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Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Library offers bargains at book sale

If you’re looking to curl up with a good book this winter, you’ll find plenty of bargains at the Rock Island Public Library Southwest Branch book sale. The monthly book sale is noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the 9010 Ridgewood Road Southwest Branch. Book shoppers can fill a bag for a donation from the selection of former library items and donated books. Free shopping bags are available. Shoppers can also buy a library tote bag for $3 each or 2 bags for $5 and fill them to the brim for a voluntary donation. Limited-edition 150th anniversary bags are also available for $6. The library is recruiting volunteers to help with this monthly sale. To volunteer, leave your name and contact details at the sale with Southwest branch staff or with book sale coordinator Tari Weeks that day. For more information about library events and services, visit here  or call 309-732-7323 or follow library social media pages.

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Grant helps college students strengthen community ties

A grant to Monmouth and Knox colleges will help both colleges strengthen their ties to their local communities, a news release says. The two liberal arts colleges received a grant from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest to work on "Neighbors Supporting Neighbors: Building Institutional Capacity for Community-Based Learning at Knox and Monmouth Colleges." Both Monmouth and Knox recently adopted new core curricula that require students to complete a course or immersive experience with a "community/civic engagement" designation. The $18,280 grant will help both colleges' faculty implement that requirement with their students, the release says. The project's goals are to help faculty use community-based teaching practices in their classes and increase the number of courses that include high-impact community-based teaching practices, which will provide more opportunities for classes to engage with their local community. "With both colleges expanding their civic engagement staff and new faculty members joining the teaching ranks every year, this is an opportune time to heighten awareness of community-engaged learning, reinforce the value of collaboration between student-life staff and academic-affairs personnel, and bring community voices into the conversation," said Monmouth communication studies professor Lori Walters-Kramer. At Monmouth, Walters-Kramer worked on securing the grant along with biology professor Eric Engstrom, educational studies professor Tammy LaPrad, and Wackerle Center for Career, Leadership & Fellowships Director Marnie Dugan. Last fall, students in Walters-Kramer's "Vocation and the Common Good" class served various organizations in the Monmouth-Warren County community. Work included providing tutoring at the Teen Recharge Center in downtown Monmouth and leading story time at the Warren County Public Library. "The first phase of the grant-funded project will allow us to bring an expert to one of our campuses to provide faculty and staff information about the history, value and best practices of community-based pedagogies," said Walters-Kramer. "Those of us on the team from Monmouth College hope that faculty in departments that do not currently offer a community-engagement course will be inspired to consider participating in the next phase of the grant-funded project which involves providing faculty who want to develop a community-engagement project a stipend as well as time to workshop their ideas with others."

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14 charts that show how the economy is performing in Davenport and Iowa

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Quad Cities girls prep basketball conference play: The Score Week 5

All Quad Cities area scores from girls prep basketball play in week 5 of conference play.

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Quad Cities prep basketball conference play: The Score Week 5

Moline went on the road and beat state-ranked Quincy, UTHS bested Sterling and North Scott topped Bettendorf. Here's all of your Quad Cities area highlights.

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Iowa HS girl's wrestling championship

One Quad Cities freshman took home a championship in the first ever girl's state wrestling tournament.

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Rock Island police expanding community service officer position; hiring incentives

The move comes as Rock Island hopes to increase its number of officers due to shortages departments are experiencing.

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Isabel Bloom celebrates 60th anniversary

Isabel Bloom will host a 60-Year Anniversary Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Isabel Bloom Tour Center and Showroom, 736 Federal St., Davenport. The year 2023 marks the start of Isabel Bloom’s 60th year in business. In celebration, the company has plans to host several events throughout the year to honor this milestone, a news release says. Isabel Bloom egg with rabbits (photo by Linda Cook) To kick things off and with February being Isabel’s birthday month, the company will host a four-day event Friday-Monday, Feb. 17-20, at the Isabel Bloom Tour Center and Showroom with door prizes, special promotions, free shipping as well as, a sneak peek at new 2023 designs. These in-store events will be held during regular store hours where customers can register to win daily giveaways and a $60 Isabel Bloom shopping spree. The Quad City Chamber will host a short ceremony that Friday at 10 a.m., presenting the company with a special plaque followed by a free behind-the-scenes tour of the production process. Birthday cake will be served throughout the day that Monday, commemorating Isabel’s 115th birthday. A limited edition  “Anniversary Owl” will be introduced at the February event and available only this year. “Owls were one of Isabel’s favorite subjects to sculpt, maybe because their large eyes and feathers gave Isabel lots of opportunity to stylize,” says Donna Young, Isabel Bloom co-owner and artist. “My design was inspired by Isabel’s 'Night Owl,' which is no longer in our line.”  Isabel Bloom opened her first shop in a rented house located in the Village of East Davenport in 1963. Notably, it was the first gift shop in the village. A few years later, she purchased the house next door at 1109 Mound St. and, with the help of her father and her husband, John, converted the space into her sculpture studio and showroom. It was there that Isabel devised the unique technique for casting her sculptures in concrete and finishing them with green-tinted cement to resemble weathered-bronze garden sculptures. Isabel has been described as a truly original woman who lived by her own advice: "Know what you want and follow it." From there, the Isabel Bloom legacy flourished into one of the most successful woman-owned companies in the Quad Cities. Isabel Bloom passed away May 1, 2001, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Today, the handcrafted sculptures are designed by Isabel’s protégé, Donna Young and produced and sold at the Isabel Bloom Tour Facility and Showroom. A showroom/retail store is also located in the Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines. For more information, visit here.

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Detectives find stolen gun, cocaine, police allege

A 34-year-old Davenport man faces more than a dozen felony charges after police allege, they found him with cocaine and a stolen gun. Pierce Davis faces 11 charges of unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, a charge of failure to affix a drug stamp and a charge of controlled substance violation, court records. Pierce Davis (photo: Scott County Jail) About 5:50 a.m. Thursday, Davenport Police detectives executed a search warrant at Davis’s residence. He was inside the residence and arrested on an unrelated arrest warrant, police allege in arrest affidavits. During a search of the residence, detectives found a clear plastic bag containing 23.3 grams total package weight of cocaine, along with a digital scale with suspected cocaine residue and packaging material. Davis “failed to affix the proper stamp, label or official indicia upon the packaging of the cocaine base,” affidavits say. Also inside the apartment in a shoe box was a loaded .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun reported stolen in 2013 from a federal firearms licensee in Silvis. In the same shoe box, detectives found 11 devices that convert a Glock-style semi-automatic handgun into a fully automatic handgun “aka as a machine gun,” according to affidavits. After he was read his Miranda Rights, Davis admitted “to his knowledge of both the crack cocaine and firearm in the residence,” according to affidavits. Davis's criminal history includes numerous previous felony convictions, affidavits say. Davis, who is being held on $32,000 bond in Scott County Jail, is set for a preliminary hearing Feb. 10 in Scott County Court.

