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North Liberty Leader

Just like mi madre used to make

Los Jimadores brings the authentic taste of Mexico to NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Not all Mexican restaurants are alike, and not all are truly authentic in flavor and atmosphere, according to Jasmine Ortiz, one of the friendly faces you’ll encounter at Los Jimadores Authentic Mexican Restaurant in North Liberty.
Ortiz defined authentic as homemade encompasses a wider variety of menu offerings with a different taste and seasonings than found in more conventional restaurants.
“It’s like Mama would make,” Ortiz said.

Clippers make short work ofTigers

CCA rolls 13-1 over Grinnell in 4A quarterfinal

OXFORD– The electricity bill for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will be a little lower next month thanks to the varsity softball team.
Its Class 4A Quarterfinal game Thursday night, July 11, was over and done with before the lights at the ball field were turned on.
In three innings of play, the Clippers took it to the Grinnell Tigers, 13-1, earning a trip to Carlisle on Saturday, July 13, for the regional semifinal facing Carlisle.

Sharing the bragging rights

West, City split two-day baseball doubleheader

IOWA CITY– In Iowa City, the winning football team gets “The Boot.” The volleyball team gets “The Spike.” In baseball, bragging rights are on the line and this year both City and West can say they won as the teams split a doubleheader conducted Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9.

As American as baseball and apple pie

Oxford parade marks Independence Day

OXFORD– Major General Robert Sentman, USA (ret.), dressed in full cavalry attire, and carrying the cavalry guidon, maintained a steady pace as he rode his horse along the streets of Oxford Thursday, July 4. Behind him the American Legion carried our nation’s flag, fire trucks sounded their horns and sirens, political parties advertised their candidates, and antique cars and tractors followed while candy flew toward eager children at the curbs.

Prairie Trail West rolls on

Tiffin council approves development along Highway 6

TIFFIN– Another new development will be popping up in Tiffin, this one closer to the heart of the community and next to Clear Creek Amana High School.

NL employees receive FY14 pay increases

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NORTH LIBERTY– At its June 26 meeting, the North Liberty City Council unanimously approved fiscal year 2014 salaries for city staff.
The resolution called for a two percent cost of living increase for all city employees, with an additional 2.45 percent longevity increase for those who are eligible.

Finally...a location for new high school?

After years of school board deliberation, location studies, public hearings and sometimes hot debate, North Liberty and some of its residents await to see if the community will finally gain its own high school facility.

Improving health a focus at CCA

Federal grant fuels drive for healthy kids

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re getting healthier and more fit in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) schools. Kathy Campbell, the district’s wellness coordinator, gave the school board a year-end report on a new push for health and wellness during the board’s Wednesday, June 19, meeting.

Dubuque Street widening project begins this week

IOWA CITY– Pavement widening on Dubuque Street near the new intersection with Oakdale Boulevard will begin the week of July 8, weather permitting. The pavement widening will provide designated turn lanes for Dubuque Street traffic tuning onto Oakdale Boulevard. Dubuque Street will remain open to traffic, but at times it might be down to one lane directed by flaggers. The new section of Oakdale Boulevard should be open to traffic by October 2013.

July 21 Turkey Trot 5K to benefit NL community pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Librty Community Pantry will host its first annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 5k Race and Family 1 Mile Event on Sunday, July 21, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. This chip-timed race will begin and end at the pantry, 89 N. Jones Blvd., in North Liberty. Advance registration, due by Monday, July 8, is $25, Late registration July 9 through 21 is $35 and a T-shirt is not guaranteed.
All funds raised from the Turkey Trot will benefit the North Liberty Community Pantry and local families.

Ram-bunctious

West High splits with Dubuque Senior softball

IOWA CITY– The night ended in a draw, but the Women of Troy still had reason to celebrate Tuesday, July 2. The Rams of Dubuque Senior visited for a varsity doubleheader and brought a 25-5 record overall and 16-4 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record. West was 17-17 and 14-8 in contrast. The Rams were also ranked fourth in Class 5A while the Women of Troy were unranked.
So when West pulled off a 6-2 upset win in game one, some dugout dancing during game two could certainly be understood.

Clippers and Cardinals end in doubleheader split

TIFFIN– Brent Henry’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered a 9-2 loss to the Maquoketa Cardinals Friday, July 5 on the home diamond, but rallied back to win the nightcap 6-5 in a WaMaC varsity doubleheader.