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Eldridge boy injured at homecoming parade

An Eldridge boy is recovering after falling from a float in North Scott High School's Sept. 29 homecoming parade.

Scott County GOP welcomes Hageman to Oct. 11 fundraiser

Scott County Republicans will feature Wyoming congressional candidate Harriet Hageman as keynote speaker for the 14th Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner, at the Quad Cities Waterfront Center.
North Scott School Board

Schools max out 3rd and 7th grade classes

North Scott schools’ third- and seventh-grade classes are full, prompting the board to reject the first open-enrollment application.

UPDATED STORY: Jeffrey Kress wins with just two misses

Jeffrey Kress of Eldridge was the lone contestant in this week’s Football Contest to miss two. He will take the $50 first prize.

Supervisor forum Oct. 3 at North Scott High School

Meet supervisor candidates 6 p.m., Oct. 3 at the North Scott High School auditorium for a forum presented by the Scott County Farm Bureau.

Eldridge firm submits low, $22.2M bid for juvenile center

Bruce Builders, of Eldridge, submitted the low, $22.2 million base bid for Scott County’s next juvenile detention center.
Scott County Board of Supervisors

Supervisors consider contract launching $5.7M in Park View work

Scott County supervisors this week will consider a $377,600 design contract to proceed with an estimated $5.7 million in storm water drainage projects in Park View.

NS Clergy Group to host Homecoming parade tailgate

As a way to celebrate their “Unity in Diversity,” and to join the North Scott community in celebrating Homecoming 2022, the North Scott Clergy Group will be hosting a free tailgate party on the lawn of Faith Lutheran Church (500 W. Le Claire Road, Eldridge) before the Homecoming Parade.

Streak-stopping Shocker: Liberty hands North Scott first district loss in 28 games

This one hurt, and the pain will linger as North Scott is now in rare and uncharted territory for the first time in a long time.

Lancers roll; time to bring on the Spartans

Sometimes in the heat of the battle, it’s good to get a little bit of a breather, and that’s the way things played out for North Scott’s volleyball team last week.
Boys' Golf

Bridesmaids Again: Lancers finish second to Pleasant Valley for second straight year

Every now and then you just have to tip your hat to your opponent, say well done, and enjoy living to fight another day.
Cross Country

