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North Liberty Leader

Candidate forum April 17 at North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– With North Liberty’s special election for both mayor and city council set to take place in just two more weeks, residents deserve an opportunity to ask questions and hear from all the candidates.
For that reason, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is working in conjunction with various area groups to host a candidate forum. The forum will take place 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the North Liberty Community Library meeting rooms. It is open to the public.

Early voting in progress at Johnson County Auditor’s Office

NORTH LIBERTY– Early voting for the April 25 North Liberty special election will begin Monday, April 10. Voting will be available at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through the close of business Monday, April 24.
The auditor’s office will also have a satellite voting site at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St., on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More information about the North Liberty election is available at www.johnson-county.com/dept_auditor.aspx?id=22077.

EGG-FREE FUN FOR ALL

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Outside, finally.
After two consecutive years of packing the North Liberty Recreation Center gyms with candy, kids and their parents, the city’s annual Easter egg hunt was graced with nice weather.
“It was great to be outdoors for a welcome change,” said North Liberty Recreation Director Shelly Simpson.
While the event is usually in March, a later Easter holiday pushed the egg hunt (a misnomer, as no eggs are involved) to April, and– consequently– warmer, dryer conditions.

North Liberty man calls in false robbery to evade police

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man allegedly called in a fake report in order to avoid being pulled over last week.
According to complaints, police observed a Ford Taurus being driven along Penn Street around 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, and recognized the driver as Bryce J. Wagehoft, who was barred from driving. In an attempt to divert the officer, Wagehoft then called 911 and reported an armed robbery in progress at a local convenience store. He even gave a description of a made-up suspect before hanging up, according to reports.

North Liberty Blues & BBQ announces date, headliner

Anderson East to headline July 8

NORTH LIBERTY–North Liberty Blues & BBQ announced Veridian Credit Union will partner to present North Liberty’s annual premiere family event in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Along with the new partnership, organizers are excited to unveil the festival’s new logo.
“North Liberty Blues & BBQ has become an exciting summer tradition that brings our community together,” said Jennifer Roberts, a spokesperson for Veridian. “We’re grateful to the city, countless businesses and hundreds of volunteers that make this event possible, and we’re proud to be a partner in its success.”

Two arrested in North Liberty after breaking into wrong home

NORTH LIBERTY– Police arrested two suspects for allegedly breaking into a North Liberty residence during the evening hours Tuesday, April 4.
According to the complaint, North Liberty police responded to a residence on Whipple Court around 7 p.m. after receiving a report from a homeowner that someone had entered a back window well. Officers determined that 18-year-old Sammy I. Hamed of Coralville was attempting to gain entry into the wrong residence. Reports state that 19-year-old Mohamed A. Elsemeih, a resident of Whipple Court in North Liberty, stood by as Hamed broke in.

Morning spring leaf pick-up through April 21

NORTH LIBERTY– Open burning of leaves and yard waste is not permitted in North Liberty. The City will pick up leaves that property owners have raked to the curb through April 21. Dependent on how many leaves are out curbside will determine the time it takes to make the pickups.

Road work: Penn Street between Jones Blvd. and Cameron Way

NORTH LIBERTY– Work has begun to widen Penn Street to five lanes between Cameron Way and Jones Boulevard. Two lanes of traffic will remain open through the work site, however the speed limit and lane width will be reduced to allow crews to begin utility work and install storm sewers.
On Monday, April 17, the sidewalk on the south side of Penn Street will be closed as grading and utility work will begin on the south side of Penn Street. The sidewalk will be removed and then repaved once the south side of Penn Street is reconstructed. This sidewalk closure is expected to last through June.

Spring Cleanup Day April 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 29, from 7-11:30 a.m. is for residents of North Liberty only. Please be prepared to verify that you are a North Liberty resident with a water bill stub or driver’s license. North Liberty residents pay 30¢ each month on their recycling bill for this service.
Miscellaneous large items are to be brought to the Public Works Facility, 620 Calvin St.
Assistance will be provided to the elderly or handicapped. Please call City Hall (319-626-5700) by April 27 to make arrangements.

Liberty High staff keeps on growing

More coaches named to lead the Lightning

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School is growing again as Principal and interim Athletic Director Scott Kibby adds staff ahead of the school’s opening in August. Kibby announced three new coaching positions which included two familiar faces.
Jeff Gordon, who led the freshmen football team to a 6-4 record in its debut season, will head up the sophomore program when the Bolts (including many of the “Original” or “O-Bolts”) take to the gridiron this fall.

Trojans take home track and field meet with 115.5 points

Sprint medley relay crew sets new record

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Trojan track and field team won its home meet Saturday, April 8, with 115.5 points, besting Cedar Rapids Kennedy (79), Western Dubuque (71), Linn-Mar (66), Pleasant Valley (63), Johnston (61), Cedar Falls, (50), Davenport Central (23), Cedar Rapids Washington (17), Solon and Xavier (tied with 14 team points), Muscatine (10.5) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (5).

Trojans triumphant in Deac Ryan Relays

ELDRIDGE– Iowa City West High’s Trojan track and field team notched another meet championship Tuesday, April 3, after winning North Scott High School’s Deac Ryan Relays. The Trojans put up 157 team points for the win, besting Pleasant Valley (145) and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) foes Cedar Rapids Prairie (81) and Dubuque Hempstead (79). Central DeWitt rounded out the top five teams with 52 points.