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Man threatened murder in social-media video, police allege

A 24-year-old Davenport man is behind bars after police allege he recorded a threatening video on a social media app. Austin McNeal faces a felony charge of threats of terrorism and an aggravated misdemeanor charge of first-degree harassment, court records show. Austin McNeal (photo from Scott County Jail inmate listing) At 1:55 a.m. Jan. 31, officers were alerted to a threat McNeal allegedly made through a social media application, arrest affidavits say. McNeal recorded a live video on the Bigo app detailing "his plan to commit an act of terrorism against a protected group in the community." McNeal claimed to be armed at the time of the video and planned to commit "Mass Murder." The victim feared of an imminent threat posed by McNeal, according to affidavits. "The behavior of the defendant caused undue distress due to the threats of terrorism," police allege in arrest affidavits. "(McNeal) made a series of extremely vulgar and graphic comments regarding his plan to murder members of this community." McNeal is being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond in Scott County Jail, and is set for a preliminary hearing Feb. 10 in Scott County Court.

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Southern winds will raise temperatures to the 40s during the weekend

A dose of warm southern air moving through the Quad-City region today will take the temperature from the 9 degrees registered at 7:15 p.m. Friday to a possible 42 degrees by Saturday afternoon, Meteorologist Alex Gibbs of the National Weather…

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End Lunar New Year with a bang at Moline Public Library's Lantern Festival

The Moline Public Library invites you to end the Lunar New Year with a bang and welcome the spring with lanterns that celebrate luck within the New Year! (Moline Public Library) All ages are welcome for special games, activities and crafts celebrating the Lantern Festival Monday, January 6, 3:00-7:00 p.m. with a special story time at 5:00 p.m., at the Moline Public Library, located at 3210 41st St., Moline. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

WQAD.com Rock Island expands community service officer position; hiring incentives WQAD.com

Rock Island expands community service officer position; hiring incentives

This comes as Rock Island hopes to increase its number of officers due to shortages departments are experiencing.

WQAD.com USP Thomson union employees meet with lawmakers, call for warden's removal WQAD.com

USP Thomson union employees meet with lawmakers, call for warden's removal

Employees met with Sen. Duckworth and Sen. Ernst to discuss the prison's condition and strengthen calls for Warden Bergami's removal.

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University of Iowa study looks to prevent drug addiction

Researchers found by blocking an enzyme called CA4, cocaine withdrawal symptoms were reduced in mice.

WQAD.com QC Arts calls for artists to submit sculptures for street exhibitions WQAD.com

QC Arts calls for artists to submit sculptures for street exhibitions

QC Arts is looking to line Quad Cities streets with sculptures made by area artists which will also be available for sale at the end of their exhibition.

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St. Ambrose women's basketball coach no longer on staff

The St. Ambrose University women's basketball team is slated to celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, but they'll be without their head coach when they do.

WQAD.com Weekend preview: Hand in Hand Chili Cook-off visits Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds Saturday WQAD.com

Weekend preview: Hand in Hand Chili Cook-off visits Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds Saturday

The annual cook-off will feature 17 different chili recipes from 17 QC restaurants and organizations competing to be the best and fundraising.

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'Small but mighty' and in need of help: Oneida library asking for bump in funding

Residents will vote on a tax referendum on April 4 that would give Greig Memorial Library an extra $2-3 in funding per property, per year.

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Cook review: Dip into 'Infinity Pool' for mind-bending horror

"NC-17" is a rarely-used rating that means ages 17 or under will not be admitted. That was the rating that this movie had when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Now it’s been, well, cut, and this R-rated version of “Infinity Pool” is what theater goers will see. This version remains gruesome, with steamy sex scenes and violence. Like father, like son: Director Brandon Cronenberg is following in the footsteps of his father, David Cronenberg, who gave us “Dead Ringers” and “A History of Violence” in his lengthy filmography. There is a science-fiction element to this, but you might not want to consider this an outright science-fiction film. Its themes involve decadence, entitlement, and just how far people might go if they think they have no accountability. The setting is a tropical island where wealthy people are vacationing. Among them is writer James Foster ((Alexander Skarsgård), “The Northman”) and his wife Em (Cleopatra Coleman,  “Dopesick.”) James married money, and isn’t used to living this life of luxury. He also suffers from writer’s block. He wonders whether he ever will write again when he is greeted by super-fan Gabi (Mia Goth, who is made a name for herself as a contemporary horror star in “X” and “Pearl” all within the last year.) Gabi seems quite smitten with James, and begins to flit with him. Gabi and her husband accompany the other two on a drive to town, and James takes over the wheel. He accidentally kills a pedestrian and has no idea what to do. The other three talk him into leaving the scene, but the authorities are on to him, and officers have a talk with all those involved. It seems that, in this country, you don’t have to pay consequences – such as, for example, being put to death – if you have enough money to buy your way out in a ghastly kind of way. And then things get really dark. The performances are great, the images are shattering, and the violence blood-curdling. But don’t mistake this for a mindless slasher flick, because it has plenty to say about who people really are at their cores. It’s an essay about the pool of evil that may lurk within us all. 3 ½ stars Running time: One hour and 57 minutes. Rated: R for violence, foul language, graphic gore, and graphic sex. At Cinemark, Davenport. Watch the trailer here.

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QC Storm changes weekend opponents

The Southern Professional Hockey League has announced opponent changes for Quad-City Storm weekend games. The Quad City Storm will play the Peoria Rivermen Saturday night at the Vibrant Arena. at The MARK. The Storm previously was scheduled to play the Vermilion County Bobcats, according to a news release. Additionally, the Storm will travel to Danville, Ill., on Sunday to take on the Vermilion County Bobcats. The Bobcats were previously scheduled to play the Peoria Rivermen. Tickets for Saturday night’s games can be purchased here, Ticketmaster.com and the Vibrant Arena Box Office.

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Repairs on the Rock Island Arsenal lock's main gate

The Rock Island Arsenal lock is currently undergoing repairs. The large red crane that can be seen from the Government Bridge is being used to help make repairs to part of the lock's lower guidewall and armor plating. The repairs…

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'Small but mighty' and in need of help: Oneida library asking for bump in funding

Residents will vote on a tax referendum on April 4 that would give Greig Memorial Library an extra $2-3 in funding, per property, per year.

WQAD.com Rep. Eric Sorensen shares first impressions of DC after first month in Congress WQAD.com

Rep. Eric Sorensen shares first impressions of DC after first month in Congress

Sorensen paid a visit to the News 8 studio to share what he's been doing in his first month in office.

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Eldridge police seize $33,000 from Madison Russo bank accounts

Court documents show that on Jan. 30, authorities seized over $33,000 and property of unknown value from three bank accounts belonging to Russo and a family member.

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Man accused of Davenport robbery in custody

A Parkview man who allegedly took money and a phone from someone in January in Davenport now faces a first-degree robbery charge.

