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Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

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Treating Non-Hodgkin lymphoma with CAR T cell therapy

A new type of immunotherapy harnesses the power of a patient's own body to kill a rare form of cancer.

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Quad Cities veterans remember Pearl Harbor with riverside wreath ceremony

Members from area American Legion and VFW posts gathered at the Rock River for the ceremony to honor the over 2,000 lives lost in the attack.

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Quad Cities veterans remember Pearl Harbor with riverside wreath ceremony

Members from area American Legion and VFW posts gathered at the Rock River for the ceremony to honor the over 2,000 lives lost in the attack.

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Suspect faces more charges in September homicide

A suspect, already in custody, faces more charges in connection with a September homicide, according to a news release from Rock Island Police. On Monday, 17-year old Corion Thomas and 22-year old Davyon J. Q. Woods-Jackson were extradited by the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Illinois in relation to their warrant arrests on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. (contributed photos) The warrants stem from the Sept. 18, 2022, homicide of 17-year-old Angel Lopez Jr. in which Corion Thomas was charged with first-degree murder and Davyon J. Q. Woods-Jackson was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice, the release says. On Tuesday, Dec., 7, detectives with the Rock Island Police Department Criminal Investigations Division obtained additional charges on Woods-Jackson for two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, two counts of armed robbery, and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, with bond set at $500,000. Woods-Jackson remains in Rock Island County Jail. Thomas remains in the custody of the Mary Davis Juvenile Detention Facility. Police ask anyone with information related to this case to contact Rock Island Police at 309-732-2677 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or use the P3 Tips app.

WQAD.com Professional QC ballerinas preview upcoming show to elementary students WQAD.com

Professional QC ballerinas preview upcoming show to elementary students

Ballet Quad Cities dancers showed local elementary students how it's done and previewed their upcoming nutcracker show.

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Abingdon community raises money to help fire department buy new lifesaving equipment

A fundraiser was organized to help buy a new CPR device for the Abingdon fire department.

WQAD.com Augustana College to offer film major beginning in 2023 WQAD.com

Augustana College to offer film major beginning in 2023

Students will gain hands-on camera experience and get the opportunity to create motion pictures.

WQAD.com QC Hy-Vee stores launch holiday season bell-ringing competition WQAD.com

QC Hy-Vee stores launch holiday season bell-ringing competition

Quad Cities Hy-Vee stores are partaking in a friendly competition to raise the most money for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

WQAD.com Abingdon community raises money for fire station WQAD.com

Abingdon community raises money for fire station

A fundraiser was held to help raise money to buy new equipment for first responders

WQAD.com Professional ballet dancers teach elementary students a few moves WQAD.com

Professional ballet dancers teach elementary students a few moves

The dancers also talked about their upcoming show "The Nutcracker."

WQAD.com Community of Abingdon raising money for its volunteer fire department WQAD.com

Community of Abingdon raising money for its volunteer fire department

A local florist started with a goal of $1,000, but with the community's help they have far exceeded that goal.

WQAD.com Davenport North basketball coach alleges referees said the N-word during Tuesday night's game WQAD.com

Davenport North basketball coach alleges referees said the N-word during Tuesday night's game

A Facebook post from Coach Marquez Davis alleges each referee used derogatory language during the game against Pleasant Valley Tuesday night.

WQAD.com 4 recounts later, Stoltenberg claims victory in Iowa House District 81 race WQAD.com

4 recounts later, Stoltenberg claims victory in Iowa House District 81 race

The Iowa House District 81 race has taken another twist, after the latest ballot recount determined that Republican Luana Stoltenberg is the winner.

WQAD.com US 61 reopens following multiple fog-related crashes Wednesday morning WQAD.com

US 61 reopens following multiple fog-related crashes Wednesday morning

The Iowa DOT's current conditions website says the highway between U.S. Highway 30 and IA Highway 136 is now open after being closed for about three hours.

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MeTV undergoing network maintenance Dec. 8

Attention MeTV viewers! MeTV will be off the air at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 8 for regular network maintenance. It should only be off the air for 5-10 minutes. We appreciate your patience during the maintenance period.

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Fog results in multiple crashes Wednesday

Dense fog resulted in multiple accidents Wednesday in Clinton County, according to a news release. About 8:28 a.m., deputies from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the intersection of Highway 61 and 250th Avenue in reference to a multi-vehicle collision. Deputies discovered the collision involved three semi-tractor-trailers and one passenger vehicle.  The accident scene covered both the north and southbound lanes of Highway 61, requiring law enforcement to stop traffic in both directions, the release says. Because of limited visibility created by the dense fog, traffic approaching the accident scene was not able to adequately see the emergency vehicles or emergency workers, according to the release. "As a result, approaching vehicles failed to slow down, creating substantial risk to the first responders trying to investigate the original accident," the release says. While officers were investigating the initial accident, there were at least four more accidents that occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 61 and surrounding area. Highway 61 remained closed for about 2 ½ hours, until all the damaged vehicles could be removed from the roadway and the roadway could be cleared of debris. As a result of the multiple traffic collisions that occurred, EMS transported two injured persons to area hospitals and six other individuals were treated or checked at the scene. The condition of the injured persons remains unknown, the release says. The multiple accidents during the dense fog are under investigation by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.  The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the DeWitt Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation-Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa DNR/Conservation, Dewitt Fire Department, Welton Fire Department, Delmar Fire Department, Grand Mound Fire Department, Davenport Hazmat, Genesis Ambulance, Medic, Maquoketa Ambulance and Iowa Department of Transportation- Dewitt Office.

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Augustana launches new film major

