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News

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.

A new spin on peace

Montessori preschool observes International Peace Day

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– From Bangkok to Barbados, from Long Valley, New Jersey to North Liberty, Iowa, four million pinwheels were collectively spinning a solitary message on Sept. 21.

CCA student reaching for the stars.

NORTH LIBERTY–Grace Stewart, student at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School, wants to be an aerospace engineer.
And given her drive and focus, one small step for this girl could certainly turn into a giant leap for mankind.

MRAP armored vehicle "just another tool"

Johnson County law enforcement agencies band together for armored vehicle

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s just another tool in the toolbox for law enforcement personnel. So says Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek about the MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected) truck his department and five other law enforcement agencies across the county recently joined together to obtain.

Any good candy in there?

Community event celebrates supporting local veterans

SWISHER– With kids’ games and a vendor fair, a horseshoe tournament and cow chip bingo, and especially a weekend full of free live music, Swisher Fun Days truly is a fun way to support veterans.
The 2014 Swisher Fun Days weekend was held Aug. 1 and 2 in the small town of 879 people. It’s been a community tradition for so long, even organizers have a hard time pinning down the number of years the free event has taken place.
“I do know it has been at least 28 years,” said parade organizer Gary Palas.

City crews to pick up storm debris

NORTH LIBERTY– City crews will collect fallen branches from Monday's storm through noon on Thursday, July 3. The branches should be no longer than five feet and placed along the curb.