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Tiffin to hold house decoration contest

TIFFIN– Deck the halls in December for Tiffin’s holiday decorating contest. City officials will judge the best-dressed homes for the holidays, with prizes awarded for first, second and third place. All dwellings– single family, multi-family homes and mobile homes– will be viewed and are eligible to win.

Taste of right here at home

New restaurant to reintroduce North Liberty residents to Italian favorites

NORTH LIBERTY- For Gregg Mirabito, family and food go hand-in-hand.
During the holidays, the Mirabito clan often gathers together for what he called “an Italian Christmas,” where the kitchen is filled traditional Italian favorites, like spaghetti and savory meatballs or daughter Lindsey’s, favorite; shrimp scampi with linguine.
“I tried to change it one year to something like prime rib,” Greg recalled. “It was not well-received.”
Now, Gregg has brought that home cooked goodness to North Liberty with his new restaurant, “Mirabito’s,” located at 40 Sugar Creek Lane.

Starting the season on a high note

CCA boys hand West Delaware 65-55 loss

TIFFIN– The 2014-15 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity basketball squad is a veteran team, and they showed their stripes in the season opener against West Delaware.
The Clippers won 65-55 Tuesday, Dec. 2, to start the season on a winning note after battling for nearly every point.
“There were so many peaks and valleys in that game,” coach Steve Ottoson said afterward.

Women of Troy mow down Mustangs

West High 53, Dubuque Hempstead 33

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy remained perfect in the early part of the season with a 4-0 record after knocking off Mason City, Davenport Assumption and Cedar Rapids Prairie.
The fourth victim of B.J. Mayer and his team was Dubuque Hempstead, which fell 53-33 at West High Friday, Dec. 5, in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) match-up.
Mikaela Morgan led West High with 12 points in an offensive effort that saw 10 players putting up points. Grace Tafolla was the only other West player in double digits with 10 points.

Creek splits with Anamosa, CPU

CCA falls to Pointers, scuttles Raiders

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ANAMOSA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestling team opened the 2014-15 season by splitting a double dual meet Thursday, Dec. 4, in Anamosa with the Blue Raiders and the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU).
The Clippers beat Anamosa, 46-36, but fell to the always-tough CPU crew, 47-33.

McGlaughlin sets IC West record in butterfly

Warriors slip past Trojan swimmers

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CORALVILLE– The West High Trojan boys swim team lost their season opening meet to the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 89-81, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Mark McGlaughlin struck a positive note for the Trojans, not only by winning the 50-yard freestyle, but also the 100-yard butterfly with a record-setting effort. McGlaughlin, a junior, won the event in 50.74 seconds, breaking the previous time of 50:77, which was set in 1994 by Mike Zimmerman.

Vidhamali sets two-game bowling record

IOWA CITY– The West High boys bowling team knocked over Cedar Rapids Prairie Friday, Dec. 5, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City, winning the varsity match 2,892 to 2,470.
Eric Vidhamali, a senior, set a new West High record with the highest two-game total in the history of the program with 514.
The varsity girls, led by Brooke Kreiss’ 353, fell 2,519 to 2,110. Prairie also took the junior varsity (JV) boys match 2,480 to 2,091 and the girls JV match 1,974 to 1,421.

Property owner files lawsuit against NL

City to hold public hearing on east side sewer project Dec. 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has given notice to eight different property owners that their land is desired for a large city project.
At least one landowner is fighting back.

Upcoming IC school district enrollment lower than predicted

IOWA CITY- Iowa City school board members were slightly underwhelmed by the distric’ts enrollment numbers presented at the board’s Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting
Student enrollment for the 2014-15 school year increased by 156 students in K-12, bringing official certified enrollment to 13,050. However, this increase was not as high as originally projected.

CCA declares insufficient space in four schools

No open enrollment at North Bend Elementary

OXFORD– It’s official. These four schools are out of room.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved the district’s insufficient space policy for the 2015-2016 school year in October.

Choose to shop local and help feed families

Area businesses work to make a difference in their communities

NORTH LIBERTY– At a time of year when we think about those who are struggling, a group of more than 30 local businesses have joined together to make a difference in their communities. It started when Lucy Hershberger, an owner at Forever Green Garden Center, was looking for a way to raise money and increase awareness about the work the North Liberty Community Pantry does in the area.

Have breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Santa will be waiting for kids to enjoy a hot meal provided by the North Liberty Lions Club at the annual Breakfast with Santa event, Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. in North Liberty.