For the first time in its 162-year-history, Augustana College in Rock Island will offer a film major, starting in fall 2023. In a newly combined Department of Theatre and Film, student filmmakers can both expand and deepen their focus in their field, "diversifying their skills, experiences and portfolios in ways a film-only program cannot provide," according to the Rock Island-based private school. After an international search, Augie has hired a new associate professor and director of the program, Stacy Barton. She’s taught in higher education since 2004, having held positions at the University of Colorado Denver, the University of West Georgia and most recently Metropolitan State University of Denver. Stacy Barton speaks at a press conference at Augustana's Brunner Theatre on Dec. 7, 2022 (photo by Jonathan Turner). The college worked with Peter Hawley, director of the Illinois Film Office and a professional filmmaker, on starting the new major and creating the strongest program possible. Barton earned her bachelor’s in film from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and master’s in film from Syracuse University. She’s also a working filmmaker and script writer. Barton joined the Augustana staff in August, taught a film history course, wrote curriculum for the new film major and minor, and will teach a three-week documentary filmmaking course in January. “I’m so thrilled to have her as a colleague and collaborator,” Jennifer Popple, assistant professor of theatre arts and department chair, said in a Wednesday press conference at Brunner Theatre Center. Theatre department chair Jennifer Popple speaks about the new film major (photo by Jonathan Turner). “This is an exciting day,” Barton said Wednesday. The new state-of the-art film production facilities will be on the first floor of Sorenson Hall (at 38th Street and 7th Avenue, which is undergoing exterior renovation.” It will include a new shooting studio, professional lighting and grip equipment, iMac computers, high-quality, high-definition video cameras, audio equipment and LED lighting. It will also offer equipment for student checkout. The program will include narrative fiction and documentary formats, Barton said, to help students build a strong portfolio of work. Barton, who is a filmmaker, earned her degrees in film from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Syracuse University (photo by Jonathan Turner). In the spring, she’ll teach film production fundamentals and a course on business and producing. “I am very excited to lead our very talented Augustana students, who possess worldwide viewpoints, and expressing themselves in film and media.” “We’re really excited about this new program. The future is looking super bright, so – lights, camera, action!” Fresh Films since 2016 Fresh Films -- which gives high-school students nationwide hands-on experience in the business -- relocated from Chicago to the Augie campus in 2016. Owners Estlin and Kelli Feigley were instrumental in starting a film certificate program and a minor in entertainment media. Fresh Films has been based at Augustana since 2016 and has employed 85 students as paid interns. The minor has grown substantially over the years, attracting many international students, Popple said. Fresh Films has employed 85 Augie students as paid interns on film and TV projects since 2016. Augie grads have landed full-time employment in film and TV in California and Chicago, Popple said. “I think it’s an exciting opportunity for Augustana,” Estlin Feigley (himself an Augie alum) said Wednesday. “To get into a growing industry, to get that going.” The new major will help Augie recruit new students, in addition to giving internship opportunities, Kelli said. “Now I get an academic program and I can really go deep, and I can have internships.” The Feigleys have helped teach screenwriting, music video production and a film industry class, in partnership with theatre arts (as well as directing, lighting, and graphic design. They have taught, and Augie theatre professor Jeff Coussens with other theater faculty have taught film-related courses. Illinois Film Office help Coussens Wednesday read a statement from state Film Office chief Peter Hawley, who couldn’t attend Wednesday’s announcement. Peter Hawley, director of the Illinois Film Office, said over $700 million in film and TV production has been done in the state in 2022. “These are exciting times, not just for Augustana College, but for the film industry in Illinois,” he said, noting the catalog of famous films shot in the Land of Lincoln, including “The Blues Brothers,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In 2018, the state did about $475 million in film and TV production business, which grew to $700 million this year, Hawley said. By the end of 2024, he expects film production in the state to be a $1-billion industry. Illinois needs more sound stages and filming locations, he said. “A new film program is an ideal way to grow our own indigenous film community – not only here in the Quad Cities but across the state,” Hawley said. “I have an affinity for the Quad Cities – my dad lives here, I got my first paying TV job here, and the Illinois Film Office has awarded grants to Fresh Films, housed right here at Augustana,” he said. “The Film Office is a big supporter of this program. I look forward to working closely with you and we look forward to great things to come from your students.” Quarter-million-dollar investment In the newly named Theatre and Film Department, students will be theatre or film majors. There were 12 Augie students who worked on the new Fresh Films “I Am Able” documentary, which was shown at the Putnam Giant Screen Theater. Fresh Films premiered the new "I Am Able" documentary (about the Penguin Project of the Quad Cities) on Nov. 2, 2022 at the Putnam Giant Screen Theater (photo by Jonathan Turner). The college is budgeting $250,000 for the new film studio and equipment, with renovations starting in the spring. “One of the reasons this is such a high-demand major is that so many people can create content now so easily,” Popple said, noting Augie may start a QC film festival for student and other local filmmakers. “Those film festivals are great recruitment tools; they’re also a great connection to the community in a number of different ways.” The new film program will be based in Sorensen Hall, which is undergoing renovations and a $250,000 investment for equipment and construction (photo by Jonathan Turner). About 100 students have declared entertainment media minors (18 credits), with about 27 currently, Popple said, which includes an internship. “When Stacy came and interviewed, she noted the number of international students and domestic students of color is much higher in the film program,” than in others, including theater, she noted. “A lot of them are saying, they want to go back home and they want to start a film industry in their country, which is a really cool thing. “It’s just a really neat synergy that happens there,” Popple said. “These students come in and they’re like, ‘I want to do this with my life.’ It’s a really exciting thing for us.” Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Augustana College dean and vice president for academic affairs recalled that Estlin Feigley told her in 2015: “A camera is like a pen. It’s just a tool. If you don’t have anything to say, there is no power that comes with it and we need students to have the ability to tell powerful stories and meaningful stories with a camera.” Augustana dean and vice president of academic affairs Wendy Hilton-Morrow spoke at Wednesday's event (photo by Jonathan Turner). “When he said that, I get why we should have film here at Augustana,” she said. “It’s a perfect match for our mission and our students.” A film and new media major is perfect for a liberal arts college like Augustana. “We educate our students both very broadly and very deeply,” Hilton-Morrow said, noting when they study varied courses, they learn how “to tell powerful stories.” “Whether those are documentary form, or if they are fictional stories designed to move people and bring about important social messages,” she said. Such a new major will help students become leaders in their communities. For more information on the new film program, visit the college website.

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Parts of Milan under boil order

Parts of Milan have been put under a boil order, according to the Village of Milan Water Department.

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Travel back in time for a Victorian Christmas walk

Take a walk back into history with the sights and sounds of a Victorian holiday celebration! Zack Sullivan from the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce visited Local 4 to tell us all about the upcoming Victorian Walk Throwback Christmas Walk. For more information, click here.

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New film major at Augustana College beginning in 2023

Students will gain hands-on camera experience and get the opportunity to create motion pictures.

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INTERVIEW: What Rock Island's 2023 budget can mean for residents

As the City of Rock Island prepares to finalize its budget for the new year, residents may be wondering how they might be affected by any changes. Finance Director Linda Barnes spoke with Local 4 about what could be in store for 2023. For more information, click here.

OurQuadCities.com Woman sentenced up to 10 years for infant death OurQuadCities.com

Woman sentenced up to 10 years for infant death

A 35-year-old Davenport woman has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after the death of an infant in 2021. Earlier, Brandi Lyn Ahlgren was arrested on a warrant in connection with the Feb. 7 death of a 22-day-old child, according to an arrest affidavit. Davenport Police, Firefighters and Medic responded to the 2600 block of Oak Street shortly before 6 a.m. that day, the affidavit says. Brandi Lyn Ahlgren (photo from Scott County Jail inmate listing.) Emergency responders determined Ahlgren “knowingly and willingly was the sole caretaker/parent of the infant/victim at the time of the incident and (she) created an environment of substantial risk to the victim’s physical health and safety,” the affidavit says. Brandi Lyn Ahlgren (earlier photo from Scott County inmate listing.) According to the affidavit, “The intoxicated state and actions of the defendant created an unsafe sleep environment which contributed to the Infant’s death." Ahlgren at first faced a felony charge of child endangerment – death. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of child endangerment resulting in serious injury, according to court documents. Court records say Ahlgren, who was sentenced Friday, will receive credit on the sentence for time spent in the Scott County Jail.

WQAD.com Holiday recycling 101 | Tips from Waste Commission of Scott County WQAD.com

Holiday recycling 101 | Tips from Waste Commission of Scott County

'Tis the season for a 25% increase in household waste. Here's how you can make sure you're recycling or disposing of it correctly.