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Two Iowa souls blend in new Augie presidential portrait

During the 100th anniversary year of a key building on Augustana College's campus, a breathtakingly beautiful and realistic portrait of its last president will soon grace its interior. The private Rock Island school commissioned Maquoketa, Iowa native Rose Frantzen to paint a new portrait of Steven Bahls, Augie's eighth president, who retired last summer after leading the institution 19 years. Of the colorful finished product (four feet high by three feet wide), Bahls posted on Facebook Thursday that it's a “wonderful portrait that Augustana commissioned for the Steve and Jane Bahls Campus Leadership Center. I was particularly pleased that Rose included a book that has guided my thinking about justice, ‘A Theory of Justice,’ by John Rawls,” he wrote. Gathering for the unveiling of the new portrait at the Steve and Jane Bahls Campus Leadership Center were Augustana president Andrea Talentino, left, Jane Bahls, Steve Bahls, artist Rose Frantzen and her husband Chuck Morris (courtesy of Augustana College). The portrait will be installed just inside Bahls Center (formerly known as Founders Hall) with a plaque noting the years of service Steve and his wife Jane gave to campus. Founders Hall was built in 1923 by the Augustana College and Theological Seminary. In 1967, the seminary, then administratively separated from the college, sold the property to the college. Last May, the college Board of Trustees voted to rename Founders in honor of Steve and Jane Bahls. Effective June 1, 2022, the building — which houses administrative offices; student services; the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Office of the President; and Ascension Chapel — will be known as The Steve and Jane Bahls Campus Leadership Center. Augustana dedicated the new space on May 12, coinciding with a special campus event to honor the retirement and legacy of the couple. Current college president Andrea Talentino began July 1, 2022. Pairing with Frantzen Kai Swanson (Class of 1986), the special assistant to Augie's president, said the college has portraits of each of its presidents, mostly hanging in the buildings named for them (e.g., Tredway Library, Bergendoff Hall, Sorensen Hall). Steve Bahls needed to be sold on the idea of committing his image to canvas permanently. Maquoketa native Rose Frantzen created the large scale "Portrait of Maquoketa" in 2006. Once he agreed, the college connected with Rose Frantzen, who is most well-known for her popular "Portrait of Maquoketa," a multi-panel artwork that includes 180 12x12" oil portraits of people from Maquoketa, as well as a 315-square-foot landscape view of Maquoketa painted on 34 vertical panels suspended from the ceiling. The panels (now in the permanent collection of Davenport's Figge Art Museum) are arranged in such a way that when a visitor sits at one end of the installation, all of the panels come together and align as one unified view of Maquoketa as seen from the hills outside of town. The other sides of the landscape panels display all 180 portraits. In 2009 and 2010, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery exhibited “Portrait of Maquoketa," and it was subsequently shown at the Figge. Part of "Portrait of Maquoketa" at the Figge Art Museum, which has been exhibited there in 2016-17 and October 2017 to February 2020. A Maquoketa native, Frantzen has gained national and international acclaim for her oil paintings from life that bring contemporary perspectives to a traditional approach. In addition to landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works, Frantzen creates serial and allegorical works that incorporate diverse stylistic elements along with gilding, stained glass, and mosaic. Frantzen's work has shown at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the Butler Institute of American Art, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Denver Historical Museum, and as an award winner in the Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competition. Swanson said she's painted portraits of former U.S. Agriculture Secretary (and Iowa governor) Tom Vilsack, and presidents of the University of Iowa. Of Augie's commission, "she was immediately very intrigued by the idea," Swanson said Friday. "She can pick and choose what she wants to do, given her accomplishments." Bahls retired as Augie's eighth president June 30, 2022. Part of the reason she agreed was the shared Iowa roots between Frantzen and Bahls (he grew up in the Des Moines area and went to University of Iowa) and similar ages, he said. She was intrigued by the colors of stained glass in the meditation room of Augustana's Peter J. Lindberg, M.D., Center for Health and Human Performance, which is a popular spot for prayer, yoga and meditation, Swanson said. The artist had Bahls sit for his portrait (dressed in formal academic robes) there for five days in June 2022, and she completed the painting in her studio. Stained glass in the Lindberg Center meditation room (courtesy of Augustana College). "It's a great portrait," Swanson said. "There's something about Steve right there -- it's a faithful image, but there's more to it than that. There's warmth that comes from the painting, which is really a sign of a great painting." Incorporating Bahls holding one of his favorite books is "a nice accent," Swanson said. Steve Bahls spoke about the new portrait (right) outside the president's office at Augustana. For information on the Founders Hall transition and the legacy of Bahls's presidency, click HERE.

OurQuadCities.com Film critic Linda Cook reviews 'Infinity Pool' and 'The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker' OurQuadCities.com

Film critic Linda Cook reviews 'Infinity Pool' and 'The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker'

As a couple takes a dream island beach vacation, a fatal accident shows a reality really more out of a nightmare, and then travel along for a real-life journey as a happy-go-lucky nomad travels from viral stardom to the depths of imprisonment. Film critic Linda Cook reviews 'Infinity Pool' and 'The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker.' You can catch all of Linda's movie reviews here.

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Quad Cities afflicted with car thefts of Kia, Hyundai models

Thieves are targeting Kia and Hyundai cars across the country. Rock Island Police say 74 Kia and Hyundai cars were stolen in 2022 alone, more than any other model.

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Foster Cares Fund helps with mental health services without concern of cost

Good mental health is just as important as physical health, and a new program helps ensure anyone needing help can get the assistance they need. Matthew Martenson from QC Counselor visited with Local 4 to talk about The Foster Cares Fund and how it can help those in need get connected to quality mental health counseling services without the concern of cost. For more information, click here.

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The Quad Cities Chamber Wants To Hear QC 'Boomeranger' Stories

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Honoring Black History: Lynda Sargent

Local 4 News honors Black history this month. Lynda Sargent spent her entire life in Rock Island. She runs Heart of Hope Ministries. It started back in the neighborhood where she lived with her grandparents. She's proud of being able to provide food for thousands of people for almost a decade. Lynda Sargent shares her story in her own words.

WQAD.com The Score | Week 5 games, stats and scores for Quad Cities high school basketball WQAD.com

The Score | Week 5 games, stats and scores for Quad Cities high school basketball

QC prep basketball is here in full swing! Here are the teams playing during Week 5.

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QC native named head of Iowa National Guard

Gov. Kim Reynolds has chosen a Davenport native as head of the Iowa National Guard. Brig. Gen. Stephen E. Osborn is the 28th Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard.   “General Osborn has been an invaluable member of the Iowa National Guard as our state has faced natural disasters, a pandemic, and civil unrest,” Gov. Reynolds said in a Friday press release. “Iowans can trust that the Iowa National Guard stands ready and prepared under General Osborn’s proven leadership capabilities.  He is a trusted advisor with a wealth of command experience at both home and abroad.” Brig. Gen. Stephen E. Osborn, a Davenport native, first enlisted in the Army in 1984. Osborn is a native of Davenport, and enlisted in the Army in July 1984 prior to commissioning as an infantry officer through the University of Alabama in 1990. He transferred to the Iowa Army National Guard in 1992 and has served in a variety of command and staff positions, to include commander of the 1st Battalion,168th Infantry Regiment; deputy operations officer, 34th Infantry Division; director of operations, Joint Force Headquarters; commander of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division; and director of the Joint Staff.   Osborn is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. He deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 1991 in support of the Persian Gulf War. He deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian in 2004 and to Iraq in 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   His significant awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and Pathfinder Badge.  He has served as the Iowa Army National Guard’s deputy adjutant general since August 2018 and as the deputy commanding general of the Army National Guard at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Osborn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama (1990), a master’s in public administration from Drake University (Des Moines) and a master of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.  The adjutant general is the highest-ranking position in the Iowa National Guard. Osborn will manage more than 2,000 federal and state full-time employees as well as nearly 9,000 part-time soldiers and airmen.    Osborn will replace Maj. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, who has served as the adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard since September 2019. Corell announced his retirement from the position in January 2023.  

