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News

A golden opportunity

ICCSD donation of a house provides rare training opportunity for the NLFD

NORTH LIBERTY– A small two-story house and two little sheds used to sit on a parcel of land overlooking a wooded ravine just east of Liberty High School in North Liberty. The house was abandoned for some time and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) purchased the land for future expansion of the high school. Eventually the structures would have to be torn down.

Oak Hill

CCA board approves historic name for new elementary school

TIFFIN– The members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board faced a dilemma with far-reaching implications Wednesday, Oct. 17, during their regular monthly meeting in Oxford: What to call the new school, currently under construction in Tiffin.

A barn for the workhorses

CCA Board approves plans for new Transportation Facility in Tiffin

OXFORD– The board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District has approved the design of a new transportation facility and sent the project out for bid. The board took the action Wednesday, Sept. 19, during the regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

Forevergreen interchange on track

Interstate progress for North Liberty and the greater Corridor

JOHNSON COUNTY– Those eagerly awaiting the Forevergreen Road interchange will be happy to know progress is moving at a steady pace.
“The bridge is on schedule and is almost done,” reported Newman Abuissa, Field Engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), District 6. The project in its entirety is expected for completion winter 2019.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

CCA Board re-elects officers

Jennifer Mooney laughs as Steve Swenka (not pictured) nominates her for the office of vice-president for the school board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District. Bob Broghammer (left) and Jennifer Mooney retained their offices as President (Broghammer) and Vice-President (Mooney) at the board’s annual organizational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. Neither Broghammer nor Mooney had challengers and were re-elected on a voice vote.

Colony Pumpkin Patch campaigns for its corn cannon

Conditional use permits for nighttime flashlight maze, zombie paintball required by Johnson County

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Patrons of the Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty might have to go without– or at least see less of– one of the farm’s regular attractions this season.
At a North Liberty City Council meeting Tuesday, June 27, owners Dean and Katie Colony requested support of their efforts to keep the “Shootout Shack,” which includes a corn cannon and paintball guns, in operation this year.

Group mines additional resources for CCA students

Foundation seeks to expand its charitable support role with paid position

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Since 1986, the CCA Foundation has provided financial support to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District. The purpose of the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is “to maintain, develop, increase and expand the facilities and services of the district thus providing broader educational opportunities to students, community residents and staff.” The group hosts fundraising events and actively solicits donations from patrons and alumni of the district.

Locals stand with Standing Rock Sioux

Johnson County residents, Iowa groups participate in DAPL protests

North Liberty Leader
CANNONBALL, N.D.– While much of the nation was transfixed by the high stakes and consequences of the 2016 election and its aftermath, a struggle of historic proportions played out along the 1,172-mile route of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which stretches from the Bakken shale oil patch in North Dakota, traversing across South Dakota, trekking 347 miles through 18 counties in Iowa, and completing the route at a distribution hub in Patoka, Ill.

2016-2017 preview: Clippers cruise into uncharted territory

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Coach Brandon Clubb, in his first year leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball program, summed up the 2016-2017 season in six words: “It’s going to be an adventure.”
Clubb takes over the program from veteran coach Steve Ottoson, who retired in February after 40 years of coaching with 21 years in the CCA district. Ottoson also retired from teaching physical education (PE) at the end of the school year.
Clubb, a Williamsburg native, has taken that position as well.

North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen Announces Run for State Representative in Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen announced Feb. 10 that she will run for State Representative in House District 77, which encompasses western and southern Johnson County, including the cities of North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher, Shueyville and Lone Tree.

Minor injuries for students in fatal bus-car crash

A bus containing approximately 30 Solon Community School District students was involved in a collision Thursday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road west of Solon.
According to Superintendent Sam Miller, three minor injuries were reported to school children. “Parents of all students on the bus were notified of the accident,” Miller said in a press release. “Students were transferred to a different bus and taken home.”

Stir it up

Souped up fundraiser benefits pantry

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Food Pantry is raising some green to feed its neighbors.