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Princeton audit calls for more oversight

A new state audit disclosed 16 critical findings of Princeton financial oversight, including an improperly enacted garbage rate increase, some unreconciled account balances, and a continuing lack of a second signature or oversight on monthly bills.

April was county's 4th worst COVID month

Scott County's 7 percent COVID-19 positive tests remains among the state's highest, lower than Muscatine 9 percent, but higher than Polk, Johnson, Blackhawk and Clinton counties, at 5 percent or lower.

Bandits offer one-shot COVID vaccination

The Quad Cities River Bandits will offer a free game ticket voucher to anyone getting a COVID-19 vaccination at Modern Woodmen Park this Saturday, May 8, between 9 a.m. and noon. 

Apprenticeship signings put North Scott students on career tracks

Scott County employers welcome North Scott students at apprenticeship signing day, April 19 at the Waterfront Center in Bettendorf.

Cornbelt Running Club’s 24-Hour Run returns to North Scott May 15-16 after hiatus due to Covid

The Cornbelt Running Club’s 24-Hour Run will return to the North Scott High School track in Eldridge the weekend of May 15-16, after a year off due to Covid.

View the Eldridge Police report from the May 5 NSP!

View the Eldridge Police report from the May 5 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the May 5 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the May 5 NSP!
North Scott School Board

Core values hold hope for schools

North Scott school leaders are mapping a way forward from the April 14 junior high forum, intending to turn aspirations into actions.
Boys' Soccer

Lancers stun Spartans

The upset of No. 1 (Class 2A) moved the needle. Thursday night’s upset of No. 2 (3A) pegged it.
Girls' Soccer

Movin' on up

North Scott’s girls’ soccer team is on the move.
Girls' Golf

Tague leads Lancers to seventh at Peosta

North Scott senior Natalie Tague carded an impressive round of 93 to pace the Lancer girls' golf team to a seventh-place finish at Western Dubuque's Bobcat Invitational on Monday, April 26.
Track and Field

