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Saturday, June 22nd, 2024

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Quad City Air Show sees nearly the same turnout as previous year

The Quad City air show kicks off another weekend of high-flying action. Evan Hoppe, Vice President of the Quad City Air Show says they saw at least 60,000 people attend the event in 2023. He says they are currently seeing 80% percent of that same attendance.

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Cases of bird flu on the rise in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCAU) -- The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has confirmed another case of bird flu in Sioux County. According to the Ag Department, this is believed to be the 11th case of bird flu in the state of Iowa. This brings the total number of cases detected in Sioux County up to 9. HPAI affects both wild and domestic bird populations in addition to lactating dairy cattle. While the virus can be fatal to domestic bird populations such as chickens and turkeys, dairy cattle should recover with supportive care. Dairy herds are not culled like poultry flocks. Officials say that there is no concern about the safety of milk or dairy products for consumers. The process of pasteurization ensures that products are safe to enjoy. However, consumers should still handle eggs and poultry products by cooking them to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.   There have been a number of recent cases of HPAI found in northwest Iowa in both cattle and in poultry. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is strongly encouraging Iowa poultry producers and dairy farmers to increase biosecurity measures to protect their flocks and herds. For recommendations for dairy herds, click here; for poultry and livestock farms, click here.  

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Illinois drivers will see increase at the pumps July 1

Beginning July 1, several new state laws will take effect in Illinois. Drivers in Illinois will see an increase on prices at the pump. The annual 'motor fuel tax' will go up to account for inflation. The increase will be from 45¢ per gallon to 47¢. Only California charges drivers more, with 60¢ per gallon. Since electric vehicle owners don't pay the fuel tax, they are charged $100 per year on top of their annual registration fee to make up for lost tax revenue. For more information, click here.

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Severe T'Storm Watch issued for Quad Cities until 1 a.m.

The Tornado Watch that was in effect until 8 a.m. is being replaced by a Severe T'Storm Watch until 1 a.m. The biggest threat with storms tonight will be gusty winds up to around 70 miles per hour (at most.) While there is still a low threat for tornadoes, that risk is very isolated in nature. Strong winds and heavy rain look to be the biggest threats this evening as a line of storms forms and rolls through our area over the next few hours.

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Local libraries collaborate for summer fun

The Rock Island and Moline Public Libraries have joined together in a joint marketing campaign, "Your Free Pass To...," to remind the community about the many opportunities they offer. The campaign is funded in part by a Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) “My Library Is” grant of $3,562 in support of the libraries' efforts to increase library awareness, use and visibility, according to a press release. Their current message, "Your Free Pass to Summer Fun," can be viewed on multiple billboards, online advertisements and a joint website. A second campaign is scheduled to run in September during Library Card Sign-Up Month. The libraries also want to remind patrons about what’s new. Both the Moline and Rock Island Public Library are fine-free, which means that their respective cardholders aren’t charged late fees for traditional items (books, etc.) that may be returned a few days late. (Specialized or scarce items still have late charges.) For details, check with the library that issued your card.

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Moline joins National Clean Energy cohort

The City of Moline will be participating in the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Energy to Communities peer learning cohorts, according to a press release. This will support the Shine On Moline Agrivoltaics Farm development project. Moline will partner with Prairie Rivers Network and 14 other groups across the country through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and World Resources Institute. The program will take place over six months, with the July cohort covering agrivoltaics implementation. According to the press release, participation in this program will enable Moline to gain critical insights into the latest agrivoltaics technologies and best practices. Through collaboration, they hope to refine project plans, secure necessary funding and ensure the successful implementation and sustainability of the Shine On Moline Agrivoltaics Farm.

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SVACC announces new Executive Director

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced Dallas Knack as their new Executive Director. According to a press release, her selection comes a month after the resignation of outgoing SVACC Executive Director Kris Noble, who has taken an opportunity with the Midland Institute of Entrepreneurship Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Knack has served the SVACC as Marketing Coordinator since 2018 as well as serving as the marketing coordinator at Sauk Valley Community College since 2019.

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Muscatine to repair Weed Park Lagoons

The Weed Park Lagoon Project is set to begin during the week of June 25, according to a press release. This comes after the approval of the contract and bond by Muscatine City Council on Thursday, June 20. The project will involve renovating the two lagoons and repairing or replacing some of the existing amenities. This will include bank stabilization, observation deck replacement, lagoon dredging, trail development, bend pods, duck island stabilization, repairing lagoon leaks and addressing the drainage flow into the lagoons. The lower loop will remain open to traffic throughout the project, but there may be temporary closures as equipment is moved in and around the lagoons. Drivers are urged to use caution and allow for plenty of time when driving around the lower loop.

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Construction to close Main Avenue in Clinton

Beginning Tuesday, June 25, there will be limited access to Main Avenue in Clinton between 2nd and 3rd Streets due to asphalt removal and concrete patching. This phase of the project is expected to take 3-4 days. Main Avenue will be closed to all traffic during construction and will be open to local traffic only at night. Asphalt resurfacing will then begin on Monday, July 1 and is expected to last for two days. The road will remain closed during this time and is scheduled to open to all traffic once paving is complete on July 2. Intermittent road closures will occur on July 5 and 6 during business hours to allow for worker safety during pavement markings and manhole cover reinstatements. Throughout the project, highway traffic will be detoured using 19th Avenue North & North 3rd Street.

