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CCA boys run in WaMaC indoor meet March 18

MOUNT VERNON– Josh Martinac and Jared Ganschow picked up early season wins for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Monday, March 18, at the WaMaC indoor meet, held inside the Cornell College Recreation Center. Martinac took the long jump with a 19’-4-1/2” effort while Ganschow won the 400-yard dash in 51.45 seconds.
No team points were kept for the meet.
Weather permitting, the Clippers will return to Mount Vernon on Saturday, March 30, for the Mustangs’ Coed Invitational.
Results as provided by Mount Vernon High School:

West Boys loaded up for track season

IOWA CITY– Experience at the state meet and Drake Relays factors heavily into the 2013 Iowa City West Boys’ Track and Field Team. Coach Brian Martz returns a powerhouse of talent to his line-up with eight seniors and four juniors back with state meet performances on their resume.

CCA girls in action at WaMaC indoor meet

Hall, 4x200 m. relay team win

MOUNT VERNON– Megan Hall and Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) 4x200-Meter Relay team earned wins Tuesday afternoon at the WaMaC indoor meet, held in the Cornell College Recreation Center.
Hall led the 55-Meter Dash with a time of 7.38 seconds, .08 seconds ahead of second-place’s Olivia Loy from Anamosa. The CCA 4x200-Meter Relay squad won their event with a time of 1:52.54.
No team points were kept for the meet.
Weather and field conditions permitting, the Clippers will return to Mount Vernon on Saturday, March 30, for the Mustang’s Coed Invitational.
Results:

Aiming for excellence

Swisher American Legion program promotes responsible firearms, developes young minds

SWISHER– In an era of tense controversy over the use and possession of firearms, one group in this northwest Johnson County town is learning to respect guns, rather than fear them.
And they’re learning life lessons while learning to shoot.
For two years, the American Legion Post 671 in Swisher has sponsored a Junior Shooting Sports Program, one of the legion’s many family and youth programs. Participants from ages 12 to 18 use an air-powered rifle shooting a .177 caliber pellet as they learn gun safety and marksmanship.

Flapjack happy

Ten-month-old Ben Stoner of Oxford munches on breakfast while attending the 40th annual Optimist pancake fundraiser with his grandfather, Dick Stoner, Jr. For more photos of the event, see page 20. (photo by Doug Lindner)

West side park to see first phase of improvements

Public invited to give input at March 27 open house

NORTH LIBERTY– Plans for a new public park in North Liberty are now in full swing.
At its March 12 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved plans, specifications, form of contract and cost estimates for improvements to a 40-acre green space acquired by the city in 2009. The space near the intersection of Jones Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive was used as farm ground until last year, and is now ready for its first phase of development.

A cluster of controversy

Supervisors give initial approval to Dooley subdivision

District deals with legislative uncertainty

CCA approves 2013-2014 budget

AMANA– Every spring, school districts across Iowa draw up a budget for the next school year and certify it. It’s the art of speculation coupled with the science of fiscal reality.

NLPD’s Venenga born to serve, strong role model

NLPD interim police chief is also city’s 2012 employee of the year

NORTH LIBERTY– In December, the City of North Liberty named police lieutenant Diane Venenga as its 2012 employee of the year. Venenga was cited as, “a solid role model for every officer,” in the city’s press release. Mayor Tom Salm and city administrator Ryan Heiar made the selection, which was open to all city employees.
Since then, Lt. Venenga has been named interim police chief in the wake of chief Jim Warkentin’s resignation earlier this year.

Common threads tell unique stories

NORTH LIBERTY– Quilts are so much more than scraps of fabric, cut by hand and stitched together with careful placement, more than warm comfort on a cold night, even more than American folk art handed down through generations.
Quilts are testaments to lives well lived, celebrations of life’s milestones, congratulatory gifts of honor.

Trojans still 4A state champs

DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans are still the reigning Class 4A Champions after a three-game campaign at the Boys State Basketball Tournament in the Wells Fargo Arena.
The team, coached by Steve Bergman, went on a rollercoaster ride, which ended with its second consecutive state tournament trophy, the fifth for the program and the fourth for Bergman.
But it almost didn’t happen.

Tiny twirlies

The Tiny Kix class from Just For Kix dance studio in North Liberty finishes a routine at the Solon Dance Spectacular 2013 on Feb. 15. The 4- and 5-year-olds pictured are Olivia Fuller, Addison Wagner, Rachel Mundt, Kynzly Farr and Ella Keune. (photo by Lori Lindner)