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Bionic Nerds

North Bend Bionic Nerds place at regional competition

NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) North Bend Elementary school is proud of its LEGO League team, Bionic Nerds of North Bend. The team competed against 32 other teams in Davenport all day on Sunday, Dec. 14, and ranked 13th in the competition. The team earned a Judges’ Choice Award for team members’ core values and assisting another team which would otherwise would have been unable to compete in the competition.

Construction to begin on the Johnson Iowa Road bridge over Clear Creek

Project to start Jan. 5, weather permitting

IOWA CITY– Weather permitting, construction will start on the Johnson Iowa Road Bridge Replacement project on Monday, Jan. 5. Johnson Iowa Road will be closed to traffic at the bridge over Clear Creek during construction. Construction should be completed by the end of April 2015.
The project involves replacing the existing bridge with a timber bridge on Johnson Iowa Road over Clear Creek approximately two miles west of Oxford. Iowa Bridge & Culvert, L.C. of Washington will be the prime contractor. The awarded contract price is $316,691.00.

Blood drive to be held at the NL Recreation Center Jan. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Gerdin Conference Rooms 1 and 3 (lower level). All successful donors will receive a Black & Gold winter hat.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, please call 319-356-2058 with an appointment time that works for you. Sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

Do you know what’s in your cold medicine?

By Jason Powers MD
UI Health Care, North Liberty
Special to the Leader

Cold symptoms can affect us any time of year, but there’s nothing like cold weather to bring out the scratchy throat and runny nose we feel during cold season.
Whether you use Grandma’s home remedy or the latest “breakthrough” being advertised on television, know the ingredients of what you’re taking for your cold symptoms.

Clipper wrestlers top Indians, fall to Trojans

CCA splits in South Tama

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TAMA– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers took a dual meet with the Marion Indians Thursday, Dec. 18, at South Tama High School, and then fell to the host Trojans.
Luke Wingert took a 12-3 major decision over Marion’s Aaron Cleppe in the 106-pound match, CCA’s Daniel Brechtel won his 113-pound match by pinning Ian Kelly and Ethan Taylor took a 5-1 decision from the Indians’ Kyle Van Meter in the heavyweight match.
CCA’s Jordan Delaney won by fall in the 120-pound match against South Tama while Quinn Murphy pinned the Trojans’ Lansin Lacina.

Trojans take Little Hawk swimming invitational

Keen, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays set meet records

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IOWA CITY– The West High swimmers continued their winning ways Saturday, Dec. 20, by winning the Little Hawk Invitational at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. The Trojans took the meet with a top team score of 389 while the City High Little Hawks placed fifth.

Trojan wrestlers compete in the Battle of Waterloo

WATERLOO — The Trojans of Iowa City West High fought through six dual meets over two days as they competed in the Battle of Waterloo Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20 at Young Arena in downtown Waterloo.
The Trojans split the tournament with wins over Western Dubuque, Crestwood and Pleasant Valley but fell to Union, North Scott and Valley, West Des Moines.
West travels to City High on Thursday, January 8 to take on the rival Little Hawks in a varsity, JV and JV reserve meet starting at 6:00 p.m.

Iowa City West (ICW) 39.00 Epworth, Western Dubuque (EWD) 28.00

IC West swimmers 96, CR Kennedy 74

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s swimmers splashed the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars 96-74 Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Kennedy High School.

Take THAT, cancer

Five junior high boys help two friends fight life-threatening illness

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NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wanted to punch cancer in the nose, knock its teeth out or even give cancer a swift knee to the groin?
Five young men from North Central Junior High (NCJH) have made it possible, on their crowd fund website “KILL CANCER for Flash and Avery.”
The group of seventh and eighth graders– Carson Baldes, Sam Rechkemmer, Kaleb Williams, Drake Woody and Ben Vander Leest– together with mentor B.C. Tweedt of North Liberty created a web-based video to help two young friends fight cancer.

Project Holiday gives more reason to celebrate

Crisis Center helps feed families during holiday season

NORTH LIBERTY– Could you buy groceries for a family of three on a budget of just over $100 each month?
It’s the difficult reality for North Liberty resident Michael Plummer and many others like him who must stretch every dollar just to get by.
But Plummer and about 1,500 other families will have a brighter holiday this year, thanks to Project Holiday 2014, a collaborative effort of the Crisis Center of Johnson County and its partners that distributes holiday meals to area families.

NLFD battles blaze in rural subdivision

IOWA CITY– A home in rural Iowa City southeast of North Liberty was destroyed by fire last week.
The North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department (NLFD) was dispatched to 6 Woodland Hts. NE, Iowa City, for a structure fire in the early morning hours Tuesday, Dec. 16.
According to a report issued by the NLFD, first-arriving North Liberty units reported flames and thick smoke showing throughout the structure. Mutual aid from surrounding fire departments was quickly summoned.

Through the eyes of a lion

By Ray Haas
Special to the North
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NORTH LIBERTY– Each year, children in North Liberty eagerly look forward to the first Saturday of December and their opportunity to visit with Santa. They come to the North Liberty Recreation Center by the hundreds to talk to him and to eat a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee served by the North Liberty Lions Club.