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The light and love of pastor Bill Steward which I wrote about last week did shine on the assembled delegates at the worldwide General Conference of the United Methodist Church – but only on 384 of the 822 who voted for progressive, inclusive acceptance of our gay and lesbian sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles. more
In a way, Rylie Rucker’s life is all about numbers. more
It’s almost routine. more
March 5, 2014: With a thrilling 47-46 victory over Cedar Rapids Xavier, the North Scott girls’ basketball team earned a trip to the state tournament in a game played at Mount Vernon. Teammates Gina Percuoco, Karly Soy, Shelley Matthys and Karli Rucker mobbed Evan Hundley after she made the game-winning shot with time running out. more
One big topic of conversations at the capitol last week was Senate File 348. This bill is from Gov. Kim Reynolds and allows for the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives by a pharmacist without a previous consultation and prescription of a doctor. more
Gardeners may be wondering just how, and if, trees, shrubs and perennials survive below-zero temperatures. They know that the below-ground parts of a tree are kept insulated by a layer of snow, and that is important to winter survival, but the exposed parts of a tree are not so protected. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the cold hardiness of trees, shrubs and perennials. more
"We QCA drivers are currently in the middle of our fifth season of the year – the pothole parade ..." more
I was thinking about the Grand Mound native, the Rev. Bill Steward and the restorative justice he practiced at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, when I read Mark Ridolfi's report in the Feb. 13 NSP about the new program that juvenile detention director Jeremy Kaiser has brought to Scott County for dealing with car thieves. more
At a time of year when the high school sports season is at fever pitch, Lancer fans have been kept busy following North Scott’s highly successful wrestling and basketball teams. more
Scott County Supervisors finally got a crowd at their 5 p.m. Thursday meeting. more
March 1, 1979: Firefighters from Donahue, Eldridge, Long Grove and Dixon responded to a fire at the Donahue Tap but could not save the 45-year-old structure. Don and Sue Hagan lost their home and all the contents. Don Altenhofen’s barbershop and $5,000 worth of equipment owned by the Donahue Sportsmen were also destroyed in the fire. more
Editor's note: Extension of the Local Option Sales Tax, of which Rep. Mommsen writes, beyond 2029 is a necessary first step for the North Scott School District to be able to sell bonds for the YMCA project it is pursuing in cooperation with the city of Eldridge and the Scott County Family Y. more
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