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Praise Fest relocation

The 2024 Praise Festival, hosted by Kinna's House of Love, has been relocated due to rain and dangerous heat. The event will now be held at the Lincoln Resource Center, 318 E 7th Street, in Davenport from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Vendors will still be in attendance.

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Carl Sandburg College announces 2024 spring semester graduates

Carl Sandburg College has announced the names of students who have completed graduation requirements and graduated from the college at the end of the 2024 spring semester. Associate Degrees Associate in Arts Abingdon — Addisyn Anderson, Tyler Condreay, Nicholas Prescott, Quinton Rakestraw, Asa Stegall, Mary Tucker Alexis — Austin Davis, Bella Ponce Voss Avon — Alex Hefler, Taylor Horton, Drew Sheckler, Reece Stenger, Madilyn Stephens Basco — Alexis Lucie Blandinsville — Addison DeSpain Bloomington — Mataya Caldwell Burnside — Allison Icenogle Bushnell — Emily Hood Carthage — Ashley Bergheger, Atley Caldwell, Brittany Snyder, Sarah Stinemates Chadwick — Brittney Johnson Dahinda — Jada Abraham, Jacob Cooper, Jennifer Hodges, Avery Rigg, Delaney Traphagan East Galesburg — Chevy Marsh Edwards — Frank Kelch Elmwood — Scarlett Binder Eureka — Kaitlyn Egenes Farmington — Zachary Austin Fishers, Ind. — Cameron Howard Galesburg — Marco Aona, Joshue Barrera, Elisabeth Bentley, Rebekah Bruington, Jean Cabezas Ortiz, Joshua Cole, Murillo Costa, Emily Davies, Mathias Dickerson, Mackenzie Edwards, Eric Epperson, Azaria Foshay, Nayana Foshay, Jason Gabriel, Brais Gonzalez, Cristina Heras Marcos, Rachel Hernandez, Daniel Hummel, Kizumi Jackson, Ava Kersh, Whitney McCormick, Teresa Mfutila, Molly Miller, Alexander Morris, Isaiah Mowen, Lily Nelson, Tucker Peters, Armani Revis, Kaylee Ross, Kyle Shaw, Isaac Smith, Jordyn Smith, Kadin Spencer, Ryne Straker, Ryan Ullrich, Tiara Waters, Amirah Wenstrom, Bree Williams, Corissa Wright Gilson — Jade Rickard Groveland — Lainey Jensen Henderson — Emma Smith Kirkwood — Katlyn McBride Knoxville — Payton Hankins, Eric Henness, David Hise, Jennifer Oliveros, Mika Osborne, Geoffrey Paris, Bryn Wright LaHarpe — Lily Lionberger Little York — Aubrey Thompson Monmouth — Jairo Albarran, Alexandra Arellano, Jodi Barry Osterhagen, Logan Bratcher, Laney Butler, Daniel Cisneros Garcia, Kathryn Douglas, Ayla Johnston, Kadin Rogers, Alejandra Salgado Nauvoo — Kennedy Eaves, Jacob Insalaco, Abbie Morrison, Mehra Morrison, Sarah Perego, Rebecca Shurtleff Oneida — Adam Chasteen Peoria — Olivia Allen, Troy Westerdahl Rio — Joseph Karjala, Carli Starr, Aidan Wagner Rock Falls — Ellie Wasson Sao Paulo, Brazil — Matteo Prado Stronghurst — Grant Combites Sutter — Noah Weeks Victoria — Sally Flater Warsaw — Alora Casey Washington — Chase Mason Williamsfield — Kendra Bennett, Cade Farquer, Sullivan Powers, Dylan Tucker Associate in General Studies Abingdon — Tyler Carlson Juhl East Moline — Chloe Sullivan Galesburg — Josue Bashombe, Kristin Bland, Joshua Cole, Brittany Hicks, Amos Kipkemoi, Jeff Kipkorir, Alexander Morris, Grecia Ojeda Sanchez, Tucker Peters, Ashley Randall, Isaac Smith, Jenilee Smith, Kadin Spencer, Jacob Vaughn Henderson — Bailey DelaCruz Kewaskum, Wis. — Michael