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Creek Girls 13th at Panther Girls Relays

Schwarting places in hurdles, long jump, Rollers in high jump, discus

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MOUNT PLEASANT– The Clear Creek Amana varsity girls track and field team placed 13th out of 19 teams at the Panther Girls Relays, hosted by Mount Pleasant High School, on Tuesday, April 19. West Burlington took the meet with 144 team points followed by Cedar Rapids Prairie (134), Mediapolis (101), Danville (86) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson (84) in the top five.

Trojans win City High relays

Parks, Ali, Gannon and Hoover post wins

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans won rival City High’s 2016 Forwald/Coleman Relays Thursday, April 21, with 138.33 team points to City’s 116.3 (good for second place). Valley-West Des Moines, Pleasant Valley, Linn-Mar, Muscatine, Southeast Polk and Des Moines East rounded out the field of competitors.

Creek Girls bounce back with win

CCA defeats Marion, 2-1

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MARION– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Friday, April 15, on the road at Center Point against the CPU Stormin’ Pointers in a rare shutout.
The Creek Girls bounced back, however, and knocked off Marion, 2-1, on the road Tuesday, April 19. Hannah Bormann scored both of CCA’s goals, while Shauntina Williams held off the Indians’ attacks with eight saves as keeper. Clare Austin and Amelia Pereira gave a great defensive effort in the central midfield to limit the Indians’ attacks, coach Matt Harding said.

“Footloose” rocks the CCA stage

Seniors shine in stage adaptation of ‘80s movie classic

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– In 1984, “Footloose” became one of the most successful motion pictures of the year and of the decade. The story, written by Dean Pitchford, focuses on a big-city kid with a rebellious streak who moves to the small agricultural town of Bomont, Texas. There, he discovers the town’s preacher– in the wake of a tragedy involving his son and three other teens– has banned rock music and dancing.

Making pizza as a family

New owners of Maddi B’s Take N’ Bake Pizza Co. pass down values

SWISHER– Many people find a business they love and become a regular. Shawn Irons goes one step beyond: she buys the business.
That’s how she happened upon her newest business, Maddi B’s Take N’ Bake Pizza Co., a quaint little pizzeria and ice cream shop in Swisher. Eat-in booths were just added, along with a chalkboard wall for kids to draw on, making it a fun place for families to kick back and relax.
Since Irons and her family live within a mile of Maddi B’s, she said they frequently drove past the pizzeria. Every time Irons thought, “I just love this little place.”

Last minute decision to buy scratch ticket yields $50K prize for NL man

CLIVE– A last minute decision to buy a scratch ticket ended up being in a North Liberty man’s favor as he won a big prize.
William Hedges claimed the 24th of 30 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s “Super Crossword” scratch game.
Hedges said he stopped Wednesday at Fareway, 615 Westwood Drive in North Liberty, for some groceries and decided to buy a scratch ticket, as well.

Collaboration underway for Tiffin parks updates

Public works, STEM group team up for tennis, trails

TIFFIN– The people of Tiffin could be playing tennis, biking an eco-friendly limestone trail and walking their K-9 companions in a new city dog park by early fall if park updates stay on schedule.

NL community center afternoon closure April 29

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, April 29, from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m., the North Liberty Community Center, including the North Liberty Community Library, Recreation Center and Aquatics Center, will be closed for employee Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, or ALICE, training.

June 9-12 declared NL city-wide garage sale weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
“I always thought it was one of those things dying for an upgrade,” said organizer Lydia Fine. “I just wanted to make it easier for people to find what they need.”

Macbride Raptor Project Family Day May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

NL Food Pantry volunteer spotlight

Paul has volunteered with the panty for a couple of years. He belongs to the North Liberty Methodist Church where helped with numerous activities.
Paul enjoys volunteering at the pantry because it gives him something to do and he enjoys all the people. Paul puts in a lot of hours at the pantry, working on a shift when the pantry is open to the public to helping with the large food pick-ups, food processing shifts, and helping the inventory manager unload all the items in the warehouse.
Paul wants the community to know the pantry is open for everyone and it is here to help everybody.

Mother nature delivers

Area group holds Kites for Kids, the second child abuse prevention event in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– When was the last time you flew a kite?
Hundreds of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts took a leap down memory lane last Saturday, April 16, at the annual Kites for Kids event, teaching their little ones a popular pastime on the North Central Junior High football field in North Liberty.
The event, sponsored by Johnson County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), recognized April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and urged parents to take an afternoon to intentionally spend time with their children.