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Long Grove City Council

Slow down in Long Grove?

Long Grove needs new speed limits, stop and yield signs for the town’s renovated First Street, and new subdivision, and perhaps the entire town.
Eldridge City Council

City hall or community center; where should council meet?

Heavier attendance at Eldridge council meetings suggests a change in meeting places.
Eldridge City Council

Split council vote helps retain Eldridge building inspector

Eldridge city council approved an 8 percent raise for building inspector Ray Nees Monday.

Iowa Democrats choose Jan. 15 mail-in caucus

Iowa Democrats decided Saturday they will caucus on Jan. 15, 2024, the same day as Iowa Republicans, but it is still unclear when they will cast presidential preference votes.

National Alpaca Farm Days this weekend

McCarty’s Corner Farm and RaDar Farms will host National Alpaca Farm Days Sept. 23 and 24 at McCarty’s Corner Farm, 21060 240th St., Eldridge. Admission and parking are free.
Princeton City Council

Princeton trails banks $8,630 ADM grant for engineering

ADM contributed $8,630 to the Princeton Trails committee, a contribution that could be key in advancing the design of a trail through town.

Thanks for Donahue pie contest that raised $17,000

The Donahue Apple Pie Baking Contest held on Sept. 3 was a huge success, thanks to many generous businesses, groups, families and individuals.  Our total income came to over $17,000, which will be split with the Donahue Sportsmen and Donahue Fire Department.

Taylor Bush winning entry comes from Pennsylvania

Taylor Bush of State College, Pa., won Week 3 of The North Scott Press Football Contest, missing two with a tiebreaker of 47, the closest to the total number of points in Penn State’s 30-13 win over Illinois. Bush bested 150 other contestants to take the $50 first prize.
Sheriff & Police news
View the Eldridge Police report from the Sept. 20 NSP!

View the Eldridge Police report from the Sept. 20 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the Sept. 20 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the Sept. 20 NSP!

Cross Country

Running hard on home soil

Looking up at the sky, at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, the 13 cross-country teams that descended on Eldridge all let out a collective sigh.
Boys' Golf

Kress fires personal-best 76 to lead Lancers

Closing in on postseason competition, the Lancers are getting final preparations ready.

Bobcats hand Lancers first loss of season

This heavyweight battle nearly went the distance. Instead, it ended with Western Dubuque getting the late-round knockout.

Lancers post 4-1 week, remain at No. 5 in 4A rankings

North Scott volleyball began this season churning out wins, and this past week was no different.
Boys' Golf