Kleinhans Kirkwood — Katlyn McBride Monmouth — Logan Bratcher, Kathryn Douglas, Kadin Rogers Peoria — Troy Westerdahl Tremont — David Smith Victoria — Sally Flater Warsaw — Alora Casey Washington — Chase Mason Associate in Science Blandinsville — Addison DeSpain Dahinda — McKenna Clark Farmington — Riley Embry Galesburg — Tommy Bandle, Ava Morales, Alyssa Stephenson Henderson — Kayla Broussard Knoxville — Geoffrey Paris Lewistown — Grace Evans Moline — Gracie Sims Monmouth — Ayla Johnston Rio — Carli Starr Tremont — David Smith Associate in Applied Science Accounting Carthage — Mercedes Jackson Galesburg — Rodel Ryner Business administration Galesburg — Kyle Coziahr, Casey Folger, Nicole Raska, Stephen Short Oneida — Gavin Gerard Dental hygiene Andover — Sarah Wisslead Bettendorf, Iowa — Alyssa Campion Bourbonnais — Mackenzie Delby Canton — Serena Smith Clinton, Iowa — Samantha Jordan, Kalee Kleppe, Erin Soesbe Colona — Hailey Dowell Davenport, Iowa — Seang Dam, Camilla Nguyen, Iesha Ratzlaff, Rebecca Tague Eldridge, Iowa — Myah Herrington Galesburg — Simran Malla, Tabitha Miller, Annika O’Dell, Abbie Wingert Geneseo — Dawsyn Hartman, Kaitlyn Webster Hull — Kylee Zeiger Moline — Libby Chance, Valeria Hernandez, Monica Ruiz-Hernandez Monmouth — Jennifer Raygoza Nora Springs, Iowa — Mikayla Heit Quincy — Nayana Satheesh Kumar Redmond, Ore. — Libby Mayea Rock Island — Rylee Arteaga, Bianca Brown Information technology and cyber security Galesburg — Michael Christensen, Devon Gavel, Nicholas Lombardi Monmouth — Janet Pratt Medical office professional Galesburg — Leslye Mercado Mortuary science Alpha — Kristopher Bloomberg Davenport, Iowa — Jodi Alagna Monmouth — Kylie Harvey Mount Pleasant, Iowa — Ryen Chrissinger Nursing Bowling Green, Ky. — Nichole Clark Burlington, Iowa — Isabella Hibbs Galesburg — Baylee Bramlett, Brianna Purcell Kewanee — Brittany Nimrick LeClaire, Iowa — Jaylynn Meirhaeghe Moline — Danijela Senseney Monmouth — Samantha Payne Radiologic technology Alexis — Kalyn Lee Burlington, Iowa — Rachael Reger Canton — Garrett Shipman Galesburg — Jessica Fletcher, Ivy Peed Geneseo — Dillan Bideaux Kewanee — Ashley Welsh, Alissa Williams Knoxville — Joseph Niles Monmouth — Judith Tepexicuapa Sherrard — Elizabeth Karns Welding Galesburg — Alayna Fuller, Kaden Johnson Certificates Accounting Monmouth — Lynette Liggett Administrative office assistant Galesburg — Jacqueline Holmes, Tabatha Hootman Advanced welding Abingdon — Brycen Devine Galesburg — Ethan Alderson, Cajun Hulse, Lucas Wilson Monmouth — Giovanni Godina, Ryan Leary, Richard Saavedra, Tanner Sage, Aiden Wells American Welding Society- Level 1 Monmouth — Aiden Wells Automotive technology Abingdon — Zachary Roller Galesburg — Aron Gater, Draven Leady, Tyler McWilliams Milan — Evan Bowman Monmouth — Rafael Francisco Basic Welding Abingdon — Brycen Devine Galesburg — Ethan Alderson, Tavian Campbell, Cajun Hulse Monmouth — Giovanni Godina, Ryan Leary, Richard Saavedra, Tanner Sage, Aiden Wells Computer technician Altona — Nathan Budde Galesburg — Benjamin Otten Criminal justice Kewanee — Aimery Jackson Entrepreneurship & small business management Alexis — Tammy Davis Medical office assistant Galesburg — Jordan Belville, Cindy Douglas Rock Island — April Rosenberg Roseville — Julie Lind

