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Lions, churches launch shoe drive

The Eldridge Lions Club and Faith Lutheran Church of Eldridge, have joined forces to provide relief to those in poverty and to create sustainable jobs around the world, by initiating a North Scott community shoe drive through Souls4Soles.

Solar Q&A with Scott County Board chairman Ken Beck

Solar Q&A with Scott County Board chairman Ken Beck

Iowa utilities gear up for more solar

Iowa utilities gear up for more solar

Fair royalty

Caelan Engelbrecht, a recent North Scott High School graduate, was crowned Mississippi Valley Fair Queen on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Aug. 13 fundraiser at Lucky Frog helps McCausland 'good guy'

Friends and family of Andy Shipman gather Aug. 13 at The Lucky Frog Bar & Grill in McCausland for an afternoon fundraiser featuring gun auctions and raffle.
Princeton City Council

Iowa towns cannot regulate Airbnbs

State law prevents Princeton and other cities from regulating or charging special fees for Airbnb rental homes.

'Gray Wolf,' classic cars tonight in Eldridge

The Eldridge-North Scott Chamber of Commerce will host a free summer concert Aug. 10 (tonight) at Sheridan Meadows Park from 6-9 p.m.

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

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the Aug. 10 NSP!
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McDermott and Bredar earn second-team all-state honors

Sometimes, you just have to shake your head in wonderment, and that just might be the case after the Iowa Girls Coaches Association announced the Class 4A all-state softball teams at the end of the season.

Campbell named to first team all-state; Sunny, Skarich also honored

After excelling on the football field and wrestling mat, North Scott senior Ryan Campbell saved his biggest accomplishments for last as he was a first-team all-state selection when the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association announced their postseason awards last week.

NS junior has summer to remember

It’s hard for Emma Schermerhorn to imagine a better summer.

