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Nov. 8, 1972: A groundbreaking ceremony and blessing was held for the new parish center at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church. The Most. Rev. Gerald O’Keefe, bishop of the Davenport Diocese, officiated. The center would be built on a five-acre tract of land halfway between Princeton and LeClaire, and would feature a permanent sanctuary, a kitchen, classroom space, offices, living quarters for the pastor, and meeting space. more
Robert Lowry was a Baptist preacher of the 19th Century who penned these words which are part of a popular hymn based on a scriptural text from Revelation Chapter 22. It is appropriate for All Saints Day, which is observed at this time of year in many churches; a time to remember our dearly departed in the last year. more
Nov. 5, 1997:  New post offices opened in Donahue and Princeton. Both buildings were constructed because the previous post offices were too small for the community. more
Amidst the mudslinging of the campaign season, Iowa PBS gave us a gift this fall with well-researched one-hour documentaries about two of Iowa's greatest governors: Harold Hughes (1963-69) and Robert Ray (1969-82), one a Democrat and one a Republican. more
Plain and simple, it was a night for tears, and lump-in-your-throat interviews. There was unparalleled joy, and the deepest depth of disappointment. more
As a bonding exercise this year, Lancer Productions is having movie nights for the students. There’s three scheduled, with the film chosen to tie in with each upcoming production. more
Oct. 25, 1972: The Eldridge City Council adopted an ordinance forming a park board, made up of a three-member committee that would operate city parks, playgrounds and public recreation facilities. more
It depends who you are how you see things. Put another way, nepotism is only a problem if you lose. Ask the Ferentzes, who are under a microscope because the Hawkeye offense, directed by head coach Kirk's son, Brian, is having a bad year. Note that last year, with the same coaches and quarterback, and an all-American center, Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa won 10 games. more
Oct. 18, 1972: Linda Knapper became the first girl at North Scott High School to join the vocational agriculture class. Linda and her teacher, Keith Schmidt, both felt it was a good idea for girls who planned to be on a farm to take vo-ag classes. more
Since Linda and I sold the business Sept. 1, some things have changed; others have not. Linda is retired. I, too, have shed the responsibilities of ownership, but am still doing things I like – writing this column and doing volunteer work for Rotary, including club and district newsletters. more
The 2022 midterm election finds Scott County with twice as many inactive voters than 2020, thanks to Iowa’s election law reform. more
Oct. 14, 1982: The North Scott Homecoming football game was described as “weird.” While the first half went off without a hitch, the second half was delayed due to rain and lightning, and play did not resume until 10 p.m. The Lancers lost to Burlington, 35-7, though coach Gary Olson said the team played better than the score indicated. more
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