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Ribbon cutting celebrates improvements at HT Custer Park

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, June 21 to celebrate renovations and improvements to Galesburg's HT Custer Park. According to the press release, total costs for the project were just over $1 million. Renovations included a new playground, picnic shelter, restrooms, walking path, bicycle training area, rain/butterfly garden and parking lot. The project received an Open Space and Land Acquisition grant with a fifty percent local match from the City of Galesburg. It also received funding from PlayCore and GameTime in partnership with the Illinois Parks and Rec Association. PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education (CORE) awarded its National Demonstration Site® Designation to HT Custer playground for the thoughtful alignment with the evidence-based Play On! design best practices to promote physical activity and fun for children. The 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design™ were also incorporated to create an outdoor play environment where both physical and social inclusion can occur to the greatest extent possible, according to the press release. HT Custer Park will be listed on the PlayCore National Demonstration Site Map. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the research by scanning the QR Code on the National Demonstration Site sign located near the playground. For more information on the City of Galesburg's parks and recreation facilities, click here.

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Rebuild Illinois impacts Quad Cities

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that major projects in the Quad Cities, both planned and currently underway, are being fueled by Governor J.B. Pritzker's Rebuild Illinois capital program. According to a press release, four of twelve projects were completed this spring, six are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024 and two are anticipated to begin in 2025 and 2026. The projects are as follows. U.S. 67 (Centennial Bridge) over the Mississippi River structure cleaning wrapped up in April. U.S. 67 and Airport Road in Milan pavement patching wrapped up in April on U.S. 67 between Airport Road and Third Avenue and on Airport Road between U.S. 67 and Interstate 280. Airport Road from 52nd and 64th streets in Moline pavement patching was completed in April. I-80 over Mississippi River deck patching was completed in May. 31st Avenue from the Centennial Expressway (Illinois 92) to 11th Street (U.S 67) in Rock Island patching and resurfacing began in April. There will be daily lane closures controlled by flaggers. All ramps on Illinois 92 will remain open during the project, which is scheduled to be completed in September. I-74 from the Big X Interchange to Illinois 81 pavement patching. Work is scheduled to begin in July and expected to conclude in August. There will be lane closures during the project. Illinois 92 from 115th Street W to Centennial Expressway resurfacing begins in July. There will be daily lane closures during this project, which is scheduled to wrap up in September. Illinois 92, 94 and 192 in Rock Island County shoulder repairs will begin in June and scheduled wrap up in August. Expect daytime lane closures. I-80 from the Rock River to U.S. 6 in Henry County patching, resurfacing and bridge repairs. Work is anticipated to start in 2025. Lane closures are anticipated. Illinois 84 in Colona from the Rock River to just north of U.S. 6 reconstruction and intersection improvements at Cleveland Road. The project is anticipated to begin in 2026. Third Street/104th Street from U.S. 150 in Coal Valley to Mercer County line patching, widening and resurfacing will begin this summer and wrap up in October. There will be daily lane closures controlled by flaggers. Illinois 82 from Illinois 81 in Cambridge to North 700th Avenue patching and resurfacing will begin this summer. There will be daily lane closures controlled by flaggers during the project, which is expected to wrap up this fall. For more information about Rebuild Illinois, click here.

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Grandview plans bang-up Fourth celebration

Here's the Grandview Community Club schedule of events for the upcoming 4th of July Celebration: Wednesday, July 3 Miss/Mr. 4th of July Pageant - 6 p.m. (For more information, contact Teresa Wass 563-260-6975) Concessions served 6-7:30 p.m. The Fifth Annual Doug Wolf Golf Cart Parade will begin at 8 p.m. Line up is at the northeast corner of Grandview Academy Park beginning at 7:30 pm. Thursday, July 4 Freedom Fun Run - 7:30 a.m. at Grandview Academy Park, with registration at 6:20 a.m. (For information, contact Jean Bermel, 563-299-5639) Grandview Fire Department Breakfast - 6:30-9:30 a.m. at Grandview Academy Park. Additional parking is available on the frontage road (the old Highway 61) which runs parallel to Highway 61. A shuttle service will be available to provide transportation to and from the park from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and noon until 1:30 p.m. For shuttle assistance, contact Brittany Rose, 563-210-3592. The annual car show will be held 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. For more information, contact Mike Smith, 563-260-7452. A memorial service at 9 a.m. will be held at the All-Veterans Memorial at the helicopter on Highway 92 and Highway 61. A variety of vendors will sell their wares in the park from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Dena Rinnert 563-260-7849 for more information. Pie contest - entries accepted from 8:15-9 a.m. at the shelter house in the park. Judging begins at 9 a.m. Contact Gennifer Garrison at 563-261-0331 for more information. The Annual 4th of July Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Access into town from U. S. Highway 61 and 92 will be shut off at 11 a.m. for the parade. The parade theme is “We are the Champions," and grand marshals are Tom and Becky Wilson. Float judging is at 10:30 am. Entrants must be lined up by 10: a.m. There is no entry fee. The Noel Stineman Memorial Grand Prize will be $200. The parade is a no-parking zone from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. July 4. Contact Jake Shoppa at 563-571-4561 for more information. The Keith Jordan Horseshoe Tournament will be 1 p.m. in the park. Registration is at noon. Contact Jake Shoppa at 563-571-4561 for more information. Dunk tank from noon-3:30 p.m. Kids' tractor pull, 1 p.m. There will be a frog-jumping contest (frogs will be provided or you may bring your own;) bounce house and many other children’s activities. Bingo - 1:30 p.m. in the shelter house at 50 cents per card. There will be a $100 grand prize. Music in the park will be provided by Room 212 from 6:30 p.m. until dusk. The annual raffle drawing will be about 9:30 p.m. at Grandview Academy Park, with cash prizes of $500, $250, $100, and $50. Tickets are on sale now and all-day July 4 in the park. The day concludes with a fireworks display at dusk. The Grandview Community Club will present raffles, which are the primary source of funding for the day’s events. The club seeks volunteers to help with this event and other events throughout the year. Contact Jake Shoppa at 563-571-4561 for more information.

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Support furry friends at Paws on the Patio

The Quad City Animal Welfare Center will be hosting their Paws on the Patio Donation Drive on Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will take place at Hey Bryans, 1140 15th Avenue, in East Moline. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about volunteer and foster programs, meet furry friends and participate in various raffles. All tips from bar sales will go directly to supporting QCAWC, according to a press release. QCAWC encourages those attending to bring an item from their wish list to donate. Most needed items include Purina Dog Chow Complete, Purina Cat Chow Complete and Clay Cat Litter. To view the full wish list, click here.

