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There is very little down time in high school sports. Coaches and athletes of all ages seem to work year round to build, improve and solidify their respective programs. more
Aug. 2, 2006: A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Courtyard Estates, a new assisted and independent-living facility in Walcott. In addition to the 40-unit main complex, plans also called for 10 duplex units. more
Editorials are falling out of favor at many American newspapers, for various reasons, including a desire not to upset and chase away readers. more
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July 20, 2016: The North Scott trapshooting teams claimed six national titles at the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships in Marengo, Ohio. They competed against more than 2,600 shooters from 30 states. more
As noble as the intentions of those who told Scott County supervisors to send $32 million pandemic aid back to the federal government are, we would be better served if the supervisors put the money to good use. more
July 14, 1971: A new Olympic-size swimming pool was dedicated at Scott County Park. Performing the ribbon cutting duties were George Theunen, chairman of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, and John McCormick, chairman of the Scott County Conservation Board. more
July 4, 1971, when Eldridge was celebrating its Centennial, I knew I would be moving to Eldridge later that summer to take a job as the first resident editor of the 3-1/2-year-old North Scott Press. more
July 10, 1996: A massive fire swept through downtown Walcott, devastating an entire city block. The blaze started in the Hawkeye Building Distributor’s Lumberyard. Every emergency response unit in Scott County responded to the scene, where damages were estimated at $3 million. More than 1.5 million gallons of water were needed to put out the flames. However, city officials said the situation could have been much worse, as the Central Petroleum Company’s storage facility downtown was spared. The cause of the fire was still under investigation. more
As a member of the cast, I'm seeing for myself in my first stage show of this size, "The Music Man," that there are unsung heroes the audience never sees, but without whom there would not be a show. more
June 30, 1971: Three days of festivities were scheduled for the Eldridge Centennial, July 3-5. It was the culmination of 18 months of planning by the Centennial Committee. A play, “Goin’ and Still Growin’," starring Debbie Kroeger and Sadie Arp, was being presented to tell the history of the town. Other activities included the parade, a tractor pull, street dances, horseshoe and baseball tournaments, kids’ activities, a cookout contest, carnival rides, a beard judging contest, and a pancake breakfast. Gov. Robert Ray, Lt. Gov. Roger Jepsen, and Congressman Fred Schwengel were scheduled to be in attendance at the parade. more
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