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Residents wanted house-to-house mail

Nov. 24, 1977: Eldridge Postmaster Dorothy Beck told The North Scott Press that a survey conducted by the postal service showed that Eldridge residents were strongly in favor of house to house mail delivery. A formal request for in-town delivery had been denied in 1975, even though Eldridge had at that time surpassed the population requirement of 2,500 for consideration. more

Donahue Savings Bank was ordered closed by the FDIC in 1977

Sept. 1, 1977: In an unprecedented sequence of events, the Donahue Savings Bank was ordered closed by the Iowa State Department of Banking, and its assets were sold at a private auction to Davenport Bank and Trust Co., the Quad Cities’ largest financial institution. President V.O. Figge announced that Davenport Bank intended to operate a full-service office while providing the Donahue community with all its banking needs. The purchase price was $480,000 and with that Davenport Bank also assumed approximately $5.1 million in book deposits and other liabilities. This prevented a potential financial loss to depositors. more

Our Past: 1977: School immunizations required

July 21, 1977 Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray signed a new law which required all students entering school in September to provide proof that their immunizations had been completed. North Scott officials … more

Week No. 2: Tell us what you think

Wow! What a response. As this issue went to press, 89 had already completed our online reader study and another 47 had started it. We're well on our way to our goal of a minimum of 200 responses which will make the results statistically reliable. Double or more would be even better. more

Top stories of 2017

I encourage you to read Mark Ridolfi's "On the Record" column because he does, I believe, accurately describe the biases of The North Scott Press, your community newspaper. He adds detail to our mission statement, which is published in every issue: "The mission of The North Scott Press is to provide dependable, accurate information in a family-oriented way to help build and support our communities." more

On the Record: Rockets red glare? Yes! Bombs bursting in air? No

Like a war zone. That phrase came up again and again before Eldridge and Princeton city councils, Scott County Supervisors, and small talk at Al & Gerry’s to describe Iowa’s first legal … more

Emergency! What would you do?

The recent false alarm in Hawaii about a ballistic missile attack reminded me of a fateful Saturday – Feb. 20, 1971 – that the Emergency Broadcasting System (EBS) put out a false national alert telling people they needed to take cover due to an attack. It took 40 minutes to correct the error. more

Everyday People: The pain of downsizing

Painful. That’s how a woman I know described the process of downsizing. She and her husband shed many of their possessions and moved from a house to a condominium a couple years ago. Later, I asked … more

Repeal of net neutrality, like tax bill, favors the big guys

I'm glad Donn Wilmott accepted our invitation to write about net neutrality. It is a subject he understands well because of his work, and his view is not surprising: this is a Faustian bargain that is being muscled through by the powerful – because they can. "Nothing good will come of this," he writes. Especially for small towns and rural areas. more

Case in Point: They remembered! Wilton students paint the AN window

I come to our readers this week wanting to give a public thank you to Wilton senior Cole Rabedeaux.     Having just gone through two straight weeks of homecoming activities at Durant and … more

First class stamps increased to 15 cents

June 1, 1978: Eldridge postal clerk Dona Cawiezell was pictured with a sheet of the new 15-cent first-class letter stamps. There was no price printed on the stamp, something new the Postal Service had initiated. more

Campbell's Scoup: Trapshooters' steely nerves bring title home to North Scott

For the past 10 months, an ever-growing group of North Scott athletes has quietly – discounting the constant pop-pop-pop of gunshots – gone about their business in relative obscurity. Except … more
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