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With summer winding down and kids returning to school, this seems like a good time to catch up on odds and ends: more
Aug. 20, 2014: North Scott High School football coach Kevin Tippet accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The North Scott event was organized by Steph Sacia, and more than 50 people were on hand at Lancer Stadium to either dump water or witness the event, which was part of a nationwide campaign to raise $15 million for research for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). more
Last month the state of Iowa issued yet another extension to Strategic Behavioral Health for its proposed 72-bed psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf. Readers may remember that SBH is a for-profit company based in Memphis.  Founded in 2006, the company operates 10 psychiatric hospitals in six states with plans to open facilities in Bettendorf and Middleton, Wis., an affluent community northwest of Madison. Despite delays and the 20 percent projected cost overrun of the Bettendorf project, the vote by the Iowa State Health Facilities Council was unanimous and without question or comment. more
With the recently announced two-year federal Budget Deal, discretionary spending will increase $2.7 trillion over the next two years. Knowing Iowa Republican Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley along with Iowa Democrat House of Representatives Cindy Axne, Abby Finkenauer and David Loebsack voted yea, they have proven they no longer care about a balanced budget or deficits. Only Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) opposed the legislation. more
I am so excited about the upcoming school year and looking forward to seeing all of our staff and students. I am sure we are in for a great year. The buildings are in great shape, and our teachers have been working all summer on updating their curriculum. As always, it is a privilege to serve the North Scott Community School District. more
"Kadyn’s law increased the criminal penalties and license sanctions for passing a stopped school bus, including fines, imprisonment, and driver’s license suspension ..." more
"Please be extra careful in school zones and be alert for school buses that are stopping for students ..." more
"Wouldn't gun control and banning assault weapons make us a whole lot safer ..." more
"Whoever visualized school kids wearing bulletproof knapsacks ..." more
"Until you stand up and denounce Donald Trump’s hatred and racism, I will remain ashamed to call you my senators ..." more
"Recently we had a minor 'issue' with an adjoining city property. I contacted the City of Eldridge and was very impressed with the prompt, professional response ..." more
It's remarkable, really, and a sign that civic engagement lives in our little corner of the world. "It" in this case is that no fewer than five of the last 10 district governors for Iowa Lions District 9EC have been members of one club: Eldridge. more
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