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“Welcome to the 21st Century,” the voice said with a laugh. It was one of my doctors, calling me over the internet at a pre-arranged time on a pre-arranged day, using a computer application called Facetime. more
May 17, 1995: A tornado touched down, leaving a four-mile path of destruction across western Scott County. At least 70 homes, businesses or agricultural buildings were destroyed. Among the businesses affected was the Park View Car Wash, which was completely leveled. more
It's hard to imagine when all the "memorial services to be held later" will fit into our calendars when COVID-19 restrictions are eventually lifted. Suffice to say there will be many. more
Sunday is going to be different. We live in an ever-changing world, and COVID-19 is about to spread to another holiday, albeit a Hallmark one. more
Even people who don’t follow big-league stock car racing sat up and took notice when they saw the video replay of Ryan Newman’s spectacular crash in this year’s Daytona 500. Then a couple of days later, I expect they were surprised, like I was, to see him walk out of the hospital where he had been treated for his injuries. more
May 10, 1995: A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Fast Stop store in Eldridge. more
Time will tell if anything comes of this, but it's an item I've not seen in 49 years in community journalism. Last Thursday, 74 U.S. senators, including Sens. Grassley and Ernst of  Iowa, signed a letter to the director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, urging that federal agencies buy ads in local newspapers and broadcast stations to get their messages to the people. more
No sarcasm intended here. more
May 1, 1980: Although bids for the new high school auditorium came in more than 16 percent higher than estimates, the North Scott School Board awarded contracts to R.D. Stewart Inc., of Marshalltown, Petersen Plumbing and Heating of Davenport, and DeWitt Electric Co. more
It was a beautiful day for a parade, and what a parade it was. more
Scientists are racing to find a vaccine for COVID-19, but once found, will people take it? Seems like a silly question, but maybe not, given attitudes promulgated by the anti-vax crowd that refuses proven vaccines for measles and polio. Polio, which scared people in the 1950s much like COVID-19 does now, has NOT been eradicated. Forty-two children in Pakistan and Afghanistan,where the Taliban is pushing back against child vaccinations, have contracted polio thus far in 2020. more
I miss the sound of the starter’s gun at track meets, and the blare of the final horn signaling what I’m sure would be numerous wins on the Lancer Pitch. more
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