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After several recounts and results changes, Stoltenberg is the winner of Iowa House District 81

The Iowa House District 81 race has taken another twist, after the latest ballot recount determined that Republican Luana Stoltenberg is the winner.

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School district board, members receive honors

The Bettendorf Community School District board team was recently awarded the prestigious Team Achievement Award from the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Annual Board Awards program. Only 15 board teams statewide earned this award. The majority of a school district board must earn Individual Achievement Awards to qualify for this award. Photo courtesy Bettendorf Community School District Joanna Doerder, Rebecca Eastman, Richard Lynch and Linda Smithson received Individual Achievement Awards. These awards are given to individuals who dedicate time and effort to learning, advocacy, leadership and service projects to expand their knowledge and skills for better governance. Bettendorf Community School District Superintendent Dr. Michelle Morse received the Award of Honor for taking part in a certain number of learning opportunities and having two or more board members receive Individual Achievement Awards. Dr. Morse earned this award, along with 17 other superintendents and one AEA chief. “This leadership team is an exemplary model of lifelong learning for students, staff and administrators,” said IASB Board President Jim Green. For more information on the IASB, click here.

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No one injured in structure fire Wednesday

No one was injured in a structure fire early Wednesday, according to a news release from the Galesburg Fire Department. Firefighters responded to a structure fire on the 1000 block of Lancaster Street at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday, the release says. The response included all three stations and 11 personnel on duty. Upon arrival,  fire crews found smoke coming from a roof line on the single-story home. Battalion Chief  Donald Brackett established command and the Central Station Fire Crew entered the home with an attack line and extinguished a fire in the attic above the living room area. Two residents safely exited the structure before fire crews arrived. No injuries were reported. Preliminary damage estimates are at $15,000. The cause of the fire, which has been determined to be unintentional, was because of the failure of electrical components, the release says.

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OurQuadCities.com Ballet QC dancers bring 'Nutcracker' magic to QC schools OurQuadCities.com

Ballet QC dancers bring 'Nutcracker' magic to QC schools

Three Ballet Quad Cities dancers brought the magic of "The Nutcracker" to 3rd-grade students in Rock Island Wednesday morning. Ahead of the beloved annual student matinee performance Friday at the Adler Theatre, Ridgewood Elementary School was among all 3rd-grade classrooms in Rock Island and Davenport that the professional dancers are visiting, to give the kids behind-the-scenes tidbits about the classic holiday ballet. A scene from the 2022 Ballet Quad Cities production of "The Nutcracker," coming to the Adler Theatre, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11. Dancers Eleanor Ambler, Kira Roberts and Madeline Rhode discussed the story of the 1892 Tchaikovsky ballet, some of the costumes, and played short musical excerpts. Ambler taught the very well-behaved students some of the dance moves, they did them together with the music, and after each, Ambler praised them, saying, "Great job, dancers." The women also answered several student questions. “When Clara is a Sugar Plum Fairy, she’s magical and she walks like she’s walking on a cloud. It looks almost like she’s floating," Ambler told the kids. “We have some very special shoes that help her do that.” She talked about the dancers' pointe shoes, as Rhode showed the students one. When Ambler asked what they were made from, one child responded, “the future.” Madeline Rhode, right, shows off a ballet pointe shoe as Eleanor Ambler looks on (photo by Jonathan Turner). The shoes are made of many layers of glue and cloth, like papier mache, with a very hard, sturdy end. “It’s a lot of layers of that glue and that makes the shoe really supported, for the dancers to stand in,” Ambler said. “It helps us stand all the way on our toes like this, so it takes years and years of training to stand in a pointe shoe. Because even though it’s supported, you need to have super strong feet to stand up there.” Rhode banged the shoe on the ground for the students, and the kids did the same with their shoes. Rhode also showed how small bits of paper are used on stage for the snow scene, and Ambler asked how lighting is changed for the different dances. Madeline Rhode shows how bits of paper represent falling snow at Ridgewood Elementary School on Dec. 7, 2022 (photo by Jonathan Turner). The dancers and Ridgewood music teacher Mara Goodvin discussed how students should behave during the Friday morning matinee at the Adler. "We are blessed in the Quad Cities to have a professional ballet company that provides these outstanding outreach opportunities for our students," Goodvin said later Wednesday. "Ballet Quad Cities has always been a wonderful partner with the Rock Island School District, we are grateful to the Rock Island Community Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council for funding these events." "Our audience is awesome" “This is your show, we want you to have fun,” Roberts said. “If you see something awesome, we want you to clap. It’s one of our favorite shows of the entire season, because our audience is awesome, and you are super, super awesome.” The first QC “Nutcracker” was about 30 years ago in Geneseo for the Girl Scouts, company executive director Joedy Cook said. The ballet has offered free student matinees for 3rd graders at the Adler for years, and before that at Davenport’s Capitol Theatre. Ballet QC dancers Kira Roberts, left, Eleanor Ambler and Maddie Rhode work with Ridgewood 3rd grade students in Mara Goodvin's classroom (photo by Jonathan Turner). School outreach programs for all Davenport and Rock Island 3rd graders. About 2,000 students will fill the Adler Friday, including some Pleasant Valley and homeschooled students, Cook said. The first school district they did outreach programs was Rock Island, and BQC now has outreach for 1st through 5th grades – including bullying prevention for 1st, reading for 2nd, and music for 3rd. The new 4th grade program is “Dance as Conversation,” and 5th is “Dance as Knowledge.” The 4th grade shows students the craft of choreography while developing leadership, expression, attention, and participation. “These students are our future audiences,” Cook said. “The beauty and uniqueness of our company is that we go into these schools. You don’t have to come to us. They’re all doing it. The kids aren’t goofing off.” Dancers Kira Roberts, left, and Eleanor Ambler talk to Ridgewood 3rd-grade students about "The Nutcracker" ballet Dec. 7, 2022 (photo by Jonathan Turner). A native of Cambridge, Mass., Ambler is in her second season with BQC. She has trained at Boston Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, and various summer programs including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York. “In my life, dance has been a foundational passion and I feel the more we can share that with the next generation, the better,” she said Wednesday. “If we can reach one or two or 50,000 kids with the joy that dance has brought to me and other dancers in the company, that’s something beautiful and that’s more meaning, more connection and more art we can give to the coming generation.” Communicating stories Ambler loves dance for the ability to wordlessly share stories on stage. “Music, I find, has the ability to communicate things that words sometimes can’t, so dancing to music is a way to really put a human body to that and convey the human experience,” she said. The outreach helps prepare students to see the live performance and gives insight into the production. The students learned "Nutcracker" choreography Wednesday and danced with the professionals (photo by Jonathan Turner). “It’s a beautiful theater and you get to see the whole production on stage,” Ambler said. “We just did two shows in Cedar Rapids last weekend, and we got our sea legs. We are so excited. The student matinee for most of us in the company is one of our favorite shows to perform, because kids get so excited. The Ballet Quad Cities snowflakes dancing in "The Nutcracker" in Cedar Rapids last weekend (photo by Joseph Maciejko) “You hear them screaming and shouting out in the audience,” she said. “Such a great energy comes from them.” BQC’s goal is to instill an appreciation of dance and the arts among students, Ambler said. “It’s that human connection through the arts – it teaches empathy; it teaches creativity and thinking, and all sorts of other skills,” she said. “Having that outreach in the classroom really solidifies what they’re learning. Rather than just seeing the production, which is exciting and fun, they get to have more an understanding of what they’re seeing. “They have some knowledge to connect it with and some understanding of the story,” Ambler said. “It really can stick rather than just seeing the show.” BQC prides itself on offering outreach to people of all ages. The dancers have fun with Ridgewood students on Dec. 7, 2022 (photo by Jonathan Turner). “For us, joy in this work is seeing young people discover an entirely new vocabulary for expressing themselves through movement and take pride in trying out something unfamiliar,” the company website says. “It is witnessing the twinkle in the eye of an older Quad Citizen moving in time with their peers to songs they remember from decades ago. It’s reading the countless thank-you letters and drawings from elementary school students after seeing their first full-length, live ballet performance. "It’s dancing alongside an individual with a disability who is so excited to dance to music they simply cannot resist coming to the front of the room. It is seeing often-quiet professional ballet dancers find their voices as teaching artists and be able to connect face-to-face with members of their Quad Cities community,” the site says. "The Nutcracker" will performed at the Adler (136 E. 3rd St., Davenport) on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $17, and $11 for children 12 and under; $14-$32 for students and seniors, and $18-$36 for adults. For tickets and more information, visit the Ballet QC website. For a slideshow on Wednesday's outreach, click on the images below.