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Summer races into action at Davenport Speedway

 The first race of Summer at Davenport Speedway was also “Ice Cream Night at the Races”. The fans were treated to some great racing action. Davenport Speedway (SR Promotions) The cherry on top was the Outhouse and Storage to Go Container Rentals IMCA Late Model feature, the final race of the evening. The twenty-five lap main went caution-free. Eighteen of the nineteen starters were still running at the checkered flag. Travis Denning became the seventh different driver to win an IMCA Late Model feature at Davenport this season. Travis started on the outside of the front row. He did not lead the first lap, but he did lead the rest, en route to the win. Evan Miller got to within a car-length of the leader, but had to settle for second. Matt Ryan started eleventh and charged to a third-place finish. Andy Nezworski and Mike Goben rounded out the top five. Late model heat race wins went to Denning, Joe Ross and Chris Lawrence. While the late models had a scoop of a single flavor, the Wangelin’s Auto IMCA Modified feature had an assortment of flavors. Four different drivers had a taste for the lead, with Chris Zogg making it back-to-back feature wins. Zogg started tenth and slowly worked his way forward. Chris took the lead from Charlie Mohr on lap twelve and would pull away to a 3.68 second victory. Mohr held on for a second-place finish. Matt Stein ran top five the entire race before taking third. Early race leader Brandon Durbin finished fourth, ahead of Mitch Way. The D&K Home Products IMCA SportMod feature yielded a first-time SportMod winner in Josh Starr. Josh ran first or second the whole race, leading the last four laps for the win. Rayce Mullen drove to a second-place finish.  Ryan Walker took third, followed by Justin Veloz and Perry Gellerstedt. Tony VonDresky returned to Competitive Concrete Victory Lane in Koehler Electric Outlaw Street Stock action. Tony started ninth and made it look easy as he led twelve of the fifteen laps. Donnie Louck rode to second on the high side but could not keep pace with the winner. Landen Chrestensen took third. Cary Brown and Zach Zuberbrier were fourth and fifth respectively. Shawn McDermott captured his first victory of the year in the Fred’s Towing & Cantrell’s Towing 4-Cylinder class. Shawn first had to get away from Cyle Hawkins. Once in front he pulled away from the field. Following McDermott and Hawkins to the checkers were Dustin Munn, Drew Wise, and Harrison Horn, in that order. The Nostalgia Stock Cars were on hand to once again thunder around on the Davenport dirt. One of Davenport’s legends took home yet another victory. Ray Guss Jr. started shotgun on the field and had to chase down Stan O’Brien to claim the win in a John Connolly tribute car. O’Brien took second with Jeff Walker third. Terry Mattly and Austin Honts rounded out the top five. Next Friday, June 28th is another “Throwback Concession Night” at Davenport Speedway. All six weekly classes will be in action. Results: Davenport Speedway                                                                                                                                                       June 21, 2024 – IMCA LATE MODELS - THE OUTHOUSE / STORAGE TO GO (19 entries) A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 56D-Travis Denning[2]; 2. 88-Evan Miller[7]; 3. 07-Matt Ryan[11]; 4. 7-Andy Nezworski[10]; 5. 1M-Mike Goben[5]; 6. 77-Joe Beal[9]; 7. 54-Kasey Williams[8]; 8. 01-CJ Horn[12]; 9. 16C-Cruz Birkhofer[3]; 10. 56W-Gary Webb[4]; 11. 9-Joe Ross[1]; 12. 2JR-Jesse Bodin[13]; 13. 9G-Anthony Guss[14]; 14. 8L-Chris Lawrence[6]; 15. 41-Robbie Jorgensen[17]; 16. 47-AJ Jorgensen[15]; 17. 78-Logan Cloudt[19]; 18. 34-Scott Strauss[18]; 19. 72-Dave Hammond[16] Heat 1 - Top 4 Make Invert (10 Laps): 1. 56D-Travis Denning[2]; 2. 88-Evan Miller[4]; 3. 56W-Gary Webb[3]; 4. 01-CJ Horn[7]; 5. 2JR-Jesse Bodin[5]; 6. 72-Dave Hammond[1]; 7. 78-Logan Cloudt[6] Heat 2 - Top 4 Make Invert (10 Laps): 1. 9-Joe Ross[1]; 2. 7-Andy Nezworski[5]; 3. 