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No home lots for junior high

North Scott schools withdrew, for now, a plan to rezone about 1.45 acres of junior high property for five new, student-built home lots.
Eldridge City Council

Sheridan Meadows makeover under way

Eldridge is ready to spend $38,051 this month for new lights for Sheridan Meadows ball diamonds, just part of the improvements needed for the Aug. 14-21 International Softball Congress 75th Annual ISC Men’s fast pitch world tournament.

Q: Why CNA class? Six students respond

Some already know that they want to be nurses, or at least work in the medical profession. Others already have jobs lined up. Some are still searching for their career paths, and are using North Scott’s CNA class as a tool to help determine their futures.

NS students will help fill void in healthcare system

Students participating in North Scott’s CNA class should not have any difficulty finding jobs after becoming state certified in June.

Dr. Katz supports single-shot vaccine to fight '4th wave'

County medical director Louis Katz called the latest COVID spike a fourth wave in Scott County attributable almost entirely to lax precautions among young people.

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the April 21 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the April 21 NSP!

View the Eldridge Police report from the April 21 NSP!

View the Eldridge Police report from the April 21 NSP!

'Kiss the Ground' kicks off Earth Day activities

Progressive Action for the Common Good is presenting a series of online forums in April, culminating in a May 22 Earth Day celebration at the Freight House Farmers Market in Davenport.
Girls' Soccer

Growing pains

It was a long week, but the Lancers persevered. Talk about growing up in hurry.
Boys' Tennis

Lancers grab first win; battle Bulldogs tough

You aren’t going to be hearing many complaints coming from the mouth of Todd Satterly. Despite its 1-2 record, North Scott’s boys’ tennis team is showing plenty of promise.
Girls' Tennis

North Scott girls find plenty of reasons to smile

Sometimes you just have to smile, and Saturday was one of those days for North Scott’s girls’ tennis team.
Boys' Soccer