Rare MAC championship is in reach

There may have been a little disappointment surrounding Thursday’s second-place finish at Bettendorf’s unique ABC meet, but that’s not stopping North Scott from harboring championship thoughts heading into this Thursday’s Mississippi Athletic Conference meet.
Making America great
Amidst the polarizing division of our politics, some of which is expressed in letters to the editor on these pages, it was refreshing to see the people of one community, Walcott, come together Friday night to celebrate major improvements at Wescott Park.
'The streets of Eldridge will be different without Dave'
I was sitting in the Eldridge city council chambers the night that Dave Kopatich was hired as a full-time officer in 1989. I wrote the front-page story eight years later when he left to become chief in Walcott, and my byline topped the front-page, above-the-fold article when he returned to Eldridge in 2009.
Four NS teachers receive Golden Apple
May 8, 1996: Four North Scott teachers were among 25 countywide winners of Golden Apple Awards: Glendena Heiman and Steve Mohr from the high school, Chris Green from Neil Armstrong Elementary, and Diane Christensen from John Glenn Elementary.
'Dead' bills haunt the Capitol; here's one worth reviving
The final days of the legislative session are like Halloween without the candy: The ghosts of dead bills start haunting the Capitol.
Iowa population pegged at 3,190,369
This week the U.S. Census Bureau released its first round of data for the decennial census of population. The apportionment results are the total number of residents in each state and dividing it among the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Census Bureau reported that the population of Iowa for the 2020 Census was 3,190,369 residents, an increase of 144,014 residents (4.7 percent) since 2010. Iowa ranks 28th in the country for percentage change from 2010, enough to ensure that Iowa will continue to have four elected representatives in the House of Representatives.
Visit Quad Cities receives honor
This week was the 16th week of this legislative session. Although April 30 was the last calendar day of the session, we are still working through policy and budget bills, so we will return to the Capitol in May to focus on accomplishing our priorities for the year, like tax relief, support for first responders and responsible budgets.
Vaccine passports prohibited
This week, Iowa House Republicans passed House File 889, a bill to ban vaccine passports in Iowa.
Letter's depth of anger disturbing
"I will leave it to historians to explain the evolution of the Republican Party from the sunny optimism of Reagan to the dark, dystopian world view of Trump ..."
Investigate 'the crime of the century'
"With most of the press, legislatures, and courts unwilling to investigate what may well be the crime of the century, we are left with analyzing what we have ..."
Let's wean ourselves from plastics
"Let’s talk about plastics. The plastics industry is spewing toxic waste associated with thousands of deaths in 'cancer alley' ..."
Death Notice: John Carmody
A memorial service celebrating the life of John H. Carmody, 84, of Eldridge, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Chambers Funeral Home in Eldridge. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Face masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.
Linnenbrink-Huddleston vows to be said June 26
Maria Linnenbrink and Omar Huddleston are engaged to be married.
Birth: Joshua Liske
Emily and Kraig Liske of Cumming are the parents of a son born at 9:46 a.m. March 25, 2021.
Obituary: Curtis Fostrom
Curtis W. Fostrom, 75, of Davenport, passed away at Davenport Lutheran Home on April 25, 2021.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at Runge Mortuary.  Visitation will be at 1 p.m.  Masks will be worn and social distancing observed.  Burial will follow at Davenport Memorial Park.  Memorials may be made to Our Savior Presbyterian Church, rural LeClaire.  Online condolences may be left at
Obituary: Janice Rochau Ryman
In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 24, 2021, Janice “Jan” Louise Ryman (Rochau) passed away peacefully at the age of 83 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Jan was born in Davenport, on April 12, 1938, and raised on her family’s farm. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was also an avid animal lover, providing a loving home for many dogs and cats over the years. Jan lived a rich and full life, eventually making her home on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Obituary: Curtis Fostrom
A funeral service for Curtis W. Fostrom, 75, of Davenport, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the mortuary. Masks will be worn and social distancing observed. Burial will follow at Davenport Memorial Park.
Richlens celebrating 60 years of marriage April 29
Clarence (Butch) and Joann Richlen of Dixon will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary April 29.
Wilsons to celebrate 60th anniversary with family
Dick and Fran Wilson of Eldridge will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family celebration.
Obituary: Joyce Van Den Berghe
Joyce L. Van Den Berghe, age 70, of Stockton, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021, at Methodist Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. A private family funeral service will be held and burial will take place in Durant Cemetery, Durant.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at the New Liberty Fire Department.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department or the Mayo Clinic in her memory. Online condolences may be left at
Obituary: Nancy Nichols
Nancy J. Nichols, 83, of Davenport, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2021, with her loved ones by her side.
Obituary: Kathleen Phinney
Kathleen M. “Kathy” Phinney, 85, of Lexington, Ill., passed away at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2021, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Ill.
Obituary: Marilyn Deegan
Marilyn Deegan, 76, of Maquoketa, passed away on Monday morning, April 12, 2021, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.  A private family visitation was held and cremation has taken place, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.
Death Notice: Joyce Van Den Berghe
A private family funeral service and burial will be held in the Durant Cemetery for Joyce L. Van Den Berghe, 70, of Stockton. A Celebration of Life will be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the New Liberty Fire Department. The Bentley Funeral Home, Durant, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Townsends to mark 65 years of marriage with family
Dudley and Marilyn Townsend of Eldridge will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a family celebration.
Patricia Shreffler to note 80th birthday with card shower
Patricia Shreffler of Davenport will celebrate her 80th birthday with a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at 4023 Lillie Ave. #407, Davenport, IA 52806.
More local news
Schools await open enrollment surge North Scott schools are bracing for more open enrollment students, especially from Davenport, as Iowa legislators banned diversity plans Davenport had used to keep some students from leaving.
Long Grove plans improvements with and without tax hike Nearly 20 years of Long Grove’s needs and aspirations are wrapped up in 30 pages of capital improvement plans that would address them over the next 20 years.
Bondurant shares its Amazon story The first Iowa community to welcome an Amazon warehouse was Bondurant, just north of Altoona, near Des Moines. Bondurant city administrator Marketa Oliver said Amazon has been a terrific partner, first with a $250 million, 645,000-square-foot distribution center employing 1,000. This year, it is adding a $31.2 million sorting center next door that promises 300 more jobs, she said.
Bauer retires after 30 years of Scott County elections Richard Bauer was happy in Las Vegas 30 years ago when he learned of an interesting job opening in his home town.
Case counts go down; mask waiver requests up in schools More North Scott school families are asking the district for mask waivers for students.