1M-Mike Goben[3]; 4. 54-Kasey Williams[4]; 5. 9G-Anthony Guss[2]; 6. 41-Robbie Jorgensen[6] Heat 3 - Top 4 Make Invert (10 Laps): 1. 8L-Chris Lawrence[3]; 2. 16C-Cruz Birkhofer[2]; 3. 07-Matt Ryan[5]; 4. 77-Joe Beal[4]; 5. 47-AJ Jorgensen[6]; 6. 34-Scott Strauss[1] IMCA MODIFIEDS - WANGELIN'S AUTO (18 entries) A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 9Z-Chris Zogg[10]; 2. 99M-Charlie Mohr[9]; 3. 53-Matt Stein[4]; 4. 15D-Brandon Durbin[3]; 5. 01M-Mitch Way[8]; 6. 56-Dustin Kroening[12]; 7. 44X-Blaise Lewis[7]; 8. 93-Matt Werner[18]; 9. 2X-Patrick Moore[6]; 10. 07-Jon Coombs[13]; 11. 37-Steve Gustaf Sr[1]; 12. 5-Rob Dominacki[2]; 13. 20-Jake Whittington[16]; 14. 9G-Rob Guss[15]; 15. 99-Brandon Jewell[14]; 16. 32K-Kyle Montgomery[5]; 17. 1JR-Ben Chapman[11]; 18. (DNS) 5D-Bob Dominacki Heat 1 - Top 4 Make Invert (8 Laps): 1. 15D-Brandon Durbin[3]; 2. 9Z-Chris Zogg[6]; 3. 01M-Mitch Way[5]; 4. 2X-Patrick Moore[4]; 5. 07-Jon Coombs[1]; 6. 20-Jake Whittington[2] Heat 2 - Top 4 Make Invert (8 Laps): 1. 1JR-Ben Chapman[6]; 2. 37-Steve Gustaf Sr[1]; 3. 53-Matt Stein[3]; 4. 99M-Charlie Mohr[5]; 5. 99-Brandon Jewell[4]; 6. 5D-Bob Dominacki[2] Heat 3 - Top 4 Make Invert (8 Laps): 1. 5-Rob Dominacki[1]; 2. 44X-Blaise Lewis[4]; 3. 56-Dustin Kroening[6]; 4. 32K-Kyle Montgomery[3]; 5. 9G-Rob Guss[2]; 6. 93-Matt Werner[5] STREET STOCKS - KOEHLER ELECTRIC (13 entries) A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 4S-Tony Von Dresky[9]; 2. 31-Donnie Louck[6]; 3. 20L-Landen Chrestensen[8]; 4. 81-Cary Brown[3]; 5. 4Z-Zach Zuberbier[7]; 6. 5-Austin Riggs[2]; 7. 17-Andrew Chelf[1]; 8. 88-Jake Lund[4]; 9. 95-Jesse Owen[5]; 10. 78A-Blake Woodruff[10]; 11. 76-Bryan Ritter[12]; 12. 24D-Daron Oberbroeckling[11]; 13. 89-Cameron Exline[13] Heat 1 - Top 5 invert (8 Laps): 1. 4S-Tony Von Dresky[6]; 2. 81-Cary Brown[3]; 3. 95-Jesse Owen[4]; 4. 17-Andrew Chelf[2]; 5. 4Z-Zach Zuberbier[5]; 6. 24D-Daron Oberbroeckling[1]; 7. 89-Cameron Exline[7] Heat 2 - Top 5 invert (8 Laps): 1. 31-Donnie Louck[4]; 2. 88-Jake Lund[3]; 3. 20L-Landen Chrestensen[5]; 4. 5-Austin Riggs[2]; 5. 78A-Blake Woodruff[6]; 6. 76-Bryan Ritter[1] IMCA SPORTMODS - D&K HOME PRODUCTS (16 entries) A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 8S-Josh Starr[4]; 2. 777-Rayce Mullen[8]; 3. 9W-Ryan Walker[12]; 4. 43V-Justin Veloz[15]; 5. 39-Perry Gellerstedt[3]; 6. 18C-Dakota Cole[9]; 7. 4G-Kevin Goben[6]; 8. 97-Josh Geigle[1]; 9. 51-Mike Clausen[5]; 10. 71J-Justin Schroeder[2]; 11. 39R-Rance Powell[11]; 12. 88-Trey Grimm[7]; 13. 51X-Cody Weih[13]; 14. 9H-Levi Heath[10]; 15. 43LV-Logan Veloz[16]; 16. (DNS) 29B-Brendon Schultheis Heat 1 - Top 5 invert (8 Laps): 1. 8S-Josh Starr[4]; 2. 71J-Justin Schroeder[3]; 3. 777-Rayce Mullen[6]; 4. 4G-Kevin Goben[5]; 5. 9H-Levi Heath[7]; 6. 39R-Rance Powell[2]; 7. 51X-Cody Weih[1]; 8. 43V-Justin Veloz[8] Heat 2 - Top 5 invert (8 Laps): 1. 39-Perry Gellerstedt[3]; 2. 88-Trey Grimm[5]; 3. 18C-Dakota Cole[6]; 4. 51-Mike Clausen[4]; 5. 97-Josh Geigle[2]; 6. 9W-Ryan Walker[7]; 7. 29B-Brendon Schultheis[1]; 8. 43LV-Logan Veloz[8] SPORT COMPACTS - FRED'S TOWING / CANTRELL TOWING (7 entries) A Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 4-Shawn McDermott[1]; 2. 28-Cyle Hawkins[4]; 3. 630-Dustin Munn[2]; 4. 14-Drew Wise[6]; 5. 58-Harrison Horn[7]; 6. 13-Zachary Pappas[3]; 7. 13P-Lucas Pappas[5] Heat 1 - Top 5 Make Invert (6 Laps): 1. 28-Cyle Hawkins[6]; 2. 630-Dustin Munn[3]; 3. 4-Shawn McDermott[1]; 4. 13P-Lucas Pappas[7]; 5. 13-Zachary Pappas[5]; 6. 14-Drew Wise[2]; 7. 58-Harrison Horn[4] NOSTALGIA STOCK CARS (10 entries) A Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 38-Ray Guss Jr; 2. 83-Stan O'Brien; 3. 00RW-Jeff Walker; 4. 50-Terry Mattly; 5. 95-Austin Honts; 6. 00-Dan Kessler; 7. Z1-Zane Zimmerman; 8. 35-Mark Claeys; DNS - 25-Matt Fulton; 112-Pat Tuttle. Heat 1 top 5 redraw (6 Laps): 1. 83-Stan O'Brien[3]; 2. 35-Mark Claeys[2]; 3. 95-Austin Honts[5]; 4. 00-Dan Kessler[1]; 5. 25-Matt Fulton Jr[4] Heat 2 top 5 redraw (6 Laps): 1. 38-Ray Guss Jr[5]; 2. 00RW-Jeff Walker[4]; 3. 50-Terry Mattly[3]; 4. Z1-Zane Zimmerman[2]; 5. 112-Pat Tuttle[1]