Fast start, big finish pay dividends for Lancers

Finally, the Lancers finished the deal.
Reliable electric service tops my bucket list
In this column on April 7, about the YMCA groundbreaking, I lifted up good things happening in our community – a time to celebrate. Much has been accomplished, but a few items remain on my bucket list:
CNA program a shining star at North Scott
The halls of North Scott High School are filled with talented, intelligent and selfless individuals. I’ve witnessed it first hand, and consider it a privilege to share their accomplishments and success stories with the community.
1971: Athletic Director protests firing
April 21, 1971: North Scott athletic director and head track coach Donald Schmelzer asked for a formal hearing to protest his firing. While superintendent Melvin Heiler said the dismissal was due to a “public relations situation with a student and the public,” Schmelzer stated that he did not believe he had been given sufficient cause. The North Scott Education Foundation stated they also believed he had been fired unjustly.
Actions speak louder than words on law enforcement
“Now before we get into this debate tonight, let me be clear. If you support law enforcement — truly support law enforcement, you will be voting ‘yes’ tonight. If you stand up tonight and say you support law enforcement, your words will become meaningless with a ‘no’ vote on this bill. Actions speak louder than words.”
One 55-page book that helps us discover our hidden prejudices
Iowa’s 91 House and Senate Republican legislators want to outlaw classroom discussion of topics like racism and sexism (HF 802).  Furthermore, Iowa’s GOP attempt (HF 222) to ban discussion of the slavery-oriented 1619 Project book reveals their pro-white bias.
Funding increases for education
We are in the homestretch of the 110-day legislative session! This week we debated bills, moved governor appointments to state boards and commissions and advanced budget bills in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Supporting Iowa law enforcement
F 342 - Back the Blue. This week, we passed legislation to follow through on our promise to support law enforcement.
Fund encourages meat processing
This week I would like to provide an update on a bill that I mentioned a few weeks ago. We have now passed HF 857 which was formerly HF 787. The bill creates the Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund and Program to be administered by IEDA (Economic Development) in consultation with IDALS (Agriculture).
Treating each other with respect
"Human rights and treating each other with mutual respect should be the norm ..."
Developing empathy and understanding
"If we don’t acknowledge that junior/senior high students can and do detect similarities and differences among those around them, we are doing them and ourselves a disservice ..."
Townsends to mark 65 years of marriage with family
Dudley and Marilyn Townsend of Eldridge will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a family celebration.
Patricia Shreffler to note 80th birthday with card shower
Patricia Shreffler of Davenport will celebrate her 80th birthday with a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at 4023 Lillie Ave. #407, Davenport, IA 52806.
Birth: Reagan Rasmussen
Cody Rasmussen and Katherine Noack of Long Grove are the parents of a daughter born at 4:47 p.m. April 10, 2021, at Trinity, Bettendorf.
Obituary: Errol Walker
On April 6, 2021, the world lost an amazing man.  He left us way too soon and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Obituary: Dick McCleary
On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, Dick McCleary, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed from this life at 89 years of age.  Dick was born May 14, 1931, to Egbert and Norma (Meinburg) McCleary.  He was the grandson of Fritz Meinburg, a mayor of Rockingham (prior to its annexation to Davenport), Iowa.
Obituary: Elaine Konrardy
A funeral mass for Elaine M. Konrardy, 83, of Davenport, was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation was Tuesday from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport.
Death Notice: Vernon Meier
Vernon Eugene Meier, 90, of McGregor, formerly of Davenport, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded, with no services or burial. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Obituary: Judith Steward
A Celebration of Life for Judith Rae Steward, 78, of Long Grove, was held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Lady Di’s Park View Inn, Park View. Visitation was Friday, April 16, from 4-6 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.
Death Notice: Marilyn Deegan
A Celebration of Life service for Marilyn Deegan, 76, of Maquoketa, will be  held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. A gathering of family and friends for fellowship and music will be held from 5-9 p.m. at the Maquoketa Art Experience.  A private family visitation was held, and cremation has taken place. Carson Celebration of Life Center, Maquoketa, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Kathleen Phinney
A funeral service for Kathleen M. "Kathy" Phinney, 85, of Lexington, Ill., will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Calvert-Johnson & Musselman Memorial Home, Lexington. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, April 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the memorial home.
Death Notice: Vernon Meier
Vernon Eugene Meier, 90, of McGregor, formerly of Davenport, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded, with no services or burial. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Elaine Konrardy
A funeral Mass for Elaine M. Konrardy, 83, of Davenport, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be Tuesday from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. The service will be livestreamed on the Runge Mortuary Facebook page.
Death Notice: Errol Walker
Private funeral services will be held for Errol D. Walker, with burial with full military honors at Rock Island National Cemetery. The Davenport Police Department will host a Celebration of Life for family and friends at a later date. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Birth: Holden Faust
Spencer and Addy Faust of Eldridge are the parents of a son born at 1:47 p.m. March 29, 2021, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.
Obituary: Charles Schiele
Charles “Chuck” William Schiele, age 83, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Durant and Iowa City, passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2021, in Kansas City. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 16, in the Durant Cemetery, Durant, where many of his family members are also laid to rest. A reception at the Durant Community Center (605 5th Ave.) will immediately follow the services.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to University of Kansas Center for Advanced Brain and Neurological Care. Condolences may be left for the family at
More local news
Drive-by Job Fair April 26 The Eldridge-North Scott Chamber of Commerce and Davenport IowaWORKS center will distribute job leads and training packets, 4-6 p.m., April 26, at the Eldridge Community Center, parking lot, 400 S. 16th Ave.
Scott Madden named 'Crop Adviser of the Year' It’s an old adage and a play on words, but there’s no denying that Park View resident Scott Madden is “outstanding in his field.”
Iowa Senate majority leader examines rest of session Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, said the Senate will “absolutely” include more money for Iowa prisons in its budget.
Long Grove council seeks resident input April 20 Long Grove residents may weigh in April 20 on the council’s long term projects to improve parts of First, Grove and Main streets, upgrade water and sewer treatment and upgrade the electric service.
Another successful blood drive On Jan. 5, McCausland had another successful blood drive, collecting 57 pints. They had whole blood, double reds and convalescent plasma donors. They had 63 donors, and two first-time donors (Brady Ernst and Kathleen Krogman,) show up.