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Illinois High School Boys Basketball Rankings

Moline leads QCA teams as the No. 2 team in Class 4A. Princeton is No. 2 in Class 2A, and Rockridge isn't far behind at No. 9.

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Davenport man accused of making terrorist threat

Scott County authorities have acccused a Davenport man of making threats against the LGBTQ community.

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Man accused of Davenport shooting now in federal court

One person was wounded on Sept. 3 when a gunman began shooting at a vehicle at a Davenport Kwik Star. The man accused of the attack now faces a federal charge.

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Scott County authorities seize cash from woman accused of cancer scam

Authorities seized more than $33,000 from a 19-year-old Bettendorf woman accused of using false cancer claims to steal.

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News 8 Now: Feb. 3, 2023

An early Friday morning blaze set a Moline home on fire, Iowa lawmakers are voting to raise funding for state education and more.

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Gas prices, vehicle sales and production: Track changes in Iowa

Check out the peaks and valleys in volatile local gas prices, and track motor vehicle sales, financing and production.

OurQuadCities.com Rock Island gets state funding to keep water lines safe OurQuadCities.com

Rock Island gets state funding to keep water lines safe

The city of Rock Island is getting $50,000 from the state of Illinois to help identify service lines that may contain lead. “The well-documented adverse health effects of exposure to lead in drinking water poses a serious risk to our children,” Illinois State Sen. Mike Halpin (D-Rock Island) said in a Friday release. “Funding to identify the city’s lead service lines will help keep our families protected.” Mike Halpin on 4 The Record (OurQuadCities.com file photo) Senator Halpin voted for the legislation creating the Lead Service Line Replacement Notification Act in 2021. The law establishes timelines and requirements for the removal and replacement of all lead service lines in Illinois and creates a low-income water assistance program to help fund financial assistance and water projects that include lead pipe replacement. Illinois has more lead service lines than any other state in the nation, with an estimated 730,000 to 1.4 million lead service lines in the ground, Halpin’s release said. There is no safe level of exposure to lead.   The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a total of $2 million in Lead Service Line Inventory grants to 48 communities to assist in meeting the requirements outlined in the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act. The grants, ranging from $20,000 to $50,000, will fund the creation of a complete lead service line inventory. A Denver Water crew works to replace a lead water service line installed in 1927 with a new copper one at a private home on Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Denver. While President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill proposes $45 million for eliminating lead pipes and service lines, some utility companies and municipalities have already started replacing them. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson) The law requires owners and operators of community water supplies (CWS) in Illinois to submit a complete water service line material inventory for the Illinois EPA's approval no later than April 15, 2024. The complete inventory must report the composition of all service lines within the CWS's distribution system. “This funding will provide many communities with the necessary funding to develop a complete inventory identifying the types of water lines that exist in their drinking water supplies,” Illinois EPA director John J. Kim said in a press release. “Illinois EPA received a tremendous response to this funding opportunity, receiving 101 grant applications from villages and cities throughout the state and exceeding the funding made available for this initial funding opportunity," he said. "Thanks to recent legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pritzker, we will be able to open a new funding cycle the coming weeks to assist even more communities.”

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Dubuque miracle baby returns to thank staff that saved her

A miracle baby born at Unitypoint Health in Dubuque was born through an emergency c-section on Jan. 12. She coded for 18 minutes, and is now fully recovered.

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Arsenal to hold change of responsibility ceremony for garrison command sergeant major

The ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

WQAD.com Iowa bill would allow minors to serve alcohol in restaurants WQAD.com

Iowa bill would allow minors to serve alcohol in restaurants

This summer, teenagers working in Iowa restaurants could be able to service alcoholic drinks to customers.

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Warm up winter with free noontime music

Warm up your winter with free live music at two local libraries this month. The first will be Tuesday, Feb. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street, in the second-floor Community Room. A trio from the Sound Conservatory music academy and shop of Rock Island (1600 2nd Ave.) will take the stage. Pianist Andrzej Kozlowski is owner of Sound Conservatory, 1600 2nd Ave., Rock Island. The free “Tuneful Tuesday” community concert will feature Kian Hyatt on bassoon, Paul Mizzi on flute, and Andrzej Kozlowski (Sound Conservatory owner) on piano. This event was generously sponsored by Carol and Jim Horstmann of Rock Island. This event is free and open to listeners of all ages. Registration is not required, and light refreshments will be available. Bettendorf noon concert on Feb. 17 This month’s Brown Bag Lunch at the Bettendorf Public Library will welcome The Connection at noon Feb. 17, at 2950 Learning Campus Drive in Bettendorf. The Bettendorf Public Library hosts its Brown Bag Lunch at noon Feb. 17, 2023. This musical group is a three-piece band which plays a unique blend of popular musical styles, including light rock, country, and familiar standards, according to a library release. The lunchtime concert welcomes attendees to bring along a meal to enjoy alongside the music and offers free coffee and water to enjoy. The Connection has been playing together for nine years and take pride in their vocal harmony. The band plays a wide variety of instruments, including acoustic and electric guitar, bass ukulele, tuba, and harmonica. Bettendorf Library's Brown Bag Lunch is open to all ages. Registration is required for this free program, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library. 

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Suspect used gun, knife to threaten victim, police allege

A 19-year-old Park View man is behind bars after police allege he threatened a victim with a gun and a knife. Thadis Boutwell faces a felony charge of first-degree robbery, court records show. Thadis Boutwell (photo from Scott County Jail inmate listing) About 2 p.m. Jan. 13, Davenport Police responded to Brady Street Mart, 3107 Brady St., for a disturbance. Upon arrival, police met with the victim who identified Boutwell and stated he was struck several times by Boutwell, who also threatened the victim with a gun and a knife, police allege in affidavits. Police allege a portion of the physical altercation was caught on video surveillance. The victim stated his cell phone and money, totaling up to $120 in unknown denominations, were "forcefully removed from his person" by Boutwell, police allege. Boutwell, who was arrested on a warrant, is being held on $50,000 cash-only bond in Scott County Jail. He is set for a preliminary hearing Feb. 10 in Scott County Court. First-degree robbery is a Class B felony with a sentence of up to 25 years upon conviction.

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St. Ambrose women's basketball coach no longer with team

The St. Ambrose University women's basketball team is slated to celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, but they'll be without their head coach when they do.

