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Iowa plans record number of wetland projects this year

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship anticipates a record calendar year for progress toward the construction of Department-sponsored water quality wetlands within Iowa.

World Food Prize Foundation connects with 125,000 past participants

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Global Youth Institute, the World Food Prize Foundation has launched an Alumni Survey, inviting past participants of various programs to share their experiences in furthering the Foundation’s mission of increasing the quality, quantity and availability of food for all.

State and federal agriculture disaster recovery resources available July 25

State, federal and local agencies, in conjunction with farming industry groups, will host a one-day Agriculture Recovery Center in Cedar County, noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 25 to help Iowans recover from spring tornado and storm damage.

Iowa Swine Day 2024 explores emerging topics July 25 in Ames

Elevate your knowledge of the pork industry with the most current knowledge on emerging industry topics at the 2024 Iowa Swine Day. Organized and provided by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, this event brings together renowned speakers from the U.S. and around the world to address the developing challenges that the swine industry is facing. This year's event is set for July 25 at the Iowa State Center in Ames.

$5,745 grant puts new books in Bennett Library

A $5,475 grant from the Community Foundation of Cedar County brought new books, supplies and materials to the Bennett Library.

Eldridge UMC to host Saturday concert

The community is invited to attend a concert by singer, songwriter and storyteller Daryl Mosley on at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Eldridge United Methodist Church.

New Year's in July party to raise funds in Blue Grass

Dress up or come as you are to a New Year’s Eve in July FUNdraiser gala, July 27 at the Blue Grass Community Center, 232 E. Orphed St., Blue Grass.

All 1970s NS reunion set for August

Join your fellow North Scott alumni for the second multi-class gathering of alumni from the 1970s on Saturday, Aug. 24, downstairs at the Rustic Ridge Golf Course facility.
Sheriff & Police news
View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the July 17 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the July 17 NSP!

Sports
Baseball

'Little things' earn big win

Nothing is guaranteed in baseball. Especially in the postseason. No matter what happens in the regular season, every team starts with a clean slate.
Softball

Taking care of business

It was a victory twice as nice.

Lancer bikers reach new heights

The North Scott Mountain Biking Club is making itself known on the Iowa circuit.
Softball

Regional bracket breakdown

It’s rare enough to get a few days off during the softball season. How about 11?
Baseball