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Helen Dismer celebrates her 100th birthday

A group of people celebrated a very special birthday on Saturday. Helen Dismer will be turned 100 years old on Wednesday and plenty showed up for her 100th birthday party Saturday at First Covenant Church in Moline. They had all the classic party items including cake, balloons and lots of laughs to go with it. A fun fact about Miss Dismer: She's done plenty of good for the Quad Cities in her life, including making assembly drawings for the Rock Island Arsenal during World War II. Happy birthday, Helen! Helen Dismer celebrates her 100th birthday. (Jeff Cook, OurQuadCities.com)Helen Dismer celebrates her 100th birthday. (Jeff Cook, OurQuadCities.com)Helen Dismer celebrates her 100th birthday. (Jeff Cook, OurQuadCities.com)Helen Dismer celebrates her 100th birthday. (Jeff Cook, OurQuadCities.com)

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Finding holiday homes for pets with the Quad City Animal Welfare Center

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Davenport man faces weapons charges after shooting Monday

A Davenport man has been arrested on charges he illegally had guns and police suspect he was involved in a shooting on Monday.

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Milan issues boil order for part of town Wednesday

Residents and businesses experiencing water loss from 3rd Street W to 6th Street West and 3rd Avenue W to 1st Avenue W should boil their water until further notice.

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Boil order issued for Milan

The Village of Milan has issued a boil order until further notice for residents, businesses and restaurants experiencing water loss from Third Street West to Sixth Street West and Third Avenue West to First Avenue West. For information on what to do during a boil order, click here.

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Gilda's Club Blessing Tree Is How You Can Honor Those You've Lost

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It’s the “Heck of a Deal” Holidays

From luxury items to everyday essentials, find amazing deals on items you and your family will love.

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Rockford Park District Looks To Lower Tax Rate For Residents

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Illinois Residents, Beware of This Sketchy Man Going Door to Door Selling Solar Panels

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Wells Enterprises, the makers of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, being acquired by Ferrero Group

After more than 100 years of business, the world-famous Blue Bunny Ice Cream brand is being acquired by another company.

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QC Hy-Vee stores launch holiday season bell ringing competition

Quad Cities Hy-Vee stores are partaking in a friendly competition to raise the most money for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

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US 61 blocked due to multivehicle crash Wednesday morning

The Iowa DOT's current conditions website says the highway is blocked between U.S. Highway 30 and IA Highway 136.

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Iowa AG: Beware of text message scam claiming that your EBT card is locked

The Iowa Attorney General's office and Iowa Department of Health and Human Services is telling Iowans to beware of scam text messages concerning EBT cards.

OurQuadCities.com Leann Rimes concert on Dec. 9 rescheduled OurQuadCities.com

Leann Rimes concert on Dec. 9 rescheduled

The LeAnn Rimes concert scheduled for Friday, December 9 at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, IA has been rescheduled. Rimes was forced to postpone due to a vocal cord injury. The concert has been rescheduled for Friday, September 29, 2023. “To my friends in Riverside, IA, I was preparing for my show on Friday, but unfortunately, under doctors’ orders, this needs to be postponed to ensure the bleed on my vocal cord is completely healed before I sing,” Rimes said in a statement. “But rest assured, I am on the road to recovery and looking forward to getting to sing and dance with you all on September 29, 2023.” Current LeAnn Rimes tickets may be used to gain admittance to the rescheduled show. Ticket holders unable to attend the rescheduled performance can obtain a refund in one of these ways: Visit the Gift Shop and present the tickets along with the receipt of purchase.Online purchasers who have not picked up their will call tickets can email their name and order confirmation number to tickets@riversidecasinoandresort.com.Mail the tickets along with the receipt of purchase to Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Attn: Marketing, 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA 52327. For more information, call (319) 648-1234 or email tickets@riversidecasinoandresort.com.

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Someone In Wisconsin Really Put A Dog In Their TSA Carry-On Bag

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Foggy start to the day

It's as foggy as a day as we've seen in a while, but it will clear up soon. The dense fog advisory ends at 10 a.m. Local 4 Chief Meteorologist Andy McCray has your latest forecast in the video above. Our tower is still there. #fog #qcweather pic.twitter.com/tlHxV4PtLa— Local 4 WHBF (@WHBF) December 7, 2022

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Storm of respiratory infections fill Quad-Cities' emergency rooms

Flu season is here, and respiratory infections are filling emergency rooms across the Quad-Cities.

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3 Things to Know: Quad Cities headlines for Dec. 7, 2022

All of your local Quad Cities news for Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.

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Storm of respiratory infections fill Quad-Cities' emergency rooms

Flu season is here, and respiratory infections are filling emergency rooms across the Quad-Cities.

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Iowa, Immediately Throw Away Your Tree If You Find These Lumps

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Suspect was involved in shooting, police allege

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QC store seeks help to find jerseys thief

Autographed sports jerseys can be worth a lot of money. So it's been tough on a small Rock Island business that had several of them stolen over the weekend. The owners at The Attic in Rock Island shared surveillance video with Local 4 News. Suspect in weekend theft (contributed.) They hope somebody recognizes the guy who got into their business over the weekend to steal several jerseys. These are authentic autographed ones from athletes from college and professional teams. The Attic is a discount retail store, but the jersey sales are an important part of their business, too.      (photo by Bryan Bobb) Co-owner Joe Schulte told Local 4 News he noticed them missing Sunday when he came into the store to do some work. "This time of year it's just really sad. My co-business partner and I, we have family. This is our business. We want to provide a great Christmas for them and this really puts a damper on that." (photo by Bryan Bobb) "There was some value to it. We're kind of a middle man for those types of purchases so we did have some money invested in them. It's just kind of hard to believe somebody would take those from us because that is one of our higher dollar items we have at our store." If you have information about this suspect, call Rock Island Police at 309-732-2677.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

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Gilda's Club lights Blessing Tree for 24th year to honor lost loved ones

The tree will be lit every night at Quinlan Court in Davenport through Jan. 3.

