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UPDATE: Scott County recount narrows Meeks lead to 8

Rita Hart picked up 26 more votes than Mariannette Miller-Meeks in Scott County's recount of Iowa's Second Congressional District race, the closest in the nation. The recount left Miller-Meeks …

Hometown holiday gets in gear for 2020

Eldridge’s Hometown Holiday goes drive-thru this year, with Santa, the Grinch and some traditional characters and activities joined by a bunch of new ones,  all enjoyed by families from their vehicles.
Long Grove City Council

Burning regulations top Long Grove's Dec. 2 agenda

Long Grove council members will take a closer look at open burning regulations following some council members’ concerns about smoky fires.

Spider silk industry will bring jobs to area

Japan’s Spiber Inc., a biotech startup that produces lab-grown spider silk for use in clothing and other products, announced Nov. 20  it will expand production of its plant-based protein to Clinton, its first U.S. facility, through a partnership with Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM). The expansion stems from a relationship between Spiber and Iowa that started with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) years ago and solidified during Gov. Kim Reynolds’ trade mission to Japan last year. 

Contact tracing overwhelms county health staff

The Scott County Health Department surrendered all pandemic contact tracing going forward to the state health department as cases and deaths in the last month were more than 25 local contact tracers could handle.
North Scott School Board

School board welcomes Q&A during online forum

An hour-long school board online forum Nov. 16 drew more than a hundred live-time participants, and has been at least partially viewed by more than 1,000.

Vaccines work better than expected, regents told

Two COVID-19 vaccines that are expected to be submitted soon for federal review and licensure are showing “very promising data,” members of the Iowa Board of Regents heard Nov. 18.

Collision injures two near Blue Grass

Two Scott County residents are in stable condition following a collision of their vehicles just north of Blue Grass, about 5 p.m., Friday that required firefighters more than an hour to free them from the wreckage.
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Girls' Basketball

A new beginning

Let’s state the obvious first.
Girls' Basketball

Big second halves by Fountain, Scott pace Lancers

After a typical opening-game slow start, North Scott finally found its groove Friday night and used a strong third quarter surge to claim a 52-43 non-conference victory over Dubuque Hempstead.

NS football players, cheerleaders earn all-academic honors

North Scott fall sports athletes not only excelled on the football field, but also the classroom, as 22 players and cheerleaders were named to the Class 3A District 4 All-Academic teams.

Saving their best for last

It was a Dome dream come true, and North Scott left no doubt. A 60-plus year drought has come to an end, and finally, a state football championship trophy has found a resting place in Eldridge.
We climbed the mountain, Jack
Like most fans, I watched the Lancers win the Class 3A state championship at home in my family room instead of in the stands or on the … Read More
This championship was for every former Lancer
One day last week, a familiar name popped up on my phone, and it was a text from former Lancer coach Randy Schrader. Read More
Slurs won't defeat pandemic
Back off the “COVID-Kim” wisecrack. Read More
2015: Record snowfall in November
Nov. 25, 2015: The Quad Cities saw record snowfall in November, with 9.9 inches being the largest first snowstorm in recorded history. … Read More
Iowans must fight again for state support of mental health
Coronavirus has complicated Iowa’s mental health needs but also raised the stakes. Read More
The power to tax is the power to destroy: Fix PPP deductibility now
The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back – but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than … Read More
Support North Scott Food Pantry now
"Please consider a donation to the North Scott Food Pantry, 500 W. LeClaire Road, Eldridge, IA 52748. The need has never been greater … Read More
Can Packers follow Lancers' example?
"Coach Tippet has taken a bunch of hard-working kids and formed them into a winning team, with the attitude that we can overcome any … Read More
Thanks, Julie, for lighting our street!
"Downtown Eldridge trees would probably have remained unlit if Julie had not taken it upon herself to purchase and install the lights … Read More
Death Notice: Stephen Graham
A memorial service for Stephen J. Graham, 75, of Princeton, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the McGinnis-Chambers … Read More
Pete Madden to celebrate 80th birthday with card shower
Merlyn “Pete” Madden of Long Grove will celebrate his 80th birthday with a card shower. Cards may be sent to him at 14840 275th … Read More
Holdens celebrating 50 years of marriage Nov. 28
Lee and Jackie Holden of Eldridge will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 28! Read More
Obituary: Wilma Pitsenbarger
Wilma Joan Pitsenbarger, 91, passed into heaven on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Davenport. Read More
Obituary: Walter Witt
A funeral service for Walter LaVerne Witt, 87, of DeWitt, was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt. … Read More
Obituary: Duane Ockerman
A private graveside funeral service was held at Davenport Memorial Park for Duane William Ockerman, 87, of Davenport. The Runge … Read More
Obituary: Carol Jasper
A virtual funeral service for Carol Jean Jasper, 86, of Davenport, was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. A drive and stop gathering … Read More
Death Notice: Mary Ann Hahn
 A private family graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Grand Mound for Mary Ann Hahn, 85, of Grand Mound. The … Read More
Death Notice: Wilma Pitsenbarger
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date at Our Savior Presbyterian Church in Argo for Wilma Joan Pitsenbarger, 91, … Read More
Death Notice: Duane Ockerman
A private graveside funeral service will be held at Davenport Memorial Park for Duane William Ockerman, 87, of Davenport. The Runge … Read More
Death Notice: Walter Witt
A funeral service for Walter LaVerne Witt, 87, of DeWitt, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Schultz Funeral Home, … Read More
Death Notice: Carol Jasper
A virtual funeral service for Carol Jean Jasper, 86, of Davenport, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. A drive and stop … Read More
Bill and Linda Tubbs will observe 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 22
Bill and Linda Tubbs will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 22 quietly at home at 302 S. 8th St., Eldridge, due to COVID. … Read More
Birth: Claire Bader
Adam and Stephanie Price Bader of Ankeny are the parents of a daughter born at 6:42 p.m. Aug. 28, 2020, at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines. Read More
More local news
Regents freeze tuition The Iowa Board of Regents will continue freezing tuition and mandatory fees at the state’s three public universities for the spring 2021 semester, president Michael Richards announced at the Nov. 18 meeting.
Share your stories with Iowa PBS; deadline Nov. 30 Iowa PBS has launched a new initiative intended to celebrate the people, culture and stories of rural America by showcasing the diversity, traditions and richness of small town and rural life in Iowa.
Homes planned for Blue Grass township farmland A plan to add homes to about 35 acres of farmland just west of West Lake Park comes before Scott County’s Planning and Zoning Commission, 5 p.m, Dec. 1.
Jaclyn Kearney wins NSP Football Contest Jaclyn Kearney of Park View missed two and had a perfect tiebreaker of 45 (points in Iowa State’s 45-0 win over Kansas State) to win the $50 first prize in Week No. 12 of the North Scott Football Contest.
Towns receive Water Fluoridation Quality Awards The Iowa Department of Public Health announced today Nov. 20 that 108 water systems in Iowa – including Eldridge, Bennett, Durant and Tipton –have been awarded Water Fluoridation Quality Awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).