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"In remembrance of the many lives lost, threatened and disrupted, so far, by the Novel Coronavirus 2019, church bells across Scott County will chime at 3 p.m. and all people of faith and goodwill are invited to join together by stepping outside (observing CDC social distance guidelines) to ring a bell; blow a car horn; beat a drum; clang a pot or make any noise you can to signal support for our neighbors ..." more
"We, as consumers of what was until recently an unlimited bounty of food available in our stores, and grown on all manner of farms as well as by residents living in one of the vast farming regions of the world, should all be asking ourselves and our decision-makers this: if American agriculture is such a vital and important industry – WHY is it continually placed at risk, teetering on the next natural or man-made disaster to negatively impact it, and us ..." more
"The Democrats have truly outdone themselves with their chosen horse. It's not easy to find a candidate that is both mentally and morally inferior to President Trump, but by golly, they've done it ..." more
"Therefore, we call upon you, Gov. Reynolds, to roll back your decision to open our houses of worship to group religious observances. Help us to keep our congregants home, sheltered, and safe from this highly contagious and possibly fatal virus ..." more
"Let’s be blunt: the COVID-19 pandemic has served as the perfect venue to usher in the greatest assault on our freedom and personal liberties our nation has ever experienced ..." more
"Scientists, over decades, have frequently warned us of this current pandemic situation. Four years ago, Bill Gates told us we weren't ready. Five months before the first COVID-19 death in America, a government exercise exposed how unprepared we were if a pandemic arrived ..." more
"While teaching in the temple treasury, Jesus said, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, (accepts the whole of Jesus’ message) he will never see death' ..." more
Time will tell if anything comes of this, but it's an item I've not seen in 49 years in community journalism. Last Thursday, 74 U.S. senators, including Sens. Grassley and Ernst of  Iowa, signed a letter to the director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, urging that federal agencies buy ads in local newspapers and broadcast stations to get their messages to the people. more
No sarcasm intended here. more
May 1, 1980: Although bids for the new high school auditorium came in more than 16 percent higher than estimates, the North Scott School Board awarded contracts to R.D. Stewart Inc., of Marshalltown, Petersen Plumbing and Heating of Davenport, and DeWitt Electric Co. more
Iowa has not reached the peak for COVID-19 cases. An expansive, $26-million testing program recommended by a popular actor is just getting started. Outbreaks are continuing to spread in nursing homes and packing plants. And hospitals continue to raise alarms about shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. more
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