Clean slate starts Friday

Flush it. Turn the page. Hit the reset button.
Opinion
Reflection on what we say, how we say it; what we do
Last weekend was the biggest event of the summer at our house when our daughters, Anne Olson and Alisa Sleep, their husbands Matt and Joe and six grandchildren, three each from Urbandale, Iowa (Clara, Nolan and Ella Olson), and Verona, Wis. (Ava, Nora and Jacob Sleep) came for the Eldridge Summer Festival and Moonlight Chase.
2009: Walcott swears in Chief Jim Vaughan to replace Dave Kopatich
July 22, 2009: Walcott police sergeant Jim Vaughan was hired as the town’s new police chief. He would replace Dave Kopatich, who recently took the chief’s position in Eldridge.
Then and now for LGBT students at North Scott High School
My 25th high school class reunion was this month. While some like to relive the memories of North Scott, the school experience was traumatic for many of us. I was the target of bullying and harassment on a consistent basis. Those weren’t glory days; they were hell. And yet, I had certain generally positive experiences (e.g., Lancer Productions, choir, some friendly classmates, and a handful of teachers who tried to establish a safe and affirming environment).
North Scott community really turned out for Chase and festival
"We want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped us make the 39th Annual Moonlight Chase and the Eldridge Summer Festival a huge success, even in the blazing heat ..."
Attempts to defend child labor law are "clear foolishness"
"The Iowa labor law of 2023 should never have been passed and any attempt to justify or defend it is clear foolishness.  The fools are the Iowa legislators who voted for the bill and governor who signed it ..."
Happy 50th, Eldridge Preschool!
"A special tribute to Kathy Fox for her 1972 unusual, ingenious preschool idea. This preschool has served over 1,000 students ..."
Women, doctors, should make abortion decisions, not legislators
"In November, please vote to reverse the Iowa abortion ban. Vote for Democratic legislators ..."
How low can you go? Stealing granny's birthday cards
Speaking at the Rotary clubs of Ames and North Scott last August, Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand said, without hesitation, that officials who violate their trust and steal from public coffers should serve time behind bars.
1974: Eldridge police struggle to fill shifts for chief's vacation
July 10, 1974: The Eldridge City Council questioned whether the police department would be able to guarantee 24-hour patrol coverage during police chief Harley Osmun’s upcoming vacation. At a previous meeting, Osmun had requested part-time help, which the council denied. During Osmun’s vacation, the three other officers would have to work a 56-hour week to ensure 24-hour coverage.
If we vote we win
"The only way we lose is if we don’t vote Democratic, Nov. 5, for President Joe Biden ..."
Announcements
Robert and Maureen Keppy celebrate 60th anniversary
Robert and Maureen Keppy of Weslaco, Texas, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party in Siesta Village.
Obituary: Lorna Sawyer
Lorna Mae Sawyer, 81, of the Kahl Home in Davenport, formerly of Princeton, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2024. Born on April 20, 1943, in Davenport, Lorna was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Obituary: John Romanick
John Paul Romanick III, age 55, of Long Grove, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2024, surrounded by family, following a lengthy fight with cancer.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday the 20th of July, at the Runge Mortuary and Crematory on 838 E. Kimberly Rd. Davenport, IA 52807, (563) 391-6202. Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., service at 2 p.m., with lunch to follow. Memorials may be made to the family to later be distributed to John’s favorite charities.  Online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com.
Obituary: Phyllis Rekemeyer
Phyllis Louise Rekemeyer, age 83, of Albia, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2024, at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia, surrounded by her loved ones, under the care of Care Initiatives Hospice.  
Obituary: Marilyn Erling
Marilyn Joyce Erling, 90, formerly of Princeton, passed away peacefully at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Services to celebrate her life were held Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. at The Runge Mortuary. Visitation was one hour prior to her service, at the mortuary. Her final resting place was in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may go to Empowering Abilities (HDC) or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.  Online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com. 
Death Notice: Sally Puls
A funeral service for Sally Ann Puls, 85, of Eldridge, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge. Burial will be in Allens Grove Cemetery, Donahue. Visitation will be Thursday, July 18, from 4-7 p.m. at the church, with additional visitation one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: John Romanick
A funeral service for John Paul Romanick III, 55, of Long Grove, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Saturday at the mortuary, and a luncheon will follow the service.
Death Notice: Lorna Sawyer
A memorial service for Lorna Mae Sawyer, 81, formerly of Princeton, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton. A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, July 18, from 4-7 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.
Death Notice: Phyllis Rekemeyer
A memorial service for Phyllis Louise Rekemeyer, 83, of Albia, will be held at 4 p.m.  Saturday, July 20, at Tharp Funeral Home, Albia. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Private family burial will take place at a later date.
Ganzer-Amhof vows to be said this autumn
Kela Ganzer of Donahue and Matt Amhof of Eldridge are engaged to be married.
Obituary: Jennifer Nims
Jennifer L. Nims, 50, of Delmar, and formerly of Eldridge, passed away on Sunday morning, July 7, 2024, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.
Obituary: Brian Zindel
Brian Lee Zindel, age 81, of Walcott, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2024, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial gathering will be held from 11 a.m. - 12 noon, Monday, July 15, at Calvary Church of Walcott.  A service will be held at 12 noon, Monday, July 15, at the church.  Memorials may be directed to the Walcott Fire Department or Calvary Church of Walcott in his memory.  Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Sanford Remley
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Sanford “Sandy” Remley, 86, of Blue Grass, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 (today), at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Blue Grass. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the Blue Grass Cemetery. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Obituary: Marion Owings
Marion Owings Jr., 91, of Eldridge, died Monday, July 8, 2024, at the Davenport Lutheran Home.  Funeral services are 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 10 (today) at Chambers Funeral Home in Eldridge.  Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of the services on Wednesday at the funeral home. 
Death Notice: Marilyn Erling
A funeral service celebrating the life of Marilyn Joyce Erling, 90, formerly of Princeton, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.
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U of I wins $16.4 million grant to buy six electric buses

A $16.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration will allow the University of Iowa to phase out a portion of its bus fleet with electric vehicles and update its facilities, putting the university in a better position to meet its sustainability goals and welcome new technological advances.

Crooked Cactus performs at Sheridan Meadows July 17

The Eldridge-North Scott Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the second of third in the Free Summer Concert Series. The July concert will be on July 17 from 6-9 p.m. at Sheridan Meadows, featuring Quad Cities favorite Crooked Cactus.

Walcott Lions award scholarship, welcome new officers

The 52nd annual installation of officers and awards night was held by the Walcott Lions Club Tuesday, June 25, at the I-80 Truckstop, where Renee Curler not only gave up her gavel as president but was named the club’s Lion of the Year.

The auctioneer celebrates

Matt Costello celebrates his 80th birthday with a surprise yard display outside his Eldridge home, then a wing-ding that filled Ray's Pub in Donahue.