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Wolf Carbon Solutions holds second round of public meetings for carbon capture pipeline

The carbon capture pipeline proposed to pass through Scott County would transport liquid carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton.

WQAD.com Floreciente pairs with Moline Police Department for end-of-the-year celebration WQAD.com

Floreciente pairs with Moline Police Department for end-of-the-year celebration

The neighborhood organization's co-chair, Susana Aguilar, said the event is all about bringing communities together.

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Wolf Carbon Solutions holds second round of public meetings

The carbon capture pipeline proposed to pass through Scott County would transport liquid carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton.

WQAD.com Gilda's Club lights Blessing Tree for 24th year WQAD.com

Gilda's Club lights Blessing Tree for 24th year

The tree will be lit every night at Quinlan Court in Davenport through Jan. 3.

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QCA students shop for Christmas presents alongside RICO deputies

A group of students from Eagle Ridge, Riverdale, Sherrard, and Rockridge joined up with RICO deputies to go shopping during the annual Shop with a Cop program.

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Floreciente pairs with Moline Police Department for end-of-the-year celebration

The neighborhood organization's co-chair, Susana Aguilar, said the event is all about bringing communities together.

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With influenza cases on the rise, health departments are reminding you to get your flu shot

With many people being admitted to the hospital due to the flu, health departments are urging you to get your flu shot.

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All eyes on the Georgia Senate runoff, Portugal advances to World Cup quarterfinals, and more trending news

Polls have closed in Georgia after voters cast their final judgments in the runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker. Here's that and more of today's top news.

WQAD.com Happy Joes hosts annual holiday party after two-year hiatus WQAD.com

Happy Joes hosts annual holiday party after two-year hiatus

Around 1,500 kids with special needs were treated to ice cream and pizza with the return of Happy Joe's annual holiday party at the Vibrant Arena.

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North Scott receives $1 million for new innovation center

It's a part of a $4 million dollar total grant Gov. Kim Reynolds allocated to four Iowa schools to set students up for success.

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North Scott receives $1 million for new innovation center

It's a part of a $4 million dollar total grant Gov. Kim Reynolds allocated to four Iowa schools to set students up for success.

WQAD.com With influenza cases on the rise, health departments remind you the importance of flu shots WQAD.com

With influenza cases on the rise, health departments remind you the importance of flu shots

With many people being admitted to the hospital because of the flu, health departments are reminding you the importance of flu shots

Quad-City Times D'Lua On the River to bring a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine to the Davenport riverfront Quad-City Times

D'Lua On the River to bring a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine to the Davenport riverfront

D'Lua On the River will open before the new year at the former Bare Bones BBQ location on the Davenport riverfront.

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Happy Joe's brings back very special parties at arena

Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream, in conjunction with the Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation, is bringing back its annual holiday parties for special needs children on Dec. 7 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.  Happy Joe’s CEO and Chief Happiness Officer Tom Sacco wants this experience to be available to every child in the company’s home base of the Quad Cities, as well as throughout all Happy Joe’s locations, according to a Tuesday company release. Many franchisees host their own individual parties for their special-needs communities. Happy Joe's is getting ready for its big holiday parties for special needs children at Moline's Vibrant Arena, on Dec. 7, 2022. The iconic Midwestern pizza brand is proud to announce that it will once again host their epic parties specifically for special needs children this holiday season. Sacco and the Happy Joe’s team will feed and entertain these very special guests along with their teachers, parents and caregivers at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Vibrant Arena, 1201 River Dr., in Moline. “The holiday season is the most important time of year to give back, and nobody deserves to have a more festive time than children with special needs,” Sacco said in the release. “Happy Joe’s strives to be the top choice for great food and a fun time together. These parties have been designed to ensure these wonderful children feel appreciated and included in our community. The holiday parties were started 50 years ago, in 1972 by company founder Happy Joe Whitty. "We’ve been told that for many of these kids this is the highlight of their holidays, and their teachers and parents are thrilled these parties are making a comeback!” Happy Joe’s holiday parties started back in 1972 when founder Happy Joe Whitty made a commitment to ensure all families with specials needs children felt welcomed at Happy Joe’s. Since then, aside from the two-year cancellation in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, Happy Joe’s has never missed a year hosting these events. Happy Joe’s will provide free pizza, ice cream and soft drinks for all party attendees. There will be performances from Happy the Dog, the Happy Joe’s hip-hop dance team and a visit from everyone’s favorite jolly old elf, Santa Claus. Santa will deliver a message and be available for photos with the children, with each of them receiving a special gift upon their departure. Kate Holsen, a Moline resident with Down’s syndrome, will kickoff the festivities by singing the national anthem. Holsen, an advocate for people with special needs, is a board member for Gigi’s Playhouse Quad Cities – an organization that supports children with special needs, particularly Down’s syndrome – and a longtime supporter of Happy Joe’s holiday parties for special needs children. “This is one of our favorite events to host each year and we’re happy to have it back and plan on making it better than ever,” Sacco said.

WQAD.com 2 shot, 1 dead in Davenport WQAD.com

2 shot, 1 dead in Davenport

The shooting occurred in the 2200 block of West Columbia Avenue. A 34-year-old man died as a result of his wounds, and a 29-year-old was transported to a hospital.

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Genesis West's ER department closing for good Tuesday night

The Genesis Davenport West campus emergency department will close in December, with staff and resources moving to the East campus. The West campus remains open.

WQAD.com Police: 15-year-old girl stabbed outside Maple Ridge Apartments early Tuesday morning WQAD.com

Police: 15-year-old girl stabbed outside Maple Ridge Apartments early Tuesday morning

Rock Island police discovered the 15-year-old suffering from a life-threatening stab wound outside the Maple Ridge Apartments after midnight on Tuesday.

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Retired Arsenal commander appointed civilian aide

Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth swore in Yves Jean Fontaine as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Illinois (West) during an investiture ceremony on Dec. 6, 2022, at the Pentagon. “I am honored to be selected by Secretary Wormuth to serve in this new role and to have the support of the Quad Cities community, which allows me to continue to serve this great community and my country,” Fontaine said in a Tuesday Army release. Yves Fontaine, right, with U.S. Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth on Dec. 6, 2022 at the Pentagon, outside Washington, D.C. Fontaine is the CEO of Fontaine Consulting LLC, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business headquartered in Rock Island, where his company maintains an excellent relationship with the Army’s Rock Island Arsenal and the local community, the release said. He is involved with various community-based boards and non-profit organizations in support of veterans’ needs – from suicide prevention to job assistance. Fontaine is also involved with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to maintain strong relationships between the local community and Rock Island Arsenal. He is a decorated veteran who retired after 36 years of combined active-duty Army service. “It’s an honor to welcome our newest CASA back to the Army team,” Wormuth said of the Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army. “Mr. Fontaine served with distinction in uniform, and now as a CASA, he will be a great advocate for the Army in his local community. I have asked him to help share the Army story to help young people see how the Army can give them a sense of purpose and provide a fulfilling career.” CASAs promote good relations between the Army and the public, advise the secretary about regional issues, support the total Army workforce, and assist with recruiting and helping our Soldiers as they transition out of the military. Each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs appointed to provide a vital link between the Army and the communities they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities. Fontaine retired in late 2011 as commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal. Then, the command oversaw more than 70,000 troops and civilian contractors worldwide. With a budget of $3 billion, it provides frontline logistics support to combat units worldwide, including at 48 U.S. installations.

