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Davenport violence prompts countywide curfew 9 p.m. - 5 a.m.

All of Scott County is under a curfew from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. when all residents are asked to stay home, except those working, government officials and credentialed journalists. Scott County …

Eldridge council meets Monday at Community Center

Eldridge council members meet 7 p.m. Monday, June 1 at the Community Center for their first live meeting since switching to online Zoom sessions during the pandemic shutdown.

United Methodists reach out during pandemic

The Eldridge United Methodist Church Mission Committee is undertaking outreach projects in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Chair Steve Sorensen reports these activities:

Iowa state parks open for summer

Just in time for summer, Iowa state parks opened their cabins and campground restrooms and showers on May 22.

State and counties stock polling places with masks, gloves and sanitizer

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate partnered with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Iowa National Guard to deliver masks, gloves and hand sanitizer for use at polling places on June 2. The National Guard delivered the materials last week.

Iowa road projects may wait on lagging gas taxes

Iowa may delay some road projects over the next five years because motorists are traveling less, reducing gas tax payments used for construction, a key transportation official said.

Governor: Anyone who wants a test can get one

Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 21 announced that any Iowan who wants to be checked for COVID-19 will be able to get a test through Test Iowa.

Rocky and Augie grad planned 'one or two years' in Eldridge

To fully understand the breadth and unbelievable depth of Frank Wood’s career, you have to go back to the beginning and walk through it step by step, much like the organized and complicated high school class schedules that he meticulously put together each year.
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Sports

Summer sports camps delayed until July 1

Even though the baseball and softball teams are set to begin practicing June 1, Lancer summer sports camps are on hold until at least July 1. In addition, the Lancer Athletic Building will be closed for strength training until at least that time.

It's safe to 'Play Ball'

The collective sigh of relief that reverberated across Lancer Nation Wednesday morning quickly turned into shouts of joy as Governor Kim Reynolds gave the green light to “play ball” in terms of high school baseball and softball this summer.

Schroeder: 'I worry about the safety of the kids'

Preliminary schedules have been designed for shortened baseball and softball seasons, but North Scott activities director Jason Schroeder said there are a lot of decisions to be made before players could ever take the field.

Will summer athletes 'Play Ball?'

The North Scott diamonds continue to sit in solitude.
Opinion
Focus on federal offices
As primary elections go, next Tuesday's (June 2) feels relatively quiet, at least locally. There are no contested races on the ballot … Read More
North Scott will miss Frank Wood
It will be different. There is no doubt about it. Read More
Blossoming grads set new normal
Thank goodness irises know nothing of pandemics. My Memorial weekend favorites blossomed right on time, shooting their delicate … Read More
1995: Maggie Tinsman and Steve Grubbs run for U.S. Senate
May 31, 1995: Scott County Republicans state Sen. Maggie Tinsman (Bettendorf) and state Rep. Steve Grubbs (Davenport) were considering … Read More
A check with President Trump's signature would have been easier
My husband and I were surprised a few days ago to receive our coronavirus stimulus payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card. … Read More
Iowa health metrics improving
If you watch the news or look at social media each day, you probably think that we are never going to escape the current public health … Read More
State financial condition is good
I have received many messages over the past few weeks from constituents with questions and comments regarding the re-opening of Iowa. … Read More
Closures no longer necessary
Additional reopenings throughout the state will start this week and next week after a new proclamation from Gov. Reynolds. Starting … Read More
Carelessness will result in virus return
"I fear that instead of safely reopening, what this carelessness will result in, is that the virus, even if the numbers drop during … Read More
Announcements
Death Notice: Willa Simpson
A funeral service for Willa Jean Simpson, 89, of Davenport, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel, … Read More
Death Notice: Steven Crane
A funeral service for Steven Gayl Crane, 64, of Eldridge, will be held Tuesday, June 2, at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Cremation … Read More
Death Notice: Shirley Woolison
Private family funeral services will be held for Shirley M. Woolison, 85, of Davenport. The Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, … Read More
Death Notice: Dale Nimmick
Private family graveside services for Dale C. "Bill" Nimmick, 92, of Cordova, Ill., will be held in Jack's Cemetery, LeClaire. The … Read More
Death Notice: Irina Lafrenz
Irina Lafrenz, 77, of Boone, died  Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Israel Family Hospice House, Ames. A Celebration of Life will be … Read More
Don Rathjen to celebrate 85th birthday with drive-by celebration
Don Rathjen will celebrate his 85th birthday with a drive-by celebration from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the “I” Building at … Read More
Laing anniversary party postponed
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Laing of Riverside will again postpone their 50th wedding anniversary party, rescheduled on June 6. Due to the … Read More
Obituary: Gerald Vens
Gerald D. “Jerry” Vens, 82, a resident of rural Dixon, died Thursday, May 21, 2020, at UnityPoint Trinity, Rock Island. Read More
Obituary: Kenneth Paper
Kenneth W. Paper, 77, of Durant, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City after a lengthy battle … Read More
Obituary: Virgil Creger
Private family visitation and a funeral service were held for Virgil M. Creger, 98, of Blue Grass. Interment, with full military … Read More
Obituary: August Keim
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for August Robert “Bob” Keim Jr., 87, of Davenport. Cremation rites have been … Read More
Obituary: Robert Menes
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Robert “Bobby” Menes, 44. The Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is assisting the … Read More
Death Notice: Everett Holland
A private family funeral service for Everett W. Holland, 93, of Davenport, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at the … Read More
Death Notice: Kenneth Paper
Visitation for Kenneth W. Paper, 77, of Durant, will be held on Saturday, May 30, at Bentley Funeral Home in Durant from 9 to 10:45 … Read More
Death Notice: Gerald Vens
 A private funeral  service for Gerald D. Vens, 82, of rural Dixon,  will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 29,  at the columbarium in … Read More
More local news
Educator takes turns as Eldridge mayor and state senator It was on a whim that Frank Wood dipped his toe into the political waters back in 2001, and no one could have imagined how a lifelong educator could take such a winding path through Iowa’s political landscape.
Wood nurtures deep community support for Lancers Frank Wood has fond memories of working with the North Scott Athletic Boosters, and they go all the way back to his second year in the district when it came time to erect a new fence around Lancer Stadium.
2020 Foresight: Excerpts from NSHS students' graduation speeches Excerpts from senior commencement speakers' inspiring messages recorded for the May 31 graduation ceremony
10,000 early ballots already cast in primary Some Scott County voters will cast ballots at new, consolidated voting sites in a June 2 primary unlike any other.
Health board warns against 'panicked fear' Scott County Board of Health members want to see more positive updates on COVID-19, including recovery rates, so that country residents don’t succumb to “panicked fear.”
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