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North Scott schools innovation center drawings

The North Scott school district released these innovation center drawings in May 2023.

Long Grove fire: $72,500 for breathing gear

Lighter, smaller and sturdier.

$13,000 from RDA helps put Marty on the force

Marty will be safe and secure on patrol in Eldridge.

Other North Scott grant recipients

What’s the score?

Graduates celebrate at their grade schools

Members of the North Scott Class of 2023 experienced a lot of emotions over the last week, culminating with graduation on Sunday. On Friday, May 26, many graduates made the trip back to their old elementary schools, including this group that attended Virgil Grissom in Princeton.

Online voting now for Supermom from Eldridge

Eldridge County native Shelley McNeil, now of Grand Mound, is a quarter-finalist in the Super Mom contest, a nation-wide contest celebrating motherhood.

Practice pays off for honors orchestra students

Hours of scales, arpeggios, and dedicated practice paid off for eight North Scott orchestra students who excelled at regional and state competition. In addition, the varsity orchestra earned a superior, Division 1 rating at the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) state large-group contest.

All That Jazz

When the 4A Iowa All-State Jazz Band took the stage on May 11 at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in Des Moines, North Scott’s Music Department was represented by four musicians.
Sheriff & Police news
View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the May 31 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the May 31 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the May 24 NSP!

View the Scott County Sheriff's report from the May 24 NSP!

Girls' Soccer

Late game heroics clinch State spot

Thursday night, around 9 p.m., the chants of “three-peat” could be heard all the way from DeWitt to Des Moines.
Girls' Golf

Saving the best moments for last

On the biggest stage of Iowa high school girls’ golf, North Scott proved they belonged.
Boys' Soccer

'We didn't want to come back with any regrets'

Nothing came easy this season for the North Scott boys’ soccer team.

