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North Liberty Leader

Johnson County 4-H to hold 2nd Celebrity Calf Show

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County 4-H and FFA Fair will host its second Celebrity Calf show Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. in the North Show Barn at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the Johnson County Youth Council. The show was a huge success last year.
The event will feature local celebrities showing cattle with a twist. Each celebrity will be paired with a 4-H club. The celebrity and the club will collaborate to come up with a theme for their team. Each team will dress accordingly with clubs cheering on their team. Audience members can also cheer on their favorites.

Johnson County 4-H to hold 2nd Celebrity Calf Show

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County 4-H and FFA Fair will host its second Celebrity Calf show Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. in the North Show Barn at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the Johnson County Youth Council. The show was a huge success last year.
The event will feature local celebrities showing cattle with a twist. Each celebrity will be paired with a 4-H club. The celebrity and the club will collaborate to come up with a theme for their team. Each team will dress accordingly with clubs cheering on their team. Audience members can also cheer on their favorites.

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will partner with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy of Coralville during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers will work with boys and girls in first through eighth grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until dark, beginning Aug. 29 and skipping Sept. 5, Labor Day. The season will end on Oct. 3, unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 10.

Getting kids to think about their futures

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD— Kids ask a lot of questions. Two questions they commonly ask their parents and teachers are, “Why do I have to learn this?” and, “When will I ever use this?”
The Workplace Learning Connection (WLC) at Kirkwood Community College seeks to bridge the gap between school and work to bring relevance to subjects and answer those questions.
Laurie Worden, associate director of the WLC, briefed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Education on programs offered to CCA students.

Heartbreak on Melrose

Davenport West upsets Iowa City West, 5-3, in regional softball final

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– If not for a first inning grand slam, Iowa City West High’s 5-3 loss in a Class 5A regional final softball game to Davenport West may well have been a 3-1 win.
The sixth-ranked Women of Troy faced the 11th-ranked Falcons Tuesday, July 12, in Iowa City on the final stop for either team before heading to Fort Dodge and the 2016 State Softball Tournament.

Seven Creek Girls earn WaMaC All-Conference softball honors

Murray, Navara nab First Team spots with 91 combined hits

OXFORD– The WaMaC athletic conference released the 2016 All-Conference Softball picks for the East and West Divisions on Wednesday, July 13, with seven Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity players earning spots on the list.
Benton Community’s Eric Stenberg was named the West Division’s Coach of the Year as the Bobcats posted a 37-2 record overall and 18-0 conference showing in the regular season to lead the division.

First Team:
Grace Murray (junior), Claire Navara (junior)

Nine Women of Troy earn MVC honors

Adara Opiola named MVC Valley Div. Athlete of the Year

IOWA CITY– Nine West High varsity softball players earned Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division honors on the 2016 list released Wednesday, July 13.
Senior Adara Opiola earned the Division’s Athlete of the Year honor, along with Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Tianna Drahn. Kennedy’s Dan Gratz and his staff picked up Coach of the Year honors and the Cougars were named the division Team Champion.

A greener, drier Blues & BBQ

Annual music fest leaves smaller footprint despite record number of attendees

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– They descended on Centennial Park by the thousands, but dry ground and eco-friendly initiatives made it difficult for them to leave a mark.
An estimated 15,000 people attended North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications last Saturday, where they enjoyed 13 food vendors, five bands and a host of kid-centered activities.
“It’s all been glowing reviews,” said North Liberty Communications Director Nick Bergus. “We’re really proud of the feedback we’ve gotten.”
Plus, he said, the weather was perfect.

Public hearings set for proposed alcohol ban at Lake Macbride and Pleasant Creek beaches

DES MOINES – Two public hearings are scheduled to accept public comment on a proposed rule to ban alcohol on the beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area.

LifePointe fourth annual CommUNITY Day July 23 in Tiffin

TIFFIN– LifePointe Christian Faith Center, of Tiffin, will hold its fourth annual CommUNITY Day event Saturday, July 23, from 12-4 p.m. at the Tiffin soccer fields. This event is free and open to the community of Tiffin and other surrounding areas of Johnson County. There will be a free concert, free food, basketball competition, bouncy house and more.

North Liberty man pleads not guilty of murder-for-hire accusations

State records show intertwined business relationship between defendant and intended victim

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Justin DeWitt, the North Liberty man accused of hiring a hit man to murder a business associate and three others, has pleaded not guilty.
According to online Iowa court documents, 36-year-old DeWitt, of 110 Whitman Ave., filed a written arraignment and plea of not guilty last Wednesday. He will stand trial Oct. 4 on four accounts of attempted murder and four accounts of solicitation to commit murder. Michael K. Lahammer, a Cedar Rapids-based attorney, will represent him.

NL council goes local with solar

100-plus kWh system to save thousands per year

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty plans to soak up a little more sunshine before the year’s end, hopefully turning those rays into usable energy.
City council members approved the recommendation by city staff to draft a solar installation agreement with Moxie Solar, of North Liberty, at the June 28 council meeting. The decision comes after the evaluation of proposals received in April and will result in three solar arrays installed– roof-mounted systems at the fire station and parks shop and a ground-mounted system at the streets facility.