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North Liberty Leader

Creek Boys tame Tigers, CCA tops Grinnell, 6-5

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball club improved to 13-4 overall with a 6-5 non-conference win over Grinnell, a member of the Little Hawkeye Conference, on Monday, July 13, in Tiffin.
The Tigers scored one run in the top of the first inning and attempted a late rally with four runs in the top of the seventh. The Clippers plated one run in the bottom of the second and the third, followed with three runs in the fourth and the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Lightning scorches the Prairie Hawks with 10-run inning

Liberty advances to regional final with 12-0 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team came one game closer to a potential first-ever state tournament appearance Saturday, July 18, in an inter-Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) duel as the Valley Division Lightning faced the Mississippi Division Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie.
The Bolts scorched the birds 12-0 in the Class 5A regional semifinal game, at home, and advanced to a regional final against Valley Division foe Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Reconciling the sins of the past

Johnson County Supervisors discuss the origins of Johnson County

IOWA CITY– In his play “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
In Johnson County, Iowa, however, some are hoping the county will still smell as sweet under a new namesake.
Recent social unrest fueled by protests against racism has led to statues and monuments, mostly related to the Civil War, being damaged, destroyed or taken down. Several national food products are seeing changes to their branding, eliminating trademark personas such as Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima due to connections with slavery.

Opportunities to get moving on tap for Tiffin starting this fall

New rec. director lays out plans for the city’s first ever recreational programming

TIFFIN– He had high hopes.
When Frank Haege packed up his family in Minnesota and moved to Solon (where his wife is from and has extended family), it was with the intention of starting a first-ever recreation department for the City of Tiffin. Haege’s first day on the job was Monday, April 13, and shortly after arriving in Tiffin, he said “I am really looking forward to working with all of the existing recreational groups in the area.”
And, he had a simple goal for the residents of Tiffin, “Get people moving.”

New restaurant Table opens in North Liberty

Table is open in North Liberty and features rustic, farmhouse-inspired cuisine, premium cocktails and an all-Iowa beer list.

NORTH LIBERTY– A new restaurant has opened on North Liberty’s west side.
The Table restaurant offers many classics, as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, while frequently sourcing from local producers. The ownership is made up of seven local entrepreneurs.
Many safety measures were implemented to ensure the safety of guests, staff, and community members, according to a press release.
Table opened July 7 at 575 Cameron Way in North Liberty, the former location of Beerburger, and patrons may visit the website at www.tableiowa.com.

Supervisors return to UDO amendment proposals

Farm Bureau gets three out of seven changes approved

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved three out of seven amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Thursday, July 9, during its regular meeting.
The amendments were proposed by the Johnson County Farm Bureau to address concerns of the agricultural community regarding wording and policies the UDO codified in support of the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The 300-page UDO was approved by the supervisors last December and took effect Jan. 15 after roughly a year-and-a-half of discussion and debate.

Creek Boys pound the Trojans

CCA bombards S. Tama with 28 runs and 22 hits in WaMaC sweep

TAMA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team remained comfortably atop the WaMaC West, with an 11-3 conference showing and 11-4 record overall, after plastering the South Tama Trojans, 15-3 and 13-2, on Monday, July 6, in Tama.
The Clippers and Trojans were tied, 3-3, at the end of the third inning of game one, but the Boats unleashed a seven-run barrage in the top of the fourth and ended the game with five runs in the fifth.

Bolts pull off Senior Night split against Mustangs

Liberty High falls, 10-2, to Dubuque Hempstead and comes back for 9-5 win

NORTH LIBERTY– Thirteen seniors were recognized for their pioneering efforts at building Liberty High’s baseball program on Monday, July 6, during Senior Night, at home, against Dubuque Hempstead.
Seniors Jacob Norris, Isaac Bender, Nolan Frey, Hunter White, Chris Nicknish, Tyler Dahm, Cayden Duhaime, Chase Hutchinson, Ryan Nugent, Alec Boldt, Jonah Warren, Ben Campbell and Sam Funke were honored on a night that saw the Bolts split with the Mustangs. Liberty fell, 10-2, in the opener, but took the nightcap, 9-5, handing Hempstead its first loss of the season.

Creek Girls sweep the Lady Mustangs

Schrock grand slam ends 3-inning nightcap with 14-0 win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team dropped out of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU)’s weekly rankings for Thursday, July 9, a day after sweeping unranked Independence, 5-1 and 14-0, at home.
The Clippers put up two runs in the bottom of the second inning of game one and followed with three more in the fourth. The Mustangs put one runner across the dish in the top of the seventh.
Gabrielle Bedford went 3-3 at the plate with an RBI. Cheyaenne Bunch had two singles and an RBI. Reese Stockman nailed a double. Avery Allan had an RBI single.

Bolts sweep Saints on Senior Night

Liberty High knocks off CR Xavier 2-0 and 4-3

NORTH LIBERTY– Senior Night at Liberty High School was made sweeter by a Lightning softball sweep of the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints.
Liberty took the varsity doubleheader 2-0 and 4-3 while honoring Ella “Jo-Jo” Johnson and Brylee “BK” Klosterman between games on Friday, July 10.

Blues and BBQ 2020: A Virtual Summer Festival

NORTH LIBERTY– In April, the planning committee announced a decision to cancel the 2020 in-person edition of North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
But fans of the festival still have the opportunity to have a taste of Blues and BBQ at home. This year, the 14th annual event is built for the backyard.
Full details were announced late in June, but we wanted to give you a sampling to chew on.

A little longer, but also a little shorter

Celebrating Independence Day in the COVID-19 era in Oxford

OXFORD– The annual Fourth of July Parade was both a little longer, and also a little shorter this year. The parade, held on Saturday, July 4, followed a different route, and also had noticeably fewer entries than in some previous years.
In June, a city council member, and a member of the Oxford First Responders, created the new and longer parade route in the hopes of spreading out the crowds for social distancing; a concern during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.