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Ruling leaves door open for betting on high school sports

The U.S. Supreme Court last week on a vote of 6-3 said individual states can decide whether to allow bets to be placed on amateur sports. Should Iowa join the parade? We asked readers in our online poll at www.northscottpress.com and 74 percent said No. more

No doubts about telling Cailynn's amazing story

If ever I had any doubts about telling Cailynn Garnica’s story, they were wiped clean with a 15-minute visit to North Scott Junior High School late Friday morning. more

Say Thank You to a teacher

Here are some scratches from an old reporters’ notepad: more

Donahue welcomed a paved road

May 22, 1968: A crowd of approximately 420 Donahue residents celebrated the completion of the newly paved street into town. more

Welcome to the conversation

We're mailing free sample copies of The North Scott Press to North Scott residents this week, so some of you might be seeing our paper for the first time. more

A leap from concussions to a championship

Without question, it’s the feel-good story of the year. more

Congressman rides with police chief

May 15, 2013: U. S. Congressman Dave Loebsack was able to get a close-up view of Eldridge during a visit to the Eldridge Police Department. He spent time with police Chief Dave Kopatich at the department’s headquarters before the two stepped into a police car and took part in a “ride-along” tour throughout Eldridge. more

What does it take for you to change your mind?

“Today, no group in America feels comfortably dominant. Every group feels attacked, pitted against other groups not just for jobs and spoils but for the right to define the nation’s identity. In these conditions, democracy devolves into zero-sum group competition — pure political tribalism.” more

A record of success, and a time for transitions

It’s sure to be a pretty special moment tonight when Bill and Nicole Kearney take to the North Scott stage to present the annual Ambrose Kearney Memorial Scholarship. more

Praying around the flag pole

North Scott’s faithful prayed out loud around the high school flagpole and it made me nervous. more

Picketers slowed construction on addition at North Scott High School

May 11, 1978: The Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers brought construction to a halt when members picketed the building site of an industrial arts addition at North Scott High School to protest against DeWitt Electric, a non-union contractor hired by the school district. North Scott Board member Ned Mohr and others sought an injunction to prevent the picket which, according to Mohr, was illegal since Iowa has a “right to work” law. more

Planting seeds for the future

At the beginning of the year, in an effort to stay relevant for the future, we planted some seeds here at The NSP that have been germinating all year and are now just poking their heads out of the ground. more

Few take the time to attend councils, boards

8:47 a.m. That’s the time that works best for me for Board of Supervisor Tuesday morning committee meetings. more

McDonald's to locate at Walcott

May 4, 1978: The final plat for a McDonald’s Restaurant was approved to be located at the southeast corner of the I-80 interchange in Walcott. more

A local success story

Here's an item of unexpected good news: Eldridge electric rates are third lowest in Iowa with an average price of 7.9 cents per kilowatt hour. The western Iowa towns of Manilla and Denison are the only ones that are lower, at 7.85 and 7.86. That's according to information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration published in Sunday's Des Moines Register, based on revenue divided by kilowatt hours. more

'Joseph' deserves community support

Seriously, what’s not to like about "Joseph?" more

A path to leadership

The Quad Cities Big Table last weekend raised voices in civic engagement, one of my favorite things about being a journalist. more

'The fair won't be the same'

“We are going to miss her.” Those are the words of Rich Coussens, the Mississippi Valley Fair Board president. He is speaking of MVF Board member Shirley Newell, 87, of Long Grove, who died April 8 while struggling to recover from a January stroke. more

Eldridge Lions planted Christmas trees as fundraiser

April 24, 1968: Eldridge Lions planted 2,500 evergreen trees on a six-acre tract of land owned by Ted Baetke. The land had been set aside for a conservation project, and the Lions planned to cut the trees at maturity to sell as Christmas trees. more

Use Facebook if you must, but with eyes wide open

In all the years of our NSP Online questions of the week, readers never agreed 100 percent about anything, but the March 28-April 10 poll came close. Only one of the 61 who voted answered Yes when asked if you trust Facebook to protect your personal information. more
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