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WQAD.com Moline Fire Department responds to early morning fire Friday WQAD.com

Moline Fire Department responds to early morning fire Friday

The Moline Fire Department was called to North Shore Drive early Friday morning for a fire. Three occupants were able to safely escape.

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New Ambrose leader named to boost giving, alumni relations

Anne Gannaway has certainly advanced in her chosen institution. St. Ambrose University in Davenport Friday announced her as Vice President of Institutional Advancement, overseeing philanthropic strategy and donor relations to support the university’s giving and advancement goals. Anne Gannaway Gannaway began her St. Ambrose career in 2012 as the director of alumni engagement. When she arrived at SAU, she left behind a well-loved position as director of scholar recruitment for the University of Iowa, where she worked for six years, according to a Friday Ambrose release. Before that, she held the director of student and alumni services position at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Still, taking on the new role at St. Ambrose was like coming back home in many ways. “You could say I grew up on the St. Ambrose campus,” Gannaway said in the release, as some of her most impactful memories of being on campus as a young child. Gannaway's father, Edward Henkhaus, is an alum and was SAU's vice president of finance for over 25 years. Other fond memories include the day she married her husband, Ethan Gannaway (an associate adjunct professor of history at St. Ambrose and the co-director of the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan) in the campus chapel, Christ the King Chapel, and baptizing their three boys there.  In 2018, Gannaway broadened her comprehensive alumni engagement role when she was appointed executive director of advancement. Within two years, she was appointed interim vice president of institutional advancement, now becoming her acting appointment. “I will never tire of hearing the stories and experiences of our alumni and reconnecting them with each other and their alma mater,” said Gannaway. “The fact that I can help to elevate St. Ambrose and be a small part of transformational change as we create meaningful opportunities to advance the strategic direction of the University is something I am very grateful for.” Amy Novak became SAU's 14th president in August 2021. St. Ambrose president Amy C. Novak highlighted Gannaway's relational skills and her impact on alumni relations. “Anne brings deep experience in building and managing alumni and donor relationships. Her strong leadership acumen, donor-centric approach to development, and her ability to build a team prepared to successfully grow the Ambrose institutional advancement program was evident this past year," Novak said. "Her work already led to improved giving, and her focus on culture has improved philanthropic organizational effectiveness across the university," she said. "She brings energy and insight to our philanthropic strategy and a fresh perspective to our cabinet level conversations. I'm pleased to have Anne as a strategic leader in this critical role.” For more information regarding alumni and advancement events, visit the SAU website HERE.

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Mutual aid helps put out Moline fire

Today, Feb. 3, 2023 at 4:16 a.m., the Moline Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1731 North Shore Drive. The first arriving fire company arrived in under six minutes and reported an attached garage fully engulfed in flames, according to a department release. The involved structure was attached to a two-story split foyer style residence, home to three people. It is unknown if this residence had working smoke detectors, however the residents were able to exit the home safely prior to the arrival of responding fire apparatus, the department said. Cold weather conditions and the lack of fire hydrants in this unincorporated area contributed to the difficult task of bringing this fire under control; However, Moline Fire Department Incident Command made extremely quick decisions to request mutual aid from the Coal Valley Fire Department and the Blackhawk Fire Protection District, who were fortunately able to provide two water tanker trucks allowing for a near continuous supply of water once arriving on scene, the release said. The fire was brought under control in approximately one hour with fire crews still remaining on-scene at the time of this release Friday morning. The initial Moline Fire response included 17 on-duty personnel occupying three engine companies, one aerial unit, a command vehicle, and two ambulances. Two off-duty Chief Officers responded to assist with city coverage during the event. Further assistance was also provided by the East Moline, Rock Island, and Arsenal Fire Departments; along with the Rock Island County Sherif’s Department, Moline Public Works, MidAmerican Energy, and the Moline Second Alarmers. Special thanks to MetroLink for supplying a bus to be used for warming and rehab. This fire is currently under investigation by the Moline Fire Department Bureau of Investigations.

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QC girls' ice hockey coming to River's Edge

Girls’ ice hockey in the QC area continues to grow and prosper, as for the first time in its history, the Quad City Hockey Association is sponsoring a 19U girls hockey team this season. Called the Lady Blues, they are the only high school girls’ hockey team in the state of Iowa, according to a release from the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  Consisting of players from the Quad Cities and the surrounding towns, the Lady Blues play all over the Midwest, in cities such as Des Moines, Kansas City, and St. Louis. The Quad City Hockey Association's Lady Blues in action. They are the only girls' hockey team in Iowa. On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Lady Blues will be playing their only two home games of the 2022-23 season against the Revolution from Bloomington, Ill.  These games will be played at The River’s Edge. 700 W. River Drive, Davenport, which is the Lady Blues home ice. Game start times are 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.  It is also Senior Night for the Lady Blues. Admission is free and open to the public. Before these home games, the Quad City Hockey Association is also hosting a free event for kids to try out the sport. To learn more about this event, girls’ hockey, or QC youth hockey in general, visit the QC youth hockey website HERE. You can also learn more at the QC Hockey Association Facebook page.

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Iowa bill would enable minors to serve alcohol

This summer, teenagers working in Iowa restaurants could be able to service alcoholic drinks to customers.

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A bitter cold Friday before mild temps arrive Saturday

We have one more cold day until we see a warm-up. Highs today will top out in the lower teens with feel-like temps in the morning ranging from -10 to -15. Starting tomorrow, we will jump from the lower teens and negatives to the lower 40's! Next week, we will have a few chances for showers on Monday night and Thursday.

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3 Things to Know: Headlines for Feb. 3, 2023

A new bill in the Iowa House would require the development of age-appropriate firearm safety curriculum, Rock Island-Milan schools will demolish the former Jr. High.

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Moline Fire Department responds to early morning fire Friday

Moline Fire Department was called to North Shore Drive early Friday morning for a fire.

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Cafe d'Marie gains national attention with placement on Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat list

Davenport's Cafe D'Marie placed 36th on the national list of eateries reviewed on Yelp.

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Positive Brothers United to open community outreach center in Rock Island

Positive Brothers United is hosting a community open house from 3-7 p.m. on Friday at its new center.

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LeClaire man pleads guilty in child pornography case

A LeClaire man is scheduled for sentencing in April after pleading guilty in a child pornography case.

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Iowa lawmakers considering bill limiting length of freight trains

A proposed bill would limit the length of freight trains operating in Iowa to 8,500 feet, or roughly 1.6 miles. Currently, there's no limit to train length.

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Black History Month| Davenport Public Library honors Quad Cities civil rights history

The group highlighted prominent historial Black leaders with ties to the QC like Alexander Clark, a Civil War-era businessman and activist who fought in Iowa.

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Foster a dog this Valentine's Day with a special event at Humane Society of Scott County

There are 39 dogs up for foster care for the Humane Society of Scott County's first-ever Doggy Date Night.

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Foster a dog this Valentine's Day with a special event at Humane Society of Scott County

There are 39 dogs up for foster care for the Humane Society of Scott County's first-ever Doggy Date Night.

