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Meet Scott County's supervisor candidates in June 4 primary

Five Republican and one Democrat are running for Scott County supervisor on June 4 primary ballots.

Prosecutor drops teen's ding, dong ditch felony

The Scott County Attorney declined to prosecute Eldridge police’s arrest of a 14-year-old on felony charges for ding, dong ditching vandalism alleged by South Fifth Street resident.

Eldridge-North Scott Chamber tees up June 7 at Glynns Creek

The Eldridge-North Scott Chamber of Commerce invites the public to participate in the annual North Scott Chamber Golf Outing.

RDA, donors and sales tax put new seats in Blue Grass parks

A $40,000 Regional Development Authority grant helped fund a restroom/storm shelter handicap facilities at Gless Field and Black Bear Park. 

Deadline June 1 for Century and Heritage Farm applications

The June 1 deadline for eligible Iowa farm owners to apply for Century or Heritage Farm recognition is quickly approaching, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is encouraging farm families to apply today.

Donahue Legion sends Wall, Wehrman to Girls' State

The Auxiliary Unit of the Larry M. Gronewold American Legion 532 in Donahue has chosen Addyson Wehrman and Lainey Wall to participate in this year’s Girls State Session.  Addyson and Lainey will join girls from all over the state in meetings held in June at Drake University in Des Moines for a learning experience covering government from local to state levels.  
Long Grove City Council

Long Grove to bill extra for waste pick-up

Long Grove residents will begin paying directly for a portion of garbage and recycling pick up fees that the council had covered through property taxes.

Summit Church hosts 105th observance Monday

The 105th annual Memorial Day service at historic Summit Church 21980 210th Ave., Davenport, will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27.
Sheriff & Police news
View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the May 22 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the May 22 NSP!

Track and Field

Over the bar and onto the podium

North Scott high jumpers Sydney Skarich and Natalie Nwatchock are making the Blue Oval their home away from home.
Girls' Golf

'We know how to execute this round'

Once again, North Scott girls’ golf is entering the state’s spotlight.
Boys' Soccer

'We faced a gauntlet all year'

A difficult North Scott boys’ soccer season came to an end on Monday with a 4-0 loss at Class 3A No. 5 Cedar Rapids Xavier in a substate semifinal matchup.

Yoder and Bosworth headline season's first race

A record 140 bikers took to the dirt paths at Scott County Park last Saturday morning for the first event of the 2024 Iowa Scholastic Mountain Bike League season.