Quad-City Times Candidate-requested recount in Stoltenberg v. Cooper race nearing deadline Quad-City Times

Candidate-requested recount in Stoltenberg v. Cooper race nearing deadline

A recount board finished counting ballots on Tuesday, but will be double checking absentee ballots for missed ballots.

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Winter clothing drive to benefit SAL Dec. 17

Modern Woodmen of America wants to make sure low income families in the Quad Cities stay cozy this winter. They’re holding a winter clothing drive-thru event on Saturday, December 17 to collect new and gently used winter clothing to benefit SAL Community Services, a local nonprofit organization that provides resources, support and advocacy for low-income working families. Donations can be dropped off between 4-8 p.m. at Modern Woodmen’s front drive, near the granite sign located at 1701 First Avenue in Rock Island. They need new and gently used winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Monetary donations will be accepted and checks should be made payable to SAL Community Services. For more information, contact Leah White at Leah.White@modern-woodmen.org, call (309) 793-5628 or visit the event’s Facebook page.

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Galesburg visitors bureau wins Illinois tourism award

The Galesburg Tourism & Visitors Bureau won an award this week as part of the 2022 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism. Kicking off Monday, Dec. 5, at Navy Pier in Chicago, Gov. JB Pritzker attended the event to address conference attendees prior to the awards ceremony. Gov. JB Pritzker spoke at the annual state travel and tourism conference, at Navy Pier in Chicago. “It is an incredible honor to celebrate and recognize our state’s tourism industry leaders and innovators who work incredibly hard each day to make Illinois a premier travel destination,” Gov. Pritzker said in a Tuesday release. “Their tourism marketing efforts have made an impact in their communities, reinvigorating local economies, and putting a spotlight on what makes Illinois an exceptional destination. As tourists gear up for a busy holiday travel season, we’re ready to welcome visitors near and far to experience everything Illinois has to offer, boosting our hospitality industry and bringing revenue to Illinois businesses.” “The winners of the Illinois Excellence in Tourism Awards reflect the resilience, creativity, and passion of Illinois’ dynamic tourism industry,” said Sylvia I. Garcia, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). “Under Governor Pritzker’s leadership, we have awarded an unprecedented level of grant funding to support tourism recovery and we remain focused on supporting the tourism sector, driving economic development, and bringing our communities together.” Representatives of the Galesburg Tourism & Visitors Bureau were honored at the conference with the Best Social Media Marketing award, Budget B. Galesburg's tourism agency won the Best Social Media Marketing Budget B, for its "Stop on the Scenic Drive" campaign. The best social media marketing awards for larger budget agencies went to Choose Chicago, St. Patrick's Day in Chicago and Visit Lake County, Spooks & Spirits Lake County, Illinois Autumn Celebration. The Illinois Excellence in Tourism Awards were presented to honor the 20 most successful tourism marketing and advertising initiatives, from convention and visitor bureaus and tourism destinations to attractions and innovators throughout the state who make Illinois shine, Tuesday's release said. Travel and tourism professionals from across the industry judged submissions in nine categories, ranging from best public relations and social media marketing campaigns to best event or festival, with one exceptional entry receiving best of show. Each category contained a Budget A for organizations with annual operating budgets of $750,000 and above, and Budget B for organizations with budgets under $750,000. The home page for Galena Country Tourism at visitgalena.org. The top Best of Show award went to ILLINOISouth Tourism, which represents 21 counties stretching from the Mississippi River east of St. Louis, to the Wabash River west of Vincennes, Ind. Galena Country Tourism won state awards for Best Niche Targeting and Best Branding Initiative. This year’s Illinois Excellence in Tourism Awards program was presented by the Illinois Office of Tourism. The conference is underway in Chicago, through Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Navy Pier. The annual conference brings hundreds of Illinois industry leaders, travel experts and visionaries together to explore the latest industry trends and insights that contribute to Illinois tourism, one of the leading economic drivers in the state. You can find out great places to visit in Illinois at The Middle of Everything | Enjoy Illinois. The annual State of the State Tourism Address will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The address will celebrate and reflect on Illinois’ successful tourism marketing and advertising efforts, including experiential activations, partnerships and the state’s award-winning tourism campaign, “The Middle of Everything” — all significant contributors to Illinois’ ongoing tourism recovery in 2022.

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Parking-spot argument leads to arrests

An argument Monday over a Rock Island parking spot escalated into a disturbance that ended with an injured officer and two people in custody. Rock Island Police say they responded to a disturbance about 9 a.m. Monday on the 600 block of 32nd Street, Rock Island. Brittney Colvin, left, and Monique Nicholson (photos courtesy of Rock Island County Jail.) Monique Nicholson, 42, faces a misdemeanor resisting/obstructing charge, court records say. She appeared Tuesday in Rock Island County Court, and is being held in Rock Island County Jail, where her bond was set at $1,500 - 10% applies. Brittney Colvin, 19, faces two felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer, court records say. She is in Rock Island County Jail, where her bond was set at $10,000 - 10% applies. She appeared Tuesday in Rock Island County Court, where she is set for a preliminary hearing Dec. 20. Additionally, a 16-year-old was also arrested for resisting/obstructing and later released to a guardian.

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Find out Bettendorf school facility plans

The public is invited to tour Bettendorf Middle School and learn what the school district facility plans are on Monday, Dec. 12. A board-appointed committee of Bettendorf Community School District parents, staff, and community members has been working on a 10-year facility plan to maintain and improve infrastructure, address educational needs, and plan for the future, according to a district release Tuesday. The district is inviting the public to a facilities master planning Community Learning & Listening Forum on Monday, Dec. 12 at Bettendorf Middle School, 2030 Middle Road. Participants are welcome to take part in tours of Bettendorf Middle School from 5 to 6 p.m. Then from 6 to 8 p.m., district administration and OPN Architects will offer a series of 15-minute presentations about the process overview, existing facilities, master planning options, and financing for the school district facility projects. In addition, the committee is interested in getting all the thoughts and additional insights from all participants about the planning options and potential facility projects.

