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Scott County treasurer candidate

Knobbe unopposed for treasurer

I worked 33 years in the banking industry, primarily in commercial, agricultural and municipal finance. I retired in 2015 as market president of Wells Fargo Bank, NA in the Quad Cities, and head of business banking in the Quad Cities and northwest Illinois.
Scott County recorder candidate

Rita Vargas brings two decades of elected office experience

My name is Rita Vargas, I have been the Scott County Recorder for the past 19 years. I hold a master’s in public administration from Drake University. Additionally, I am certified through the Iowa County Recorders’ Association, I serve on the Vital Records Liaison Committee (VLC), and I am the vice president of the Recorders’ Association District 6.
Scott County recorder candidate

Michele Darland touts corporate communications background

Earlier in my career, I was the festival manager for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, where I had to collaborate and bring together the city government, the convention and visitors bureau, all area non-profits and corporations and get them to all work together to promote and be a part of the festival.
Scott County Board of Supervisors

Supervisors are first in Iowa to limit solar panels

Scott County supervisors made their county the first in Iowa to effectively ban utility-scale solar panels from rural farmland.

Juvenile center will be built without ARPA funds

No federal pandemic aid will be used in the construction of Scott County’s new, $14.45 million juvenile detention center.

County patches Davenport border street without city help

Scott County will patch just over one mile of 210th Street on a border the county shares with Davenport, and hold off repaving that county engineer Angie Kersten believes is necessary.

County seeks federal money to replace U.S. 61 Wapsi bridge

Scott County is pursuing a $3.5 million replacement of the Scott Park Road bridge over the Wapsipinicon River as part of an eight-county partnership to secure a $49.3 million federal grant.
Eldridge City Council

Homeowners must mow, trim curb-to-street right of way

Eldridge council members on Monday made official what has been common practice in Eldridge for years: Property owners are responsible for mowing, shoveling and tree-trimming from their lot to city property lines, typically between the sidewalk and the curb.
Sports
Football

Streak-stopping Shocker: Liberty hands North Scott first district loss in 28 games

This one hurt, and the pain will linger as North Scott is now in rare and uncharted territory for the first time in a long time.
Volleyball

Lancers roll; time to bring on the Spartans

Sometimes in the heat of the battle, it’s good to get a little bit of a breather, and that’s the way things played out for North Scott’s volleyball team last week.
Boys' Golf

Bridesmaids Again: Lancers finish second to Pleasant Valley for second straight year

Every now and then you just have to tip your hat to your opponent, say well done, and enjoy living to fight another day.
Cross Country

