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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
Aug. 26, 1998: North Scott’s Nicki Power was set to make history as the first female football player in the Mississippi Athletic Conference. A longtime soccer player, Power would serve as the team’s kicker. “She’s prepared to play,” said coach Randy Schrader. “She’s a stud soccer player, who plays hard and is tough. That alone has earned her the respect of our football players. They know she’s a hard-nosed kid.” more
When our ol’ pal Scott Campbell announced his retirement last fall, one of the first things I wondered was who was going to replace him on the Fair beat. more
If you snoozed the past weeks, welcome to the new reality of bigtime college sports: the 18-team Big Ten and the 16-team Big 12. more
Aug. 15, 2018: The North Scott Trap Shooting team won national titles in doubles, handicap, singles and skeet shooting, and second place in sporting clays at the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships in Margeno, Ohio. Senior Eric Long also became the first North Scott shooter to bring home a national title in doubles, and Tommy Keeshan won the Top Gun award, which went to the shooter with the highest combined scores in singles, skeet, sporting clays, pistol and rifles. more
Persons old enough to watch, remember the most celebrated criminal trial of my lifetime, the O.J. Simpson murder trial  in Los Angeles. Simpson, the former Heisman Trophy winner, NFL star, TV celebrity and movie actor, was accused of stabbing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, to death outside her condominium in Los Angeles on June 12, 1994. more
Aug. 11, 1983: A list of long-range capital projects for the North Scott School District was unveiled. It included a swimming pool at the high school, a new food preparation area, additions to the junior high, John Glenn and Virgil Grissom, a 400-meter track at the junior high, tennis courts at the junior high, Glenn and Grissom, and an athletic field complex renovation. The addition at the junior high was intended to make it a middle school for grades sixth, seventh and eighth. The next step was to present the plan to the public for comment and input. more
Aug. 1, 1973: The North Scott School Board extended an offer of employment to Frank Wood as a physical education teacher at the Senior-Junior High School. He would be paid $7,400 for the year. more
Eldridge residents won’t find the names “Ahlers and Cooney,” or “Brooks” on your November ballots. more
How many times have you heard the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for – you just might get it”? more
Losing in sports is never fun. It’s an awful, gut-wrenching feeling. more
Waiting at the airport for our flight to depart Kampala, Uganda, on June 29, I struck up a conversation with a woman from Europe who, in her role with an international aid organization, spends months at a time in this central African country. more
It’s a really busy time for us at The NSP, but if you’ll indulge me this week, I’ve got a few quick notes. more
Pity the weatherman. Sometimes we want his/her forecast to be right, and sometimes not. With temps expected in the mid- to upper 90s, and maybe even 100, this is a week we wish they’d be wrong – especially with “BIXBRAI” on Saturday. more
July 25, 1973: John Kemp of Park View and Jerry Geist of Eldridge showed off two northern pike they caught in the Wapsipinicon River. One weighed 7.5 lbs., and the other 13.5 lbs. more
I had settled in for my first full night's sleep upon arrival in Kampala, Uganda, on June 20, when I sneaked a peek at the new issue of The NSP on my computer. The item about an Eldridge city councilman, Bruce Cheek, telling a visitor, Kristal Schaefer, chair of the Scott County Library trustees, that he would vote No to extend the city's lease with the library, left a lump in my throat. more
July 18, 1973: Henryk Michal Zouner, the Polish minister of agriculture, was in Scott County and visited the Roy Keppy and Hugo Schnekloth farms to see their pork and beef production setups. He also met with agricultural scientists from Iowa State University. more
It’s been an upside down week since our team of eight Rotarians returned from the central African country of Uganda on June 30. First, the good: we got to Eldridge the day the LeClaire Road and First Street intersection opened. more
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