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North Liberty Leader

Bigger, but not as Bitter

North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter concludes this weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Beat the Bitter, a weeklong winter festival, opened on Friday, Jan. 25, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 1. The annual event started in 2016 and has continued to expand its offerings as a way to get families out of their homes in the middle of winter for fun and community fellowship. With only a slight breeze and temperatures in the low 30s, the weather was far less “bitter” than it was during last year’s Polar Vortex.

CCA approves 2020-21 calendar

MLK Day to remain as a potential snow makeup day, despite controversy

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved the 2020-21 academic calendar at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The calendar provides for 179 school days with 1,102.5 hours of instruction, down from 180 days and 1,111 days in the current school year. Under state law, schools need to be in session either 180 days or 1,080 hours.

Crunching the numbers

Budget time in NL brings public safety discussions

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s budget time for municipalities, and the City of North Liberty is no exception. The City Council met to discuss the general fund for the coming fiscal year (FY21), which starts on July 1, in a special session on Tuesday, Jan. 21. City Administrator Ryan Heiar gave councilors a brief overview of budget requests in the categories of Public Safety, Public Works, Culture and Recreation, Community and Economic Development, General Government, and General Fund Revenues with department heads on hand to take questions.

North Liberty Community Pantry seeking Volunteers in the New Year

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) hosts new volunteer orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at North Liberty Community Pantry, located at 89 N. Jones Boulevard.

Bolts lick the Lions

Liberty High boys defeat Linn-Mar, 51-46

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity boys improved to 6-3 on the season with a 51-46 win over the Linn-Mar Lions Tuesday, Jan. 21, at home.
Ben Houselog, a senior, put up Liberty’s first two points: a pair of free throws, which tied the game at 2-2. Ethan O’Donnell drained a three-point bucket, and followed up with a two-point basket ahead of an Ira Hazeltine three-bomb. However, the Bolts trailed 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Stratton hits 1,501 career points

CCA’s standout senior’s 20 points leads the Creek Girls to 68-27 win over Independence

INDEPENDENCE– 1,501. That’s how many points Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Karsyn Stratton scored, as of Friday, Jan. 24. Stratton hit the career milestone on the road at Independence where the Clippers overhauled the Mustangs, 68-27, in the team’s second meeting of the season. The Creek Girls mauled Independence, 58-17, in Tiffin, on Dec. 17.
CCA led, 30-19, at the halftime break, after trailing briefly in the first quarter. The Creek Girls were well in control in the second half, taking the third quarter, 47-21.

A rough night for the Clippers’ grapplers

CCA wrestlers fall to Don Bosco and La Porte City-Union

GILBERTVILLE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) wrestlers faced a pair of tough, and ranked, opponents Tuesday, Jan. 21, in a varsity double dual meet at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Gilbertville.
The Dons, No. 1 in Class 1A, shut out the Clippers, 77-0. The Creek Boys hoped to rebound in their second dual of the night, against the No. 9 in 2A Knights, but fell, 70-9.

Lightning almost strikes the Lions

McPherson puts up 19 points, Ono-Fullard has 18 as Liberty falls 58-51 to Linn-Mar

MARION– Liberty High’s varsity girls dropped to 1-10 on the season Tuesday, Jan. 21, after falling 58-51 to Linn-Mar in the Lions’ den. The Lightning trailed 19-14 at the end of the first quarter, but out-scored the Lions 15-9 in the second period for a 29-28-halftime lead. Linn-Mar retook the lead in the third and held a 39-36 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

The Golden Speedo

IOWA CITY– Rivalries between the Iowa City high schools create unique traveling trophies. Iowa City West High and Iowa City High have “The Golden Spike” for the annual varsity volleyball match. West and City have “The Boot” for football. And for West and City, the boys on the swim teams battle once a year for “The Golden Speedo.”

Progress on all fronts, and a new name, too

Elected officials receive an update on Johnson County’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC), or Access Center, is taking shape after years of discussion and planning.
Matt Miller, the county’s project manager, provided an update on the facility during a Monday, Jan. 13, joint entities meeting of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, the Iowa City Community School Board, and city councils including North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, Hills and University Heights.

Busier than ever

NL Pantry sets records in 2019

NORTH LIBERTY– 2019 was a record-setting year for the North Liberty Community Pantry, according to Executive Director Kaila Rome.
“It was the first year we gave out over 400,000 pounds of food, and it was the first time we had over 10,000 visits,” she said.
To be exact, it was 427,000 pounds, and 10,591 visits, an increase of about 1,000 visits over 2018’s tally.
“We served 763 families, an increase of 6 percent, so we’re seeing the need has definitely gone up,” Rome said.
Many of those visits were from people who had never turned to a pantry for help before, she added.

An effort to protect vulnerable renters

Johnson County Mobile Home Task Force calls for legislative changes

NORTH LIBERTY– Last April, Havenpark Capital, a Utah-based investment firm, purchased the Golfview Mobile Home Park in North Liberty, along with Midwest Country Estates in Waukee, Sunrise Village Mobile Home Park in Iowa City, Western Hills in Coralville and West Branch Village in West Branch.
Havenpark Capital raised the lot rent from 69 percent (Waukee) to 28 percent (Sunrise).