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North Scott School Board

Schools brace for charter competition

North Scott school board members are looking to Iowa’s Republican House majority to undo Iowa Republican Senate legislation the board fears will launch an enrollment free-for-all among public schools and anticipated publicly funded charters and private schools.

Health board addresses vaccination confusion

Vaccine is reaching Scott County residents through federal, state and local sources that confuse residents and public health officials who describe a fragmented response to the common pandemic.

MidAmerican takes blame for outage

Worn equipment, not bad weather, cut Eldridge’s connection to MidAmerican Energy for two hours Feb. 17, forcing some businesses to close and knocking out power to about a third of residential customers during 11-degree cold.

City tax hearings set for March 15 and 29

Eldridge city council members set the two public property tax hearings required by state law: A 7 p.m., March 15 maximum levy hearing to establish the highest rate possible, then a 6 p.m., March 29 hearing on the actual levy.

Chairman's 32nd year on health board will be her last

Denise Coiner remembers the late Bill Fennelly’s invitation in 1989 to join the Scott County Board of Health.

Scott County is among 89 sticking with master matrix

Scott County is among 89 Iowa counties that committed another year to using the Iowa Department of Natural Resources master matrix to permit some confined livestock feeding operations.

Rotary Virtual Auction

The Rotary Club of North Scott's annual Rotary Rallies for Youth Auction will be Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6:00  p.m. The public is invited to log on at: https://northscottrotary.home/qtego.net.

Democrats lament powerlessness this session

Four Scott County Democratic legislators fielded 10 questions during Saturday’s online forum that reached a peak of 55 viewers over about 90 minutes.. Davenport NAACP and LULAC chapter members moderated the forum.
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Sports
Bowling

Rolling their way to state

The two-day wait was worth it for North Scott’s boys’ bowling team, and once Mother Nature finished wreaking havoc with the Class 2A district bowling schedule last week, the Lancers are back in the big show.
Bowling

NS girls put wraps on tough season with third-place finish

A difficult season filled with adversity came to a close for North Scott’s girls’ bowling team on Tuesday (Feb. 16) on somewhat of a high note, as the Lancers finished third in their Class 2A district meet at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City.
Wrestling

'It’s a pretty special group and a pretty special year'

For the second straight year the Saturday Night lights failed to shine on North Scott, but don’t go thinking the Lancers didn’t steal their share of the state spotlight.
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Back-to-Back Top Four

