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Erin Gentz's "Our Past" column informs that it was 25 years ago we lost NSP founder Bob Parrott, at age 66. more
After what seems like an eternity, life as we once knew it just might be back to stay. At least we can only hope so. more
June 9, 1971: North Scott Industrial Inc. was officially formed as a development organization for the North Scott community.  Members of the board of directors were Raymond Porter, John Miller, W. Norman Harvey, Larry Jungmann, Robert Pischke, James Tank and Marvin Hinkle. more
For 14 months, we trusted the judgment of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and wore our masks and stayed apart. On Freedom Day, May 13, the same CDC said if you've been vaccinated you don't have to wear a mask and social distance. more
June 4, 1981: A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the North Scott Racquetball and Fitness Center. The 20,500-square-foot building would contain seven racquetball courts, a running track, exercise and fitness areas, and a multi-purpose court, with other amenities to be added in the future. The facility was expected to be completed by October. more
Each year at this time, I'm drawn to the wisdom of Michael Josephson, the founder of the organization, Character Counts. His essay, "What Will Matter," is cause for reflection amidst the hubris of our politics – locally, statewide and nationally – and our endless striving to get ahead, in work, in school ... in whatever. more
May 28, 1981: Bawden Printing officially broke ground on a 45,000-square-foot facility in Eldridge. Completion was scheduled for October, and the company said more than 130 people would be employed at the plant. more
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, spoke truth to power last week, not going along with the Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, and was punished for it. more
Quite a few folks have been joining me for the normally solitary mission of observing local governance. more
May 22, 1996: Area residents were gearing up for the Iowa Sesquicentennial parade in Davenport by constructing floats. more
From now until showtime June 25-26-27 and July 1-2-3, your publisher's mind will be wrapped around learning his part in Countryside Community Theatre's "The Music Man." I'll be playing Oliver Hix, a member of the school board in River City, Iowa, and baritone in the barbershop quartet. more
May 14, 1981: Two longtime Walcott businesses were celebrating milestone anniversaries. The Walcott Mutual Insurance Association was 125 years old, and the Walcott Trust & Savings Bank was 50 years old. The businesses planned to celebrate with a pork and beef sandwich lunch for the public at Victory Park. more
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