Adkisson wins River King Invite; Lancers take second

If one were to script a perfect bounce-back week for North Scott’s boys’ golf team, it probably looked like what transpired at Valley Oaks Golf Course last Thursday.
1973: Bridging the rural-urban divide
Fifty years ago the Vietnam War was winding down, but time on the nightly news that previously reported war casualties and updates, was filled with the latest twists and turns of the Watergate investigation which would lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.
1973: Schools propose borrowing $1.2M to build junior high
Sept. 19, 1973: A busy agenda at the North Scott School Board meeting saw the seating of two newly elected members, Robert Carter of rural Princeton, and Dr. Marvin Elliott of Long Grove. The board also voted to proceed with a $1.2 million bond issue for the construction of a junior high, with an election to be held some time in November.
Community Foundation council brings new voices to the river
The river means something different to everyone. For many, it is a spiritual place for meditation and retreat. Others think of recreation and family outings (for me, it’s one of my favorite places to walk my new puppy, Bailey). At times, the river is a source of anxiety as flooding becomes a more regular concern.
Iowa connection to Anne Frank runs through Scott County
On Aug. 17,  2023, more than one hundred people gathered at the Beit Shalom Jewish Community building in Davenport, Iowa, to view in person, a physical artifact of the Holocaust: an authentic World War II rail car bound for permanent display at the Danville Station Museum in Danville, Iowa.
Collaborative state legislation is rescuing puppies across Iowa
"Still, the legislative work of 2020 and resulting changes to policy are, today, reshaping the landscape of problematic commercial dog breeding in Iowa and will continue to do so in the years to come ..."
GOP Congress squanders session on vendettas
"We have seen too many of these pointless Republican shutdowns before.  Quit wasting taxpayer money on this political sideshow and do your job ..."
Private school state aid provides no relief on property tax bills
"The law is dangerous because it will weaken public schools, which are the great equalizer in our country.  Weakening public schools by diverting funds together with banning books and muzzling teachers will lead to weakening our democracy too ..."
You can't tell the players without a program
Put this in the category of small annoyances, the absence of printed roster sheets at athletic contests, especially high school sports. It started with Covid and then became a fact accomplished, replaced by QR codes which navigate your smart phone to electronic rosters.
1973: Final U.S. 61 plans show no access to Lincoln Road
Sept. 12, 1973: As the Iowa Highway Commission worked to finalize its plans for the proposed Highway 561, which would run north-south from Interstate 80 to the Wapsipinicon River, the Eldridge City Council learned that two east-west roads between Eldridge and Mt. Joy could be affected. As proposed, the new highway would stub off Lincoln Road and East Blackhawk Trail. The council wanted assurances that drivers would be able to cross the highway at these junctions.
Scott County juvenile center leads Iowa in right direction
Over the last several years, I have had the pleasure of watching the evolution of The Scott County Youth Justice & Rehabilitation Center, which has been a true testament of what authentic youth and family engagement should look like.
Death Notice: Dorothy Beert
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Mae "Dort" Beert, 92, of Eldridge, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Long Grove. Visitation will be two hours prior to Mass on Saturday at the church. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Obituary: Kevin Miller
Kevin D. Miller, age 65, of Dixon, passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at Wheatland Manor with his wife by his side after a courageous 28-month battle with Glioblastoma IV, a brain cancer. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. Visitation was from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 17, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial was in Allen’s Grove Cemetery, Dixon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dixon Fire Department or North Scott FFA.
Obituary: Janice Schebler
Funeral services celebrating the life of Janice Schebler, 92, of Davenport, were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.  The livestream may be viewed, and remembrances expressed at www.hmdfuneralhome.com. Burial was in Holy Family Cemetery, Davenport.  Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Ruff Life Dog Rescue of ILLOWA or the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
Death Notice: Evelyn Gullion
A funeral service for Evelyn A. Gullion, 86, of Davenport, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial will follow in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Thursday at the mortuary.
Death Notice: Janice Schebler
A funeral service celebrating the life of Janice Ruth Schebler, 92, of Davenport, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. The service will be livestreamed at the funeral home's website. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Ray and Sherry Peters to note 50th anniversary with trip
Raymond “Ray” and Sherrill “Sherry” Peters of Park View will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a road trip to St. Louis, Arizona, Las Vegas and South Dakota.
Larry and Betty Frazee to note 80th birthdays together
Larry D. Frazee and Elizabeth A. “Betty” Frazee will celebrate their 80th birthdays with a family dinner.
Obituary: Jack Hill
Jack Hill, 85, of Iowa City and formerly of Long Grove, died peacefully on Sept. 7, 2023, surrounded by his family at home.
Obituary: Nelda Cassidy
Nelda Elfrieda Cassidy, age 99, of Walcott, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Maysville Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: James Belk
James “Jim” C. Belk Sr., 91, of Long Grove, passed away on Sept. 6, 2023, at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport. Family received guests for visitation from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Weerts Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, also at Weerts Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the McCausland Fire Department. Online, condolences and fond memories may be expressed at www.weertsfh.com.
Obituary: Linda Tank
Linda K. Tank, 82, of Davenport, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at the University of Iowa Hospital.  A memorial visitation to honor her memory was held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home.  Memorials in Linda’s name may be made to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
Obituary: Carl 'Rodney' Lodmell
Carl “Rodney” Lodmell of Gilbert, Ariz., formerly of Blue Grass, age 92, passed away at his home on Monday, July 17, 2023, with his wife and son by his side.
Obituary: Berniece Schoop
Berniece “Bea” Schoop, 94, of DeWitt, passed away peacefully, Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, at Genesis Medical Center-East, Davenport.
Obituary: Roger Woomert
A memorial service celebrating the life of Roger D. Woomert, 80, of Princeton, was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf. Burial was in Rock Island National Cemetery, where military rites were conducted. Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Death Notice: Kevin Miller
A funeral service for Kevin Dale Miller, 65, of Dixon, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Allens Grove Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. 
More local news
St. Ann's to host parish mission St. Ann’s Catholic Church would like to invite the North Scott area to join them for a Parish Mission.
Early harvest results surprise Farmers so far have reported average or better corn yields despite this year’s drought, according to Iowa State University Extension field agronomists.
Stender’s big day North Scott alum Sean Stender was officially inducted into the University of Northern Iowa’s Hall of Fame for his contributions on the wrestling mat.
Keppy promoted to senior credit officer Greg Keppy’s banking career started 20 years ago as a teller. Now, he’s the senior credit officer at First Central State Bank.
First Central grills for charity returns to Eldridge Sept. 29 First Central State Bank will continue its tradition of Grilling for Charity fundraisers.