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Brace for afternoon storms: Latest weather service warning

The National Weather Service at Davenport warns of approaching storms to hit Tuesday afternoon and evening for Scott, Clinton and Muscatine counties.
Long Grove City Council

Long Grove council launches park board with $6,000

A $6,000 budget appropriation launched Long Grove’s new park board.

Becky Bray to wrap up 46-year extension career

Tom Monroe, chair of the Scott County Extension Council, has announced that Becky Bray, Scott County Extension Director, will retire at the end of June.  Bray has served Scott County for 46 years and as director since 1995.  Bray came to Scott County as 4-H staff in 1978.

Nahant Marsh volunteer fest April 13

Nahant Marsh Education Center invites people to learn about volunteer opportunities, 9-11 a.m., Saturday, April 13, at the center, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport.

Standup comedy at the DeWitt Operahouse April 26

With tax time and crazy winter/spring weather behind us, everyone can use a laugh, and the DeWitt Theater Company (DTC) is up to the challenge.

2024 Iowa barn tour covers Black Hawk, Tama counties

The Iowa Barn Foundation spring tour showcases 11 barns in southern Black Hawk and northern Tama counties, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.

Grissom gives back

North Scott Rotary’s “Pay It Forward” campaign rolled into Princeton on April 3, and this time, Virgil Grissom students had the opportunity to help animals.

Stutting to receive IBA award

North Scott superintendent Joe Stutting is the recipient of the Outstanding Superintendent Award, as part of the Outstanding Administrator Awards from the Iowa Bandmasters Association. The awards honor the expectational contributions of administrators who have demonstrated unwavering support for music education and the arts in their schools and communities.
Sheriff & Police news
View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the April 10 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the April 10 NSP!

View the Eldridge Police report from the April 10 NSP!

View the Eldridge Police report from the April 10 NSP!