State Success

At the end of a softball season, only 10 teams get to finish with victories. Five get to claim coveted state championships, and the other handful walk off with third-place hardware.
What were they thinking?
Media organizations in the Quad Cities – the Quad-City Times and television stations WHBF, KWQC and WQAD – are suing the Bettendorf school district and its board of directors, alleging that the district barred journalists from covering a May 25 meeting which was attended by 200 to 300 parents who were concerned about issues related to safety at the middle school.
A peaceful transition
I was sitting at my desk Monday morning putting the finishing touches on this week’s Fair Issue, when one of my co-workers knocked on the door and said Matt Costello wanted to talk to me.
1972: Holden wins by one vote
Aug. 9, 1972: State Rep. Edgar Holden of Mt. Joy defeated his primary opponent, Bill Penningroth of Clarence, by a single vote. Holden would face Democrat Doris Kolvoord of Ridgeview in the general election in November.
Senators take shameful vote to block cap on insulin costs
More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, including more than 230,000 Iowans. That means if you don’t have it yourself, someone close to you almost certainly does.
Is this heaven? No, it's RAGBRAI
Heaven? Under spacious skies in Iowa, courtesy and friendliness abound.
988 – a number to remember
Most people have memorized their Social Security number, cell phone number, anniversary, birthday and the 911 emergency medical, fire and police protection services number. On July 16, the number “988” became an easy-to-remember crisis hotline number we should log into our memory bank.
Prepare for REAL ID effective 2023
"The REAL ID (gold star) effective date is set for May 3, 2023.  If you fly commercially or need access to federal facilities, you’ll either need a REAL ID license or ID or another acceptable identity document, or you’re going to be subject to additional screening and potential delays ..."
What was the candidate praying for?
"It's unclear today, if Stoltenberg recognizes Joe Biden as our president. She, along with other extreme zealots, still won’t admit Biden won a fair, free election by 7 million votes ..."
Tackling human trafficking
On June 15 in this space, I wrote about people I had met at the Rotary International Convention in Houston, including the doctor from Ukraine, and the woman who had escaped human slavery in China.
1982: Sandor is new administrator
Aug. 5, 1982: Don Sandor began work as the Eldridge city administrator, having previously served in Elburn, Ill. Sandor was one of 97 applicants for the job, but mayor Frank Pancratz said he was the right man for the job based on his interview. “He seemed like he would be very, very good for us.”
Menkes celebrating 50 years of marriage Aug. 12
Richard and Debbie Menke of Long Grove will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 12.
Obituary: Shirley Costello
Shirley M. Costello, 72, a resident of Eldridge, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme, in Davenport.
Obituary: Jimmie Braudt
Jimmie Norton Braudt, 85, of Princeton and formerly of Clinton, passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at Genesis East, Davenport, following a brief illness after bravely living with the challenges of Parkinson’s for a number of years.
Obituary: DeVere Ganzer
DeVere “Derb” Ganzer, 94, formerly of Grand Mound, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in his home at Grand Haven in Eldridge.
Obituary: Gloria Wadsworth
Ms. Gloria Ann Wadworth, 58, of Greenwich, Conn., formerly of Blue Grass, passed away peacefully, Aug. 1, 2022, at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, after a long battle with leukemia.
Death Notice: Shirley Costello
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley M. Costello, 72, of Eldridge, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Long Grove. Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 12, from 3-6 p.m. at the church. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Saturday at the church.  The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Jimmie Braudt
A funeral service for Jimmie Norton Braudt, 85, of Princeton, formerly of Clinton, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at First United Methodist Church, Clinton. Private burial will be in the McCausland Cemetery prior to the service. Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.  Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory, Clinton, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Gloria Wadsworth
A Celebration of Life service for Gloria Ann Wadsworth, 58, of Greenwich, Conn., formerly of Blue Grass, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Holiday Inn at 4215 Elmore Ave., Davenport. Please stay for drinks, appetizers, and remembrances of Gloria.
Zimmers celebrating 40 years of marriage Aug. 7
Mike and Tammy Zimmer of DeWitt will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Aug. 7.
Obituary: Sue Ann Suiter
Sue Ann Suiter, 90, of Tipton, passed away late Saturday night, July 9, 2022, while under the care of the Cedar Manor Nursing Home. Memorial services were held on Friday, July 29, 10 a.m., at Peace Church of Christ United, Bennett, with burial at Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire. Family received friends from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Sandra Bjurstrom
Sandra K. Bjurstrom, 67, of Long Grove, passed away Friday, July 22, 2022, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Private family services will be held, with interment at the Maysville Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Courageous.  In honor of Sandra and her battle with leukemia, the family encourages you to donate blood at ImpactLife.  Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Judith Hoag
A funeral service for Judith Ann “Judy” Hoag, 54, of DeWitt, was held Monday, Aug. 1, at Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge. Burial was in Mt. Joy Cemetery, Park View.
Obituary: Ramona Hart
A Celebration of Life service for Ramona Kay Hart, 68, of Durant, was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Living Hope Church, Davenport. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, assisted the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: DeVere Ganzer
A funeral service for DeVere "Derb" Ganzer, 94, formerly of Grand Mound, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Mound. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Monday at the church. Schultz Funeral Home, Grand Mound, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Sue Ann Suiter
A memorial service for Sue Ann Suiter, 90, of Tipton, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, at Peace United Church of Christ, Bennett. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire. The Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, is assisting the family with arrangements.
More local news
Lancers join Bix band A group of North Scott students performed with the 2022 Bix Memorial Youth Jazz Band Aug. 4-6 at Rhythm City Casino in Davenport.
More than 120 years of Poultry experience Prior to the 4-H Poultry Show at last week's Mississippi Valley Fair, these three volunteers were honored for their years of dedication to the show.
Iowa Attorney General's Office investigates scammer calls Iowa’s attorney general along with 50 other attorneys general have formed a task force aimed at curtailing illegal robocalls in the United States. The task force’s focus is to investigate and shut down telecommunications providers that profit from failing to stop the illegal scam calls.
Soil health seminar Aug. 16 at Eastern Avenue Library Learn about agricultural best-management practices for improving soil health and water quality at a public forum, noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport.
Carbon pipeline secures 40 percent of route; seeks eminent domain on 42 properties Summit Carbon Solutions this week submitted its first lists of properties for which it would seek eminent domain if landowners continue to oppose its pipeline plans, according to state regulatory filings.