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Ding-dong-ditch vandals prompt social media death threat

An Eldridge man who posted a Facebook threat to shoot vandals at his Fifth Street home, followed up with a $1,000 reward offer following a rash of ding-dong-ditch harassment on his block, and throughout town this year.

Lancer speech team shines at PV festival

As the North Scott speech team’s season hits the midway point, it has already received a number of special recognitions at large group events.

FAFSA scholarship application help Feb. 29 at high school

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion event will be held 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29, in the North Scott High School Library.

QC Autism Society trivia night March 9

The Autism Society of the Quad Cities hosts a trivia night, Saturday, March 9, at the Esperanza Center, 335 Fifth Ave., Moline.

Order goodies for library fund drive through Feb. 26

The Friends of the Eldridge Library Winter Fundraiser is going on now through Monday, Feb. 26.

New director leads LeClaire’s Buffalo Bill Museum

Rita Farro has been named executive director of LeClaire’s Buffalo Bill Museum, taking over the day-to-day duties of the position.

DeWitt Noon Lions presents 55th travelogue series

The DeWitt Noon Lions have announced their 2024 Travelogue series for its 55th season every other Tuesday, March 5 through May 14.

Rotary accepting grant applications

The North Scott Rotary Community Needs Grant Cycle is now open.  Grants will be accepted until March 15, 2024, from any not-for-profit agency, school, or other 501c3. The maximum grant awarded is $5,000. Grant submissions should avoid grants that focus on capital campaigns, funding funders, or provide scholarships.
Sheriff & Police news
View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the Feb. 21 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the Feb. 21 NSP!

Sports
Wrestling

Continuing decades-long success

Sustained excellence — it has become a hallmark of this North Scott boys’ wrestling program.
Girls' Basketball

'They battled. They have all year'

The first nine minutes of Wednesday’s regional quarterfinal were the ultimate kick in the teeth after four months on the basketball grind.
Boys' Basketball

Wrong direction at the wrong time

There is no better time for a week-long break from basketball than right now for North Scott’s boys’ team.
Bowling

Season ends in Urbandale at state qualifying meet

A three-peat was just not meant to be.
Wrestling

'To get nine is a good day'

