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Iowa Wrestlers Stay Unbeaten

IOWA CITY– Iowa opened the Big Ten season by beating Wisconsin 24-12 on Friday and then crushing Illinois 32-4 on Sunday.
I wasn’t real impressed with the win over the Badgers even though Brent Metcalf had a pin at 149, Daniel Dennis had a 19-4 tech fall at 133 and Phil Keddy won a 17-4 major at 184.
Alex Tsirtsis lost his second match 5-0 to Zach Tanelli. The Hawkeyes also lost two matches by one point with Ryan Morningstar losing 4-3 in overtime and Chad Betty losing 2-1 to Dallas Herbst, who is ranked third in the country.

Guest opinion from the Iowa House

DES MOINES– On Monday morning, January 12th, I was sworn in as your State Representative for the next two years. I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to serve, and I am humbled by the challenges currently facing Iowa and the new General Assembly. In this space, over the next two years, I will attempt to update you as to my activities as your State Representative, my legislative goals, and the week-to-week developments in the Iowa Legislature and State Government.

Van Allen to host dance marathon

NORTH LIBERTY– James Van Allen Elementary School in North Liberty will host a Dance Marathon on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the James Van Allen Student Council. This is a fundraiser for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital Oncology Unit and Children's Miracle Network. Family tickets are $10 and individual tickets are $5. Students should come with their families. Along with the dance by DJ Mark Robe, there will be a cake auction and refreshment booth.
For more information, contact Celeste Shoppa, James Van Allen Asst. Principal, at 688-1185.

Lane Plugge honored as Iowa’s Superintendent of the Year

IOWA CITY– Words of praise were plentiful at Elizabeth Tate High School in Iowa City last week.
Superintendent of Iowa City Community School District Dr. Lane Plugge was recognized as Iowa Superintendent of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) organization, and district officials held a reception at Tate High School to honor him Wed., Jan. 7.
Guest speakers offered positive remarks about Plugge, his accomplishments within the district and his encouraging supervisory style, including former ICCSD Board of Directors member Pete Wallace.

School boundary discussion tests limits

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa City Superintendent Lane Plugge said he had no illusions that everyone would be pleased.
Dr. Plugge and Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Associate Superintendent Jim Behle proposed a revised boundary scenario for a new elementary school in North Liberty at a public forum at Penn Elementary last Wednesday, Jan. 14, and the response of some who attended matched the evening’s frigid weather.

Guest Opinion from the Iowa Senate

DES MOINES–The 2009 legislative session convened on Monday, Jan. 12.
One thing was immediately clear to every Republican and Democratic state legislator: the deepening national recession will make this session very challenging.
The nation’s economy is not good, and it’s not getting better. Even though the Iowa economy and our state budget are in much better shape than most states, we are still sharing the national pain.