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Blood drives honor late high-school student

The Muscatine High School Key Club will honor the memory of Micaela Brunson with a memorial blood drive on Friday from 8 a.m. until noon in the gym at Muscatine High School, 2705 Cedar St., Muscatine. The Key Club has recruited a schedule of donors from the student body and from Micaela’s family and friends in the community. And as an added bonus for donors, Key Club will also provide pancakes during Friday’s blood drive. Micaela Brunson (contributed photo) Micaela’s parents, Brian and Alma, have worked with the Key Club at MHS to organize the blood drive annually for the last six years after Micaela’s death by suicide in November 2016. The Brunsons will attend Friday’s blood drive to thank donors and to share information on mental health resources as well as Micaela’s passion for helping others through blood, hair, and organ donation. The Brunson family is working with ImpactLife on a series of events all scheduled during the month of February. Kent Corporation, where Brian works, is hosting two blood drives (closed to the public) and Calvary Church will hold a blood drive from 2 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 (open to the public at 501 W. Bypass 61 in Muscatine). Blood donors in the community can support the Micaela Brunson Memorial in-center Blood Drive at the ImpactLife Muscatine Donor Center from Monday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 18. Donors may schedule appointments by calling 800-747-5401, online here or via the ImpactLife mobile app here Muscatine High School Key Club will honor the memory of Micaela Brunson with a Memorial Blood Drive on Friday, February 3 from 8 a.m. until noon in the gym at Muscatine High School (2705 Cedar St., Muscatine). The Key Club has recruited a terrific schedule of donors from the student body and from Micaela’s family and friends in the community. (As an added bonus for donors, Key Club will also provide pancakes during Friday’s blood drive.) Micaela’s parents, Brian and Alma, have worked with the Key Club at MHS to organize the blood drive annually for the last six years, following Micaela’s death by suicide in November 2016. The Brunsons will attend Friday’s blood drive to thank donors and to share information on mental health resources as well as Micaela’s passion for helping others through blood, hair, and organ donation. The Brunson family is working with ImpactLife on a series of events all scheduled during the month of February. Kent Corporation, where Brian works, is hosting two blood drives (closed to the public) and Calvary Church will hold a blood drive from 2 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15 (open to the public at 501 W. Bypass 61 in Muscatine). Blood donors in the community can also support the Micaela Brunson Memorial in-center Blood Drive at the ImpactLife Muscatine Donor Center from Mon., Feb. 6 through Sat., Feb. 18. Donors may schedule appointments by calling (800) 747-5401, online at www.bloodcenter.org, or via the ImpactLife mobile app (www.bloodcenter.org/app).

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'Impractical Joker' featured at fundraiser

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities continues the legacy and laughter of Gilda Radner at the "Live from QC…It’s Saturday Nite! Gala" presented by Genesis Cancer Care Institute. Held on Saturday, April 1 - April Fool’s Day - the gala will feature "Impractical Joker" James “Murr” Murray, who brings a blend of stand-up and hidden camera comedy to his shows. The night will also feature music by Soul Storm, according to a news release. James Murray attends the premiere of "Impractical Jokers: The Movie" at AMC Lincoln Square on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP) New this year, there are a limited number of exclusive tickets for a pre-event Meet and Greet with Murr. For an additional $75 per person you can spend an hour with Murr in the VIP Lounge. Event highlights: The event will be held at Rhythm City Casino, 7077 Elmore Ave. Davenport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m. The VIP Meet and Greet with Murr begins at 5:30 p.m., Tickets $75 each or $500 for a table of eight (savings of $100.) Tickets are available here or call 563-326-7504. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, Fund-A-Need, whiskey/wine/craft Beer pull, Adopt a Chemo Care Bag, and dancing. The funds raised will benefit families and individuals in the Quad Cities living with cancer.

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Does Team Illinois have an advantage in the Tug Fest? Here's what an expert found

Team Iowa claims the river's current favors Team Illinois, which is why it hasn't won Tug Fest in 10 years. Here's what a hydrologist had to say.

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Does Team Illinois have an advantage in the Tug Fest? Here's what an expert found

Team Iowa claims the river's current favors Team Illinois, which is why it hasn't won Tug Fest in 10 years. He's what a hydrologist had to say.

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Man sentenced after Clinton County arson, homicide

A 31-year-old Norwalk Iowa, man is serving a sentence of up to five years in prison after a homicide and arson last year in Clinton County. Trevor Ward appeared Dec. 21, 2022, with his attorney in Clinton County Court. Trevor Ward (photo from Clinton County Jail inmates listing) Ward waived a pre-sentence investigation after he pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of assault causing serious injury. He was sentenced to up to five years in the Iowa Department of Corrections, with credit for time he served in Clinton County Jail in connection with the case. A DNA profile is ordered for Ward. The incident in March 2022 Ward at first faced charges of first-degree arson and first-degree murder after emergency responders found a deceased man at a fire scene on March 26, 2022. Firefighters and police responded to a 911 call about a structure fire at 78 31st Ave. N., a news release says. When emergency responders arrived, “their attention was drawn” to an apartment where fire crews quickly extinguished the fire, the release says. A deceased man – 41-year-old Dustin Christopher Doran, formerly of Newton, Iowa – was found inside the apartment, the release says. According to the release, Clinton Police Department, Clinton Fire Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Clinton Medical Examiner, Clinton County Attorney’s Office, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner launched a criminal investigation. The Iowa State Medical Examiner, who performed an autopsy, ruled the manner of Doran’s death a homicide, the release says. Later, Clinton Police, along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, arrested Ward.

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Moline's Riverside Family Aquatic Center to receive $6.8 million in renovations

Moline's Riverside Family Aquatic Center will receive over $6.8 million in renovations to take place in 2023. Renovations include a lazy river and a splash pad!

WQAD.com Muscatine Fire Department sees record number of calls in 2022 WQAD.com

Muscatine Fire Department sees record number of calls in 2022

It was a record-setting year for the Muscatine Fire Department, but not in a good way.

WQAD.com Rock Island-Milan schools vote to demolish old Central Jr. High WQAD.com

Rock Island-Milan schools vote to demolish old Central Jr. High

The school board voted Wednesday night to approve a nearly $500,000 contract for demolition.

WQAD.com Kinna's House of Love CEO in need of a car after 2 hit-and-runs WQAD.com

Kinna's House of Love CEO in need of a car after 2 hit-and-runs

Luekinna Hodges's vehicle was involved in 2 hit-and-runs in a span of 3 weeks. Now, she needs a replacement to keep her organization working.

WQAD.com Kinna's House of Love CEO in need of a car after 2 hit-and-runs WQAD.com

Kinna's House of Love CEO in need of a car after 2 hit-and-runs

Luekinna Hodges's vehicle was involved in 2 hit-and-runs in a span of 3 weeks. Now, she needs a replacement to keep her organization working.

