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Clipper boys 4th at WaMaC Conference Meet

Sedlacek, Barker and McCarty set the pace for CCA x-country

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SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country squad placed fourth in the WaMaC Conference Meet Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area in Solon. Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the meet with 35 points, followed by Western Dubuque (71), Marion (82) and CCA (122).
Wyatt Sedlacek led the Creek Boys with a 17th-place finish in 17:13 with Nick O’Connor and Cole Liebe right behind him in 18th and 19th place, respectively.

Showing their school spirit

Cheerleaders lauded for leadership and talent

SOLON– Solon High School has lots to cheer about since Alissa McAtee became the cheerleading coach for football and basketball last year. A para-educator at Lakeview Elementary school, McAtee coached cheerleading from middle school up through high school varsity for seven years at the North Cedar school district in Clarence.

Vote will shape enrollment, demographics of Liberty High

Boundary plan final

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City school board is back to square one.
After months of controversial discussion, the board voted 4-3 in favor of restoring the May 2015 secondary boundary plan at its Sept. 13 meeting. Board members Lori Roetlin, Chris Liebig and Phil Hemingway were opposed, while President Chris Lynch, Vice President Brian Kirschling and members Paul Roesler and LaTasha DeLoach were in favor of the plan. (DeLoach has since taken over the role as Vice President and was elected at the board’s Sept. 27 meeting.)
“Change is hard, it’s painful, and most people reject it,” said DeLoach.

Coralville man claims $1 million Powerball prize won with ticket bought at North Liberty Kum & Go

NORTH LIBERTY– Jeff Tomlinson Jr. of Coralville said he regularly stops at Kum & Go in North Liberty. Last week, that stop paid off.
Tomlinson purchased a Powerball ticket that won him $1 million in the Iowa Lottery’s Oct. 5 drawing.
“I didn’t really consider it a possibility, it was more of a fantasy of what would I do if I won,” Tomlinson told Iowa Lottery last week. “But I want to make sure that my family is well taken care of– now, in the future. Even my daughter, I want to make sure that she’s good for college and the future.”

Council members to consider recycling fee increase

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the North Liberty City Council was scheduled to consider an increase to the recycling charge households see on their monthly bills.
Since July 2015, North Liberty’s trash and recycling provider, Johnson County Refuse, has experienced cost increases of 650 percent, from $10 per ton to $65 per ton for recycling. The rate increase covers the additional cost and is a proposed 60 cents per household increase. If approved, the new rate of $5.15 per month would go into effect in the billing cycle.

Afternoon bus route now available

North Liberty flags down October for transit take-off

NORTH LIBERTY– A new North Liberty bus route made its inaugural loop this week.
After nearly a year of development, the North Liberty transit pilot program picked up its first passengers Monday, Oct. 10, starting a soft launch week. The official grand opening is tentatively set for Monday, Oct. 17, and will include a ribbon cutting and remarks by staff at the start of the route, said Communications Director Nick Bergus.
“It’s a long time coming,” said City Planning Director Dean Wheatley, who has coordinated the process.

Halloween Moonlight Walk Oct. 14

NORTH LIBERTY– Come take a stroll around a decorated Liberty Centre Pond under the moonlight Friday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
The pathway will be illuminated by hundreds of lantern bags and friendly ghosts will be set up along the way waiting for you to snap a picture. Snacks and a movie will start at 8 p.m. sharp at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
All ages are welcome but children must be supervised. The fee is $1 per person; children 2 years and under are free. Meet at the Rec Center south parking lot for the walk.

Pumpkin painting and carving Oct. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Join others at the North Liberty Recreation Center to enjoy painting or carving a pumpkin prior to the Halloween season Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8:30-10 a.m. Kids will pick out their own pumpkin to carve or decorate... or both! All materials will be provided to get the job done. Treats included. Fee is $8 per child. Ages up to 12 years old welcome.

Scouting for Food program Oct. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Every year, the Hawkeye Area Council of the Boy Scouts hosts Scouting for Food throughout the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and surrounding communities in order to assist in stocking the shelves of local food pantries.
Be on the lookout for a pink Scouting for Food bag that should have arrived on your door the week of Oct 8. Scouts from North Liberty Packs 216, 275, and 279 along with Troop 216 have been working with each other to coordinate bag delivery and food pick up for the community of North Liberty.

­Let’s play two!

North Liberty youth fall ball expands on summer’s success

NORTH LIBERTY– Some kids don’t know when to quit. For the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball league, that’s a good thing.
A 900-plus player operation in the summer, the league has been seeing more turnover into the fall season, when a five-week clinic is offered through the Diamond Dreams Sports Academy.
“Obviously the partnership is working because kids are coming back, for one, and new kids are signing up,” said Diamond Dreams’ general manager Kyle Sherman.
After a 998-player and 83-team summer season, NLYBS had 140 kindergarteners through eighth graders sign up for fall ball.

Trojans take down the big cats

Iowa City West gets 24-10 road win at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans picked up a decisive 24-10 win over the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars Friday, Oct. 7, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
The Trojans built a 17-0 lead in the first half on a 9-yard touchdown reception by Devontae Lane, a 29-yard field goal by Lucas Karwal and a 5-yard pass to Oliver Martin in the final seconds of the half.
Kennedy regrouped and threatened in the second half.

Creek Boys fifth at Lynx invite

Sedlacek sets the pace for CCA runners

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TROY MILLS– The Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) had a fifth-place showing Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Lynx Invitational hosted by North Linn High School in far northern Linn County.
Mount Pleasant took the varsity race with 78 team points followed by Marion (108), Ames (127), Mid-Prairie (135) and the Clippers with 191. 28 teams made up the field with WaMaC foes Williamsburg placing seventh (228), Vinton-Shellsburg placing 11th (306), Benton Community 13th (318) and Solon placing 20th (457). The host Lynx were 21st with 540.