Davis, Madison pace Lancers in Dubuque

Sometimes looks can be deceiving, so pay no attention to the team results at Thursday’s Jim Boughton Invitational in Dubuque.
Dodging Eldridge's maze
I sympathize with the 20 percent in last week's NSP Online poll who called Eldridge's LeClaire Road and First Street intersection construction "insane" – but actually, the votes of the 67 percent who said it is "a minor inconvenience for a much-needed project" were more realistic.
Volunteer firefighters need full-time help
Sometimes change is difficult, and there comes a time when you have to set tradition aside, look to the future, and step outside the box.
Eldridge fired police chief Bill Welty
Sept. 30, 1982: After an all-day public meeting at the basement of Eldridge Coop, the Eldridge City Council voted 4-0 against allowing fired police chief Bill Welty to serve as a sergeant on the force. Carol Goetzke abstained, as she served on the public safety committee. Meanwhile, Eldridge would continue without a police chief until the deadline had passed for Welty to appeal his termination. Sgt. Dale Heiser would take over the day-to-day duties of running the department in the interim.
For the good of our communities, oppose the railroad merger
There are issues flying under the radar in our neck of the woods. Last year, Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern launched a corporate merger under the purview of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), a totally autonomous federal agency. As a result, the two railroads will triple their traffic through eastern Iowa – mostly crude oil from Canada headed for refineries in Mexico. As the regulatory process continues forward, not nearly enough Iowans are aware of the proposed merger. Further, I do not believe the railroads are too strong to resist.
Iowa has made it harder to vote, 'Cost of Voting Index' shows
Since the 2020 election, it got harder to vote in Iowa, relative to other states, according to a new study.
It is a privilege to serve North Scott
"On behalf of the school board and our school district, I want to thank the community for supporting our referendum election and our Vision 2025 ..."
Students needed to keep school
"Do not put all the blame on Davenport Community Schools for pending school closings. The leaders of Walcott should look inward. ..."
Report news on the national scene
"Why don't you in your news articles let us know what is happening on the national scene ..."
Iowa needs the right kind of growth
"I think it’s time we take the responsibility to vote only for those who understand the commitment they made, the oath they willingly swore when taking office ..."
Ambulances for Ukraine
Peace is not present in Ukraine, as we know, but let this be a time also when we shine a light on the peacemakers. I met one such individual Friday at a big regional Rotary event in Minneapolis.
Death Notice: Dean Ficke
A funeral service for Dean Allan Ficke, 74, of Davenport, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the mortuary.
Death Notice: Robert Petersen
A funeral service for Robert E. "Bob" Petersen, 84, of Walcott, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in the Maysville Cemetery. Following the burial, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Starlite Hall on the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Death Notice: Lyle Littrel
A memorial service will be held at a later date for Lyle B. Littrel, 76, of Deer Park, Wash., formerly of Scott County.
Obituary: Joan Kroeger
Joan Mary Kroeger, 83, of Davenport, formerly of Bennett, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Ridgecrest Retirement Village. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant.  A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the funeral home.  Burial will take place in Durant Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Judy Noel
Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Judy Noel, 80, of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Davenport.  The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed, and remembrances left, by visiting www.hmdfuneralhome.com.  Burial will follow in National Cemetery, Rock Island.  The family will greet friends in the church gathering space from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or St. Anthony’s Care & Share Program.
Obituary: Michael Hermiston
Michael Lee Hermiston, age 54, of Davenport, formerly of Walcott, Chicago, Ill., and Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Sept. 17, 2022, in Manhattan. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Blue Grass. Burial will take place in St. Ann Catholic Cemetery in Long Grove. A visitation will be held from 4–7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at St. Andrew Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Andrew Catholic Church or a charity of the donor’s choice in his memory.  Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.
Obituary: Rosella Mumm
Rosella “Rosie” Mumm, 82, of Davenport, passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Genesis East Medical Center.  Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. at Weerts Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, Sept. 28 (today), from 4 – 7 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home.  Memorials in Rosie’s name may be made to the King’s Harvest Animal Rescue or to the Scott County Humane Society.
Obituary: Richard Kuehner
A funeral service for Richard D. “Rick” Kuehner, 66, of Muscatine, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Wendt Funeral Home, 1811 15th Street Place, Moline. Mississippi Valley Cremation & Direct Burial is assisting the family with arrangements.
Obituary: Gary Shipley
A funeral service for Gary Lee Shipley, 64, of Cedar Rapids, was held in Iowa City, with burial in Cedar Rapids Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Gay & Chia Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Gregg Mohr
A celebration of life for Gregg A. Mohr, 60, of Eldridge, will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Al & Gerry's Tap, Eldridge. Private burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Gloria Hamann
A private family funeral service will be held in the Durant Cemetery for Gloria LaVon Hamann, 88, of Eldridge. Bentley Funeral Home, Durant, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Rosella Mumm
A funeral service celebrating the life of Rosella "Rosie" Mumm, 82, of Davenport, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Death Notice: Joan Kroeger
A funeral service for Joan Mary Kroeger, 83, of Davenport, formerly of Bennett, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. Burial will be in the Durant Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Death Notice: Michael Hermiston
A funeral Mass for Michael Lee Hermiston, 54, of Davenport, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Blue Grass. Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery, Long Grove. Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the church. Bentley Funeral Home, Durant, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Death Notice: Judy Noel
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Judy Rose Noel, 80, of Davenport, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Thursday in the gathering space at the church. Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
More local news
Night School at work Lancer Stadium was hopping on Friday, Sept. 15, when the jazz group, "Night School" joined the North Scott marching band for the halftime show.
Silver Shakers North Scott's award-winning Silver Shakers dance team has been a halftime fixture at Lancer football games this fall, and will also perform at Friday night's homecoming game.
Scott County supervisor full survey responses Here are the full responses from Scott County supervisor candidates to the North Scott Press candidate survey.
2022 Scott County supervisors: Q: The current board approved restrictions that effectively eliminate utility-scale solar farms in the rural county. Elaborate on your position. John Maxwell: In Scott County we have some of the best farmland in the world. Scott County has been a leader in preserving that land for many generations into the future. I believe solar is a …
Scott County supervisors: What pertinent background and experiences do you have for this office? Jazmin Newton: I live in Davenport, Iowa with my husband and three children.  I am an attorney and small business owner in the heart of Davenport. I serve on numerous boards, including the …