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You can recycle your holiday stuff

After the holidays, you'll likely have lots of stuff that could head for trash, but the Waste Commission of Scott County wants you to give the gift of recycling.Scott County residents may recycle many holiday items through curbside and drop-off recycling programs. Items that may be recycled include cardboard boxes; wrapping paper tubes; gift/shopping bags made of paper; tissue paper; plain paper wrapping paper; greeting cards and envelopes (even photo cards); newspapers, advertisements, magazines, and catalogs; plastic bottles and jugs; glass bottles and jars; along with aluminum and steel cans, according to a Tuesday release. Ally gift bags on display as Glamour celebrates the 2022 Women of the Year Awards on Nov. 1, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour) Aluminum pie plates, clean foil, and cookie/popcorn tins also go into the recycling cart or drop-off recycling programs. Have your holiday lights lost their sparkle? Strands of holiday lights may also be recycled, but don’t place them in curbside recycling carts, the release said. Holiday lights—along with batteries, computers, monitors, televisions, printers, digital cameras, and video game systems—are considered electronic waste, or e-waste. These items may be dropped off 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Electronics Recovery Center, 5650 Carey Ave., Davenport. There is no charge to residents of Scott and Rock Island counties. The cities of Bettendorf and Davenport collect large e-waste items at the curb from residents on their bulky waste/recycling days and deliver them to the Electronics Recovery Center.  Data containing electronics should be dropped off at the secure Electronics Recovery Center during business hours. Residents should be aware that not all holiday items may be recycled. Items such as plastic bags and films, Styrofoam, wrapping paper with metallic foil or glitter, bows, ribbons, and artificial Christmas trees are considered contaminants to the recycling process and should not be placed in curbside or drop-off recycling containers. Residents are reminded that all recyclables must be placed loosely in their cart, with the lid closed, for collection. Cardboard placed outside the cart cannot be collected. Cardboard pieces that do not fit inside the cart may either be broken down to fit, or may be recycled at any of the drop-off locations around the county. A list of locations may be found online at the Waste Commission website. For more information about holiday recycling, call 563-386-9575.

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Junkin' Market Days coming to Davenport this weekend

The two-day indoor market will feature unique products from local vendors, including boutique clothing, home décor, jewelry, purses, gourmet food and lots more!

WQAD.com Police: Standoff in rural Rock Falls leads to arrest of Sterling man Monday WQAD.com

Police: Standoff in rural Rock Falls leads to arrest of Sterling man Monday

A Sterling man is behind bars after a Monday morning domestic disturbance led to an hours-long police standoff in Rock Falls.

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Gilda’s Club offers medical cannabis workshop

Medical cannabis has been legal in Illinois for several years and is used to treat a variety of conditions. Many people have questions about it but may be unsure where to go to get reliable information. That’s why Gilda’s Club is hosting a free informational program on medical cannabis for anyone impacted by cancer. The program will be on Thursday, December 15 from 6-7 p.m. at the Gilda’s Club Quad Cities Moline Clubhouse, 600 John Deere Road, Suite 101. (gildasclubqc.org) Vicki Hughes, Physician's Assistant, and Amanda Ryan, Nurse Practitioner, of pHat Bottom Labs in East Moline will present an informational seminar on medical cannabis use and answer any questions or concerns from attendees. The workshop is being offered in-person and via Zoom and registration is required. Click here to register. Call Gilda’s Club at (563) 326-7504 or email gc@gildasclubqc.org with questions. For more information on Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, click here.

OurQuadCities.com Muscatine woman sentenced on drug charges OurQuadCities.com

Muscatine woman sentenced on drug charges

Susan Jean Stroughmatt, 33, of Muscatine, was sentenced on Dec. 5, 2022, to eight years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Following her imprisonment, Stroughmatt was ordered to serve five years of supervised release, according to a Tuesday release from the U.S. Justice Department. Law enforcement investigated Stroughmatt in 2021 for methamphetamine trafficking. Between November 2020 and January 2021, she had received and trafficked at least six pounds of meth from co-defendant Thomas Iverson, age 52, of Minnesota. In April 2021, Stroughmatt trafficked nearly three pounds of methamphetamine from a source in Cedar Rapids. In September and December 2021, law enforcement conducted two controlled buys of methamphetamine from Stroughmatt at her residence in Muscatine. Following the secondcontrolled buy, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Stroughmatt’s residence, locatingevidence of drug trafficking. Iverson is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4, 2023. U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Muscatine County Drug Task Force investigated the case.

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Queen tribute coming to Adler next fall

Thirty-one years after the death of rock superstar Freddie Mercury (at age 45), fans continue to flock to Queen tribute bands and another one is coming to the Quad Cities next year. Killer Queen -- featuring Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury -- will take the stage at Adler Theatre on Oct. 14, 2023. Killer Queen's first public shows were at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen, which had played their first shows there decades earlier, according to a Tuesday tour release. Lead singer Patrick Myers said: “It's been an amazing journey. That first show changed my life. We thought our band would last maybe a summer at the most, but it's a very addictive thing performing these songs. The concerts grew and grew and we've ended up playing and selling out the same arenas that Queen played at their peak. "It's been quite a surreal ride," he said in the release. "Becoming regular performers at Red Rocks in America is another highlight. The Beatles, U2, Springsteen, Dylan all played on that stage. It's really got its own kind of magic going on there.” Tickets for the Adler show ($34, $44 and $49) will go on sale Friday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Adler box office (136 E. 3rd St., Davenport) and on Ticketmaster. For more information on Killer Queen (named for one of the band's big hits), visit its website.

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Have you seen these porch pirates?

There’s more porch piracy in the Quad Cities and this time there’s two of them! The Rock Island Police Department needs your help to identify the people in this video who helped themselves to a package in the 1500 block of 30th Street in Rock Island during the first weekend of December. The man and woman arrived in the area on bicycles. (Rock Island Police Department) (Rock Island Police Department) (Rock Island Police Department) (Rock Island Police Department) Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call the Rock Island Police Department’s non-emergency line at (309) 732-2677 (COPS), Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500 or use the P3 Tips mobile app.

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Sterling man arrested following standoff with police

Following a standoff with police, a Sterling man was arrested for unlawful use and possession of a firearm by a felon. On December 5 at around 6:00 a.m., Whiteside County Deputies and Rock Falls Police responded to a home on Walnut St. in rural Rock Falls in reference to a suspect inside the residence armed with a handgun, following a reported domestic incident which took place in the city limits of Rock Falls. Deputies and officers attempted to negotiate by cellphone with the suspect, identified as Dayton Hicks, 27, of Sterling. Hicks was wanted on a Whiteside County felony warrant. Dayton Hicks (photo: Whiteside County Sheriff's Office) Police were able to remove a child and adult safely from the residence. Police gained access and secured the first floor to continue talks with Hicks, who was barricaded in an upstairs bedroom. After several hours, Hicks and a woman surrendered without incident to police. Hicks was taken into custody on a Whiteside warrant for unlawful use/possession of firearm by a felon and was transported to Whiteside County Jail. Following the arrest, police recovered a semiautomatic handgun from the home. The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Rock Falls Police, Sterling Police and Illinois State Police.