It was a productive day at the office for North Scott’s boys’ wrestling team on Saturday at Dubuque Hempstead High School as it qualified nine wrestlers for this week’s state tournament.
Opinion
No Broadway show, but a mended heart for Valentine's Day
Back in January, I bought tickets the first day they were available for the Feb. 14 Broadway production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and the pre-show buffet at the Adler in downtown Davenport.
1984: Glenn Elementary students work on first computer
Feb. 22, 1984: Students at John Glenn Elementary School were enjoying working on the new school computer. It was purchased for $3,000 with funds raised by the PTO at the recent school carnival and raffle.
Trump presidency motivates women to run for office
The 2016 election marked a turning point in American politics. One noteworthy example was the increase in the number of women running for office.
Bill sets school security minimums
Keeping students safe in schools is a top priority for House Republicans for all Iowans. That’s why the Public Safety Committee advanced House Study Bill 675 to ensure students have the protection they deserve all day. HSB 675 has two parts, the first addresses the need for school resources officers inside buildings and the second creates a professional weapons permit and with extensive training for school employees.
New bill raises Grain Indemnity Fund
The sixth week at the Iowa Senate included one of the first major deadlines, which kept us busy with many subcommittees and committees to pass legislation through its first hurdle. This meant we covered a wide range of issues while we worked towards that deadline.
Patient's rights bill makes costs transparent
The sixth week of the legislative session included our first deadline of the year, keeping us busy in subcommittee and committee meetings as we worked to get important legislation covering a wide range of issues through our first hurdle.
Eminent domain and land ownership
Last week was a busy one for me in the Judiciary and State Government committees so I will write about three important bills in these committees. I have heard a lot about these issues from all of you.
Lawmakers should focus on Iowa 'cancer crisis'
"Last year, Iowans learned the terrifying news that our state has the second highest cancer rate in the nation and Iowa is the only state where the rate is increasing ..."
1974: Lancer wrestlers compete with state's biggest schools
Feb. 13, 1974: The North Scott wrestling team would compete in the sectional tournament in the AAA class – the largest in the state –for the first time. The tournament would be held at Bettendorf High School, with Davenport West and Davenport Central also competing.
Announcements
Edwin and Kathleen Stoltz mark 60 years of marriage
Edwin and Kathleen Stoltz of Eldridge celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. They were married Feb. 15, 1964.
Obituary: Judy Stoltenberg
Judy D. (Morgan) Stoltenberg, age 71, of Davenport, formerly of Walcott, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Bettendorf, surrounded by her children.  Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, at Bentley Funeral Home in Durant. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the funeral home. Burial took place in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family, in care of Kari Arivett.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Stewart LeBlanc
Stewart “Stew” LeBlanc, 80, of Eldridge, passed away on Feb. 14, 2024, at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbandale. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and no services or visitations will be held. Stew asks his loved ones to celebrate his life with fond personal memories. Online, condolences and beloved memories may be expressed to the family at www.weertsfh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in Stew’s name.
Obituary: Donna Eudaley
Donna Eudaley passed away on Feb. 12, 2024, after an extended illness, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Obituary: Janice Willis
Janice Katherine Willis, 87, of Eldridge, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, at home.
Obituary: Lynn Claussen
A private family funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 16, at Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge, for Lynn Alfred Claussen, 71, of Donahue. An open house for family and friends was held Friday at the famous Claussen Garage.
Death Notice: Janice Willis
A funeral service for Janice Katherine Willis, 87, of Eldridge, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded, and private family burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.
Death Notice: Stewart LeBlanc
Stewart "Stew" LeBlanc, 80, of Eldridge, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center, Urbandale. Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded, and no services will be held. Stew asks his loved ones to celebrate his life with fond personal memories. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Donna Eudaley
A celebration of life service for Donna Eudaley, 77, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Eldridge United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. A light meal will be provided following the service. Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Judy Stoltenberg
A funeral service for Judy D. (Morgan) Stoltenberg, 71, of Davenport, formerly of Walcott, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hills-Schelin vows to be said in spring of 2025
Annie Hills and Adam Schelin, both of Cedar Rapids, are engaged to be married.
Verna Henning turns 99
Verna Henning, formerly of Walcott, now a resident at the Wheatland Manor Nursing Home, will celebrate her 99th birthday on Feb. 17.
Obituary: Donald Kemp
Donald W. Kemp, 93, of Park View, passed away at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024.  
Obituary: William Carlson
William P. Carlson, 92, passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at Fieldstone of Dewitt. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will held from 12 p.m. to service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in William’s name to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the family to be dispersed over several charities. He will be laid to rest at Elvira Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.
Obituary: James Stoefen
Private family graveside services for James Lee Stoefen, 87, of Davenport, will take place at a later date at Walcott Cemetery, Walcott.
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Beck seeks third term on Scott County Board of Supervisors Scott County Board Chairman Ken Beck will seek a third term on the Board of Supervisors.
Trimble launches campaign for Scott County auditor Matt Trimble, 53, of Davenport, is running for Scott County auditor after serving as an AEA educator, labor organizer, and county chairman for the Democratic Party.
AEA forum Feb. 28 in DeWitt An informational forum on Gov. Reynolds' proposed changes to Area Education Agencies will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the DeWitt Community Library, 917 Fifth Ave. Panelists will include Mississippi Bend AEA Chief Administrator John Speer, Mississippi Bend AEA Director of Education Services Shane Williams, AEA Director of Special Education Kim Hofmann, and area superintendents.
Cello-bration March 10 for Chamber Music Quad Cities Chamber Music Quad Cities continues its 2023-24 concert season with A Cello-bration, 3 p.m., Sunday, March 10, at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Parish Hall. 
FFA Diary: A school-year in the life of North Scott's ag students Career Development Events gives FFA students a chance to get involved with something they’re interested in and they can build a career out of it. These competitions are super beneficial for new members to get engaged, see what their interests might be, and give them that agriculture exposure. It’s an amazing career exploration experience.
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