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Clipper girls fourth at West Liberty

Smith, sprint medley and shuttle hurdle teams earn wins

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WEST LIBERTY– Mia Smith cleared the 100-meter hurdles in 16.13 seconds to win the event Tuesday, April 7, at the West Liberty Girls Invitational track and field meet, giving the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers their sole individual win and points toward an overall fourth-place finish.
North Cedar won the meet with 126 team points, followed by West Branch (112), Tipton (107) and the Clippers (90). Iowa City Regina, Durant, Calamus-Wheatland, Columbus Junction, Lisbon and Midland rounded out the competitors.

CCA pulls out 4-2 win at Solon

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SOLON– The second game of the 2015 season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer team started out much like the season opener, with an early deficit turning into a win.
The Clippers were at rival Solon on Friday, April 10, and the boys in blue found themselves down 1-0 three minutes into the match. A missed goal turned into a Spartan counter attack and goal.

Compromise results in cuts to street projects

MPO distributes trails, transportation funding to Tiffin, North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– It wasn’t exactly an April Fool’s joke when the leaders of two of the county’s three largest communities were hit with a punch line last Wednesday that resulted in a significant financial cut.
Staff from the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) delivered generally good news to government representatives at their Urbanized Area Policy Board (UAPB) meeting April 1.

ICCSD discretionary busing safe from cuts

Board directs administration to study criteria for providing routes

IOWA CITY– Discretionary busing will stay in Iowa City area schools for at least another year.
The board unanimously rejected a proposal to cut discretionary bus routes and directed the administration to continue to research possible alternatives and develop new criteria for providing the routes.
This decision was met with a round of applause by the crowd of close to 100 people, many of whom had come to speak on the topic.

Sutliff Road to get an upgrade this spring

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– An increase in fuel tax might cause anger at the pumps, but some drivers in Johnson County will realize its benefits yet this year.

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Canada goose chooses to roost on the pier

NORTH LIBERTY– This Canada goose picked an odd place to nest this spring, settling herself and her eggs in a concrete planter at the end of the fishing pier over Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. Joe Wilkinson of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) said geese typically nest in locations they find safest from predators, but it’s less typical to build a nest so far above the water.

CCA community clean-up day April 24

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) will hold its annual Community Clean-up Day on Friday, April 24. Students from the Student Assistance Team and National Honor Society will volunteer to help older community members with yard work, windows, small household chores and general spring cleaning.
CCA students will work in the morning, afternoon, or for full days. Students arrive for their assigned morning jobs at 8:30 a.m. and leave for lunch at 11:30 a.m. They arrive for afternoon jobs by 12:30 p.m. and leave by 3:15 p.m. It’s a great day for the kids to enjoy giving back to the community.

“Make A Difference Day” is April 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will host the service project “Make A Difference Day” on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work teams from several local churches will fan out all over North Liberty to perform community service.
Service projects could include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting or other projects at little or no cost, to improve the lives of North Liberty residents.

Oxford American Legion to host pancake breakfast, raffle fundraiser April 19

OXFORD– The Oxford American Legion Post 537 will hold a breakfast and raffle fundraiser on April 19 from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon, at 128 E. Main St. in Oxford.
Buy tickets now for the chance to win a 21-inch, self-propelled Troy Built lawn mower. Proceeds will go to Boys State or Legion scholarships for graduates. Raffle tickets are $5 each. The drawing will be held April 19 after the breakfast. Purchase tickets at the Legion or call 319-828-1008 to make arrangements to meet someone to purchase them.

Copi Road NW and Copi Road Bridge are now open to traffic

JOHNSON COUNTY– The Johnson County Secondary Road Department announced substantial completion of the Copi Road Bridge over Clear Creek. Copi Road Bridge and Copi Road NW are open to traffic.

Minor touch-up work in the area will take place in the next couple of weeks with daytime lane closures possible during this work. Drive carefully through the project area and be alert for equipment and workers in the right-of-way.

April kite festivals focus on abuse prevention

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids will receive free kites to fly in remembrance of children lost to abuse at two upcoming Kites for Kids festivals in North Liberty and Iowa City.
The festivals will be noon-2 p.m., Saturday, April 18, in North Liberty on the grounds of North Central Junior High, and noon-2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Iowa City’s Lower City Park, Shelter 5.
Both events are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Johnson County Community Partnership for Protecting Children (JC-CPPC) in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Community garden plots available in Tiffin

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is offering community garden plots this spring. Plots 10 ft. x 30 ft. are $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents; 10 ft. x 15 ft. plots are $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Call or stop by Tiffin City Hall for an application. Questions can be directed to Jonas at 319-930-1692. To get an application by email, contact Ashley at ajay@tiffin-iowa.org.