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Princeton parade, July 24, 2021

Princeton celebrates their Summerfest on July 24, 2021. The theme of the festival was "Let Freedom Ring." The festival opened with a fireman's breakfast and a presentation on the progress of …

Mom blames Tik-Tok prank for 2020 junior high injury

A North Scott junior high student claiming injuries in a Feb. 12, 2020 gym class is among at least eight nationwide who got hurt the same way that same month: Being duped by classmates into the skull-breaker challenge popularized on Tik-Tok.

Iossi plans restaurant, retail at First and Lincoln

Eldridge’s South First Street bike trail extension looked too good for Ryan Iossi to pass up.
Long Grove City Council

Capital plan maps out $14 million in projects over 10 years

Long Grove council members mapped out a 10-year capital improvement plan that relies on $14.67 million in property taxes, grants, water rate increases and loans, but not a new property tax debt levy.

Walcott Day Pie Contest rakes in the dough: $19,150

The 39th annual Walcott Day Pie Contest held on July 17 raised a record-breaking $19,150 for the 41 apple pies that were entered.

NS Foods customers show their hearts for cancer research

North Scott Foods' Steve Grolmus and Andy Lane pose with Eldridge city administrator Lisa Kotter, and a check for $2,625.38 from North Scott Foods customers.

Ed White students honored

Ed White students honored

Jobless rate inches up in Iowa

Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.0 percent in June 2021 from 3.9 percent in May 2021. The state’s jobless rate was 7.1 percent one year ago. The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,587,800 in June of 2021, which is 59,300 higher than June 2020 and 3,800 more than May of 2021.

Substate Final Preview

North Scott and Dubuque Hempstead are no strangers, as the Mustangs claimed a 6-1 victory when the two teams met back on June 17.

Another Instant Classic

Really, you wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, and you couldn’t have scripted a better ending for a high school baseball game.

Lancers strike early and often

Anything can happen when it comes to postseason baseball, but North Scott left little doubt as to why it was the No. 2 seed in its Class 4A substate matchup with Dubuque Senior Friday night.

Regular Season Wrap

The Lancers couldn’t have picked a better way to put the wraps on a 24-13 regular season as they built postseason momentum with a pair of wins early last week.
Why we write editorials
Editorials are falling out of favor at many American newspapers, for various reasons, including a desire not to upset and chase away readers.
Who is it OK to infect?
This column originally appeared Sept. 2, 2020
Hatred gets invited to a Quad Cities Christian church
This column originally appeared Dec. 18, 2019
Trapshooters claim national titles
July 20, 2016: The North Scott trapshooting teams claimed six national titles at the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships in Marengo, Ohio. They competed against more than 2,600 shooters from 30 states.
Experts sidelined so governor gets credit for mental health program
If a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth, as journalist Michael Kinsley famously wrote, what do you call it when a bureaucrat blurts out the real story about a politician?
Get off your keister and do some research
"Instead of regarding the pressure to get vaccinated as  an attempt to take away freedom, those who are hesitant to get the shots should accept their social responsibility to do their part to keep themselves and their fellow citizens healthy ..."
A fabulous weekend for Eldridge, thanks to donors and volunteer
"A huge thank you to the many community members listed below that worked so hard for the past 14 months to plan the Sesquicentennial events. ..."
One citizen, one vote important
"Our last election trashed the well-worn process and introduced the predictable dominance of the alpha figure in the election of those who decide our livelihood ..."
Pandemic aid: Don't give it back!
As noble as the intentions of those who told Scott County supervisors to send $32 million pandemic aid back to the federal government are, we would be better served if the supervisors put the money to good use.
1971: New pool at Scott County Park
July 14, 1971: A new Olympic-size swimming pool was dedicated at Scott County Park. Performing the ribbon cutting duties were George Theunen, chairman of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, and John McCormick, chairman of the Scott County Conservation Board.
Death Notice: Debra Weston
A funeral service for Debra S. Weston, 65, of Eldridge, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery. 
Death Notice: Daniel Ion
A funeral service for Daniel W. Ion, 52, of Princeton, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf. Burial will be in the McCausland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 27, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Death Notice: Gene Buckland
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date for Gene L. Buckland, 80, of Davenport. Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Larry Koberg
A celebration of life for Larry Henry Koberg, 72, of Walcott, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial will be in the Walcott Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, July 30, from 3-7 p.m. at the mortuary.
Shirley Arp to note 90th birthday with reception
Shirley Arp was born in an old farmhouse on her grandfather’s farm near Probstei in Scott County on Aug. 9, 1931, to Leilla Wulf Arp and Theodore H. Arp.
Jane Cronkleton celebrates 100th birthday July 31
Jane Cronkleton, formerly of Donahue, will celebrate her 100th birthday July 31, 2021.
Shirley Lucas to celebrate 90th birthday with July 25 open house
Shirley Louise (Balsar) Lucas of Davenport will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house on Sunday, July 25. All friends and family are invited to call from 1-3 p.m. at Eldridge United Methodist Church, 604 S. 2nd St., Eldridge. No gifts, please.
Death Notice: Raymond Eickstaedt
Raymond V. Eickstaedt, 95, of Bettendorf, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Funeral services were held at the Runge Mortuary on July 20, with a visitation beginning at 10:30 and a service starting at noon. He was laid to rest at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.
Obituary: Marilyn Farley
Marilyn Marie Farley, 85, of Davenport, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021. Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, July 19, at the Runge Mortuary. The Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Marilyn was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Buffalo. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.
Death Notice: Raymond Eickstaedt
A funeral service for Raymond V. Eickstaedt, 95., of Bettendorf, will be held at noon on Tuesday, July 20, at the Runge Mortuary. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery.
Death Notice: Marilyn Farley
A funeral service for Marilyn Marie Farley, 85, of Davenport, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel, Davenport. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo. Visitation will be Monday, July 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the mortuary.
Hutsons to celebrate 60th anniversary with open house
Joseph and Leatha Hutson of Donahue will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house on July 24. All friends and family are invited to call from 2-5 p.m. at the Long Grove Community Center.
Duncan-Meyer vows to be exchanged in October
Robin Duncan of Bettendorf and Jarod Meyer of Eldridge are engaged to be married.
Obituary: Nathan McMurrin
Nathan McMurrin, 89, of Davenport, passed away on June 27, 2021, in Usk, Wash.
Birth: Annie Hess
Katherine and Frederick Hess of Camanche are the parents of a daughter born at 7:41 a.m. June 1, 2021, at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport.
More local news
Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Week proclaimed Iowa’s commercial horticulture industry contributes $48 million to the state’s economy each year and provides fresh fruits and vegetables to Iowa consumers. Gov. Kim Reynolds recognized the value of this segment of agriculture by designating July 26-30, 2021, as Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Week.
The Chase Returns Find your time!
Walcott Days return with Disney theme Kirk Koberg was making the rounds to Eldridge businesses last week and dropping off Walcott Day posters.
County lifts weight limits on six fixed bridges Scott County supervisors eliminated weight limits on six rural bridges that have been repaired over the past two years, and added or reduced limits on four others.
Eldridge sets topsoil rules for new home lots The next residential lots sold in Eldridge must retain enough topsoil to grow a lawn. A new Eldridge ordinance intends to prevent builders stripping good dirt from new subdivisions.