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The turf v. grass choice for Lancer Stadium I wrote about two weeks ago was decided by the school board Oct. 9. I was in the minority and too late to the conversation. Turf won. Grass lost. No dissenting opinions were reported. more
Oct. 21, 1998: Central Scott Telephone Company was teaming up with Iowa Wireless Services to offer the new Personal Communications Services system, which was described as a phone, a pager and voicemail all in one handset. “We try to be aggressive,” said CST general manager Norm Harvey, “Central Scott has tried to stay ahead with the new technology and that’s the reason we’re investing in the PCS business.” more
The Eldridge City Council’s finance committee brought a positive way forward for the Scott County Library to the Oct. 2 meeting. more
Oct. 10, 1973: Davenport voters overwhelmingly voted “no” on a forced annexation measure. The Eldridge City Council was moving to see what measures could be taken to ensure more growth within the town. Property owners in an area southwest of Eldridge had approached town leaders about how to voluntarily be annexed into town. more
Among the Chicago Cubs souvenirs I bought after their World Series championship in 2016, is a T-shirt with the players' names on the back – a reminder of what once was. more
Oct. 6, 1983: Park View Lutheran Church planned to celebrate the completion of its new addition with an open house and a special service. more
Guest speakers at schools have come a long way. more
Thank goodness someone wants the job. more
In “Impressions” published Nov. 23 last year, entitled “Count your blessings, instead of sheep,” I said I can see, walk and breathe because of advances in medical science. Next month I will turn 75 and be among 3.4 percent of the world’s population that age and older, according to United Nations statistics. The U.S. is among five countries (Canada, Germany, Japan, India) with 25 percent of the world’s population which account for half of persons 75 and older.. more
Sept. 26, 1973: Members of the Eldridge City Council asked the town’s lawyers to prepare an injunction against the City of Davenport, restraining them from continuing annexation proceedings on portions of Scott County that had already been voluntarily annexed into Eldridge. A special question on the Davenport ballot in the Oct. 2 primary election would ask voters to approve a forced annexation that would extend the city’s outer limits further into rural Scott County. more
Fifty years ago the Vietnam War was winding down, but time on the nightly news that previously reported war casualties and updates, was filled with the latest twists and turns of the Watergate investigation which would lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974. more
Sept. 19, 1973: A busy agenda at the North Scott School Board meeting saw the seating of two newly elected members, Robert Carter of rural Princeton, and Dr. Marvin Elliott of Long Grove. The board also voted to proceed with a $1.2 million bond issue for the construction of a junior high, with an election to be held some time in November. more
Put this in the category of small annoyances, the absence of printed roster sheets at athletic contests, especially high school sports. It started with Covid and then became a fact accomplished, replaced by QR codes which navigate your smart phone to electronic rosters. more
Sept. 12, 1973: As the Iowa Highway Commission worked to finalize its plans for the proposed Highway 561, which would run north-south from Interstate 80 to the Wapsipinicon River, the Eldridge City Council learned that two east-west roads between Eldridge and Mt. Joy could be affected. As proposed, the new highway would stub off Lincoln Road and East Blackhawk Trail. The council wanted assurances that drivers would be able to cross the highway at these junctions. more
It’s CyHawk week when fans of two great universities put bragging rights on the line in a game that will be played Saturday at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium. The rivalry is an annual tradition since 1977. more
Sept. 5, 1973: Construction was nearly complete on two new grain elevators at the Eldridge Cooperative Company. The elevators stood 137 feet tall, and two work crews alternated 12-hour shifts for eight days to keep construction moving. A new dryer would be able to handle 2,000 bushels per hour. more
Decorah native Rob Sand, 41, was doing well during his seven years in the Iowa Attorney General's office, giving white collar criminals their just rewards. Most notable among them was Eddie Tipton, the mastermind of the largest lottery rigging scheme in American history. Sand's book about the attempted heist, "The Winning Ticket: Uncovering America’s Biggest Lottery Scam," rates 4.5 stars on Amazon. more
Sept. 2, 1998: Cornerstone Baptist Church in Eldridge was helping Dr. Jose Reyna with his dream of establishing permanent health clinics in Mexican border towns near McAllen, Texas. Members of the church donated $150,000 in medical supplies and equipment, and a delegation also traveled to Mexico to help build housing, attend to the sick, and share their message through a puppet ministry. Reyna and his family came to Scott County to thank the church and were hosted by the R.J. and Linda Holst family of rural Princeton. more
Scott County sheriff's deputies weren't anywhere near show rings at this year's Mississippi Valley Fair. more
It was reported in last week's NSP that the Long Grove city council sent a letter to the city of Eldridge urging Eldridge to continue to lease the headquarters building to the Scott County Library. more
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