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Shredding days slated by First Central State Bank

First Central State Bank will host several shred events during a two-day period this month.

Affinity Rose opens

Marcella and John Osborne and Christie and Amora Gelken open Affinity Rose, 110 E. LeClaire Road, Eldridge, offering unique, locally made gifts, decor, clothing and jewelry.

Complaint leads Eldridge man to serve on city board

Two years ago, Eric Gruenhagen took his fight to city hall.

Legislators decline plan for statewide early ballot requests

A panel of state lawmakers turned down a Democratic proposal July 1 to allow the Iowa secretary of state to send out absentee ballot request forms to all Iowa voters for the November general election.

Nursing homes become Iowa hotbed for COVID

A third Iowa nursing home where residents have died of COVID-19 has been cited by the state for failing to observe basic health care protocols in the midst of the pandemic.

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the July 8 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the July 8 NSP!

View the Eldridge Police report from the July 8 NSP!

View the Eldridge Police report from the July 8 NSP!

Farm Progress Show canceled

Leaders of the Farm Progress Show, scheduled Sept. 1-3 at Boone, Iowa, pulled the plug on the show for 2020 after announcing last week that it would go forward as planned.
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Sports
Baseball

Go figure! Lancers will be No. 3 seed

Perhaps Travis Ralfs needs to be a better salesman. Or maybe, when he participated in the Class 4A substate seeding conference call over the weekend, nobody was listening.
Softball

Lancers set their sights on deep post-season run

The stage is set, the destination is plugged into the GPS, and the fuel tank is loaded with an extra boost of confidence. A Mississippi Athletic Conference championship is still an uphill climb, but North Scott’s softball team is ready to chart a course back to Fort Dodge.
Baseball

MAC title is within reach

It’s right there for the taking. The stars are aligned. In the topsy-turvy world of Mississippi Athletic Conference baseball, North Scott is in the driver’s seat for the home stretch of a championship run.
Baseball

Lancers face MAC rivals in substate beginning July 17

North Scott’s post-season path is starting to take shape after Iowa High School Athletic Association officials announced Class 4A substate assignments last week.
Opinion
A summer without festivals
This is the week we would be giving you the details for the Eldridge Summer Festival which, like others, has been canceled due to … Read More
Dear Seniors: Don't go. There is life after prom
As I write this open letter to you, I do so with the utmost respect, and with a sincere attempt at not wearing my parent, grandparent … Read More
2005 Eldridge Summer Festival featured five parade grand marshals
July 13, 2005: The Eldridge Summer Festival had five grand marshals, each representing special causes: Jack Lindaman and the Muscular … Read More
Schools, puppies win; Secretary of State, voters lose
The 2020 legislative session was historic mainly for 11 weeks of inaction as the session was suspended due to COVID-19.  Even so, … Read More
Flyers don't represent majority in LG
"In the past, many of us heard racists’ statements from specific individuals. We cringed and walked away. We allowed them to speak … Read More
Republicans defend voter bill
"This bill does nothing to stop absentee voting. Any registered voter in Iowa may request an absentee ballot through the county … Read More
Let's have a COVID Super Spreader event before school starts!
"Billed as the second largest fair in Iowa, the MV Fair Board and local politicians may really believe they know more about COVID … Read More
Stop being self-centered: Wear a mask
"Today’s 'patriots' would storm the capitols for their right to go to Hy-Vee rather than do their part to grow their own food in a … Read More
All Black Lives Matter ... including the unborn
"If we’re serious about black lives REALLY mattering, we need to begin decreasing the number of black babies being aborted as well … Read More
Announcements
Death Notice: Kenneth Freund
Private family graveside services will be held at the Blue Grass Cemetery for Kenneth W. Freund, 82, of Walcott. Visitation will be … Read More
Death Notice: Carole Petersen
A Celebration of Life service for Carole "Dee" Petersen, 77, of rural Davenport, will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 12, in the … Read More
Voelkels to note 60 years of marriage July 10
Robert and Karen Voelkel of Eldridge are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. The former Karen Reinier and Robert Voelkel were … Read More
Donald Jones celebrated 80th birthday with family
Donald E. Jones, a resident of Princeton, celebrated his 80th birthday with a family dinner on June 17 at Mo Brady’s Steakhouse in … Read More
Obituary: Steven Guthrie
Steven K. Guthrie, 66, of Long Grove, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2020, at his residence. Read More
Obituary: Bonnie Gorsh
Bonnie J. Gorsh, 82, a resident of Wheatland, formerly of Long Grove, died on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Davenport, with her family by … Read More
Obituary: Karen Boege Wilson
Karen R. Boege Wilson, 66, of Avondale, Ariz., formerly of Eldridge, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Abrazo West Hospital, … Read More
Obituary: Harold Campbell
Harold J. Campbell, 84, a resident of Bettendorf, died on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at the Bickford Cottage in Davenport, following an … Read More
Obituary: Thomas Verhelst
A funeral service for Thomas Charles “Duke” Verhelst Jr., 55, of Bennett, was held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Peace Church of … Read More
Death Notice: Karen Boege Wilson
A memorial service for Karen R. Boege Wilson, 66, of Avondale, Ariz., formerly of Eldridge, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 13, … Read More
Death Notice: Bonnie Gorsh
A Celebration of Life service for Bonnie J. Gorsh, 82, of Wheatland, formerly of Long Grove, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, … Read More
Obituary: August Dierickx
August M. Dierickx, 86, of Waupaca, Wis., died Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.  Due to the current … Read More
Obituary: John Green
John T. Green, 90, of Eldridge, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at his home. Read More
Obituary: Christa Hebbel
Christa M. Hebbel, 85, of Davenport, went home to her Lord on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Senior Star Elmore Place.  A celebration of … Read More
Death Notice: Steven Guthrie
A Celebration of Life gathering for Steven K. Guthrie, 66, of Long Grove, will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Quality … Read More
More local news
Governor signs bill easing professional licensing Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill last week that she said would relieve “onerous and burdensome” professional licensing laws that are among the most restrictive in the nation.
Ernst, Greenfield spar on ethanol Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, in a close race with Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield, staged a Zoom news conference Monday featuring agriculture leaders who accused Greenfield of being unprepared to represent Iowa farm interests.
McCausland blood drive July 7 at Methodist Church McCausland hosts a community blood drive 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7 at McCausland Methodist Church.
AARP challenges governor on COVID AARP Iowa says it is “outraged” by 11 COVID-19 deaths at an Iowa nursing home where symptomatic employees worked alongside vulnerable seniors. The organization is calling for immediate, mandatory testing in all of the state’s nursing home and assisted living facilities.
Handicapped Development Center receives shipment of shoes The Handicapped Development Center (HDC) has received a shipment of good, quality shoes to distribute to their team of essential workers on June 26.  HDC is working in partnership with Fleet Feet, a running specialty store in Davenport, focused on finding the right footwear solution to help individuals reach their lifestyle and wellness goals, and Brooks Running, the industry leader in running and walking footwear. 
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