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Community

Muller continues pursuit of the truth

NL resident guides next generation of journalists

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– As a child, Lyle Muller really liked three things: radio, newspapers and music. And through a dedicated career in the media, he is accomplished in all three.
Muller, a North Liberty resident since 1979, is currently the Executive Director of Iowa Watch, a non-profit media watchdog with the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Formerly the editor for The Gazette, Muller now spends his days focusing on the craft of journalism and mentoring up-and-coming student journalists.

Storm and high wind cause damage in North Liberty

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It was here and gone quickly, but Eastern Iowa’s severe weather last Thursday, Sept. 19, left plenty of reminders in its wake.
People in several North Liberty neighborhoods were surveying and cleaning up after heavy wind and rain damaged homes, outdoor equipment and other structures Friday morning, including the Greer family.

CCA to kick off petition drive for bond issue

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is ramping up its efforts to get the word out about its space woes, as a Feb. 4 bond issue referendum grows nearer.

City to host public open house for new police chief Oct. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Diane Venenga was named North Liberty’s police chief by mayor Tom Salm. The North Liberty City Council will vote on the appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. Venenga, who has served as the interim chief since February, will take the post permanently following council’s approval.
Venenga has been with the North Liberty Police Department for 14 years, serving as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant before her appointment as chief. Venenga is an Iowa native and holds degrees in criminology and political science from the University of Northern Iowa.

Fitness screening at North Liberty VNA flu clinic Sept. 27

NORTH LIBERTY– There will be a free fitness screening at the North Liberty Visiting Nurses Association flu clinic on Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. until noon at the North Liberty Recreation Center, 820 W. Cherry St., North Liberty.
Fitness screening can help assess balance and strength, both of which are extremely important in preventing falls. The free screening, taking approximately five minutes, will be conducted by trained volunteers with the oversight of a community expert.

Sign up now for North Liberty’s ‘Make A Difference Day’ Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will be hosting “Make A Difference Day,” a service project on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Work teams from local churches will be fanning out all over North Liberty to perform community service.
Service projects will include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve lives in the North Liberty community.

NL will have county’s first vote center for Nov. 5 city election

NORTH LIBERTY– All North Liberty city election voters will be able to vote at Johnson County’s first ever vote center on Nov. 5. The vote center at South Slope Communications, 980 N. Front St., will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Recent changes in state law allow auditors to combine precincts into vote centers for all non-partisan elections to save costs and increase voter convenience.
The vote center will have five to eight workers, instead of the minimum 18 workers that would have been required at six polling places, for an estimated savings of from $2,000 to $2,500.

Connect with NL though smartphone app

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has released an app for iOS and Android smartphones that allows users to contact elected officials and city staff, report non-emergency issues, stay up-to-date on city news and events, and get directions to the city’s recreation facilities.
“We want our residents to have quick access to the information they need and be able to easily let us know about issues we need to address,” said Nick Bergus, the city’s communications director. “We know many of our residents carry smartphones, so an app was a natural way to help them connect with us.”

CCA to host Senior Supper Oct. 19

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Clear Creek Amana Student Assistance Team/Interact club will host its annual Senior Supper. Any district patron over the age of 55 is welcome to come and eat a supper provided by the students. They will have ham, turkey and mashed potatoes along with a great potluck provided by the students. They will show off the new high school and provide tours of the building. Please call the high school at 319-545-5623 by Oct. 15 if you wish to attend.

Dorau, Lynch and Kirschling edge out competitors in ICCSD board election

Voter turnout breaks record

By Eric Hawkinson
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– It was a record turnout for voters in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board election on Sept. 10. According to the Johnson County auditor, a total of 8,750 votes were cast, which is nearly 12 percent of registered voters.

Incumbents win, Kinney rejoins CCA school board

IOWA CITY– According to the results of the Sept. 10 school election, voters in the Clear Creek Amana school district generally approve of their existing school board.
Incumbents Eileen Schmidt, Steve Swenka and Jim Seelman retained their seats in the 2013 school board election. Out of 7,756 registered voters, 535, or 6.9 percent, cast their ballots.

Field for NL chief narrowed to four

Officials expect to approve choice at council meeting

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– There were 50 applicants who wanted to lead the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) into the future.
With the help of consulting firm Moulder and Associates, select members of the public and city staff, the list was pared to 11 applicants, then six. Two of those candidates withdrew their names from the pool.
And then there were four.