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An informational forum on Gov. Reynolds' proposed changes to Area Education Agencies will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the DeWitt Community Library, 917 Fifth Ave. Panelists will include Mississippi Bend AEA Chief Administrator John Speer, Mississippi Bend AEA Director of Education Services Shane Williams, AEA Director of Special Education Kim Hofmann, and area superintendents. more
Scott County supervisors promised to provide local match funds needed if the state of Iowa provides grants for the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds to fund a $1.5 million grandstand renovation, and the Figge Art Museum to install a $900,000 exterior light show. more
In the final day before the first legislative deadline, House lawmakers passed a school funding proposal for the upcoming school year — as well as a measure to increase teacher salaries. more
A police officer who is twice convicted of operating while intoxicated would automatically lose law enforcement certification under a bill that received preliminary approval in the Iowa House on Wednesday. more
Eldridge mayor Frank King swore in Andrew Lellig as new police chief. more
Six-percent negotiated wage increases next year for county jail staff won’t be enough to resolve staffing shortages that threaten to significantly change jail operations, Sheriff Tim Lane told supervisors. more
Long Grove is looking to revive a park board with five members who can implement a new park plan, identify long term needs and promote park use. more
Long Grove will turn this year’s Sunday, June 9, Strawberry Festival Day into a weekend of activities, with two extra days of live music, a car show, family games and other surprises. more
A five-member utility advisory committee will guide Long Grove’s electric, water and sewer services, advising the council on rates and expenditures. more
Rep. Gary Mohr has introduced a bill requiring local school districts and law enforcement to collaborate on a security plan that would be vetted by authorities, but not made public. more
Legislation that was advanced Monday by an Iowa Senate subcommittee would allow livestock feedlots to spread manure in fields without the approval of state regulators in certain situations. more
Education advocates this week urged Iowa lawmakers to set the funding rate for public schools quickly to help school districts budget for the upcoming school year amid other potential education funding changes. more
Seven of 11 Scott county state legislators took 17 questions at the first of legislative forums this year, continuing a 55-year tradition in Scott County. more
Eldridge council members agreed to bump up the town property tax rate by two cents, which will bring in $3.44 million in property taxes. more
Scott County’s entire state legislative delegation – eight Republicans and three Democrats – are invited to the Scott County Farm Bureau’s annual legislative forum, 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Scott County Library, 200 N. 6th Ave., Eldridge. more
Property acquisition tops the Eldridge council list to commit federal pandemic aid by year’s end. more
Sheriff Tim Lane will seek his third term as Scott County sheriff, leading a department he joined 35 years ago. more
Scott County supervisors prepared for this year’s elections by buying $416,000 in new pollbooks, bumping pay for many poll workers, and changing to lump-sum or bundled payments that cover a minimum guaranteed hours. more
Many of the opponents of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to modify the states’ Area Education Agencies asked Wednesday in subcommittee meetings for more time to study the problems raised by some school districts and a consultant hired by the governor’s office. more
Bill Northey, who was Iowa’s top agriculture official for more than a decade and a leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died at the age of 64. more
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