 St. Andrews Dr.
Presented by Heartland Express, the event is an opportunity to celebrate North Liberty’s 100th birthday, support the city’s environmental efforts and its Hometown Rewards program, and also help plant trees that beautify the community and learn more about the trees being planted.

Pantry’s best shot golf tournament to be May 10

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry is hosting the third annual four-person best shot tournament on Friday, May 10. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The tournament will take place a Saddleback Ridge Golf Course, 4646 180th St. NE, Solon. Cost is $80 per golfer or $300 per team; includes: green fees, cart, catered meal, team picture, T-shirt, and goody bag. All proceeds will go to the North Liberty Community Pantry. All skill levels welcome. Come out for a day of fun and prizes. A silent auction will take place during the tournament.

Name that park, North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– This spring, the City of North Liberty broke ground on a new 40-acre community park on the west side of town near North Bend Elementary School. The park has an address — 1565 St. Andrews Dr. — and will be the home of North Liberty Blues & BBQ in 2014 and other community events for years to come. But it still doesn’t have a name.

May 7 Special Election on County Justice Center Bond Referendum

Due to a scheduling conflict for the May 7 Special Election regarding the County Justice Center issue, North Liberty 03 voters will vote at a temporary polling location on Election Day, at South Slope Communications Video Conferencing Center at 655 Liberty Way, North Liberty. This is the polling place for North Liberty 03 voters ONLY for this election.
The Johnson County Auditor’s Office mailed postcards to all the registered voters in the precinct, but

Voters to decide on jail, courthouse revision

Special election to be May 7

JOHNSON COUNTY–Certain Johnson County officials hope $3.3 million in reductions to the design for a proposed justice center will be enough to swing public sentiment in their favor.
In the November 2012 general election, a $46.8 million bond issue for the project was defeated, receiving only 56 percent voter approval when 60 percent was required. Proponents went back to the drawing board almost immediately to revise the plan for a combined jail and improved Johnson County courthouse, and get it back in front of the public as soon as they thought feasible.