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Jan. 1, 1969: The Eldridge City Council met to award bids on a new water tank. Council members Bob Pischke, Ray Porter and Norman Harvey gave approval to accept the bid from Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Co. in the amount of $96,200 for a tubular column tank. (This is the water tank that still stands near the North Scott Administration Building.) more
On Sunday, Nov. 4, Clay and Kathy Dawson played a musical prelude of "Fairest Lord Jesus" at Eldridge United Methodist Church. This music, which puts the heart and mind at peace, was not unlike the countless piano-clavinova duets that this amazing couple had performed many times over the years. more
Thanks for tuning in to The North Scott Press News Hour on a Thursday, a big switch-up from your regularly scheduled programming this holiday week. more
Dec. 28, 1978: Results of a study showed that Eldridge was projected to grow to 3,200 by 1978, 3,900 plus by 1980 and 6,200 in 1985. City leaders began to consider providing additional services such as cable TV to residents. more
Of all the possible days of the week for Christmas and New Year's, Tuesday is the most vexing if you're a community newspaper – because central printing plants, which are typically very busy on Tuesdays, shut down, post office schedules change ... and Mondays are just as challenging with workers leaving early for well- deserved Christmas Eve church and family activities. more
Shhh. Listen. Do you hear it? Almost everywhere you go, there are bells ringing, carolers singing and endless renditions of “Winter Wonderland” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.” more
Here are some scraps from an old reporter’s notepad: more
Dec. 18, 1968: Norbert Albrecht, rural Long Grove, placed first in the Scott County Corn Yield Contest with 159.96 bushels per acre. William Storjohann of rural Davenport was second with 159.91 bushels per acre. more
The email from our attorney with the Iowa Newspaper Association Legal Hotline summed it up: "We believe the paper has the legal right to accurately publish the accused’s name and the charges against him – even though he is a minor. Whether the paper should is really a judgment call."    more
The news came late Monday night in a Caring Bridge post, and it wasn’t totally unexpected. That afternoon, with the death of Barry Lahann, North Scott lost another one of its pillars. more
The same week a 10-man team of Davenport and Eldridge police busted down an Eldridge door to serve a marijuana possession warrant, I met another young man whose life is forever changed by state cannabis laws. more
Dec. 14, 1978: The Walcott Lions Club completed a two-year project by purchasing a “Jaws of Life” for the Walcott Fire Department. The hydraulic rescue tool cost $5,400. more
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