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CCA girls’ track third at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN: Clear Creek Amana (CCA) put three events into the win column Thursday, April 25, at their home Pacha Relays. Kate Hergert, Chloe Keith, Bailey Mooney and Corrine Schwarting ran the 4x400-Meter Relay to victory in 4:19.79, besting their seedtime of 4:24.88. Mia Smith, Celine Fender, Megan Lukas and Amy Brant took the win in the 800-Meter Sprint Medley Relay in 1:55.19, which was 0.09 seconds better than their seedtime. Also, Natalie Brimeyer, Ashley Prusha, Fender and Lukas won the 4x100-Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay in 1:09.35.

Rustic Iron Bar & Grill

The best, essential tastes of Iowa found at

NORTH LIBERTY– The Rustic Iron Bar & Grill is off the beaten path, in every good way.
Its location is set back off Highway 965 on the south edge of North Liberty, which allows for plenty of parking and easy access from the town’s major thoroughfare. The updated décor was personally crafted by the building’s new owners, giving it a unique atmosphere on the inside. The menu, created entirely by co-owner and chef Jeremy Rullman, is fresh and distinctive and designed to give patrons a lot of input on how dishes are prepared to their own individual tastes.

A hard knock life

TIFFIN– It started as a comic strip in the 1930s, became a Broadway smash in the 1970s and 80s, and in April 2013, it hit the stage at Clear Creek Amana High School.
It’s “Annie,” a classic American Broadway smash chock-full of optimism, hope and catchy tunes that stick in your head for days.
Jenna Tackaberry donned the curly red wig for the title role in the CCA High School production, which ran April 4, through April 6, in the CCA Performing Arts Center. Sage Spiker took on the role of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, the hardened billionaire who opened his heart to the plucky orphan.

North Liberty’s got talent

Mike Ogoli fine-tunes his guitar shortly before the start of the “North Liberty’s Got Talent” program showcasing the talented youth of the community Saturday, April 6, at Grace Community Church. The talent show was one of the monthly activities held as part of North Liberty’s year-long centennial celebration. For more photos from the event, see page 20. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

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Petition pushes for district representation at county level

JOHNSON COUNTY– Petitioners pushing for a new way to elect county supervisors are getting closer to their goal.
According to Debra Thornton, chair of the Johnson County Republicans, members of the Committee for Fair Representation– the group that organized the petition drive– are “well on their way” to gathering the 7,619 valid signatures required to call for a public vote on the matter.

Investigation into fatal shooting clears NLPD officers

Report concludes police had “no lesser course of action available”

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty police officers placed on administrative leave after a fatal shooting on March 10, 2013, have been cleared through an investigation of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness issued a press release last Friday with the findings of the investigation. It stated the officers acted with reasonable force in returning fire after being shot, and that they had no lesser course of action available to them at the time.

City offers curbside collection of flood-damaged property

NORTH LIBERTY– Following last week’s torrential rains, the City of North Liberty will collect flood-damaged property curbside for its residents all week April 22 through 26. Residents need only place flood-damaged items at their curb.
Other items will not be collected at the curb, but can be brought to the public works facility on South Front Street from 7 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. Items that can be discarded at the facility are furniture and other bulky items, appliances, tires and auto batteries, metal and car parts, and electronics.

NLPD, DEA to help dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at local pharmacies April 27

NORTH LIBERTY– On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring medications for disposal to either Liberty Pharmacy at 555 W. Cherry St. or Pharmacy Matters at 1765 Lininger Ln. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

North Liberty Development to host breakfast mixer

NORTH LIBERTY– In an effort to promote the city’s growing business community, North Liberty Development, a not-for-profit group of business owners and advocates, will host a breakfast business mixer on Tuesday, April 30, from 7:30 until 9 a.m. at Red’s Alehouse, 405 N. Dubuque St. in North Liberty.
At the event, local business people and city leaders will have the opportunity to mingle, network and meet one-on-one over breakfast. Learn about the 2013 North Liberty construction projects and a new business reference service by the North Liberty library.

North Liberty spring clean-up day is April 27

NORTH LIBERTY– Spring cleanup day for North Liberty residents will be held Saturday, April 27, from 7 until 11:30 a.m. at the Public Works Facility, 620 S. Calvin St. Miscellaneous large items can be brought to the Public Works facility. (Go south on Front Street to Golf View Drive. Turn right and go to Calvin Street. Turn right to Public Works facility).

NLFD responds to apartment fire

NORTH LIBERTY– No injuries were reported after a fire in the laundry room of a North Liberty apartment building.
The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched Sunday April 21, at 2:28 p.m. to 20 Penn Oaks Dr. for a building fire. North Liberty Fire Department units arrived and found smoke throughout the structure and heavy smoke coming from an apartment on the third floor.
The apartment was occupied at the time of the fire and did have working smoke detectors which alerted residents.

North Liberty plans history walk

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Centennial Committee is looking for information from anyone in North Liberty about houses or other structures that might be included on a historic tour of North Liberty. Historic can mean either an older, historic building or any structure in which something significant to North Liberty took place.