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North Liberty Leader

A bigger and better Beat the Bitter

Registration is open for the winter event

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NORTH LIBERTY– It started as a conversation between a few residents in fall 2015.
“They started talking about how Iowans are bad at doing winter,” recalled North Liberty Community Engagement Coordinator Jillian Miller. “And that people in Minnesota actually enjoy the season and go out and play winter sports, and take advantage of the snow.”

Area police join forces to form SERT team

The plan will unite officers from North Liberty, Coralville and Johnson County law enforcement

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NORTH LIBERTY—The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is joining two local law enforcement agencies to create a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). The plan will unite officers from North Liberty, Coralville and Johnson County law enforcement departments to handle emergency situations.
“This is for high-risk operations. It will be a tactical team,” explained North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga. “It will be making entries into homes, residents, buildings, schools when needed for hostage situations, barricaded subjects, high-risk entry on search warrants.”

Eastern Iowa Brass Band Spirit of Christmas Saturday, Dec. 9

MOUNT VERNON– Eastern Iowa Brass Band shares its musical experience on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Middle School Auditorium, located at 525 Palisades Rd SW.
The 34 brass and percussion musicians perform favorites like “White Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride,” popular songs like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and traditional carols in “An English Christmas” with baritone David Raim.

Volunteers needed to lead and advise

Join a commission to help steer North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY— Two appointed boards have three openings, and volunteers are needed to help lead and advise on those commissions.

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals for building permit approval when a permit has been denied because of non-compliance with certain requirements of the zoning code.  This board meets only when an appeal has been filed.
Appointment is to complete a term ending June 30, 2021.  Full appointments are for a five-year term.

Communications Advisory Commission

(two openings)

Feedback sought on rental property zoning

NORTH LIBERTY— The North Liberty City Council is currently considering amending its zoning ordinance to address changes in state law that affect its ability to limit rental units based on family units. The council would like public feedback—from landlords, tenants and other community members—about how to address the issue. Feedback submitted with the form will be shared with city officials as they shape a zoning ordinance amendment in the coming weeks.

The issue

City Clerk Tracey Mulcahey honored

NORTH LIBERTY—Tracey Mulcahey, Assistant City Administrator / City Clerk of North Liberty, has been awarded the prestigious designation of “Iowa Certified Municipal Clerk” from the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) for achieving its high educational, experience and service requirements. Mulcahey joins others in the state who currently hold this designation.

Women of Troy remember “Flash” with a win

IC West downs CR Xavier, 49-30

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IOWA CITY– “Flash” is gone, but far from forgotten. Austin Schroeder, better known to the Iowa City West High community as “Flash,” was born on Aug. 13, 1999, and died on April 28, 2015, from cancer. “Flash” was diagnosed with T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, Stage 3, in April of 2014 and lost a valiant fight against the disease a year later.
“Flash” was remembered Friday, Dec. 1, as the West High Women of Troy dedicated the first home game of the regular season in memory of him.

Creek Boys rally, comes up short

Dyersville Beckman wins, 48-42

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TIFFIN– A tie at the end of the first period turned into a deficit for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boy’s basketball team.
It was a deficit they came close to overcoming, but came up short in the end as Dyersville Beckman Catholic handed the Clippers a 48-42 loss in the season opener Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Tiffin.

Wrestling Bolts debut

Liberty varsity splits with Xavier and Cedar Rapids Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s first varsity and junior varsity (JV) wrestling squads made their debut Thursday, Nov. 30, in a double dual with Cedar Rapids Xavier and Cedar Rapids Washington, at Xavier.
The Liberty Lightning zapped the Washington Warriors, 42-38, in varsity action and fell to Xavier, 12-6.
Liberty’s Klein Thoensen (145 pounds), Ashton Barker (152) and Jacob Morgan (170) won by fall against Washington’s Caleb Velasquez, Hashim Herz and Kyree Harrison, respectively. Drew Snyder (138) and Peter Woodward (152) won by fall over Xavier’s Kyle Wilkins and Derrick Skala.

Creek Boys 28th at Indee wrestling invitational

Cochran cracks top 10

INDEPENDENCE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers joined 30 other teams from around the region at Independence High School’s Cliff Keen Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, in Independence. The Clippers scored 46 team points for 28th place in the event, which was won by Fort Dodge with 386.
Tanner Cochran was the only Clipper to post a top-10 finish with a seventh-place showing at 220 pounds.

Lightning strikes 3-pointers for girls’ first win

Saunders’ 15 points lead Liberty in 44-43 win over MV

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girl’s basketball team picked up its first win Monday, Nov. 27, at home against the Mount Vernon Mustangs. The Lightning flashed for a 44-43 win to improve its inaugural record to 1-2 after losses to Fairfield (54-28) and Waterloo West (54-29).
Liberty trailed 11-6 after the first period and was down 24-21 at halftime. The gap widened in the third period with the Lightning lagging behind 37-30 going into the final quarter. However, an 11-0 run in the final 2:30, including a trio of 3-pointers in the final minute sparked a historic finish for Liberty.

Mount Vernon slips past CCA, 43-42

Buzzer-beater dooms Creek Boys

MOUNT VERNON– They were less than 30 seconds away from picking up their first victory of the season.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys were up 42-41 over the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday, Dec. 1, with less than 30 seconds remaining. And then came the heartbreaker.
“We defended them to a miss and they got a weak side rebound put back at the buzzer,” CCA Head Coach Brandon Clubb said.