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North Liberty Leader

Juggling knives and high-fives

Award-winning circus performer entertains families at North Liberty library

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids of North Liberty can now include knife juggling and a human hamster ball among the performance arts they’ve witnessed at their community library.
On the evening of Thursday, June 14, award-winning juggler and acrobat Laura Ernst entertained an audience of 212 people as part of the North Liberty Community Library’s Summer Reading program. The event took place at the Jones Gym in the North Liberty Community Center.

Spartans sweep the Creek Boys

Solon takes doubleheader, 6-2 and 10-0, from CCA

CEDAR RAPIDS— Soggy field conditions in Tiffin moved the annual non-divisional WaMaC conference baseball double header, between Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Solon, to Mount Mercy University’s turf diamond, in Cedar Rapids, on Thursday, June 14. Solon swept the Clippers, 6-2 and 10-0. Luke Ira set the tone for the Spartans, belting out a solo homerun on the first pitch of game one. Solon jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-RBI double by Adam Bock, an RBI single from Zach Wegmann and a run scored on a passed ball.

Lady Spartans split with Creek Girls

CCA wins JV game, 9-5; Solon takes varsity, 5-1

SOLON— The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Solon Lady Spartans met on the softball diamond Wednesday, June 13, in Solon, for a pair of non-divisional rivalry games.The Clipper JV squad defeated Solon, 9-5, thanks in part to a home run in the top of the fourth inning by Lillie Haman. Haman’s solo shot put the Creek Girls ahead, 8-2.

North Liberty dog park

City to purchase land on east side of town

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, June 12, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of land for a dog park. The plan is to reallocate $225,000 in trail lighting funds from the FY18 budget. A purchase agreement could be considered as early as June 26.

The big first

Liberty High holds first graduation ceremony

NORTH LIBERTY– One year ago, forty juniors made the decision to leave schools they’d already spent three years in, and spend their senior year in brand new Liberty High School in North Liberty. While freshmen and sophomores in the new attendance area were assigned to the new school, juniors and seniors had the option of staying put or transferring. On Saturday, May 26, those students were presented the first diplomas from the new school in the first graduation event, which was held in the auditorium.

Grant Elementary School breaks ground

School honors athletics pioneer Dr. Christine Grant of U of I

NORTH LIBERTY– A local and national legacy was further solidified on Tuesday, May 22, at a groundbreaking ceremony held on the future site of Grant Elementary, in North Liberty. The school was named in honor of Dr. Christine Grant, who not only was in attendance but also participated in the groundbreaking itself.

A walk in the park

CCA walks to 13-1, 13-1 wins over Liberty High

OXFORD– A new non-conference rivalry started Monday, May 21, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers welcomed the Liberty High Lightning (Bolts) to McAreavy Field, in Oxford, on opening night of the 2018 season. The Clippers overwhelmed the very young Bolts - 19 freshmen, four sophomores and two eighth-graders, 13-1 and 13-1, in a pair of three-inning games.
Freshman Ashlyn Geasland singled for the Bolts in the top of the first inning, in game one, and scored Liberty’s run on an RBI triple by sophomore Brylee Klosterman.

A season in limbo

Penn Landing Market’s future in question

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer break is in full force in North Liberty. The rec center pool is open for business, and cyclists are eagerly strapping on their helmets for a weekend ride. But the absence of a certain community fixture may leave some locals scratching their heads.

Supervisors approve Comprehensive Plan

Rettig casts lone no vote

IOWA CITY– The job is finally done.
After 18 months of committee meetings, work sessions, public input meetings and other input, the Johnson County’s Board of Supervisors approved the county’s first-ever Comprehensive Plan on a 4-1 vote Thursday, May 17.

A rare honor for a unique man

Robert Dunn of North Liberty receives Congressional Gold Medal in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS– Robert Dunn has joined a very elite group. The 85-year-old North Liberty resident was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal Thursday, June 7, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids. The medal was in recognition of Dunn’s service as a Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during World War II and presented by Col. Joe Hackett, Commander of the Iowa Wing of the United States Air Force Auxiliary (better known as the CAP).

TAKO offers an anglers' feast

Hosts free day of fishing at Liberty Centre Pond

NORTH LIBERTY– When a free fishing event is announced in North Liberty, families are quick to take the bait.
On Saturday, June 2, an estimated 300 people from around the Corridor lined Liberty Centre Pond. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families cast their lines into the scenic waters as part of the Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) free fishing event.

Trojans sweep Little Hawks despite ejections

West High wins 3-2 and 1-0 over City High

IOWA CITY– Athletic contests between Iowa City West High and crosstown rival City High are always full of emotion, energy and excitement.
And the two-day varsity baseball doubleheader was no exception as the West High Trojans swept the Little Hawks 3-2 (Thursday, June 7, at West High) and 1-0 (Friday, June 8, at Mercer Park, City High’s diamond).