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2017-2018 West High Girls Basketball Preview

IOWA CITY– Back in March, the Iowa City West High Women of Troy fell, 55-48, to Valley High School, of West Des Moines, in the Class 5A state tournament semifinals. It was the fifth trip to state for West High under Head Coach B.J. Mayer and ended a 21-4 season (12-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference).
As the team gears up for what it hope will be a sixth state tourney appearance, Mayer noted, “We are not as deep as we have been.”

West High earns sportsmanship award

First since 2005 for Trojan Nation’s fall sports

IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) announced the winners of the Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Award Thursday, Nov. 16, with Dubuque Senior being named in the Valley Division, and Iowa City West earning the honor in the Mississippi Division.

Lightning VS Regals

Preseason scrimmage tests JV girls

Liberty High falls, 49-10, to Regina

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s girls basketball program opened the 2017-2018 season, the first for the new school, with a Junior Varsity (JV) scrimmage Tuesday, Nov. 14, at home, against Iowa City Regina.

Bolts battle Regals in preseason scrimmage

Regina tops Liberty girls, 67-33

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls basketball program made its home court debut Tuesday, Nov. 14, in a preseason scrimmage with Iowa City Regina. The Regals, who played in the 2017 Class 2A State Basketball Tournament, short-circuited the Lightning Bolts, 67-33.

The freedom they secured

Heritage Christian School holds annual Veterans Day Celebration

NORTH LIBERTY — Veterans Day was recognized Friday, Nov. 10 at the Heritage Christian School in North Liberty with their annual Veterans Day Celebration. School Head Michael Annis said the special event has two purposes. “The first is to honor those who have served in the United States military. The second is to provide an intentional experience for our students to recognize that the cost of freedom was purchased by individuals.”

Wanted man arrested for armed robbery

Looted neighboring apartment with rifle in hand

A North Liberty man was arrested for the armed robbery of a neighboring apartment tenant. Already wanted for a previous felony, he now faces several charges.
Accord to police complaints, Beauhanan D. Walker Jr., 33, of Country Living Apartments, at 160 Sugar Creek Ln., knocked on the door of the neighboring apartment around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. When the woman opened her door, Walker aimed a rifle at her head and entered the apartment.

Elementary school design unveiled

Innovative building plans passed unanimously

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty and the surrounding community can anticipate a stylish new elementary school in their near future. During the Oct. 10 Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Education meeting, a unique building design was presented for the upcoming elementary school in North Liberty.
“We really wanted to do something different,” said Director of Facilities Duane Van Hemert.

Fall Market Sunday, Nov. 19, at Bella Sala

TIFFIN– The Corridor Fall Market at Bella Sala is conveniently located in Tiffin, only two miles from Coral Ridge Mall. Market goers will find a variety of hand crafted and homemade goods, refurbished items and refreshments, made by over 75 locals artisans, craftsmen, chefs and brewmasters.
For those who would like to get in the bone marrow registry, the U of I Be the Match chapter will again set up at Bella Sala during the market.
This event provides a pre-Black Friday holiday shopping opportunity with live music by Zachary Freedom.

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Nov. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– For the sixth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving Dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses. On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center, in North Liberty.

City council election results

Support for incumbents drops

NORTH LIBERTY– Some newcomers will be taking their seats at the council table.
Voters in North Liberty, Oxford and Tiffin opted for some fresh faces after the Nov. 7 city elections.
An incumbent in each community was defeated, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
In North Liberty, incumbent Annie Pollock led at the polls with 78 percent of the votes in a three-way race for two seats. Challenger Jennifer Goings captured the second seat with 60 percent, a double-digit margin over two term incumbent Brian Wayson, third with 41 percent.

Behind-the-scenes in The City of North Liberty.

NORTH LIBERTY– Few ingredients are more vital to the integrity of a community than its ability to stay informed on city activity and celebrate camaraderie through organized events. But how are these feats accomplished for a growing city such as North Liberty?
Enter Nick Bergus, Director of the city’s Communications Department. Be it through fostering special events or offering residents context for city announcements, his team provides a crucial backdrop to the everyday bustle that is North Liberty.

Local gymnast earn USA National Team honors

CORALVILLE– Nine-year-old Ly Bui of Swisher is one of six local gymnasts who earned spots on USA Gymnastics National Teams. All of the athletes train at Iowa Gym-Nest in Coralville and Iowa City. Four of the athletes are part of the Talent Opportunity Program, also known as TOPs, a program used to seek out talent at an early age and help guide the coaches through the USA Gymnastics athlete pipeline to become Hopes and elite gymnasts.