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Condo sites platted for Grunwald Groves

The final plat for Grunwald Groves townhome addition now includes six lots from 1.3 to 2.2 acres for condominium buildings.

Sen. Joni Ernst coming to Scott County Friday

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst's 99-county tour will come to Scott County Friday, April 9, with a 9:00 a.m. meeting with Bettendorf city officials at Bettendorf City Hall, 1609 State Street, Bettendorf.

Iowa retroactively reduces nursing home case counts

Newly disclosed COVID-19 data shows the state of Iowa has retroactively reduced the number of nursing home infections that it publicly reported last year.

Maxwell wins challenge on court fees

Scott County voters challenging John Maxwell’s elected service will have to pay nominal filing fees as requested by Maxwell and his attorneys.

Governor Reynolds honors First Trust and Savings Bank

State Sen. Chris Cournoyer reports that Gov. Kim Reynolds gave out a “Keep Iowa Beautiful” award last week to First Trust & Savings Bank of Wheatland for its outstanding corporate citizenship. 

Long Grove Civic League wins paint grant

The Long Grove Civic League  won a Diamond Vogel and Keep Iowa Beautiful paint grant.

Hispanic engineers offer STEM college scholarships

The Eastern Iowa Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is awarding $8,000 worth of scholarships to college-bound high school seniors and current university students in Iowa for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Been There, Done That, again

North Scott students Izzie McChesney, on bass,  and Heather Khoury on drums, and the Been There Done That band, tied for first among 100 bands vying for an opening spot at the 2021 Mississippi Valley Fair.
Sports
Girls' Soccer

Young Lancers have high expectations

With speed to burn, North Scott’s girls’ soccer team is hoping to race back to the state Promised Land.
Boys' Soccer

Mercy, Mercy! Lancers open with a bang

Absolutely no one saw this coming, and just for the record, no one can recall it ever happening in the history of North Scott’s boys’ soccer program.
Track and Field

