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County roads in bad shape

April 14, 1993: Vern Fahrenkrog, superintendent of maintenance for the Scott County Roads Department, estimated that up to 600 miles of county roads were in bad shape due to a combination of frost boils and the Wapsi River backing up out of its banks. more

Tax relief work continues in Senate

Work continued this week on tax relief for Iowans and the state budget. Important progress was made in the effort to lower some of the highest tax rates in the country. Iowa has the fourth highest personal income tax in the country and the second highest corporate income tax in the country. These rates discourage work and investment, and make it more difficult for entrepreneurship and creativity to thrive. more

Stepping away from the April freeze

Linda and I stepped away from the Midwest freeze last week, but it wasn't much warmer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The temperature was 32 and there was frost on our windshield when we started home Sunday morning. But that was short-lived. The grass is green and the flowers are in bloom there, so it warmed up quickly and actually it was quite comfortable. The temperature was 73 when we went to a reception for the Rotary Peace Scholars at the North Carolina Botanical Center Friday evening. (We saw that it was 15 degrees here. Saturday's Special Olympics games were canceled!) more

History comes alive for North Scott students

As I sat in the front row of the North Scott Junior High gymnasium Wednesday morning, and an hour later stood in the back of the darkened high school auditorium, I had a hard time grasping the significance of the event. more

Is regional collaboration a possibility for water?

Park View’s best water solutions are 96-feet in the air, eight feet underground or five miles away. more

Our Past: Ground broken for Hardee's

April 10, 1968 Mr. and Mrs. Keith Schmidt were among the newcomers who had moved to Eldridge. Students at John Glenn Elementary School in Donahue enjoyed playing on the newly blacktopped surface … more

Art honors lives of civil rights leaders

As I sat in the new media center at North Scott High School during the school board election forum last Aug. 30, I couldn't keep my eyes off of the large mural on the west wall. more

Illuminating the best and worst of politics

Don’t look here for political prognostication. I don’t do tea leaves. I do facts. more

St. Luke's and Mercy hospitals merge to form Genesis

March 31, 1993: The governing boards of St. Luke’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital voted unanimously to implement the consolidation of the two organizations into a new, single health service corporation (Genesis East and Genesis West hospitals). more

Youth gave us a message of hope during a crazy week

It was a crazy week in the news. Down was up and up was down, but in the end, sanity and clarity were found in the most unexpected of places. more

Grab a ticket and go

Am I a curmudgeon? Realist? Or an ol’ softy? more

Boosters launch campaign for track for North Scott High School

March 27, 1968: The North Scott Athletic Boosters began a campaign to gain support for the construction of a track for North Scott High School. High school and junior high track athletes had so far conducted their practices by running around the town of Eldridge on the streets. more
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