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Rita Rawson picked to fill Scott County Board vacancy

Former Davenport council member Rita Rawson will fill a vacancy on the Scott County Board of supervisors.

Find your golden ticket at Friday's cake auction

Expect a world of pure imagination at North Scott High School this Friday as the annual Athletic Boosters Cake Auction returns.

Junior high Lego League team off to state

North Scott’s junior high Lego League team returns to state competition this weekend with their project, a mobile power station.
Eldridge City Council

Council regulates golf carts, but not UTVs – yet

Eldridge council members approved new golf cart rules, but sent police chief Joe Sisler’s proposed UTV regulations back to the drawing board after member Brian Dockery flinched at three pages of rules read by mayor Frank King.

Atkins seeks more time from Eldridge

Time is running out for Ashley Atkins’ new home at 880 S. First Street.
North Scott School Board

Shepard expansion bids top $5.5 million

Bids for expanding Alan Shepard Elementary in Long Grove total $5,516,400, for a project scheduled to get under way in April, and be ready for students by fall of 2024.

U.S. 61 among state patching jobs throughout the county

The Iowa Department of Transportation will patch U.S. 61 from Interstate 80, north to 290th Street, or St. Ann’s Road this year.

Grants to QCAIR assist immigrants

Five new grants will help fund the Quad Cities Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees help this year’s arrivals adapt to their new homes in the Quad Cities. 
Sports
Girls' Wrestling

Three Lancers qualify for State

This first sanctioned season of Iowa high school girls’ wrestling has one more chapter to be written, and the main characters for North Scott are Jorie Hanenburg, Khylie Wainwright and Madison Andrews.
Boys' Wrestling

Eight on the podium

Scarlet and silver were all over the podium on Saturday as the Lancers earned eight top-three finishes and five top-two finishes at the MAC boys’ wrestling championships on Saturday hosted by Central DeWitt.
Girls' Basketball

'Good for the soul'

Last week in The Pit, Tuesday night fireworks led to Friday evening celebrations. 
Boys' Basketball