Sports
Track and Field

Triple threats

No rust to be found here.
Girls' Golf

Swing into spring

Last week was a fun week to be a golf fan in Eldridge.
Boys' Soccer

Dethroning the champs

Oh, how one week can change a team’s mojo.
Track and Field

McMillian, hurdle crew hit Blue Standards

Five Lancers are feeling blue — but in a happy way.
Girls' Tennis

Splitting a pair

After what must have felt like a win last week against Pleasant Valley, the Lancer girls’ tennis players got their first official victory last Thursday at Muscatine.
Opinion
UConn should quit bellyaching about 'The Call'
When I was sitting court-side at Vibrant Arena March 15 before the UNI women's game tipped off in the Missouri Valley Tournament, I watched the three-member officiating crew – all women – go through their pre-game warmups and made a mental note of how seriously they were taking their responsibilities.
1999: $1.6 million deal turns farm fields to home sites
April 14, 1999: Mel Foster Co. purchased 100 acres over four tracts of prime development land, known as the Muhs property, for $1.6 million. A fifth tract of land, containing a farmhouse and outbuildings, was purchased for $316,000 by Norman and Lois Muhs. The property was located west of Mel Foster’s Townsend Farms addition. The North Scott School District said it was interested in purchasing 20 acres for new athletic field and a possible new elementary school, and the city of Eldridge was also interested in five to seven acres for a new park.
It's time Davenport leaders put down their shovels
City officials in Davenport have managed to accomplish the impossible this year: They have brought Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature together to agree on something.
Food label bill protects real meat against threat of lab-grown alternative
Things are starting to wrap up at the capitol as we end the session, and the House of Representatives is busy working on the budget for the 2025 Fiscal Year.
Iowa offers heartland values alongside opportunities for career growth
As week 13 comes to a close I find myself with a growing appreciation for my opportunity to live here in Iowa, not to mention the great honor of serving you all in the Iowa House.
House GOP budget bill funds 2.5 percent school increase
The 13th week of the 2024 Legislative Session brought more bills to the House floor. As chairman of the House Appropriation Committee, I received our budget targets for this session. We will soon begin building the budget for the State of Iowa.
Protecting students, grain indemnity, and cannabis laws
The 13th week of the legislative session involved a lot of debate, finding an agreement on the state budget, and confirming governor appointees. Bills of note include:
Teenagers need wages
As a kid have you ever wanted to get something expensive but your parents say, “No,” or “pay for it yourself.”
Iowa postpartum Medicaid bill plays a shell game
"Governor Reynolds and the GOP majority are determined to deny Iowa women the bodily autonomy their grandmothers fought to win ..."
Election integrity bill or Iowa voter suppression?
"Why has Rep. Bobby Kaufmann submitted a bill to make it harder for Iowans to vote? It is soon heading to the Senate to be passed ..."
Announcements
Death Notice: Dolores Cassidy
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Dolores Marie "Dot" Cassidy, 93, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. Visitation will be be 30 minutes prior to Mass on Friday at the church. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Birth: Ezra Nitzschke
Geoffrey and Krista Nitzschke of Cottage Grove, Minn., are the parents of a son born at 11:38 p.m. Feb. 26, 2024, at Woodwinds Hospital, Woodbury, Minn.
Obituary: Laura Huff
Laura Frances “Fran” Huff, 98, passed away on April 3, 2024, at Illini Restorative Care in Silvis. A visitation will take place on April 13 at Weerts Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A service will follow at 1 p.m.  Burial will take place at Davenport Memorial Park.  Memorials may be left to King’s Harvest Pet Rescue or River Bend Food Bank.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.weertsfh.com.
Death Notice: Laura Huff
A funeral service for Laura Frances "Fran" Huff, 98, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Davenport Memorial Park.
Obituary: Lisa Williams
A celebration of life for Lisa Maude (Buchheit) Williams (Silverthorn), 57, of Eldridge, will be Friday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf.
Obituary: Mary Murrens
Mary I. Murrens, 89, of Moline, passed away Friday, March 29, 2024.
Obituary: Logan Keppy
Logan A. Keppy, 22, of Davenport, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospital, due to a quick diagnosis and hard-fought battle with cancer. 
Obituary: Warren Hodge
Warren F. Hodge, 83, of Eldridge, died Friday, March 29, 2024, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport.  Memorial services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, at Chambers Funeral Home in Eldridge. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.  Burial will follow at Rock Island National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Scott Rotary, as a scholarship will be established in Warren’s name. Warren's full obituary may be viewed at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.
Death Notice: Warren Hodge
A memorial service for Warren F. Hodge, 83, of Eldridge, will be held at 12:30 p.m.. Friday, April 5, at Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery.
Death Notice: Mary Murrens
A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary I. Murrens, 89, of Moline, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, with visitation to follow from 4-6 p.m.
Death Notice: Lisa Williams
A celebration of life for Lisa Maude (Buchheit) Williams, 57, of Eldridge, will be held from 10 a.m. - noon on Friday, April 5, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf.
Sharps to celebrate 50th anniversary with open house
Rick and Donna Sharp will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on April 6. Rick Sharp and Donna Wynn were married in Knoxville, Iowa, at the First United Methodist Church in 1974. Rick was a work experience coordinator at Davenport Central High School. He owned Sharp Driving School for 19 years and taught over 3,000 area students. Donna was an art teacher at North Scott Junior High for 35 years.
Arps to mark 60th anniversary with April 13 reception
Rudy and Marlene Arp of Walcott will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception on Saturday, April 13. All friends and relatives are invited to call from 1-5 p.m. at the Walcott American Legion. No gifts, please.
Birth: Sullivan Schwarz
Ben and Alyssa Schwarz of Eldridge are the parents of a daughter born at 5:59 p.m. March 22, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.
Obituary: Carolyn Scheibe
Carolyn Scheibe, 70, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on March 22, 2024, in Eldridge. She was born on Jan. 6, 1954, in Yankton, S.D., to Robert and Gwen (Nichols) Gunderson.
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Eldridge community center anticipates busy year Community Center February revenue totaled just over $4,800 in February, and board members learned the center anticipates more bookings.
Travelogue features Southeast Asia trip The DeWitt Noon Lions present Southeast Asia by Land and Sea in 2023, with shows at 3 and 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, at the DeWitt Operahouse, 716 Sixth Ave., DeWitt.
Olathea Creek Winery wins $25K Choose Iowa grant Olathea Creek Winery in LeClaire is among 26 Iowa organizations awarded Choose Iowa grants to expand business and services.
Walcott Legion sends two to Boys State American Legion Post 548 in Walcott is sending two young men to Boys State this year.
North Scott girls head to Orlando cheer competition Look for three North Scott girls with Elite Athletics QC’s cheer teams competiting April 18-21 in Orlando.
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