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North Liberty Leader

CCE’s new principal finds renewed sense of purpose in Oxford

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD— When talking with elementary school principal Matt Leeman, two thoughts come to mind. First, never say “never.” Second, there’s something special about the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District that can renew an educator’s spirit.

NL council approves arts funding for kids

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s new budget strategy to fund mid-year requests from nonprofit organizations has already benefitted local seniors.
Now it is helping area youth as well.
The North Liberty City Council in October approved two social service funding applications from Elder Services, in the amount of $1,120, and North Liberty Senior Dining program, for $1,500. A third application from Any Given Child of Iowa City, in the amount of $2,000 each year for three years, was considered at the council’s Oct. 27 meeting.

Local author releases new crime novel

Reading at Prairie Lights Nov. 19

IOWA CITY– Acclaimed and long time Iowa City author Patrick Irelan will read at Prairie Lights Bookstore Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
Irelan’s new crime fiction novel, “The Big Drugstore,” is set in the Quad Cities alongside the Mississippi River. The novel introduces smart-talking, big-hearted, quick-witted and down-on-his-luck Private Detective Mike Scofield.
The book gets five stars from Foreword Reviews.

Women of Troy to state tournament

Women of Troy Sweep Lions 3-0 in regional final

MARION– The West High Women of Troy avenged a pair of regular season losses to the Linn-Mar Lions with a 3-0 sweep Tuesday, Nov. 3, in a Class 5A regional final match, and earned their second consecutive state tournament appearance.

Clippers top LaPorte City-Union to win Davenport Central volleyball tournament

North Liberty Leader
DAVENPORT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball girls won the Davenport Central Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Clippers went 2-1 in pool play with wins over Central Clinton-DeWitt and the host Blue Devils before falling to LaPorte City-Union.

West High Women of Troy 17th overall in state swimming championship

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MARSHALLTOWN– Six Iowa City West High swimmers competed Saturday, Nov. 7, in the 2015 Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships at the Marshalltown YMCA. Erica and Alison Hsu, Rachel Ding, Elaina Martz, Alleyna Thomas and Ariel Roghair represented the Women of Troy with Erica Hsu finishing second in 200-yard IM in 2:07.33 and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.30.

West fifth at MVC Sophomore Swimming and Diving

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy placed fifth in team points at the 2015 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Sophomore Swimming and Diving Meet held Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City.
Cedar Rapids Washington won the meet with 392 team points followed by Cedar Falls (346), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (314.5), Dubuque Wahlert (221) and West High (184).

22nd Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show Nov. 7-8

CORALVILLE– Make plans now to attend the 22nd Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, at the Marriott Conference Center.
This is the area’s largest show, with over 150 talented exhibitors presenting and selling the Midwest’s finest handcrafts.
The show is a production of Callahan Promotions, Inc. and offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy original affordable arts and crafts.

Plan X

Clear Creek Amana Middle School adapts to space challenges

TIFFIN— At Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school, dealing with continued delays in the construction of a much-needed addition has caused the school district’s initial backup plan to give way to several subsequent contingency plans, said Principal Brad Fox.

NL contractor licensing on hold

NORTH LIBERTY– Lack of a full council halted North Liberty’s action on a new rule requiring builders to be licensed to build in the city.

No middle ground for Tiffin minimum wage

TIFFIN– What was proposed as a compromise in Tiffin’s minimum wage debate failed to bring two opposing views together.

Proposed interchange to be discussed Nov. 18 in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, to discuss the proposed interchange at West Forevergreen Road and Interstate 380 near North Liberty, in Johnson County. This includes proposed improvements along West Forevergreen Road from Jasper Avenue Northwest, east to Highway 965.