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North Scott School Board

North Scott schools hire nine new special ed teachers

North Scott school board members hired nine special education teachers over the past two months, part of an effort to fill 10 vacancies caused by promotions and staff moving elsewhere.
Eldridge City Council

Eldridge YMCA bonds earn AA rating

Eldridge leaders hope its first-ever general obligation bond AA rating will draw interest bids of 2 percent or lower.
Scott County Board of Supervisors

Countywide school election bills total $46,116

Scott County supervisors are sending bills totaling $46,116.75 to North Scott and other school districts for holding tax referenda in March.

Governor extends Miller's service atop Iowa Department on Aging

Linda Miller, of Bettendorf, will continue serving as director of Iowa’s Department on Aging.

Blue Grass songwriter kicks off Art Along the River

David G Smith, a singer-songwriter from Blue Grass, will share songs and stories about songwriting, May 23 to kick off Art Along the River forums.

Lincoln Highway designated a National Scenic Byway

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has announced that the Iowa Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway was chosen as one of 34 newly designated National Scenic Byways, joining 150 already designated in the national program. Prairie Rivers of Iowa submitted an 830-page application to the Federal Highway Administration. 

QC Foundation's 'Teens for Tomorrow' aids refugees, disadvantaged

Participants in the Quad Cities Community Foundation’s Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) program, a youth philanthropy group of high school students, announced the recipients of the program’s annual grants. The grant recipients will direct the money toward programs that support people disproportionately affected by this year’s economic and educational challenges, including refugees, low-income students, and women displaced from the workforce, among others.
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Sports
Track and Field

Double Date with Destiny

There’s only room for one banner headline, so why not put it to good use and share the glory? After all, it was a double date with district destiny for North Scott’s boys’ and girls’ track teams Thursday night,
Girls' Golf

Wood's girls set sights on Monday's regional tourney

Things may be trending upward for North Scott’s girls’ golf team, and just in the nick of time.
Girls' Tennis

