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Coach’s bump puts Clippers volleyball under new leadership for 2014 season

TIFFIN– It may be rough sailing for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers as the varsity volleyball season gets underway without Brian Bronzynski at the helm.
Bronzynski was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this year after his teaching position was cut, and he was told the CCA district would not offer him the coaching contract without a teaching position. This was in the wake of his wife Karla being diagnosed with cancer, and Bronzynski taking time away from school to be with her during treatment.

Five starters to lead Women of Troy

Iowa City West High girls cross country ready for action

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IOWA CITY– Five starters will lead the way on the cross country courses for the West High Women of Troy this season as the squad defends its 2013 Conference and Regional Championships.
Seniors Emmie Skopec and Maria Burtch, with sophomores Olivia Moore and Jessie and Gabby Skopec, return to the lineup for 2014. Burtch finished 77th at the State Meet in 16:12.1, Emmie Skopec was 32nd in 15:16.7. Moore completed the State Meet in 88th place in 16:24.1; Jessie Skopec was 25th (and second for West) in 15:07.2 while Gabby Skopec was 50th in 15:34.3.

Johnson County response agencies band together for armored vehicle

Another tool in the Toolbox

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s just another tool in the toolbox for law enforcement personnel, or so said Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek about the MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected) truck his department and five other law enforcement agencies across the county jointly obtained.

LOST causes “distractions” for courthouse bond issue

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– All the hoopla between governments in Johnson County over their propensity to share is apparently now moot.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn its request for the county’s municipalities to collaboratively pay for a long-awaited courthouse expansion in exchange for an extended sunset.

ICCSD school board holds listening post

“Why bus students to school when they could walk?”

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of the community suggested taking the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) diversity policy, approved in February 2013, off the table when redesigning school attendance area boundaries.
During the Wednesday, Aug. 13, listening post held, board president Chris Lynch and directors Tuyet Dorau, Patti Fields and Brian Kirschling indeed listened more than they spoke.

TiffinFest - Annual community celebration begins Friday

It only takes 8 Seconds

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– On Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m., the band 8 Seconds will come to the TiffinFest stage to perform a free concert, located at and sponsored by Bella Sala, 205 S. Park Rd. in Tiffin.
It is just one of the musical treats to be enjoyed at this three-day event.

West High students kick off Dance Marathon fundraising Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– Fundraising for this year’s West High School Dance Marathon (WHSDM) will kick off with an FTK (For the Kids) Pool Party on Friday, Aug. 22, at the North Liberty Recreation Center pool.
This event will welcome West High students back to school and help raise awareness for the West vs. Kennedy Gold Out game on Aug. 29. These are the first of many fundraisers that will accumulate toward the ultimate total to be revealed at the WHSDM main event in January.
The pool party will be held from 8-9:30 p.m. with a $5 donation for entrance.

Forever Green’s Fun Fair, school supply drive to be held Aug. 23

CORALVILLE– Don’t miss the Fun Fair Aug. 23 from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. at Forever Green Garden Center 125 Forevergreen Rd. Coralville.
The goal of the Fun Fair is to raise money and awareness for ToGather Together. Each year ToGather Together works with social service agencies, faith communities, businesses, and schools in a coordinated effort to provide over 3,000 Johnson county students with basic school supplies so they can begin the school year ready to learn. Since ToGather Together is run by volunteers, every dollar earned buys a pencil, paper or backpack for a local child.

Eister of Tiffin among 2014 Lifesaving Award honorees

DES MOINES– Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad recognized six individuals for unselfish service to their fellow citizens and family members on Aug. 15 at the Iowa State Fair. The governor’s Lifesaving Awards Ceremony recognized citizens who helped a friend or neighbor in critical need of assistance, and in turn, became everyday heroes. There are four categories in which honorees are recognized: lifesaving with valor, lifesaving, meritorius service, and outstanding service.
Shondra Eister of Tiffin received an award for outstanding service.

Residents reminded to lock vehicles, garages and homes

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department reminds residents to lock their garages and houses, vehicles when not in use, and to not leave valuable items in plain sight.
The reminder follows multiple reports of vehicle burglaries along Penn Street, Front Street, Holiday Lodge Road and Golf View Drive areas in the past few weeks. The recent burglaries occurred in vehicles that were unlocked and with valuable items, such as electronics, purses, wallets, keys and money, left in plain view.

CCA student reaching for the stars.

NORTH LIBERTY–Grace Stewart, student at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School, wants to be an aerospace engineer.
And given her drive and focus, one small step for this girl could certainly turn into a giant leap for mankind.

A new era for Trojan football

New head coach, field and competition for 2014

IOWA CITY– The 2014 high school football season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 29, and for the West High Trojans, it will be the start of a new era on three counts.
First, after six seasons, head coach Brian Sauser has left the program for a position in Oklahoma. Sauser has been replaced by one of his assistants, Garrett Hartwig. Second, the old grass gridiron has been torn out and replaced by synthetic turf.
Third, the Trojans will no longer compete within the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC), but instead in Class 4A district play.