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Community

A one-stop shop for all things aquatic

DiVentures opens brand new swimming and diving center in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY After two years in the community, DiVentures SCUBA and Swim Center has opened a new facility on West Penn Street in North Liberty. A grand opening and ribbon cutting event was held on Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 8,500-square foot facility, which replaces a much smaller, temporary location in North Liberty.
DiVentures founder Dean Hollis explained the many unique features, and rationale for locating a dive shop in Eastern Iowa.

Two students charged at CCA High School following K-9 sweep

TIFFIN– Two juvenile Clear Creek Amana students have been charged with bringing handguns to school after the weapons were found in vehicles during a K-9 training exercise.

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Clippers make one mans life a little easier

CCA students build a needed wheelchair ramp

TIFFIN Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School students enrolled in the Architectural, Construction, and Engineering of Eastern Iowa (ACE) program with Industrial Tech Teacher Steve Clark constantly seek out real world projects to hone their skills and gain valuable experience. In early October, they had the opportunity to do a good deed while learning their trade.
It was an outstanding experience for our kids, Middle School Principal Brad Fox said. They, in one day, built a wheelchair accessible ramp for a community member.

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A split for ICCSD school board

Two incumbents stay with two newcomers

IOWA CITY– Incumbents Paul Roesler and Shawn Eyestone retained seats on the Iowa City Community School District’s school board in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, city and school elections. Four seats were up for seven candidates on the ballot.
Roesler netted 70 percent of the votes, 5,548, while Eyestone garnered 60 percent, 4,762. Newcomer Lisa C. Williams was the big winner with 5,869 votes, or 74 percent. Newcomer Charlie Eastham captured 4,959 votes, or 62 percent, for a seat.

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Incumbents survive NL City Council elections

Hoffman, Harrington and Smith retain their seats, Wayson returns

NORTH LIBERTY– Tuesday, Nov. 5, was a good day to be an incumbent on the ballot for North Liberty as all three current council members running survived reelection bids against two challengers for four-year terms. Chris Hoffman, RaQuishia Harrington and Brent Smith fended off Matthew Eckhardt and Michael Nicholls to retain their seats. Harrington and Smith are in first terms with the council, after Harrington won a special election in March to fill the vacancy left by Jim Sayre and Smith was appointed by the council in May to replace Jennifer Goings.

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A big community meal for everyone to share

Annual Stone Soup Supper benefits NL Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– At some point it is likely you’ve heard or read the folk tale “Stone Soup.” While the characters change from sneaky charlatans to Jesuits to soldiers, the end result is the same: strangers coming together for a common meal forged through generosity.

The start of a new tradition in North Liberty

Jack-O-Lanterns put the Ranshaw House in a Halloween spotlight

NORTH LIBERTY– Inspiration can come in many forms. For Jillian Miller, the community engagement coordinator for the City of North Liberty, a photo on a website inspired her to spearhead a new community activity. The result was a display of pumpkins carved by residents, on display outside the historic Ranshaw House.

Nefarious schemes and romantic dreams

“Dirty Work at the Crossroads” takes the stage at CCA High School this weekend

TIFFIN– Murder, mayhem and other nefarious events will take center stage at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Performing Arts Center in Tiffin this weekend as the High School’s drama department presents Dirty Work at the Crossroads, or Tempted, Tried and True, a Gay Nineties melodrama in three acts written by Bill Johnson.

Making Halloween a fun time for all kids

Miracles in Motion hosts a Halloween event focused on those with special needs

SWISHER– A Knight in shining armor, skeletons in a stable, kids in costumes and friendly horses were all in the spotlight Saturday, Oct. 26, as Miracles in Motion hosted its third “Boo at the Barn” Halloween event at its facility near Swisher.

Diventures celebrates Grand Opening of New North Liberty location Nov. 2

Complimentary swim and scuba lessons, seminars, special offers, raffle prizes, live music, food and more during a daylong grand opening event

NORTH LIBERTY– The new Diventures location in North Liberty is officially open for business. The state-of-the-art facility brings a new swim program and expanded scuba and travel offerings to the growing area.

Spooky shenanigans

Haunted Happenings fill NL’s Rec Center with Halloween family fun

NORTH LIBERTY– For two evenings, part of the North Liberty Recreation Center was turned into a hall of Halloween havoc as the City of North Liberty and the North Liberty Optimist Club sponsored their annual Haunted Happenings. Families took part in a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25.
Set up for the event started on Monday, Oct. 21, and wrapped up at 5 p.m. on Thursday, an hour-and-a-half before the doors opened. Between 300-500 kids and their parents/grandparents/guardians were expected each night.

Courage Ride raises $100,000 for Sarcoma Cancer Research at the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY– Courage Ride, a bicycle ride raising funds for Sarcoma Cancer research, presented a check for $100,000 to the University of Iowa’s Sarcoma Research Program during an Oct. 23 ceremony at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ben Millr and Dr. Munir Tanas accepted the check on behalf of the center’s Sarcoma Cancer Research Program.
Over the past 15 years, Courage Ride has raised over $610,000 for Sarcoma Cancer research– having a major impact on cancer patients and families who benefit from the research.