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Got love? At Monmouth choir concert, you will

Broadway will come to East Broadway when Monmouth College music and theatre students present a show titled "Love in All Its Guises" on Feb. 12, 2023. A fundraiser for the Chorale's upcoming spring break trip to Colorado, the show will be staged at 3 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Kasch Performance Hall of the College's Dahl Chapel and Auditorium in the 800 block of East Broadway. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to support the trip, according to a college release. Monmouth College Chorale director Timothy Pahel "The performers will feature music from a variety of Broadway shows and operas," Chorale director Tim Pahel said in the release. "In honor of Valentine's Day, the theme is love - everything from infatuations to bad breakups." Shows and operas represented in the performance will include "My Fair Lady," "Marriage of Figaro" and "The Pirates of Penzance." A total of 13 students will present 14 songs -- 12 solos, a duet and a group rendition of "That's Amore" at the conclusion of the show. "Each student is working on acting in their scene to help bring them to life," said Pahel. "There's a lot of variety, from traditional to modern music theatre to opera, and from very funny and irreverent to serious and sad."

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Mississippi Valley Blues Society brings blues to QC schools

Going way beyond the ABC's and 123's, area schools are bringing the blues into the classrooms! Nate Lawrence from the Mississippi Valley Blues Society visited with Local 4 to talk about the Blues in the Schools program. For more information, click here.

WQAD.com Weekend Rundown from WQAD and WLLR | Feb. 3 - Feb. 5 WQAD.com

Weekend Rundown from WQAD and WLLR | Feb. 3 - Feb. 5

The GMQC team talks with WLLR's Dani Howe to discuss all of the best events to attend in the Quad Cities for the weekend of Feb. 3-5!

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Enjoy burlesque, live jazz and Champagne for Valentine's

Downtown Rock Island already has a popular club called The Speakeasy, but the city will host another special makeshift speakeasy where you can rest easy Saturday, Feb. 18, and bask in a unique love-filled show at Skylark QC, 4401 7th Ave. Mary Quite Contrary House of Burlesque is holding just its second performance at Skylark, "So This Is Love," at 8 p.m. Feb. 18, and its first ever with live music. A jazz band will perform classics from the '20s to the '40s, led by Jonny Moss (upright bass), with singers Sara Love and Beth Lizano and drummer Dave Soliz. Mary Francis leads burlesque dancers in her troupe's first Spotlight Theatre show, in early March 2020. Mary Quite Contrary owner Mary Francis had a table recently at the Skylark Eclectic Market, which included samples of the embroidery she does. "Mary is the real deal -- a bundle of sunshine that shines upon the people she is around," Suzon Robbins, event coordinator at Skylark, said Thursday. "You can feel her love and her sincere desire for an inclusive, woman-positive experience. I am beyond thrilled that she chose Skylark to debut the QC’s first immersive burlesque and live music collaboration. "Burlesque is not definitive -- every show, every performer is so vastly different," Robbins said. "So many types of the female form, all being celebrated by this ancient art. Anything women can do to reclaim their bodies is a big bravo from me!! Complete girl power!" This will be her second burlesque show at Skylark, after a Dec. 10 holiday show. First with live music The burlesque troupe has done several shows at Spotlight Theatre (1800 7th Ave., Moline), averaging four performances a year there, but none with live music. Their next one at Spotlight will be in May. Francis, left, with Mary Quite Contrary company member Sassy LaShay. “I love Skylark so much. Isn’t it so fun?” Francis said, noting Robbins approached her about doing the December show. “We just fell in love with it. It is so pretty, with the windows, and their lighting, when you do a show, it’s so intimate,” she said. “We love Spotlight and we’re still working with Spotlight, but we love how different they are. That’s why we like performing at both.” Francis is friends with the jazz band bassist, Jonny Moss (they went to Rock Island High School together), whose brother Mason is the piano player for Tubbs & Moss (regulars at Spotlight), but Mason has been busy serving as music director for the “Book of Mormon” national tour. The band at Skylark will be on stage, and the dancers will be closer to the audience. “We’ve never been able to be that close to our audience, so let’s do it,” Francis said. “We’re going to have poetry readings as well.” Francis, left, with the MQCHOB first Skylark show in December 2022. The poetry will feature well-known local poet Ryan Collins, who’s executive director of the Midwest Writing Center. “We’ve never had this before in our area – burlesque dancing to live music,” Francis said. “It’s all been pre-recorded in our area. We want to do this more, at least annual, if not twice a year. I love working with Moss.” Francis has loved seeing the jazz shows at Spotlight. 10 dancers in the troupe There will be 10 dancers for MQCHOB, and Francis asked Jonny Moss to send their regular set list, and the dancers picked which song they wanted to do. “The vibe of the show is a speakeasy jazz lounge,” Francis said. “There’s a lot of Etta James, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald. We’re doing a lot of that; I love it.” Members of the Mary Quite Contrary House of Burlesque. She will dance to the Gershwin standard “Summertime.” “There’s something so intimate” about using live music, Francis said. “You’re being even more vulnerable. This is something that’s taking a lot of my team out of their comfort zone. We know the song, but how’s the band going to play it?” “I just provide the safe space,” she said, noting no show is mandatory for the dancers. “You’re already out of your comfort zone, so I feel like this is gonna take you really farther.” A prime date night The Feb. 18 show is prime date night for couples and the $30 ticket includes a glass of Champagne and a chocolate dessert. “You’re getting a lot,” Francis said. The Skylark anticipates a seating capacity of about 75 at tables, in a U configuration, with the dancers in the middle. “We haven’t been this intimate before,” she said. “We consider Spotlight our home and we hope to make Skylark our second home.” Francis appeared on Local 4's "Living Local" Jan. 30, 2023. The troupe also has performed at the (now closed) Varieties Club in Davenport, and will be part of the next QC Pride festival this June at Schwiebert Park in Rock Island. “It’s so gorgeous,” Francis said of that riverfront park. To get tickets to the Feb. 18 show, click HERE.

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Warm up with Hand in Hand’s Chili Cook-Off

A cold day calls for some warm chili, and you can spice things up by helping to empower children and adults of all abilities to learn and grow. Ashley Hicks dropped by Local 4 to give us the scoop on Hand in Hand’s 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off. For more information, click here.

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Justin Keim expecting plea in charges related to teen's death

The Moline man accused of neglect in the death of J.J. Hammond expects to receive a plea offer Feb. 17.

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Justin Keim expecting plea in charges related to teen's death

The Moline man accused of neglect in the death of J.J. Hammond expects to receive a plea offer Feb. 17.

WQAD.com Opposites attract | Vice sisters hold true to each other on Pleasant Valley court WQAD.com

Opposites attract | Vice sisters hold true to each other on Pleasant Valley court

Of all the differences between Halle and Quinn Vice — their love of basketball isn't one.