Davis, Madison pace Lancers in Dubuque

Sometimes looks can be deceiving, so pay no attention to the team results at Thursday’s Jim Boughton Invitational in Dubuque.
Opinion
Ambulances for Ukraine
Peace is not present in Ukraine, as we know, but let this be a time also when we shine a light on the peacemakers. I met one such individual Friday at a big regional Rotary event in Minneapolis.
'I was born this way, and it's all I've ever known'
At first glance, you’d never know something was missing. In fact, for an entire basketball season, North Scott assistant coach Colin Woods was oblivious.
Dixon hosts frog jumping contest
Sept. 24, 1997: The highlight of the annual Dixon Fall Festival was a frog jumping contest. The object was to get the frog to jump from one circle to another, without actually touching the frog.
Local readers loyal to the Crown
If, as a junior reporter on my first weekly newspaper in the UK (The Stourbridge County Express), I had harboured any anti-monarchy thoughts – which I did not – at the end of the Seventies, then these would have been knocked out of me quickly as I entered our profession.
Senator uses our money to promote self
"Grassley likes to tell us he is protecting taxpayers while at the same time he is using our money to promote himself ..."
Republicans benefit from programs implemented by Democrats
"Democrats have led many reform efforts held sacred by Republican workers ..."
Outstanding slate of candidates
"Tom Harkin fans, remember when we had a Democratic U.S. senator? This is the year to reclaim that seat with our outstanding candidate ..."
Lives that matter
The moment I heard that Queen Elizabeth died last week at age 96, I knew that for the next several days – maybe longer – we would see wall-to-wall Queen Elizabeth coverage in the newspapers and on TV. So far, the media have not disappointed.
2007: Obama visits Lancer Grille
Sept. 19, 2007: U.S. senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama visited Eldridge to help stump for state senator Frank Wood, who announced his re-election bid at Lancers Grille.
Can you legislate the Golden Rule?
Many businesspeople, including restaurant operators, are hurting. They are dealing with higher prices, product shortages and fewer job applicants.
Announcements
Death Notice: Gregg Mohr
A celebration of life for Gregg A. Mohr, 60, of Eldridge, will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Al & Gerry's Tap, Eldridge. Private burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Gloria Hamann
A private family funeral service will be held in the Durant Cemetery for Gloria LaVon Hamann, 88, of Eldridge. Bentley Funeral Home, Durant, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Rosella Mumm
A funeral service celebrating the life of Rosella "Rosie" Mumm, 82, of Davenport, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Death Notice: Joan Kroeger
A funeral service for Joan Mary Kroeger, 83, of Davenport, formerly of Bennett, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. Burial will be in the Durant Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Death Notice: Michael Hermiston
A funeral Mass for Michael Lee Hermiston, 54, of Davenport, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Blue Grass. Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery, Long Grove. Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the church. Bentley Funeral Home, Durant, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Judy Noel
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Judy Rose Noel, 80, of Davenport, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Thursday in the gathering space at the church. Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Richard Kuehner
A funeral service for Richard D. "Rick" Kuehner, 66, of Muscatine, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Wendt Funeral Home, 1811 15th St. Pl., Moline. Mississippi Valley Cremation & Direct Burial is assisting the family with arrangements.
Schinckels celebrating 60 years of marriage with party
Jack and Georgine Schinckel will be married 60 years on Sept. 30. They will be celebrating this occasion on Oct. 1 from 1-4 p.m. at the Walcott Legion, Walcott. A light lunch will be served. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.
Birth: Jackson Conner
Jenna Orval and Julian Conner of East Moline are the parents of a son born at 2:17 p.m. Aug. 10, 2022, at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport.
Obituary: Mary Flenker
Mary K. Flenker, McCausland, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at Genesis East, surrounded by her family.   
Obituary: Julie Scott
Julie Ann Scott, age 74, of Davenport, formerly of Walcott, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Genesis East Medical Center.  A visitation will be held 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 (today), at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant.  A luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Walcott American Legion following the service.  A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at Elwood Cemetery, Elwood.  Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Wallace Hamly
Wallace “Wally” A. Hamly, 73, of Maysville, passed away Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family. Visitation was held 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, at Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, also at the Weerts Funeral Home. Burial took place at Maysville Cemetery, with a luncheon held at the Maysville Fire Station. Memorials may be directed to the Maysville Fire Department or the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, c/o University of Iowa Center for Advancement at P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244. Online condolences may be expressed at www.weertsfh.com.
Obituary: Verlon Keeney
Verlon Ray “Bud” Keeney, 78, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at home.  A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Walcott American Legion.  Memorials may be directed to the Buffalo Fire Department or National Wild Turkey Federation in his memory.  Condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Greg Padavich
A private family funeral service was held at Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge, for Greg Alan Padavich, 74, of Long Grove.
Death Notice: Verlon Keeney
A Celebration of Life for Verlon Ray "Bud" Keeney, 78, of Buffalo, will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Walcott American Legion. Bentley Funeral Home, Durant, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Experience the farm, fleece and fun If you’ve ever wanted to experience the farm, the fleece and the fun, then you’ll have a golden opportunity to hit the trifecta this weekend as local breeders host National Alpaca Farm Days.
Schneckloth, Frye barns on Iowa Barn Foundation tour The annual Iowa Barn Foundation tours are the weekend of Sept. 24 and 25, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Watershed snapshot volunteers needed Oct. 4 Join other volunteers for the Partners of Scott County Watersheds fall snapshot water quality monitoring, 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 4.
‘Church Basement Ladies’ to be presented in October “Church Basement Ladies” will be the 27th production of the New Era Dinner Theater, and the show will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-9 in the New Era Community Building at 3455 New Era Road in rural Muscatine, next to Wildcat Den State Park.
Dick Erps wins NSP football contest Dick Erps of Eldridge topped two other contestants that missed two to take the $50 first prize in week three of The NSP’s Football Contest. His tiebreaker of 60 was closest to the total number of points in Oklahoma’s 49-14 win over Nebraska.
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