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North Liberty Leader

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).

Creek Boys overhaul Trojans

CCA blows out South Tama, 68-13

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team improved to 7-3 with a 68-13 blowout win, at home, over the South Tama County Trojans on Monday, Jan. 13. The game was originally set for Friday, Jan. 10, but was postponed due to weather.
The Creek Boys went to work early, shutting out the Trojans, 17-0, in the first quarter and allowing only two Trojan points in the second, taking a 28-2 halftime lead.
The Clippers pounded in 23 points in the third while again holding South Tama to just two points for a 51-4 lead going into the final period.

Creek Girls get by Vikettes

Stratton leads CCA with 30 points in 61-56 win over Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– A 30-point night by Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Karsyn Stratton pushed the Clippers past the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at home. The Creek Girls put up their fourth consecutive win, staying perfect in 2020, with a 61-56 WaMaC Conference victory. The win improved CCA’s record to 9-3, while Vinton-Shellsburg dipped to 7-5 and had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Tigers slip past the Lightning

Liberty boys fall 63-51 to Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team dipped to 5-3 after a 63-51 loss to the Cedar Falls Tigers Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Cedar Falls. The Lightning trailed the Tigers, 14-11, at the end of the first quarter and were down, 32-18, at halftime. The Bolts fought back in the second half with a 13-point effort in the third period but still trailed Cedar Falls, 45-31, going into the fourth. Liberty cut the gap to six points with three minutes remaining and outscored the Tigers 21-18 in the final period, but, as Head Coach Stu Ordman said, “Too many turnovers for Bolts.”

8th-ranked Tigers devour Bolts

Liberty girls fall, 73-19, to Cedar Falls

NORTH LIBERTY– It was another rough night for the Bolts as the eighth-ranked in Class 5A Cedar Falls Tigers mauled them, 73-19, at home, on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Creek Boys 1-2 on Indee’s mat

Nate Beckman wins twice for CCA in quad meet

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers traveled to Independence on Thursday, Jan. 16, for a quad meet with the host Mustangs, Waterloo East, and Beckman Catholic, from Dyersville, and ended the night 1-2.
The Creek Boys knocked off the Trojans of Waterloo East, 54-24, in a 10-forfeit match. Jayden Massey picked up a win at 120 pounds by pinning East’s Ryan Strong in 1:39.

Bolts fall to Muskies and Trojans in double dual meet

Avalos wins by fall for Liberty High

IOWA CITY– The Liberty High wrestlers visited Iowa City West High Thursday, Jan. 16, for a double dual meet with the Trojans and Muskies of Muscatine, and ended up 0-2 in varsity competition.
The Muskies knocked off the Lightning, 72-6, in varsity action with Liberty’s Gabe Avalos pinning Collin Zellmer in 5:52 at 113 pounds. The Bolts picked up a junior varsity (JV) win, 12-5, as Austin Franklin pinned Trevan Phelps in 2:00 at 152 pounds and Jackson Tubbs won his 138-pound match by pinning C.J. Palmer in 51 seconds.

Schrepfer leads CCA past Benton Community, 62-42

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ basketball team picked up its second win of 2020 and improved to 6-3 Tuesday, Jan. 7, in a varsity contest at home against Benton Community, 62-42, as the second half of a girl-boy doubleheader.
The Creek Boys pounded the Bobcats, 22-3, in the first quarter and held a 35-12 halftime advantage. The Clippers led, 55-27, at the end of the third.

Bolts overcome rough start to shock Golden Eagles

Liberty overcomes Dubuque Wahlert, 64-59

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High boys varsity basketball coach Stu Ordman summed up his team’s 64-59 win over Dubuque Wahlert very succinctly.
“Terrible start for Liberty. Lot of energy coming back.”
The Bolts knocked off the Golden Eagles Tuesday, Jan. 7, at home, snapping a two-game losing streak and posting their first win of 2020.

They can’t finish it soon enough

North Liberty’s new police station is coming together slowly

NORTH LIBERTY– They’ll have to wait just a little bit longer.
While construction work progresses slowly on the new North Liberty Police Department facility (across from the fire station on Cherry Street) Chief Diane Venenga and her officers and staff continue to work out of their cramped quarters at 5 E. Cherry St.
It could be worse. The department, founded in 1999, started out across North Main Street in what was at the time home to the police department, city hall, and the fire department.