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The stunning Eldridge police department fundraising drive put a dollar figure on community support: $111,964. more
In 1987, she was our pride and joy: a straight and sturdy ash tree to replace the 10-year-old sycamore in our front yard that was struck by lightning. Kurt Schneckloth, the owner of Twin Farms Landscaping at Walcott, picked a dandy. She grew straight and tall and our children and their children enjoyed her shade and beauty. more
June 6, 1973: Three rattlesnakes were found in the Allens Grove woods after flooding from the Wapsipinicon River. Parents in the Dixon area were advised not to allow their children to wander the area. more
For seven years, I’ve reported almost every time Eldridge council members reviewed and voted to pay city bills. more
"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. more
Graduates filled all of our Eastern Iowa Publications newspapers this month, thanks to supportive sponsors and schools, and busy NSP ad creator Belle Kern. more
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. more
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. more
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. more
The older you get, the more it seems like life moves faster. more
It seemed the old coach would live forever. He was there for the 51st reunion of a state championship team in 2012, months before the star pitcher, Alan "Andy" Andresen died at age 68. And he reconnected for golf outings with members of the team since. more
May 16, 1973: Local area officials cheered the news that John Deere & Company had purchased options on 960 acres near Mount Joy for future construction of a manufacturing plant. Most of the land was in the North Scott School District. Deere projected that the plant would initially employ 700 workers, with as many as 4,000 in the future. North Scott superintendent Melvin Heiler said he was “happy to see industry coming into the North Scott area,” and added that he anticipated the plant would bring additional residents to the district, with potential new students. more
Copyediting shares with poetry a romantic attention to detail, to the punctuation mark and the ordering of words. more
A question I hear frequently these days is, "How's retirement?" more
Friends and family of our 25-year NSP contributing writer and friend, Phil Roberts, came together at the Starlite Ballroom Saturday afternoon for a fitting farewell. Phil, 73, died Nov. 28, 2022, at Davenport Lutheran Home after a brave battle with Parkinson's. more
May 9, 1973: North Scott area voters rejected a bond referendum that would have provided funding for a proposed junior high building an elementary school in Park View. The vote not only missed the 60 percent approval threshold, it failed to get a majority, with 55 percent of voters casting a “no” vote. School board president Phyllis Heuer expressed disappointment, but said, “We’ll wait about a month or so and think about where to go from here.” more
Saturday was a marvelous night at the North Scott Fine Arts Auditorium. Not only did we get to see another amazing performance of “Anything Goes,” we also gathered to celebrate Tom Goodall’s career. more
My friend John Ockenfels of the small town of Shueyville, near Cedar Rapids, is turning his dream of flying his Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion airplane around the world into a cause that's gaining worldwide attention. more
May 5, 1983: Presidential candidate and former astronaut John Glenn made a brief appearance at the Davenport Municipal Airport. He was greeted by a group of students from his namesake elementary school in Donahue. Jesse Petersen gave Glenn a school shirt, and Sheryl Fahrenkrog presented Mrs. Anne Glenn with a bouquet of flowers. Glenn said he felt honored to have a school named after him, but wished the students could vote. more
They say good things come to those who wait. more
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