It’s time to quit beating a dead horse. At some point, you just have to realize that some people are slow learners. Perhaps now, the message has been delivered loud and clear.
Opinion
A year later, North Scott faces another important referendum
A year ago this week, The NSP put the finishing touches on what had been weeks of news coverage, ads, letters to the editor and editorials leading up to the March 3, 2020, YMCA vote. Signs could be found across the North Scott district.
Good week for Lancer Nation
It was a good week for Lancer Nation, and whether you were watching state wrestling action at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, or basketball games in The Pit, there was plenty to cheer about.
Saturday forums offer large insight, but only to a few
Four hours focused on Saturday’s legislative forums taught me one thing.
2006: Senior housing for Eldridge?
March 1, 2006: The prospect of senior housing in Eldridge was starting to look more like a reality. Joel Callahan of Dubuque-based Callahan Construction made a presentation to the Eldridge City Council on a proposed 62-unit independent living facility to be built in the Eldridge Commercial Park.
GOP talking points on voter changes don't hold water
As Republicans in the Iowa Statehouse prepare to once again make major changes in state election laws, the prevailing question Iowans have been asking is why.
Help us get a separated riverfront trail
"Princeton Recreation Trails, Inc. improves pathways to increase safe and healthy opportunities for all. Our primary goal is to bring a separated Mississippi Riverfront Trail to Princeton ..."
Bottle bill changes not customer-friendly
"I have no objection to increasing the cost of the deposit if it will provide the retailers with additional funds for handling the redemptions, but I am opposed to the bill in its current form. It is neither simple nor an improvement ..."
Investigate claims of voter fraud
"Does anybody believe that if Trump had won (he did), with all these claims of voter fraud and everything else, that there would not be an investigation ..."
Jim was my neighbor and a dear friend
"Jim Tank was my neighbor and one of the first people I met when I moved into the neighborhood. He quickly became a dear friend, and like others, I will miss him so much ..."
Nobody loved North Scott more
With each passing year, there are fewer of us left to remember the huge changes in Eldridge of the 1970s and early 1980s, when banker Jim Tank was among the leaders steering our city and school district in a positive direction. Jim's life and those years of stretch and strain are inseparable, in a good way.
Announcements
Baustians celebrating 65 years of marriage Feb. 25
Derryl and June Baustian of Eldridge will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 25.
Obituary: John Small
John Thomas Small, 82, a resident of Eldridge, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme in Davenport.
Obituary: Lois Hitchcock
Lois Arlene Hitchcock, 91, of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, surrounded by loving family. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, March 7, for their Jamaica Bay friends and family. A graveside service will be held in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport at a later time.
Obituary: James Brownson
James J. Brownson passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, peacefully at home with family and support from Genesis Hospice.  Jim was born April 15, 1945, in Davenport.
Obituary: Stephen Reimers
Stephen “Steve” F. Reimers, 73 of Donahue, passed away on Feb. 15, 2021, at his home.  Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  There will be no services.  Memorials may be left to the Donahue Volunteer Fire Department, or to the Veteran’s Outreach Center.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.Cunnick-collinsmortuary.com.
Death Notice: James Brownson
A funeral service and Memorial Mass for James J. Brownson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Long Grove. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, with a time of sharing at 6 p.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date in St. Ann's Cemetery, Long Grove.
Death Notice: John Small
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for John Thomas Small, 82, of Eldridge, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Long Grove. Visitation will be two hours prior to Mass on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Stephen Reimers
Stephen F. "Steve" Reimers, 73, of Donahue, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at his home. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and no services will be held. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bolsems celebrated 50th anniversary Feb. 14
Richard and Sarah Bolsem of Eldridge celebrated 50 years of marriage on Valentine’s Day. They were wed Feb. 14, 1971, in Chesapeake, Va., at Lake Drummond Baptist Church.
Obituary: James Tank
James “Jim” Tank of Davenport, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at Genesis East Medical Center. A private family service will be held at Weerts Funeral Home, which can be viewed online via livestream at www.facebook.com/WeertsFuneral starting at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life tailgate will be held in the fall. Memorials may be left to the North Scott Educational Foundation or the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Iowa City. Online condolences may be expressed at www.weertsfh.com.
Obituary: William Storjohann
William “Bill” Dean Storjohann, 83, of rural Davenport, passed Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. A private funeral service began live streaming at approximately 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, via Bentley Funeral Home’s Facebook Page. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 2-5 p.m., with a Prost at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Walcott American Legion. Memorials may be given to the University of Iowa for Parkinson research in his name. Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: John Sebolt
John Anthony Sebolt, 83, a resident of Eldridge, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme in Davenport.
Obituary: Virgil Cole
Virgil Cole, 82, of Wild Rose, Wis., brother of Dick Cole of 210 W. Scott St., Eldridge, died Dec. 30. He was born Aug. 19, 1938.
Obituary: Richard Clark
A funeral service for Richard R. Clark, 90, of Donahue, formerly of Eldridge, was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Burial was in the Confidence (Iowa) Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 11, from 5-7 p.m. at Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge. Mr. Clark died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at his daughter’s home in Donahue.
Death Notice: James Tank
A private family funeral service will be held at Weerts Funeral Home for James "Jim" Tank, of Davenport. The service can be viewed online via livestream at www.facebook.com/WeertsFuneral, starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life tailgate will be held in the fall.
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NS musicians named to Honor Bands During the months of December and January, North Scott band students were busy preparing for the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association District Honor Band auditions.
Catholic sisters launch dialogue on justice issues Catholic Sisters from 24 congregations in four states this March will launch a yearlong, live-streamed conversation series on the leading social justice issues of our time.
Scott County state legislative forums resume Feb. 20 Scott County's state legislators resume public forums beginning Saturday.
Blackhawk Trail to go border to border Eldridge council members looking ahead see Blackhawk Trail and a parallel recreation trail spanning the city from Scott Park Road to Slopertown Road.
Soccer fields get $134K irrigation system Soccer fields graded last year onto 3.8 acres of city property along Buttermilk Road will become a full-fledged Eldridge park with the addition of an irrigation system this year.
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