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ICCSD board candidates provide profiles

With less than two weeks to go before the school board election, Iowa City board candidates ask for your vote

IOWA CITY– The Sept. 8 election will bring five new members to the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors.
All 13 candidates in the race have provided the North Liberty Leader with a statement describing their background and their top priority in serving the district, should they be elected to the board. Their responses appear unedited starting on page A7.
To hear from the candidates in person, attend one of the remaining candidate forums. Upcoming scheduled forums include (but may not be limited to):

North Liberty Building
Community forum
Saturday, Aug. 29

NLYBS Fall Fun Ball starts Monday, Aug. 31, partners with Diamond Dreams

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year in a row, North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will be providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for boys and girls ages 6-13.
The season will consist of five sessions, on Monday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 31, skipping Sept. 7, and ending Oct. 5. Rain make-up will be Oct. 12.
The sessions will focus on skill development for half of the time and half will be spent scrimmaging.

Meet your local newspaper editor events in September

Editors to meet residents in NL Sept. 14, Iowa City Sept. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wonder how a story gets into a newspaper? Why did an editor choose one story over the other? What makes a story newsworthy? How can I get a notice about an upcoming event for my community-based group into the newspaper?
How important is the local newspaper to my community and, most important, me?

CCA to host STEM open house Aug. 29

TIFFIN– An open house will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the new Clear Creek Amana STEM Center, located at 311 W. Marengo Rd. in Tiffin. A presentation will take place in the gymnasium with tours of the STEM Center and lunch following.
The Vocational Training Council of The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association, in partnership with Kirkwood Community College, assisted students and volunteers in the design and build of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classroom located at CCA Middle School in Tiffin.

Five seniors to lead CCA in 2015 volleyball

Clippers hope to return to state

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TIFFIN– History was made last year by the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team as they appeared in the state tournament for the first time since 1999 and only the third time in school history. The Clippers, under first-year head coach Jackie Clubb, knocked off Cedar Rapids Xavier, 3-0, in a Class 4A Regional Final to earn their state tourney berth. CCA went on to take down Sioux City Bishop Heelan, 3-2, in the state 4A quarterfinals before falling, 3-0, to Harlan in the semifinal round.

Depth and experience will fuel West’s drive toward the top

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IOWA CITY– Last year, West High’s Women of Troy made it to the state tournament in Cedar Rapids under first-year coach Randy Dolson. The team posted a 28-12 record overall after falling, 3-1, to Bettendorf in the quarterfinal round. The team lost three seniors– Madi Miller, Mikaela Morgan and Laynie Whitehead– but Dolson is confident the 2015 squad will be a force to contend with.
Six juniors– Emma Norris, Ali Tauchen, Emily Halverson, Maddie Fay, Madi Ford and Gabi Delsing– make up the core of the starting line-up.

West XC boys rebuilding

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans under coach Brian Martz are rebuilding and reloading for the 2015 cross-country season. The Trojans finished ninth in overall points at last year’s state meet.
Akash Borde was the highest-finishing West runner at the state meet with a ninth-place finish. Borde was among the runners lost to graduation, but Martz returns seniors Nick Feeley (44th at State) and Matthew Schneider (70th) and junior Ali Ali (57th).

Trojans seventh in home golf invitational

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RIVERSIDE— The West High Trojans finished seventh overall in their Boys Golf Invitational on Monday, Aug. 17, at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside.
West Des Moines Valley won the invitational, with 314, followed by Ankeny Centennial, Dubuque Wahlert, Burlington, Johnston and Pleasant Valley. Muscatine, Dubuque Hempstead and Bettendorf rounded out the 10-team field.
Centennial’s Chris Winkel and West’s JD Goodfellow finished one and two respectively with 74 strokes each.

Talent in abundance for CCA cross country

Robison takes over boys’ program

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TIFFIN– It’s a mix of change and consistency for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross-country teams this season. Ben Robison has taken the top spot in the boys’ program after a year as an assistant and a year as the middle school coach.
Robison takes over a program fourth in the state qualifying meet last year and returns three seniors and three juniors: Jake Tener (senior), Eric Douglass (senior), Kage Hinricks (senior), Luke Wingert (junior), Ben Oxley (junior) and Wyatt Sedlacek (junior).

NL takes first look at possible city campus

Council ready to take concept to the public

By Lori Lindner
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NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s civic campus is part of a plan nearly nine years in the making, and it won’t likely come to fruition for at least a couple more years.
The City of North Liberty has long anticipated a comprehensive city campus, since RDG Planning and Design conducted a study in 2006 evaluating the city’s existing facilities and space needs. That study concluded in 2007, with RDG presenting a long-range plan prioritizing recommended improvements including a centralized civic services center.

In the not-so-hot seat

CCA school board candidates run unopposed, make their cases for election to an empty room

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will have an easy time deciding whom to vote for in the school board of education election on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Four of CCA’s five board candidates are incumbents, and all five are running unopposed on the official ballot.
The lack of challenges in the race could account for the lack of public attendance at the forum held Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

Stone walled

...floors and counters, too, at L&C Marble Granite Supply

NORTH LIBERTY– Cody Chen is used to serving up hot, delicious Chinese take-out cuisine.
Now, he and a family member can also create a beautiful kitchen counter on which to serve it.
Cody, owner of Yang Chow Wok, and his cousin, Lam Chen, have established a second business in the North Liberty area, L&C Marble Granite Supply.
Lam learned the trade of cutting and installing beautiful stone– primarily marble and granite– in Hong Kong, where Lam’s family has a long-established business in the industry.