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Sidewalk closure at Quail Ridge Park beginning Nov. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Nov. 1, the northern sidewalk on Zeller Street, in front of Quail Ridge Park, will close as work starts on water system improvements. The work in Quail Ridge Park includes adding two wells and a control building.
The city will host an open house with the contractor, Gingerich Well and Pump Service, project engineers FOX Engineering and city representatives to provide additional information and answer questions about the project. The open house will be Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St.

Police department releases results of 2016 community survey

NORTH LIBERTY– The results of a North Liberty Police Department survey, which launched Aug. 22 and concluded Sept. 30, are now available.

Veterans Day lunch at the library Nov. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Veterans and guests/family are invited to attend the North Liberty Community Library’s second Veterans Day Appreciation at the North Liberty Community Library. This year the library staff is offering a lunch and presentation by retired National Guardsman Dave Lewis on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. in the library.
“Our mission is to be a community gathering place and we’re pleased to host this event to honor and recognize the veterans and service members in our community,” said Adult Services Librarian Elaine Hayes.

Iowa City West upsets Bettendorf

Trojans live to fight another day with 24-17 win in first round of 4A playoffs

BETTENDORF– They puzzled the pundits and baffled the Bulldogs as Iowa City West High’s 10th-ranked Trojans pulled off a 24-17 upset over No. 5 Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 28, in the Bulldogs’ kennel to survive the first round of the Class 4A football playoffs.
Bettendorf has often been a wrench in the gears of the Trojan football juggernaut, having knocked West out of championship contention in 2011 with a 45-13 pounding, and again in 2013 (27-24) as well as during the regular season in 2014 and 2015.

Women of Troy sweep the Muskies and dominate the Bulldogs

Iowa City West advances to state volleyball

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble with the Muskies of Muscatine in a Class 5A regional semifinal volleyball match Tuesday, Oct. 25, at West High, sweeping the visitors, 3-0. West took the first and second sets, 25-11, and finished the match with a 25-12 final in the third set. They advanced to the Region 6 Final Monday, Oct. 31, at West High against Bettendorf, who beat West in late August in tournament play, 2-1, and brought a 20-11 record into the final.

Creek Boys race to 14th place

Sedlacek 42nd, Kaylie Barker 60th at Fort Dodge

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FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School was represented in the 2016 State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 29, in Fort Dodge by the varsity boys and Kaylie Barker.
The Creek Boys placed 14th in team points in the Class 3A meet, which was won by Mount Vernon-Lisbon. Wyatt Sedlacek led the Clippers with a 42nd-place finish in 17:14.1. Barker was the sole Creek Girl to qualify for the meet and posted a 60th-place finish in 20:38.5.

Results as posted by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
Class 3A Boys

West High runners fifth at state cross country

Nock wins girls race, Ali leads the boys

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FORT DODGE– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy and Trojans both placed fifth in team points in the 2016 State Cross Country Meet held Saturday, Oct. 29, in Fort Dodge.
West’s Bailey Nock won the Class 4A Girls race in 18:06.9, a full three seconds ahead of second-place runner Jessica McKee of Johnston. Johnston took the team championship with 26 points, followed by Dubuque Hempstead (91), City High (121) and Cedar Falls (137) with the Women of Troy fifth with 166.

Williamsburg-CCA swimmers 9th in regional meet

State meet eludes Roberson, Grefe

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PLEASANT HILL– The Williamsburg Raiders swim team, with two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmers (Aariana Roberson and Taylor Grefe), will not be represented at the 2016 State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown after failing to qualify any events in a regional meet Saturday, Oct. 29, at Southeast Polk High School.
Ames won the Regional Championship with 566 points, while the Raiders placed ninth out of nine teams with 58.

Results as posted by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

West High XC runners receive MVC honors

Gabby Skopec named Athlete of the Year, Mike Parker named Divison Coach of the Year

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IOWA CITY– Fourteen West High cross country runners earned All-Division honors in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC). The conference named First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention picks on Monday, Oct. 24, for both the Mississippi Division (home to West High) and Valley Division.
West High’s Gabby Skopec was named the Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year with coach Mike Parker selected as the Division Coach of the Year. Skopec was also a First Team pick with teammates Bailey Nock and Claire Ronnebaum.

Swisher Junior Auxiliary Halloween Fair Sunday, Oct. 30

SWISHER– The Swisher Junior Auxiliary invites everyone to attend the Halloween fair Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion. Each year the event seeks to bring the community together. Attendees can enjoy a hay rack ride through Swisher and s’mores and hot chocolate in the pavilion. Dress to impress the judges; the Costume Contest winners and prizes will be announced at 5:45 p.m.

Little Hands on the Prairie

Annual Kent Park prairie seed harvest Nov. 5

OXFORD– Play a role in expanding the native prairie areas throughout Johnson County. Johnson County Conservation (JCC) hosts its annual prairie seed harvest on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at F.W. Kent Park. All volunteers, including individuals, groups and families are welcome to attend, no prior experience is needed.

Keystone Place at Forevergreen ribbon cutting, open house Nov. 2

NORTH LIBERTY– On Nov. 2, State Senator Kevin Kinney, North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen, North Liberty City Council members, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, and other local officials will celebrate the grand opening of the new Keystone Place at Forevergreen retirement community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. This event is open to the business community.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., with the open house to follow until 6:30 p.m. Remarks are anticipated around 5 p.m.
Keystone Place is located at 1275 W. Forevergreen Rd. in North Liberty.