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Cicada bobbleheads swarm into production

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled a limited-edition Cicada Bobblehead, according to a news release. Because of the unusual overlap of the life cycles of two broods of cicadas, trillions of the insects are expected to emerge in the United States by the end of June, especially in the Midwest as well as parts of the southern and eastern portions of the United States. The 13-year and 17-year cicadas emerge in these regions of the U.S. in the same year only every 221 years, with 2024 being the first such year since 1803. (National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum) The first Cicada Bobblehead is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Positioned on a base bearing its name across the front with a grass-like texture on top, the cicada bobblehead features its prominent red eyes set wide apart, short antennae, and membranous wings. The bobbleheads, which will be individually numbered, are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. Expected to ship in November, the bobbleheads cost $30 each, plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. The periodical cicada spends most of its life underground, emerging after 13 or 17 years depending on the species to transform, reproduce, and ultimately die over the space of just a few days. Huge populations of the insects have synced up to emerge within the same window of time to give them the best chance of successfully finding a mate and producing young before they are eaten by predators or expire naturally. These populations are called broods, and for the first time since 1803, two of them the 17-year Brook XIII, concentrated in northern Illinois, and the 13-year Brood XIX found in southern Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and throughout the Southeast – are emerging together. Soil temperature is what tells the cicadas when it’s time to emerge. Once the soil reaches a temperature of about 64 degrees at a depth of 12-18 inches, the great emergence is triggered. In ideal habitat conditions, as many as 1.5 million cicadas can appear in any given acre. However, that number is lower in many areas depending on the number of trees, local chemical use, human development, and number of impervious surfaces. The mating call of male cicadas has been known to be extremely loud. To humans, it might sound obnoxious or unpleasant, but it’s an important way for cicadas to find each other to reproduce in a short amount of time. The calls can reach 80-100 decibels – equal to the sound of a garbage disposal, lawn mower, or a jackhammer. Cicadas are largely harmless to humans, but their appearance is welcome in places where people routinely snack on them as a low-cost source of calories and protein. Up to two billion people regularly eat insects, especially in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Cicadas, when available, are among the most popular. "We’re excited to create this bobblehead celebrating the triumphant return of the cicada,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “The sounds of summer have taken on a new meaning in 2024 with the arrival of the popular insects. This bobblehead is a must-have for cicada lovers everywhere!” About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and MuseumThe National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st. St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals and teams across the country. Visit us online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Muscatine indoor complex could open in February 2025

The indoor complex would allow sport teams to practice in the winter.

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Muscatine area job and career fair being held July 9

The fair is free and open to the public and registration is not required.

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Moline officials authorize settlement agreements for fatal I-74 bridge collision

Moline city attorney's were authorized to settle civil cases in the 2022 collision that killed two and seriously injured another on the Interstate 74 bridge.

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WorkNet program seeks help from Henry County Board

Two representatives from the Illinois workNet Center spoke to Henry County Board members Thursday, encouraging the board to be their "eyes and ears" regarding companies that need training programs to keep employees.

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Bettendorf-Pleasant Valley Senior League Baseball remembers Steve Tappa

The Quad Cities sports journalist passed away Tuesday morning.

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John Deere names its first Chief Tractor Officer

Influencer Rex Curtiss earned the one-year contract.


Man leads Keokuk police on chase after reported theft from Walmart

Officers with the Keokuk Police Department were called to Walmart Thursday for a report of a theft. A man was arrested after a police chase.

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Putnam Museum opening new exhibit on the history of railroads in the Quad Cities

"All Aboard: Our Quad Cities Locomotive Legacy" opens on June 22 and will be available through Oct. 13.

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Moline looking to join agrivoltaics project

The project will begin in July.

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Pizza delivery driver donating tips to Muscatine animal shelter

It Takes a Village Animal Rescue & Resources took in dozens of animals seized by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office.

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QCA baseball community honors Steve Tappa

The Friday night ballgames included 63 seconds of silence to remember Tappa, and then celebrated his life with every crack of the bat.

