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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

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

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

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 her what the experience had been like. And she said it had been painful. 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

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

Wish we could vote for candidates of all parties

If you really want to change your government, you need to vote in next Tuesday's primary election. A lot of well qualified candidates in the past have not made it past this first winnowing of the field for the November general elections. 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

Praying around the flag pole

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

Paper or plastic? That is the question

Paper or plastic? As far as grocery bags are concerned, I don’t have to answer that anymore. Like a lot of people, I bring my own reusable sacks to the supermarket most of the time. But if you ask me that question about almost anything else, my answer is almost always an emphatic “paper.” But if … more
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