A blue-collar baseball bunch

A team composed almost exclusively of upperclassmen is ready to rock into 2024.
Shane's last tour
As Shane Knoche and I sat in his office chatting about his 16 years at North Scott a few weeks ago, the conversation came around to the changes the building has undergone. Not just since I graduated in 2001, but since Shane came in 2008. He decided to give me the grand tour, the one he gives to new and prospective families.
24 words to live by that stand the test of time
In 1932, during the heights of the Great Depression, a businessman named Herbert Taylor was urged by the creditors of the Club Aluminum Company in Chicago to take over the management of the company and save it from bankruptcy. Despite holding a secure job with the Jewel Tea Company, and being in line to be its president, Taylor took an 80-percent cut in pay and loaned his own money $6,100, to give the aluminum company some operating capital.
2019: Eldridge police write 49 tickets on Pinehurst
May 22, 2019: Eldridge police were hoping drivers got the message after issuing 49 traffic tickets in a week on Pinehurst Drive. After receiving complaints from residents about speeders along the street, the department stepped up patrol in the area.
Help drivers protect North Scott’s greatest assets
"If you are approaching a bus from behind and the yellow lights begin flashing you are to stop behind the bus. If you are approaching from in front and the yellow lights are activated you are to start slowing and be prepared for the red lights to begin, at which time you are to stop ..."
Incumbent Ross Paustian endorses Jeff Bloemker
"For a fresh, new face in Scott County government vote for Jeff Bloemker for Supervisor on June 4, 2024 ..."
Count on Rawson as responsible steward
"At a time when government is greatly distrusted, often justifiably, Rita Rawson, by contrast, is a shining example of what government service can and should be. Please vote for Rita for county supervisor in the June 4 primary election ..."
Sanctuary Garden: Eldridge's secret quiet space
With adult children in Seattle, Des Moines and Madison, we observed a quiet Mother's Day compared with years past when the kids were at home and our parents were alive and well just 30 minutes away at Maquoketa. Those were the days.
1984: Soccer league comes to North Scott
May 16, 1984: A new soccer team in Eldridge was playing in its first season with the Quad-Cities League. North Scott United was organized by Leon Labovitch of Long Grove, a native of Leeds, England. Other members of the team included Tod Konrad, Shane Cline, John Hall, Mike Kurylo, Kevin Riley, Jim Hamann, Farzin Varziri, Craig Kindl, Bill Freund, Nick Rizzo, Jack Keppy, Eric O’Shaughnessy and Tom Tank.
Meeks for families, and ‘true women’s competition’
"Mariannette Miller Meeks has also been an avid supporter of girl’s and women’s sports. We have just passed the 50th year celebration of the explosion of women’s sports opportunities. If our society continues to permit the blurring of the lines of true women’s competition by allowing biological men to compete in their competitions, then competitive opportunities that have been gained over these 50 years will be entirely lost ..."
Pautsch can be ‘true statesman’ for Iowa’s 1st district
"David believes in secure borders, free speech, gun rights, life, honest elections, term limits, farms, rational energy and foreign policy, budget controls, constitutional rights and our desperate need for the Lord’s help .."
Death Notice: Jeffrey Mills
An informal gathering celebrating the life of Jeffrey J. Mills of Eldridge will be held from noon - 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Quality Inn, Eldridge. Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Obituary: Robert Braunschweig
Robert E. Braunschweig, age 88, son of Rev. Otto and Lisette Braunschweig, was born in Aurelia, Iowa, on Sept. 22, 1935. Bob peacefully passed away from heart failure on April 5, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minn., surrounded by his loving family. He knew it was his time “to go home” and was ready because of his strong faith in God. In his usual dry wit, he voiced one regret — that he would miss the Iowa girls’ Final Four basketball game, which his family watched that night in his honor.
Obituary: Michael Hays
Funeral services celebrating the life of Michael Hays, 55, of Eldridge, were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at Calvary Church of the Quad Cities, 4700 – 53rd St, Moline. Burial was held privately in Mt. Union Cemetery, McCausland. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wells for Wellness @www.Wells4Wellness.com.
Obituary: Lana Thoma
Lana J. Thoma, age 81, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of the Quad Cities, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, at Advent Hospital, Orlando.  A celebration of life will be held from 12 noon – 4 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at the Durant Community Center.  Private family interment will take place in God’s Acres Cemetery, Clermont.  Memorial contributions may be made to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.  
Obituary: Myron Lensch
Myron A. Lensch, 95, of Davenport, formerly of Walcott, peacefully passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at The Fountains Senior Living in Bettendorf.
Obituary: Kevin Lamfers
A private family graveside funeral service for Kevin M. Lamfers, 53, of rural Princeton, was held in Salem Lutheran Cemetery, rural Princeton. Visitation was Saturday, May 18, from 2-5 p.m. at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf.
Death Notice: Michael Hays
A funeral service celebrating the life of Michael Earl Hays, 55, of Eldridge, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Calvary Church of the Quad Cities, Moline. Private family burial will be in Mt. Union Cemetery, McCausland. Visitation will be Monday, May 20, from 5-7 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.
Death Notice: Robert Braunschweig
A celebration of life for Robert E. Braunschweig, 88, of Minneapolis, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Christian Free Lutheran Church, Wheatland. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the church. A church potluck will be held following the service.
Death Notice: Kevin Lamfers
A private family graveside funeral service for Kevin M. Lamfers, 53, of rural Princeton, will be held at Salem Lutheran Cemetery, rural Princeton. Visitation will be Saturday, May 18, from 2-5 p.m. at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf.
Death Notice: Myron Lensch
A funeral service for Myron A. Lensch, 95, of Davenport, formerly of Walcott, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 20, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel, Davenport. Burial will follow in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday, May 19, at the Runge Mortuary. 
Obituary: Jack Beuse
A Memorial Mass for Jack Beuse, 93, of West Des Moines, formerly of Princeton, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, 28200 226th Street Place, LeClaire.  The family will greet friends Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 Memorial Mass.  Burial of his cremains will take place in Jack’s Cemetery, LeClaire. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the River.
Obituary: Donald Davis
Donald Joseph Davis, age 82, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away on May 6, 2024, in Fayetteville.
Obituary: Joyce Frick
Joyce Marilyn Frick, age 93, passed away April 11, 2024, at her home in Phoenix, Ariz.
Obituary: Patricia Bender
A Traditional Roman Catholic Funeral Mass for Patricia Bender, 82, of Park View, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.  Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Daughters of Mary or the Humility of Mary Roman Catholic Church.
Obituary: Heather Chapman
A funeral service honoring the memory of Heather Ann (McDonald) Chapman, 55, of LeClaire, will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 21, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be Monday, May 20, from 4-7 p.m. at the mortuary.
More local news
Scott County Board of Supervisors: Ken Beck "Since 2016, it has been my calling and honor to serve the citizens of Scott County through responsible governance, and my passion is to continue doing so when re-elected."
Scott County Board of Supervisors: Rita Rawson "I was appointed to the supervisor position by unanimous vote in January 2023 from a candidate pool of 28 applicants. I am a very good fit for this position based on my previous four years of Davenport city council experience, being a former small business owner in the finance/investment industry for 25 years, and a resident of Davenport. "
Scott County Board of Supervisors: Jeff Bloemker "I believe the Quad Cities is going to be the next Great Midwest Destination."
Scott County Board of Supervisors: Jennifer McAndrew Lane "I’m running to address concerns of safety, power grabs at the expense of the residents of Scott County, and employee retention."
Scott County Board of Supervisors: Tom Nelson "I believe government at all levels is too big, and too expensive."