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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. more
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. more
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. more
"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 ..." more
"For a fresh, new face in Scott County government vote for Jeff Bloemker for Supervisor on June 4, 2024 ..." more
"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 ..." more
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. more
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. more
"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 ..." more
"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 .." more
"Some may recall my term on the Board of Supervisors when my goal was to control spending, protect our rights and always be direct, so you know that I do not take an endorsement lightly.  Use the power of the ballot box, and vote for Tom, Jenn and Mark ..." more
"Please consider reelecting Ken Beck to the Scott County Board of Supervisors. His diligence, dependability, and attention to detail have been key factors in helping our county to move forward through many challenges ..." more
"We all should be asking these elected officials why they voted in disregard for women’s lives and if women’s lives matter to them ..." more
"I think it is high time to discuss these issues of water quality intellectually and responsibly for Americans of the twenty-first century. As folks in Agriculture we have to also admit that some of the things we now know should be looked at and evaluated, even to the point that we - the farming community - have made some mistakes due to economic pressure and the lure to feed a hungry world ..." more
"Out of 49 water quality projects in Scott County, 11 areas of water improvement were helped by the bipartisan plan. Mount Joy and Parkview will see storm water improvements ..." more
"Dictators are no friend to democracy.  If we do not speak up before we lose our democracy, we will have no one to blame but ourselves with no scapegoats ..." more
Friday afternoon we were at Fillmore Elementary School in the Ridgeview section of Davenport, just south of Interstate 80 off of Division Street, for the sixth and last of Rotary club president Tracy Lindaman's "Pay It Forward" days. more
May 12, 1999: Rumors of violence caused more than 100 students to leave North Scott High School early. Principal Nick Hobbs stressed that the administration had no reason to believe there were any actual threat. “We have nothing concrete, in terms of what the rumor was, or who started it. We have nothing concrete as to whether or not a threat was actually made against somebody.” Hobbs said many schools had been dealing with unspecified threats in the wake of the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, which was causing national tension. more
A new federal audit has revealed a surprising claim about biofuel tax credits: One third of the credits sampled by investigators lacked the required documentation, meaning the claims should not have been allowed. more
"Dad was so impressed by the organization of the trip and still raves about the wonderful reception at the airport when the flight finally came in around 10:30 p.m. ..." more
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