NS netters advance

The Lancers have lived to play another day.
Boys' Tennis

Lancers wrap up successful season

Coming off an impressive third-place finish at the Mississippi Athletic Conference meet, North Scott’s boys’ tennis team put the wraps on the 2021 season with a fourth-place finish at the Class 2A district meet on Wednesday, March 12.
Opinion
Harmony in River City
From now until showtime June 25-26-27 and July 1-2-3, your publisher's mind will be wrapped around learning his part in Countryside Community Theatre's "The Music Man." I'll be playing Oliver Hix, a member of the school board in River City, Iowa, and baritone in the barbershop quartet.
1981: Walcott bank, insurance agency observed milestone anniversaries
May 14, 1981: Two longtime Walcott businesses were celebrating milestone anniversaries. The Walcott Mutual Insurance Association was 125 years old, and the Walcott Trust & Savings Bank was 50 years old. The businesses planned to celebrate with a pork and beef sandwich lunch for the public at Victory Park.
Yes, governor, mixed messages contribute to vaccine hesitancy. So stop sending them.
Gov. Kim Reynolds recently blamed “mixed messages” for the fact that demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has dropped to the point that most Iowa counties are refusing all or part of new shipments.
A different perspective: What 'Defunding the Police' really means
With a heavy heart, I’ve followed closely the stories printed in The North Scott Press about how the community is wrestling with issues of race and privilege. I can’t imagine what it must be like for the community members (adults and kids alike) living through it. From outrage over the junior high’s response to racial bullying and a high school curriculum choice, to a quote from the county’s chief law enforcement official, in bold large print on the front page, chiding the idea that he knew at one point, criminals would be renamed victims with law enforcement as suspects, to a lead editorial partially about the “stupidity” of the movement to defund the police. All in the wake of the Derek Chauvin conviction.
Is videoconferencing required?
Question: Are governmental bodies required to provide video conferencing access for all meetings?
'Iowa in a great position to cut taxes'
The Senate at Work: In the Iowa Senate, week 17 focused on wrapping up priorities legislation for Iowans, confirming Governor Reynolds’ appointees and debating bills that were sent back to us from the Iowa House.
Obey the laws and respect the police
"Wake up and do what's right. Obey the laws while we still have some who are willing to protect us ..."
Support Biden plans for Jobs, Families
"Senators Grassley and Ernst need to invest in our future by supporting the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan ..."
Community support for Post Prom
"The North Scott Post Prom committee would like to thank our generous and supportive community for helping to ensure the safety of our students at the event on May 1, 2021 ..."
Riverdale should change decision!
"As presidents of the Quad Cities Bicycle Club and the Cornbelt Running Club, we are dismayed with Riverdale’s decision to eliminate the safest route between our region’s most popular trails, the Duck Creek Trail (DCT) and the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) ..."
Announcements
Death Notice: Donald Frericks
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Donald Edward "Don" Frericks, 83, of Eldridge, formerly of Blue Grass, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Blue Grass. Visitation will be two hours prior to Mass on Wednesday at the church. For safety, masks must be worn and social distancing respected. Burial will be in Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Harold Wollenhaupt
A memorial service for Harold E. Wollenhaupt Jr., 94, of Bettendorf, formerly of Stockton, Ill., will be held at Chapel Hill Gardens South, Oak Lawn, Ill., at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Brenda Adams
A funeral service for Brenda Kay Adams, 71, of Buffalo, will be held at noon on Friday, May 21, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel, Davenport. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo. Visitation will be Thursday, May 20, from 5-8 p.m. at the mortuary. 
Slagle-Hartkopf vows to be exchanged Sept. 25
Brooke Slagle of Eldridge and Brad Hartkopf of Atlantic are engaged to be married.
Birth: Brooklyn Grunwald
Reid and Samantha Grunwald of Long Grove are the parents of a daughter born at 11:47 a.m. May 9, 2021, at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport.
Obituary: Guy McCubbin
Guy “Mac” McCubbin, 89, Davenport, formerly of Long Grove, passed away at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House on May 9, 2021. Visitation and services will be held on Friday, May 14, at Long Grove Christian Church. Visitation is 1–3 p.m., with services following at 3 p.m. Weerts Funeral Home is assisting the family. Masks will be worn, and social distancing observed. Burial will follow at Long Grove Christian Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.weertsfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Long Grove Christian Church or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
Obituary: John Carmody
John H. Carmody, 84, of Eldridge, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Westwing Place in DeWitt.
Obituary: Stanley Benson
Stanley Benson, 81, of Sacramento, Calif., passed away Feb. 15, 2021, after an extended illness. Stanley requested no memorial service, but his wish was to be cremated, with his ashes scattered off of Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay.
Obituary: Marian Behrens
Marian L. Behrens, 84, formerly of Eldridge, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Luther Oaks in Bloomington, Ill. 
Obituary: Patricia Lybarger
Patricia Lybarger died April 11, 2021, peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with cancer.
Obituary: Wilma Pitsenbarger
A “Celebration of Life” service has been planned for our mother, Wilma Pitsenbarger, 91, formerly of LeClaire, to be held on May 22 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Presbyterian Church, 22539 249th Ave., LeClaire.
Obituary: Judith Holst
A funeral service for Judith A. Holst, 74, of LeClaire, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.
Death Notice: Judith Holst
A funeral service for Judith A. Holst, 74, of LeClaire, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.
Death Notice: Patricia Lybarger
Patricia Lybarger died April 11, 2021. No services will be held. She will be buried in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Guy McCubbin
A funeral service for Guy "Mac" McCubbin, 89, of Davenport, formerly of Long Grove, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Long Grove Christian Church. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Friday at the church. Masks will be worn, and social distancing observed. Burial will be in the Long Grove Christian Church Cemetery. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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'Cruisin' for Camp Courageous' Camp Courageous will host the 34th annual “Cruisin’ for Camp Courageous” on Sunday May 16, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Court battle rages over decision to block access to rec trail A coalition of eastern Iowa bicyclists and runners is planning to appeal a court ruling favoring one city’s decision to block a connection to the historic Mississippi River Trail.
NHS Inducts 29 new members In a ceremony on Monday, May 3, North Scott's National Honor Society chapter inducted 29 new members.
Rock n' pound The flat black soil so valuable to Scott County farmers makes a poor base for the North Scott YMCA.
$1M in FEMA aid revolutionizes homeless care in Scott County More than $1 million in FEMA pandemic disaster aid is reshaping Scott County homeless services by sheltering about 100 people each night in $30-40 hotel rooms instead of traditional group shelters.
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