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North Liberty Leader

Gun ban discussion draws crowd in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen has learned that gun ownership is a touchy subject.
Discussion on city policy regarding firearms on public property brought citizens out in force at the North Liberty City Council meeting Nov. 24, resulting in expulsion of one individual and a backlash of criticism prior to the meeting and in the days to follow.

Veterans honored at local schools

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans were the honorees of the day at schools across the country Nov. 11, including Penn and Van Allen elementary schools in North Liberty.

Van Allen
Van Allen Elementary School has celebrated the day of remembrance for a number of years, with the school’s Team 2 students and teachers hosting local veterans for a brief assembly and refreshments, and inviting guests to individual classrooms. Some of the veterans give presentations to classes and speak of their time in the military.

District gears up for Liberty High

Parents, students await additional answers

IOWA CITY– About 50 North Liberty parents and students attended an information meeting on Nov. 23, held by the Iowa City Community School District, to address questions about the Liberty High School transition.
Matt Degner, the district’s director of schools, presented plans for the new school, then held a question-and-answer session with audience members in the Iowa City West High theater.

TIF debt reduced in City of Tiffin

TIFFIN– Cleaning up Tiffin’s financial recordkeeping has uncovered a pleasant surprise.
With the city council’s approval of the Dec. 1 TIF filing, the City of Tiffin will carry a lower level of Tax Increment Finance (TIF) debt than reported in years past.

Local businesses join In Community to make a difference this holiday season

NORTH LIBERTY– Being “In Community” has taken on new meaning for a group of local businesses working to raise money for the Coralville and North Liberty food pantries. Fifteen businesses have joined together to promote shopping local and support the community. By working together, these businesses show the value of shopping local and raising more money for the pantries.

North Liberty recreation staff to sponsor holiday lights contest for fun and prizes

NORTH LIBERTY– Nothing says “happy holidays” like competition over the best holiday lights display.
The North Liberty Recreation Department is sponsoring a holiday decorating contest with prizes for the top three displays based on public and staff voting.
To register or nominate a neighbor, complete the entry form available at the city’s website, northlibertyiowa.org, or fill out a form at the North Liberty Community Center. Voting will be held from Dec. 14-20, with the winners announced Dec. 21.
So safely get into your best Clark Griswold mentality and show your neighborhood what’s what.

Officials offer information about clearing snow from Johnson County roadways

By Kevin Braddock
Special to the Leader

 JOHNSON COUNTY– Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 22, but as Iowans, we know the snow and ice can come well before then. Now is a good time to remind residents of the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department’s Snow Removal Policy, available on the Secondary Roads web page at www.johnson-county.com.

Clipper girls battle, rattle Anamosa Raiders

CCA opens with 52-31 win

TIFFIN– They got off to a slow start but, once they found their sea legs, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls went full steam ahead to sink the Anamosa Raiders 52-31 Tuesday, Nov. 24, at home in their season opener.
The Raiders took a 5-0 lead largely from success at the charity stripe. Abbi Kinnaird put the Clippers on the scoreboard with about three minutes remaining in the first period. Erin Navara made it a one-point ball game by scoring on a put-back and Kinnaird sank two from the free throw line to tie the game at seven-all at the end of the quarter.

Four seniors to lead Trojans on the mat

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IOWA CITY– Four seniors, three of whom have state tournament experience, will lead the West High Trojan varsity wrestling program in the 2015-2016 season.

CCA swimmer Hruby signs letter of intent with Northwestern

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmer Emma Hruby signed a letter of intent to swim for Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., during a signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 16, at the high school.

Women of Troy open with a win

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DAVENPORT– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2015-2016 varsity basketball season with a 50-44 win at Davenport Assumption Saturday, Nov. 28.
Rachel Saunders led West High with a game-high 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Logan Cook added a dozen points while Ali Tauchen put up nine.
The Knights were ranked ninth in Class 3A in the preseason rankings by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and dropped to 0-2 on the season. West High was unranked in Class 5A and moved to 1-0.

Nine West High athletes sign letters of intent to play college sports

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IOWA CITY– Nine Iowa City West High athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play college athletics on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Aidan Keen, Mark McGlaughlin, Will Scott, Donovan Doyle, Tanner Lohaus, Matthew Schneider, Tia Saunders, Taylor Libby and Adara Opiola made their commitments in a 3:30 p.m. signing ceremony in the school’s cafeteria.