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BHC Ranch Series raises scholarship funds

Black Hawk College’s IHSA Western Equestrian Team is hosting the Robin Moreland Memorial Ranch Series on Friday, December 9 in the Ag Arena at the East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road in Galva. Events include dummy roping at 5 p.m. and competitive events such as ranch rail, ranch riding, ranch reining, barrels and poles at 5:30 p.m. Open arena time takes place from 3:30-5 p.m. and exhibition barrels and poles racing will take place after ranch reining. All events are open to the public. (bhc.edu) The series is a fundraiser for the Western Equestrian Team and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Robin Moreland Endowed Equine Scholarship. Click here for details and entry fees. Fees must be paid in cash. For more information, contact Rebekah Irish at (309) 854-1838 or irishr@bhc.edu or Heather Hochstatter at (309) 854-1848 or hochstatterh@bhc.edu.

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4 Your Money | Major Drives

It’s time for 4 Your Money! We were joined by David Nelson Financial Advisor from NelsonCorp Wealth Management to discuss how inflation has continued to be a major driver in the financial markets

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Rock Island police need help identifying porch pirates

Footage shows a woman and a man approaching a Rock Island home's porch, before the woman snags the package. The incident occurred in the 1500 block of 30th Street.

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Teen girl stabbed overnight in Rock Island, police say

Rock Island police discovered the 15-year-old suffering from a life-threatening stab wound outside the Maple Ridge Apartments after midnight on Tuesday.

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IL Extension to host kids' make & take workshop

The University of Illinois Extension is hosting a gift making workshop for kids on Monday, December 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. at their office located at 321 Second Avenue West in Milan. Kids can choose from a variety of projects, including decorating a magnetic frame, making ornaments, painting a holiday wooden decoration, creating a bead bracelet, designing holiday cards, decorating sugar cookies and wrapping the gifts to take home. The cost is $5 per person and class size is limited to 30 participants. Kids ages six and under must be accompanied by an adult. The deadline to register is Friday, December 16. For more information or to register, click here or call (309) 756-9978.

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Knox County Sheriff's Department handles school threat before anyone harmed

The Knox County Sheriff's Office investigated a complaint of harassment and threats to a school. Upon investigation, deputies learned that a teenager from another school district was sending pictures of himself with firearms and threatening students from the Knoxville School District. The Knox County Sheriff's Department intervened before anyone was harmed. The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct in the form of a school threat. He is in the custody of the Knox County Mary Davis Home juvenile detention center.

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Flags to be lowered in honor of Pearl Harbor

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has ordered that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The United States flags and state flags at all buildings occupied by agencies covered by this Act should be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, December 7. For more information on flag honors in Illinois, click here. For more information on Pearl Harbor, click here.

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Rock Island Police: 15-year-old was stabbed, transported to University of Iowa Hospital

A 15-year-old girl was found in Rock Island with a stab wound Tuesday after what police have called an assault.

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Rock Island Police: 15-year-old was stabbed, transported to University of Iowa Hospital

A 15-year-old girl was found in Rock Island with a stab wound Tuesday after what police have called an assault.

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East Galesburg men arrested in burglary

On Monday Dec. 5, 2022, Deputies with the Knox County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the 100 block of Springer Street in East Galesburg for a possible burglary in progress complaint. During the course of the investigation, Deputies located two subjects -- Jeremy W. Thompson, 42, 106 Harrison St., East Galesburg, and Thomas L Helms, 40, 106 Miller Ave., East Galesburg, according to a Tuesday release from the sheriff's department. Thomas Helms (L) and Jeremy Thompson (photos: Knox County Sheriff's Department) Thompson was found to in possession of a handgun, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with the following charges: Unlawful Use of WeaponsCriminal Trespass to LandFelon in Possession of a FirearmPossession of MethamphetaminePossession of Drug ParaphernaliaViolation of the FOID Card Act Helms was charged with Criminal Trespass to Land. Both Thompson and Helms were transported to the Knox County Jail.

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15-year-old girl stabbed in Rock Island

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 at approximately 12:07 a.m., the Rock Island Police Department responded to the Maple Ridge Apartments, 3700 5th Street, in reference to a report of an injured person. Officers located a 15-year-old girl suffering from a life-threatening stab wound, according to a Tuesday release. The victim was transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Trinity Hospital for medical treatment, but later transferred to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City where she is currently listed in stable condition, police said. No arrests have been made at this time and no other injuries have been reported. The incident remains under investigation by the Rock Island Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division; no further information is available at this time. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Rock Island PoliceDepartment at 309-732-2677 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or using the P3 Tips app.

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Have hot cocoa with a cop today

The Davenport Police Department and Police Association have partnered with Davenport Parks and Recreation and city administration to host their second annual “Cops and Cocoa” event later today. Similar to "Coffee with a Cop" and "Cops and Cones," the public is invited to participate in this family-friendly public event to visit with officers, see squad cars, enjoy FREE hot chocolate, and experience the poinsettia and light displays in the Vander Veer Conservatory and throughout the park. The cocoa event will be today, Dec. 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory, 215 W. Central Park Drive, Davenport.

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Davenport School Board discuss potential closings

Davenport Community School District held an open forum at their school board meeting December 5. Buchanan, Monroe and Washington elementary schools could be on the chopping block within the district. There are plans to shut the three elementary schools down. The district is trying to cut down on finances by closing the three elementary schools, which could save the district over $20 million in maintenance costs. Monroe and Washington elementary school buildings have both become too old to maintain. It would be more difficult and expensive to improve upon the small existing classrooms in the facilities already. Maintenance costs for Monroe Elementary alone would be over $10 million. The closing of the three schools would also save the district over $10 million over the next 20 years in bussing expenses for students. Truman Elementary has had the most recent investments put into the school for building improvements. Buchanan Elementary has low enrollment because of its location. All three of the elementary schools are not close in proximity to existing intermediate schools. Other schools close by like Truman, Fillmore and Harrison elementary schools are more aligned with primary access routes. Ann McGlynn is a mother who has had multiple children go through the Davenport School District over the years. "I believe that one of the root reasons is that the state of Iowa has funded Davenport schools at a lesser level than other school districts in the community," McGlynn said. "My question to the school board, but also to our community at large, is why are we closing schools that kids who have fewer resources and more barriers in their lives attend?" While she knows it could be an uphill battle trying to stop the schools closures, McGlynn said her main concern is making sure the school board keeps the children in mind when making these decisions. "And one more request - there's a great playground at each of these schools," McGlynn said. "If those could stay put so kids can come and play, that would be really great." "Yes, it is difficult, and we must do it. We have to do it," Schneckloth said. "And the answer is, if it's not this building, it's this building. So, the way we do that, is we use data." If the school board decides to the close the three schools, there would be no major initial concern about moving students and staff to new locations, as there would be no construction needed at other schools to accommodate the added people. Once sixth grade moves back to the middle school buildings, it will allow for the creation of pre-schools within elementary buildings. Sixth grade would go back to middle schools in the school year of 2024-25. The Davenport school board will make their decision on the closing of the schools Monday, December 12.

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Bettendorf council may appoint replacement for outgoing alderman

Most Bettendorf City Council members say they prefer taking applications to replace an alderman, rather than holding a special election.

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Two men died in shootings Monday in Davenport

One man was killed and another hurt during a late-night shooing in Davenport. It was the second fatal shooting in a 24-hour period.

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