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Community

Kites rule the skies over Centennial Park

North Liberty’s first ever Take Flight! event celebrates aviation

NORTH LIBERTY– For quite a while the only things flying over the grounds of Centennial Park, in North Liberty, were purple martin birds checking out the throngs of humans who gathered for “Take Flight!” an afternoon of kite flying. The event, the first standalone kite event (mega kites were part of the last Beat the Bitter event) was held Sunday, Oct. 6, with gigantic kites sharing the cloudy skies with many smaller kites.

Six seeking NL council seats

Introducing Brent Smith, Matthew Eckhardt, Mike Nichols, Bryan Wayson, RaQuishia Harrington and Chris Hoffman

NORTH LIBERTY– Three incumbents will face two challengers on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election ballot in North Liberty for three city council seats. RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman and Brent Smith will defend their four-year terms against challengers Matthew Eckhardt and Michael Nicholls. Harrington and Smith are new to the council with Harrington winning a special election in March to fill the vacancy left by Jim Sayre (who moved out of state) while Smith was appointed by the council in May to replace Jennifer Goings (who also has left the area).

Six running for seats on CCA’s school board

Introducing Penny Schnedler

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will see changes to its School Board of Directors in the wake of the Tuesday, Nov. 5, elections as board members Terry Davis and Steve Swenka are not seeking reelection while incumbent Matt McAreavy will face Brian Horsford, former board member Eileen Schmidt, and Penny Schnedler in a contest for two at-large seats.

Looking out for wildlife

NL Scout Dominick Shover takes on a crusade against discarded fishing line

NORTH LIBERTY– According to Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph on her blog Portfolio (www.drellenrudolph.com), “Monofilament fishing line is by far the most dangerous kind of debris encountered by wildlife.” Fishing line (often cut and left in place after getting snagged and tangled in shoreline trees, shrubs or underwater debris) often entangles and kills birds, fish, turtles, frogs and other small mammals, sometimes even injuring or killing pets. Hooks attached to the line can injure or kill as well, especially if the animal swallows it.

Eight candidates for ICCSD board seats

Introducing Michael Tilley, Shawn Eyestone and Lisa Williams

IOWA CITY– Eight candidates are on the ballot for four seats on the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) School Board. Incumbents Shawn Eyestone and Paul Roesler will attempt to keep their seats while Charlie Eastham, Matthew Getz, Michael Tilley, Julie Van Dyke, Stephanie Van Housen and Lisa C. Williams will also challenge for a spot.

Six seeking NL council seats

Introducing Brent Smith, Matthew Eckhardt, Mike Nichols and Bryan Wayson

NORTH LIBERTY– Three incumbents will face two challengers on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election ballot in North Liberty for three city council seats. RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman and Brent Smith will defend their four-year terms against challengers Matthew Eckhardt and Michael Nicholls. Harrington and Smith are new to the council with Harrington winning a special election in March to fill the vacancy left by Jim Sayre (who moved out of state) while Smith was appointed by the council in May to replace Jennifer Goings (who also has left the area).

Clear Creek Amana attends Quad Co. Soil Judging Contest

MUSCATINE– More than 150 FFA members from 12 schools competed in the Annual Quad County Soils Competition. The Soil Contest was held by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts from Iowa, Keokuk, Poweshiek and Mahaska Counties put on the event.

Six running for seats on CCA’s School Board

Introducing Eileen Schmidt, Jennifer Mooney, Matt McAreavy, Brian Hosford and Jeff Tackaberry

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will see changes in its School Board of Directors in the wake of the Tuesday, Nov. 5, elections as board members Terry Davis and Steve Swenka are not seeking reelection while incumbent Matt McAreavy will face Brian Horsford, former board member Eileen Schmidt and Penny Schnedler in a contest for two at-large seats.

Growing the STEM

CCA teacher lays out new innovations and big dreams

TIFFIN– STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has become a focal point of education across the state and the nation. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District began incorporating STEM into the middle school curriculum (sixth through eighth grade) several years ago with Reagan Boeset as the program’s teacher.

Homecoming for the Bolts

Parade and Powderpuff football lead up to gridiron clash with the Clippers

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School celebrated its Homecoming Week with a parade and Powderpuff Flag Football Game on Thursday, Sept. 26, ahead of Class 3A District 5 varsity football against rival Clear Creek Amana on Friday, Sept. 27.
The parade started on the Liberty campus, wound its way around the adjoining neighborhood and returned to campus with a cookout following. The Powderpuff game pitted senior girls against junior girls in flag football with varsity football players acting as their coaches.

Plenty to choose from on Nov. 5

Leader area city and school board candidates’ list finalized

JOHNSON COUNTY– The filing deadline to be on the ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 5, city and school elections was 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The Johnson County Auditor’s Office has posted the list of the many candidates throughout the county in city and school elections, with several in the North Liberty Leader’s coverage area: North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher and Shueyville; and including the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).

Archie’s opens new car and truck rental company in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Archie’s Brake and Quick Lube has announced a new addition to its car care family. Archie’s Rent-a-Ride is now open and renting quality vehicles at affordable prices. Located at 760 Nathan Ave. Ste. 11 in North Liberty, Archie’s is local and convenient. The residents of North Liberty and surrounding areas no longer have to drive to Iowa City or Cedar Rapids to rent a vehicle.