Running it all the way back in 2023

The band is back together. Every single member.
When will elected officials start looking?
For seven years, I’ve reported almost every time Eldridge council members reviewed and voted to pay city bills.
'The more Petersons, the better!'
"The more Petersons we can have, the better we'll be." That's a direct quote from Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell at last Wednesday's (May 24) Cyclone Tailgate Tour at the Isle of Capri, Bettendorf.
A belated graduation cake for Belle
Graduates filled all of our Eastern Iowa Publications newspapers this month, thanks to supportive sponsors and schools, and busy NSP ad creator Belle Kern.
1973: First Lancer golf team wraps up season
May 30, 1973: The North Scott golf team finished its inaugural season with a 4-5 record. Opponents included Lost Nation, Pleasant Valley, Calamus, Lowden, and the Davenport Assumption and Davenport Central junior varsity teams. Team members were Steve Campana, Roger Anderson, Jed Nagle, Mike Wallace, Tom Dittmer, Chuck Allaman, Bruce Swanson, Mike Claussen, Allen Wiese, Steve Peters, Larry Keller and Dick Erps.
Freedom of the press: Sheriff's plot to kill editor exposed
In my soon-to-be 52 years writing for The North Scott Press, I can count on one hand the times I've felt threatened, but those times were mild compared with what Bruce Willingham, the editor of the McCurtain County Gazette in Idabel, in southeastern Oklahoma, experienced on March 6.
1973: Grand jury considers evidence against Sheriff Blackie Strout
May 23, 1973: A Scott County grand jury was convened to hear the case against Scott County Sheriff William “Blackie” Strout on charges of possession of stolen property. A U-Haul trailer and a garden tractor were found on property owned by Strout in Arkansas. Meanwhile, Strout had filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the owner of the rental agency from which the trailer was taken, and continued to maintain the charges were a political smear.
Here's what Iowa Republicans want from presidential contenders
The Iowa legislative session has adjourned with a balanced budget once again. Republicans in the Iowa Statehouse have proven time and again that we can cut your taxes while maintaining a balanced budget that adequately funds your priorities.
Prop 12: Farmers always on short end
"We, agriculture as a whole, must listen better to consumers’ understanding of animal husbandry practices and their evolution into the 21st century ..."
Band showcase thrills Pit crowd
"The 18th annual North Scott Band Showcase May 7 was an awesome show and The Pit was packed.  The seventh- and eighth-grade bands, and two high school bands performed ..."
Iowa congressmen ignore seniors in debt ceiling demands
"Iowa seniors deserve to live with dignity, but Iowa’s House Republicans are denying our older Iowans that right ..."
Osters mark 50 years of marriage with family
Bill and Pat Oster of Long Grove celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner.
Obituary: Harold Nelson
Memorial services for Harold Oscar Nelson Jr., 92, of Eldridge, will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge. Family will greet friends on Saturday from 9 a.m. to service time at the church.
Obituary: Deloras Ruplinger
Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Deloras M. Ruplinger, 96, of Davenport were held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.  Visitation was held Thursday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, with a time of sharing at 6 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Church for Masses to be offered for the deceased members of the Ruplinger family.
Vazquez-Kaufmann engagement announced
Maria Vazquez of Maquoketa and Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton are engaged to be married.
Obituary: Bill Erps
Bill Erps of Eldridge passed away at home on May 19 after a brave battle with leukemia. Visitation will be held at Chambers Funeral Home in Eldridge on June 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Private family interment will be in the Walcott Cemetery.
Obituary: Wanda Stender
Wanda Kathleen Stender, age 98, of Walcott, passed away Friday, May 19, 2023, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 24 (today), at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant.  A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. - 12 noon prior to the service at the funeral home.  Private family burial will take place in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Walcott Fire Department, Durant Ambulance, or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.  Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Carolyn Paustian
Carolyn Laura Paustian, age 95, of Walcott, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Good Samaritan Society, Davenport.  A visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, May 22, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport.  A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the church. Burial took place in Walcott Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Walcott Fire Department. Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Arthur Van Hoosier
Funeral services celebrating the life of Arthur “Art” Van Hoosier, 95, of Davenport, and formerly of Park View, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.  Burial will follow in Davenport Memorial Park with military honors.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Obituary: Patsy Pimlott
Patsy Jo Pimlott, passed away at home on April 28, 2023, in St. Lucas. A private graveside service will take place in June. Born on Feb. 9, 1945, in Waverly, Patsy was the daughter of Bert and Marlys (Loomis) Maloy. She graduated from Nashua High School, and shortly thereafter married her high school sweetheart, David Pimlott. 
Death Notice: Deloras Ruplinger
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Deloras M. Ruplinger, 96, of Davenport, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be Thursday, May 25, from 4-6 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, with a time of sharing at 6 p.m.
Death Notice: Bill Erps
Visitation for Bill Erps, 86, of Eldridge, will be held on from 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge. Private family interment will be in the Walcott Cemetery. 
Death Notice: Arthur Van Hoosier
A funeral service celebrating the life of Arthur Martin "Art" Van Hoosier, 95, of Davenport, formerly of Park View, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Davenport Memorial Park.
Death Notice: Wanda Stender
A funeral service for Wanda Kathleen Stender, 98, of Walcott, will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 24, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Private family burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.
Death Notice: Carolyn Paustian
A funeral service for Carolyn Laura Paustian, 95, of Walcott, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. Burial will be in the Walcott Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Bentley Funeral Home, Durant, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Obituary: Dayton Thornton
Dayton E. “Tony” Thornton, 92, a resident of Princeton, died on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at his home.
More local news
State report shows $76K in improper Eldridge spending Iowa state auditor Rob Sand's office today released a report on a special investigation of the City of Eldridge, revealing more than $76,000 in improper financial disbursements. The investigation was requested by the city over concerns regarding financial transactions processed by former city clerk Denise Benson.
470,000 pints of milk North Scott students are expected to consume 105,000 half-pints of low-fat or skim white milk and 365,000 half-pints of skim chocolate milk next school year.
4.0 GPAs top North Scott honors assembly Students earning high academic achievement were celebrated at the 42nd annual Honors Assembly at North Scott High School on May 10.
Young philanthropist Four-year old Henry Tucker held a lemonade stand during his mom, Kate’s, garage sale on Saint Andrews Circle May 20.
School board cheers a community spirit School staff and board members cheered loudly for Steve Grolmus, Lancer Pride Award winner.