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Chris Stapleton to perform at Vibrant Arena

Country star Chris Stapleton will bring his new nationwide tour to Moline's Vibrant Arena at The MARK on June 1, 2023. The Vibrant Arena is at 1201 River Drive, Moline (Jonathan Turner, OurQuadCities.com). Tickets ($59.75 to $139.75) will go on sale Friday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m., and opening acts will be Marcus King and The War & Treaty. Produced by Live Nation, the "All-American Road Show” 2023 tour dates kick off April 26 at El Paso’s UTEP Don Haskins Center. Special guests featured on the tour include Charley Crockett, Marcus King, Nikki Lane, Margo Price, Allen Stone, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and The War and Treaty. Stapleton’s fan club will have early access to tickets and VIP packages with pre-sale starting Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. Full ticket details can be found at www.chrisstapleton.com/tour. Citi is the official card of Chris Stapleton’s “All-American Road Show” 2023 tour. Chris Stapleton performing at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, November 2022 (courtesy of Chris Stapleton Facebook page). Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citientertainment.com.  In addition to the new “All-American Road Show” dates, Stapleton is set to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, Feb. 12 on FOX 18. Kentucky-born Stapleton is an 8-time Grammy, 15-time CMA and 10-time ACM Award-winner and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians, according to his tour release. Most recently, he was named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year for the sixth time—setting the record for most wins ever in the category. Additionally, his most recent album, Starting Over, won Best Country Album at the 67th-annual Grammys as well as earning Album of the Year honors at both the 54th-annual CMA Awards and 56th ACM Awards. Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton perform onstage during ATLive 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 12, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Adam Hagy/Getty Images for ABA) The record follows Stapleton’s pair of Platinum-certified releases from 2017, From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2, as well as his x5 Platinum breakthrough solo debut album, Traveller.  In addition to his work as a musician, Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, are founders of the Outlaw State of Kind charitable fund, which supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart. Most recently, their “Kentucky Rising” concert last fall raised over $2.8 million to support flood relief in Eastern Kentucky. For more information, visit Stapleton's website HERE.

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Quad Cities afflicted with car thefts of Kia, Hyundai models

Thieves are targeting Kia and Hyundai cars across the country. Rock Island Police say 74 Kia and Hyundai cars were stolen in 2022 alone, more than any other model.

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News 8 Now: Feb. 2, 2023

Moline's Riverside Aquatic Center will be closed in 2023 as it undergoes renovations, the future of the Iowa-Illinois Tug Fest is in jeopardy and more.

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The Reason Why People Are Smiling So Much In Illinois

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Moline's Riverside Family Aquatic Center to receive $6.8 million in renovations and updates

Moline's Riverside Family Aquatic Center will receive over $6.8 million in renovations to take place in 2023. Renovations include a lazy river and a splash pad!

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Discover treasures galore at Illinois online auction of unclaimed property

Collectible coins, sports cards and jewelry and more are among the more than 400 unclaimed property items to be auctioned online through the State of Illinois. The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is the custodian of unclaimed property, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, unpaid rebate cards and safe deposit boxes, and items are surrendered to the office after attempts to locate the owners have failed after several years. The office conducts online auctions of unclaimed property, along with an in-person auction of unclaimed property yearly during the Illinois State Fair. “The online auction provides a perfect opportunity for people to explore and acquire memorable items for themselves or for others who will appreciate them as gifts,” Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said. “Because the auction is online, you can participate from your home or wherever you like.” The State of Illinois Online Auction runs February 6 through February 10. To view auction items, click here. To participate in the auction, bidders must register here. For more information, click here or call (217) 557-8567.

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13 charts that show jobs, unemployment and workforce data for Davenport and Iowa

Is our employment picture getting better or worse? See recent changes in local jobs, unemployment, earnings and more in these regularly updated charts and maps.

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Rotary grants will help local groups help others

The Rotary Club of Bettendorf will be giving grants to 17 local charities at their meeting on February 8 at the Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street in Bettendorf. The grants are funded through events throughout the year, primarily from the club’s annual LobsterFest event. They support nonprofit organizations that provide basic human services, serve youth or meet local community needs.   “We are so pleased to be able to assist these very deserving charities that do so much good for our community and make the Quad Cities a better place for everyone,” said Carol Foster, a member of the granting committee. The Grants Committee received and reviewed 56 applications this year. After reviewing the applications, the committee finalized the list of organizations who will receive grants at the February 8th meeting. “We would like to thank all the organizations who submitted grant applications this year. There are many great causes doing important work. We wish we could fund them all,” said Foster.  Local nonprofit organizations have received nearly $300,000 in grants thanks to the generous support of LobsterFest. “We are grateful for the support of our LobsterFest event. The sponsors, donors, guests, and our club members are to be commended for making it not only a fun event but a great fundraiser,” said Bettendorf Rotary’s President Brian Goerdt.     To learn more about Bettendorf Rotary, click here.   The following is a list of organizations that received grants from the Rotary Club of Bettendorf: All Saints Lutheran Church Food Pantry, $2,500 Big Brothers Big Sisters, Candid Conversations Sponsor, $1,700 Café On Vine, supplies for to go meals, $2,500 Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ Tutoring/ “blessings in a backpack” programs, $2,500 Empower House QCA, $2,000 Fresh Films aka Dreaming Tree Foundation, “I Am Able” Documentary Schools Screening and Discussion Series, $2,500 Handicapped Development Center, industrial wheelchair scale, $2,000 Hope at the BRICK House, purchase of a portable GaGa Ball Pit for use in Hope at the BRICK House Programs, $1,900 Humble Dwellings, A Good Night’s Rest, $2,500 LivWell Cares (Compassionate Advocacy & Resources for Every Senior), free placement, information and referral services for QCA low-income seniors and those seeking long-term nursing care, $1,500 Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Moline Children’s Services basic need funding, $1,000 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Metropolitan Youth Program (MYP) and Rock Island Boxing Club, $2,500 Our Lady of the River Church, Quad Cities Night to Shine Prom, $1,000 One Eighty, The New One Eighty Hope Center, $2,500 Pregnancy Resources, Thrive by Five – Bella’s Boutique (Infant Supplies), $2,500 St. Anthony Church. clothing basics, $2,500 YouthHope, after-school programs for at-risk youth, $1,400

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QC "Boomerang" stories sought

If you’re a QC Boomeranger, the Quad Cities Chamber wants you to share your story. A QC Boomeranger is someone who was born and raised in the Quad Cities, moved away for an extended period and then decided to move back to the QC, boomeranging back home. “The QC is a great place to raise a family, where living is affordable, there are so many exciting things to do and it’s easy to get to wherever you want to go – all right here in the heart of the Midwest,” Jennifer Verscha, the Chamber's marketing director, said in a Thursday release. “We love hearing unique stories that individuals and families have shared with us about moving back to the Quad Cities to re-establish their roots. Their boomeranging back to the QC is an important aspect of attracting talent to our region to help fill the workforce pipeline," she said. To share your QC Boomerang story, use #BoomerangQC on any social media platform to share why you moved back to the Quad Cities. “Help us brag about the QC and why you’ve moved back home, and help encourage your family, classmates and friends to do the same,” said Verscha. Individuals are asked to add a photo and make the post public. Each week in February, the QC Chamber will review public posts on social media using #BoomerangQC to reshare on the Chamber’s social media. In addition, the Chamber will choose winners for a handcrafted QC wooden boomerang.

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