Lancers are the real deal

Make no mistake about it. The Lancers are the real deal.
Track and Field

West leads Lancers to fourth at Spartan Invitational

Joe Greenwood just might know what he’s talking about.
Opinion
YMCA groundbreaking: Celebrate this moment
The groundbreaking last Tuesday for the North Scott YMCA is a moment I'd like to freeze in time. The opening is a year away, but it will be hard to top the aura of goodwill from Tuesday's overcast and end-of-March-chilly afternoon.
Chad Pregracke knows how to bridge the herd
“You can’t rollerskate in a buffalo herd.”
1996: North Scott area runners compete in Boston Marathon
April 10, 1996: North Scott area runners Arnie Kundel, Mike Feldpausch, Dave Zimmer and Jack and Dale Keppy were headed to Massachusetts to live out a shared dream of running in the Boston Marathon. “I know a lot of people who tried to qualify and didn’t, and it’s very unusual for five people from this area to get the job done,” said Jack Keppy.
There’s still time for lawmakers to address real-world problems
At first, I thought it must be a typo:  A bill in the Iowa Senate moved out of subcommittee last week with the votes of far-right Republican Sen. Jim Carlin and Iowa City progressive Sen. Joe Bolkcom.
From the Philippines to Eldridge during the year of COVID-19
I am a person who is positive about every aspect of life. I like writing. I always wanted to be a great writer. Six months ago I came to the United States from my home in the Philippines. I have experienced a lot of things during this pandemic, and we all know that this is the world that we have right now.
Tax due date extended to June 1
This week the Iowa Department of Revenue officially extended the filing and payment deadline to June 1, 2021 for 2020 individual income tax returns and first quarter estimated income tax payments for individuals. The extension does not include business filers and other tax types for individuals.
Child care access tops agenda
House Republicans have been aggressive in addressing child care access this session.
Report: Economy grew 6.3 percent
This week was the twelfth week of the 89th General Assembly that ended with the second “funnel” deadline. This deadline requires that most bills, except those dealing with the state budget or taxes, must pass either the House or Senate and then make it through committee in the other chamber in order to continue to still be considered for this session.
Iowa: Where it's easier to buy and carry handguns than it is to vote
"This has nothing to do with fraud or election security. It's pure and simple voter suppression. Remember that when you're standing in a long line to vote ..."
Property owners can't have it both ways
"Owners of real estate desire their property to be valued highly for market purposes while at the same time wanting that identical  property assessed low for tax purposes. You can't have it both ways ..."
Announcements
Death Notice: John Miller
John Webster Miller, 92, of Eldridge, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Due to Covid concerns, a private family service will be held, with a celebration of life including friends at a later date. The service will be livestreamed for those not in attendance. A link can be found on the Runge Mortuary and Crematory website. 
Obituary: Pamela Murphy
Pamela “Pam” Ann Murphy, 72, of Davenport, formerly of Dixon, passed away Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, at her home surrounded by her adoring family.
Obituary: Donald Decker
Donald A. Decker, 81, of Eldridge, formerly of Davenport, died Sunday, March 28, 2021, in his home.
Obituary: Hope 'Deborah' Lauthen
Hope “Deborah” Lauthen, 64, of Iowa City, passed away at her home on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Obituary: Matthew Dittmer
A time to gather and celebrate the life of Matthew J. Dittmer, 64, of Eldridge, will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, downtown Davenport. There will be a time of prayer and sharing held at 6 p.m.
Obituary: Homer Christner
A funeral service for Homer Christner, 90, of Walcott, was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Runge Mortuary. Visitation was two hours prior to the service on Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Obituary: Betty Mangels
A funeral service for Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Mangels, 81, of Eldridge, was held Saturday, April 3, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation was two hours prior to the service on Saturday at the mortuary. Burial was in the Maysville Cemetery.
Death Notice: Ted Brockhouse
A celebration of life service for Ted Allen Brockhouse, 62, of Davenport, formerly of Princeton, will be held at a later date.
Obituary: Doris Brandts
A private service celebrating the life of Doris A. Brandts, 90, of Blue Grass, will be held at a later date. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Matthew Dittmer
A time to gather and celebrate the life of Matthew Joseph Dittmer, 64, of Eldridge, will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. A time of prayer and sharing will be held at 6 p.m. 
Death Notice: Pamela Murphy
A memorial Mass for Pamela Ann "Pam" Murphy, 72, of Davenport, formerly of Dixon, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 8, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Davenport. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 7, from 4-6  p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, where a prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Thursday at the church. 
Death Notice: Doris Brandts
A private service celebrating the life of Doris Brandts, 90, of Blue Grass, will be held at a later date. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Ted Brockhouse
A celebration of life service for Ted Allen Brockhouse, 62, of Davenport, formerly of Princeton, will be held at a later date.
Death Notice: Hope 'Deborah' Lauthen
A funeral service for Hope "Deborah" Lauthen, 64, of Iowa City, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Lensing Funeral Home, Iowa City. Visitation will be one hour prior the the service on Friday at the funeral home. Social distancing guidelines are in place and masks are required. For those unable to attend, the service will be available on Zoom. On the Lensing website, go to Deb's obituary page and click on the Tribute Wall. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City.
Death Notice: Homer Christner
A funeral service for Homer Christner, 90, of Walcott, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
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Increased tax credits available for Iowans with ACA coverage starting April 1 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced recently that additional federal premium tax credits will be available to individuals purchasing their own health insurance directly through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplace (healthcare.gov). The increased federal premium tax credits may result in lower premium amounts paid by Iowans.
Lancers Good Friday North Scott track team members Kaeden Power, left, and Dylan Dufloth collect trash on the high school grounds, Friday, April 2.
Easter tradition still alive The annual Long Grove Civic League Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday, and 93 hunters were there  to try their luck finding the eggs.
Saturday afternoon blaze in Dixon Dixon volunteer firefighters were called to extinguish this blaze that destroyed a storage shed owned by Paul Scott, 709 Davenport St.
Casey's boosts Special Olympics Casey’s General Stores’ Round Up Campaign Benefiting Special Olympics Iowa ends April 15.
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