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The first (illegal) fireworks broke the silence in our neighborhood Sunday evening, June 17, around 10 o'clock. We hope this is not a sign of things to come. The city of Eldridge and adjacent communities set 2-11 p.m. on July 3 and 4 as the only hours fireworks are legal. Period. more
June 29, 1978: Negotiations for the sale of the McCausland Cooperative Telephone Company to Central Scott Telephone Company were expected to culminate in a merger. Central Scott had an offer of $85,000 on the table. more
The music at Shirley Davis' memorial service Saturday at the United Methodist Church in DeWitt was more like a prom than a funeral dirge. more
A shower of ash and sparks spewed from the burning barn like some hellish rainstorm and firefighters instinctively trained hoses on the siding of the adjacent house to save it. The Long Grove barn was a lost cause. more
My husband was hiding in a back room with Mary Rueter, managing editor of the DeWitt Observer, on the day two years ago when I innocently walked into The North Scott Press office in Eldridge to talk about a job. more
June 18, 2003: Eldridge’s Nikki White was selected to wear the Miss Iowa crown and would be competing in the Miss American pageant in Atlantic City. more
There is a dark side of the immigration issue, which was the subject of a column in Sunday's Des Moines Register by Rekha Basu. It's the story of Manuel Pacheco. He was brought to the U.S. when he was 3 and was scheduled to graduate with his classmates from Des Moines East High School. Instead, he was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on April 24 and deported to Mexico, where he died a brutal death at the hands of drug cartels. more
Nashville songwriter Bobby Fischer, a Wilton native, is understandably proud of country singer-songwriter-recording artist Margo Price, who has been called “country’s next star.” more
June 15, 1978: Plans were also underway to build a Casey’s Store directly south of White Roofing and north of East LeClaire Road. more
Each of us (I hope) has a few friends who, even though we are apart for years, can pick up a conversation and it is like yesterday. For me, Birch Holden was one such person, which is why, when Erin Gentz handed me his obituary last Thursday afternoon, time stopped at our office. Even though it has been 30 years since he lived and worked in this community, he remained a part of us until the end, even at age 95. more
It was probably only fitting that I made the trek to Alan Shepard Elementary in Long Grove last Thursday. more
“A newspaper has five constituencies…” more
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