Win streak snapped

Everything is easy until it isn’t. 
Opinion
Maddie Russo saga leaves us all asking 'Why?'
It's been two weeks since I received a phone call out of nowhere, and ever since, even at my retirement open house, I wrestled with the thought that there was at least one more column to write.
'Cat'aret kids find confidence on stage
There’s something to be said for indulging your inner child.
Coffee in the workplace: A right or a privilege?
Mark Ridolfi and Ross Shinberg debate the pros and cons of coffee.
Education reform bill advances
Last week the Senate Education and Appropriations committees passed Senate File 94, known as the Students First Act. I am receiving a lot of emails, phone calls and comments from constituents on this bill.
1973: Gene Schneckloth pitches plan for Eldridge golf course
Jan. 24, 1973: The Eldridge City Council heard a proposal from Gene Schneckloth on the construction of a nine-hole golf course to be developed on a farm owned by the Schneckloth’s in east Eldridge. The proposed plat also included a 31-unit housing development. Schneckloth said he hoped to begin construction by fall. 
Time to ‘scale up’ in 10th year of Nutrient Reduction Strategy
The last several years have certainly provided some unique and substantial challenges. Yet, despite the pandemic, supply chain disruptions, inflation, and a weather whiplash (from flooding to derechos to drought), we continue to see record engagement in our state’s conservation activity. There has never been more awareness, resources, partners, people, and actual conservation work getting done in the state of Iowa than we have today. 
Reject Reynolds’s separate but unequal school systems
"Taxpayers have no oversight over private school curriculum or how tax dollar are spent ..."
Democrats need to establish ‘truth squad’
"I suggest that Democrats establish a kind of shadow government to combat trends in the Iowa all-Republican government that are unwise and prejudicial ..."
Voucher bill will erode public education
"Non-partisan research doesn’t support Gov. Reynolds’ conclusions concerning the benefits of vouchers. In fact, the conclusions are that there are no benefits ..."
Lipstick on a pig
It's an almost foregone conclusion that Gov. Kim Reynolds will succeed in her plan to shovel taxpayer dollars to private schools – $381 million a year when her plan is fully implemented. She came just a few votes short last year, until members of her own majority Republican Party in the Iowa House said it was a bridge too far. Thank you to two from this area who held the line, Reps. Ross Paustian and Gary Mohr!
Announcements
Death Notice: Dennis DeCock
Visitation for Dennis B. DeCock, 76, of Davenport, will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. There will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded.
Death Notice: Lucille Kardel
A celebration of life will be held at a later date for Lucille M. Kardel, 95, of Davenport. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Florence Whisler
A funeral service for Florence W. Whisler, 85, of Eldridge, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
Death Notice: Shirley Brockhouse
A memorial service for Shirley Ann Brockhouse, 87, of Bettendorf, formerly of Pleasant Valley, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Janice Moran
Visitation for Janice Lucille Moran, 88, of Eldridge, formerly of Merritt Island, Fla., will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. A graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Brevard Memorial Park, Cocoa, Fla.
Death Notice: Frank Proske
A funeral service for Frank J. Proske, 97, of Blue Grass, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Blue Grass. There will be no visitation, but the family will receive guests after the Mass at a luncheon from noon - 2:30 p.m. in the St. Andrew Parish Hall. Cremation rites have been accorded, and inurnment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo, at a later date. Deiter's Funeral Home, Washington, Ill., is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Randall Geurink
Visitation for Randall G. "Randy" Geurink, 64, of Muscatine, formerly of Durant, will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. A private family funeral service will be held.
Meinerts celebrate 50 years of marriage
Mike and Susan Meinert of Maysville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner with close family and a trip to Mexico.
Obituary: Rita Glade
Rita Kay Glade, 70, formerly of Davenport, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Wheatland Manor, surrounded by her family. 
Obituary: James McGimpsey
James W. McGimpsey, 80, of Eldridge, was called home on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.
Obituary: Richard Menke
Richard “Rich” H. Menke, 76, of Long Grove, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his family. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Weerts Funeral Home. Celebration of Life was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Eldridge Methodist Church. Memorials may be left to Long Grove Fire Department, Pleasant Valley Education Foundation or Eldridge United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.weertsfh.com.
Obituary: Jeanette Scherer
Jeanette M. Scherer, 95, of Davenport, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Genesis East Medical Center. Visitation was held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Runge Mortuary. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at the mortuary. She was laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made in her honor to the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.
Obituary: Keith Seifert
A memorial service will be held at a later date for Keith Seifert, 81, of Palm Springs, Calif.
Death Notice: Shirlene Rekemeyer
A funeral service for Shirlene H. Rekemeyer, 83, of Davenport, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the church. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Paul Meredith
A Celebration of Life memorial service for Paul R. Meredith, 87, formerly of Eldridge, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, Ill. Burial will be in the family plot at French Cemetery, Allenville, Ill. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
More local news
Scott County leads state in conservation contracts Scott County landowners led the state in Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment, capturing just over $1 million of the $16 million in federal tax dollars spent statewide to improve private agricultural property.
QC Arts visiting artists bring music, art and dance Rap, native American songs and stories, contemporary dance, and an Italian folk group are part of Quad-City Arts 49th Visiting Artist Series season this spring.
Heart doctor lectures on afib Jan. 31 Cardiovascular physician Dr. Mark Shen, will discuss atrial fibrillation or Afib, at a free community lecture, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Jardine Auditorium at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Rock Island.
Meet your Scott County FSA staff Farm Service Agency staff, from left, Kealy Simkins, Ashlyn Kessler, Hannah Mostaert, and  county executive director Jessica Yuska.
District scholarships available for high school seniors Scott County Soil & Water Conservation District will award a $1,250 and a $1,000 scholarship in 2023. Scott County high school seniors intending to pursue study in any field of agriculture, environmental science, or natural resources have until Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 to apply. 
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