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West women splashed by swimming Tigers

Cedar Falls 118, IC West 68

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CORALVILLE– The Cedar Falls Tigers took a swimming dual meet from the West High Women of Troy, 118-68, Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Coralville Recreation Center.
The Hsu sisters picked up three individual wins for West, with Erica taking the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.70 and the 500-meter freestyle in 5:15.57, while Alison won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:03.07.
West is in action on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s invitational starting at 8:30 a.m. and travels to Linn-Mar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with a 6 p.m. start time.
Results

Women of Troy win Heartland Cross Country Classic

Durian wins JV race, while Skopec leads in varsity

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AMES– The meet summary described the conditions Saturday, Sept. 19, as “60 (degrees), perfect” for the 10th Heartland Cross Country Classic hosted by Des Moines Roosevelt High School and held at the Iowa State University Cross Country Course in Ames. The West High Women of Troy were “perfect” in the sense they won the meet, leading a field of 25 teams in total. West also aced MVC foes City High (seventh), Linn-Mar (10th), Cedar Falls (12th) and Cedar Rapids Prairie (24th).
Gabby Skopec led West with a sixth-place finish in 19:24.

Economy of (smaller) scale

Tiffin works to create affordable housing with higher-density, single family zoning

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Smaller lots can mean smaller price tags when it comes to purchasing new homes.
In an attempt to encourage development with more affordable housing, the Tiffin City Council has approved the first two readings of an ordinance amendment that will allow smaller lots for single family residential development.

City celebrates with a mix of old favorites, new traditions

SWISHER — Organizers of the 2015 Swisher Fun Days added several new attractions to the two-day annual festival. Fun Days, held Aug. 7-8 in the northwest Johnson County community, featured a Kids Zone with several inflatable attractions for the younger crowd and a first-ever human foosball tournament for more mature patrons.
The event, a Swisher tradition for decades, was previously sponsored primarily by American Legion Post 671. This year, volunteers from throughout the community organized the event.

CCA board hears annual progress report

The snapshot that defines a year

TIFFIN— Among the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, each school district must provide an annual report to the federal government, and to the public it serves, on academic performance.
Curriculum Director for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Mark Ernst presented the district’s Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) to the school board at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Tiffin Elementary School.

ICCSD still drawn to magnet school concept

Task force will gather more information, community feedback

IOWA CITY– When it comes to magnet schools, officials from the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) are keeping the option on the table and asking for feedback.
At the Sept. 8 school board meeting, the ICCSD Board of Directors heard an update from the Magnet School Task Force, formed last year to explore the possibility of a magnet school in the district. Becky Furlong, the district’s Chief Academic Officer, presented the committee’s plan for seeking community feedback as a two-step process: educate and engage.

Join the North Liberty Fun Run/Walk Sunday, Sept. 20

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the Annual North Liberty Fun Run / Walk Sunday, Sept. 20. Everyone is invited to participate in this family-friendly 5K and $100 will be donated to the school with the highest participation.

Beginning at North Bend Elementary, and sponsored by Sean McIntyre Real Estate, the North Liberty Fun Run/Walk features a 5K route and a free kids race for children ages 12 and under. Registration is $15 before Sept. 18, and $20 on race day. To register online visit GetMeRegistered.com.

Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace concert in North Liberty on Sept. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Matthew Smith and the band Indelible Grace will perform on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 2707 Dubuque St. NE, North Liberty. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Fall Festival set for Oct. 3

Colony Pumpkin Patch to kick off picking season Sept. 19

NORTH LIBERTY– A twisty 5-acre corn maze. Pumpkins. A climb-aboard spider web. Pumpkins. A corncob blasting cannon, and, yes, more pumpkins.
Toss in a barrel train, a bouncy house and tons of other kids’ activities, and it adds up to a day of family fun at the Colony Pumpkin Patch’s annual Fall Festival, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., in North Liberty.
But pumpkin lovers won’t have to wait until October for the fun to begin.
Colony Pumpkin Patch, located at 2780 Front St., will launch its annual pumpkin-picking season Saturday, Sept. 19, with pumpkins available through Oct. 30.

Utility work delays Tiffin’s Ireland Avenue project

TIFFIN– Nobody enjoys traffic delays; sometimes least of all, those who help create them.
As is the case in Tiffin, where U.S. Highway 6 has seen construction crews since June 1, and the Ireland Avenue extension project has been an ongoing endeavor for nearly eight years now.
City officials are as eager to get to the end of the road construction as commuters.

No Child Left Behind results reinforce need for new system of federal accountability, says Wise  

DES MOINES– Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said this year’s report on student performance under the federal No Child Left Behind law reflects a flawed system of school accountability rather than the work of Iowa’s classrooms, and he expressed optimism that a long-overdue revision of the federal law is on the horizon.

West wins annual battle against City High, 3-2

We like the spike!

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They took back The Spike.
West High’s Women of Troy took possession of the traveling trophy, consisting of a golden railroad spike mounted on a plaque, after defeating rival City High, 3-2, in varsity volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the West High gymnasium. The City High Little Hawks won the coveted trophy last year, by the same margin, in their gym.
City was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union while the Women of Troy were 10th.