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Tiffin takes first swing at draft of parks plan

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin hopes all residents will find it desirable to park it.
Rob Decker, of HBK Engineering in Iowa City, presented to the Tiffin City Council a draft master plan containing recommendations for improving the city’s eight public parks at the council’s pre-meeting work session on Wednesday, July 22.

Country concert to kick off Friday Night Lights for CCA football

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Football organizing committee is excited to announce that country singer Jake McVey will perform at the CCA High School Athletic Stadium– the first concert to be held in the stadium– on Friday, Aug 7, as part of the Kick-off to Friday Night Lights event.
McVey said performing for fans all across the country is the fulfillment of a dream he has been preparing for most of his life. “My mom played piano and my dad was a drummer, so music was always going around the house,” said McVey, who grew up working on his parents’ Iowa farm.

Buy a Brick

NLYBS seeking donations for Penn Meadows Park improvements

NORTH LIBERTY– For 23 years, North Liberty children have been learning good sportsmanship, respect for authority and teamwork while having fun playing ball at Penn Meadows Park. This spring, 924 kids had the opportunity to continue this North Liberty tradition. However, the facilities at the park are in need of a long overdue update and expansion.
Plans for the new facility include two seven-stall restrooms, an expanded built-in concession stand and a covered picnic area. The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) still needs to raise 60 percent of the funds.

So close.... but no title

Rams deny Trojans, and West High falls 6-2 to Southeast Polk in state championship bid

DES MOINES– For the second year in a row, the Iowa City West High Trojans faced the Rams of Southeast Polk in the Class 4A State Championship baseball game, and for the second year in a row, the Rams walked away with the championship trophy.
West fell 6-2 to the Rams in the Class 4A Championship game on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Principal Park in Des Moines. It was the ninth state appearance for the team and the fourth state runner-up title. The Trojans finished second in 2009, 2010 and 2014; the closest the program has come to a championship.

West defeats Des Moines East, 11-3, in the first round, moves on to state semifinal

DES MOINES- The Trojan baseball team made its first mark at Principal Park this year with an 11-3 win over the Des Moines East Scarlets, in the first round of the state tournament July 29. But the seemingly easy victory wasn’t all smooth sailing.
The Scarlets started the game with an early lead, scoring two points at the top of the first inning and another at the top of the third, giving them a 3-0 lead over West. This lead didn’t last long; by the end of the fourth inning the Trojans had stolen the momentum.

Six Clippers on WaMaC All-Conference Softball teams

Kinnaird, Stopko First Team picks

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TIFFIN– The WaMaC high school athletic conference released its 2015 All-Conference softball teams Wednesday, July 15, with six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers earning berths.
Benton Community’s Eric Stenberg earned the West Division Coach of the Year honors and his Bobcats won the conference with an 18-0 WaMaC showing and a 37-3 record overall. Center Point-Urbana was second in the final regular season standings at 13-5 and 26-13, with the Clippers third at 12-6 and 21-16.

IGCA announces 2015 All-District Softball Teams

WEST DES MOINES– The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) announced its picks for the 2015 Al-District Softball teams on Friday, July 17.
Iowa City West High coach Justin Lutjen, in his second year with the Women of Troy, was named the Class 5A East District Coach of the Year after leading the squad to a 34-6 finish on the season.
West High also placed three athletes: Jessie Harder, Adara Opiola and Grace Tafolla on the 5A East squad.

call the dive team

When Johnson County law enforcement needs to get to the bottom– literally– they

IOWA CITY— Johnson County citizens have a variety of public safety agencies on duty around the clock to protect them, ranging from traditional fire departments and law enforcement agencies to the county’s ambulance service. Specialty units such as the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Response Team, the Sheriff’s SWAT team, County Rescue 52 and the bomb squad supplement these organizations.
But one such unit operates literally in the murky shadows most of us never see.

Begging for a Park

NL organizers hope to make a case for off-leash dog park

NORTH LIBERTY— In 2009, a North Liberty resident had an idea for an off-leash dog park where her canine companion could run freely and play with other four-legged friends. In 2012 that vision faded, but a new group is picking up where she left off.

Sun shines on NL’s 2015 festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The barbecue pits and jamming musicians weren’t the only hot things at North Liberty’s annual Blues & BBQ festival this year.
Finally; the sun was warm, too.
It’s been awhile since the annual community celebration of summer– and all things barbecue, blues and family-friendly fun– has enjoyed a day without stormy weather. In 2011, 2013 and 2014, storms and heavy rains interfered enough with the grounds and equipment to cause the festival to be cancelled or called off early.

CCA school board takes its first look at high school expansion

OXFORD— With Tiffin Elementary nearly done and the first phase of the middle school expansion and renovation in progress, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board turned its attention to the high school and a planned expansion scheduled to start next spring.
All three projects, along with HVAC and other improvements at Amana Elementary, are part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in 2014.

ICCSD board declines to hear Appendix 6 complaint

Concern to be reviewed by Iowa Dept. of Ed

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District opted not to hear an Appendix 6 complaint that had landed on the Board of Directors’ July 14 meeting agenda. Since the complaint filed was private, President Chris Lynch cautioned directors to discuss the matter using only general or hypothetical terms.