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P.V.- Bettendorf baseball league remembers Steve Tappa

The Bettendorf-P.V, baseball league put together a great memorial to remember longtime Q.C. sports writer, Steve Tappa, who passed away earlier this week. Visitation is Saturday June 22nd 10 A.M. at Halligan McCabe 614 N. Main St. in Davenport. Funeral is Monday, June 24th at Christ the King Chapel Saint Ambrose University 518 W. Locust St in Davenport.

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Pizza delivery driver donating tips to Muscatine animal shelter

It Takes a Village Animal Rescue & Resources took in dozens of animals seized by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office.

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Demo derby set for Henry County Fair

Viola Boyz Demo Promotors will host the Henry County Fair Demolition Derby at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in Cambridge, a news release says. The fair is celebrating 165 years in 2024, Pits open at 3:30 p.m. for inspection. Grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and grandstand admission is $10.  (Viola Boyz Demo Promotors) Pit passes are available at the pit gate trailer starting at 3:30 p.m. and are $30. You must have a pit pass to be able to access the pit area. Demo Classes available to run include: Power Wheel Demo for ages 3-10, Youth Compact Class, Turn Key Compact Class, Lt. Weld Compact Class, Full Size Lt. Weld Class, Full Size Bonestock Class and Mini Van/SUV/Mini-Truck Class.  The "Best in the Midwest" Drivers will showcase their car building and driving skills for fans in the stands, trophies and guaranteed payouts. RMR Services of Alpha, Illinois, will offer a chance for kids that don't have a power wheel to participate in the Power Wheel Demo by letting them use one provided at the event for free. Power Wheels are limited so get there early to get a chance to reserve a power wheel and then meet at the track by 5:45 p.m. Demo rules are available here.

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Lutheran Social Services of Illinois holds Foster Fair to educate community

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois held its first-ever foster fair in Moline at Marketplace 2500. The purpose of the fair is to make the community aware of the challenges facing the foster care system as they educated the community during its statewide event.

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Auditor releases details on 2 Quad Cities communities

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand has released detail of audits or two Quad Cities communities. The first is Blue Grass, where in fiscal year 2023 Sand reported eight findings related to the disbursement of taxpayer funds. Sand says the fire department operates a budget separate from the city's, and balances were not included in the city's account record.s. Sand says the fire department's account should be integrated with the city's accounting records. Sand also looked into records for Princeton, Iowa, and discovered 16 findings during the same time period. The city's fire department also has a separate account, which Sand says needs to be integrated. Other findings include lack of financial oversight, segregation of duties and no supervisory review of time sheets.

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Man in custody after victim, who tried to help him, reports assault

A 20-year-old Broadview, Ill., man was in custody Friday after police allege he assaulted a victim who tried to help Unger when he was stranded, according to court records. Jamal Unger faces felony charges of first-degree robbery, two first-degree theft charges, and assault while participating in a felony; along with an aggravated misdemeanor charge of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and a serious misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury or mental illness, court records show. Jamal Unger (Scott County Jail) On June 9, Davenport Police responded to Eaton, 2734 Hickory Grove Road, for a report of gunfire, affidavits say. In affidavits, officers say they saw a victim standing in the street. The victim was "visibly injured with swelling around both eyes and a cut on the side of their left eye," according to arrest affidavits. "The victim stated he observed (Unger) stranded on the side of the road next to a Chrysler 300. The victim attempted to aid (Unger) when (Unger) assaulted him by striking the victim 20+ times in the face." During the fight, affidavits show, the victim attempted to draw his gun, and Unger fought to get it. During the struggle the gun discharged a round. The victim was able to release the magazine from it. Unger took the gun and the victim's keys, then left in the car, a 2017 Dodge Durango.The victim, who described what Unger was last seen wearing, received medical treatment for his injuries, police say in affidavits. The Chrysler 300, which was still on the scene, was found to be stolen out of Moline on June 8, affidavits say. Affidavits show officers conducted a search of the vehicle and found items with Unger's name on them and a receipt from a Davenport Kwik Star. Officers followed up with the manager of the Kwik Star and were able to identify Unger, who was wearing the same clothing during the robbery and was observed driving the Chrysler 300. About an hour after the incident, Illinois State Troopers found Unger in the Dodge with the victim's firearm. Unger, who was arrested on a warrant, was being held in Scott County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond. He is set for a preliminary hearing June 28 in Scott County Court.

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Bettendorf Police Department deploys speed trailers to encourage safer driving

Speed radars are being used in Bettendorf to help drivers develop better habits on the road.

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Moline man sentenced to 65 years for 2023 shooting death of Davenport man

A Moline man found guilty of second-degree murder in the May 21, 2023, shooting death of 37-year-old Andre Clanton of Davenport was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

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Quad City Air Show continues to be a family event run by Hopper family

The Quad City Air Show begins Saturday at the Davenport Municipal Airport. It's a 33-year-old tradition that families look forward to every year. Organizers of the family-run event are keeping safety in mind as temperatures go sky-high. It's the only family-run air show in the United States. Evan Hopper, who is a part of that family, says that keeps people coming back every year. "I think it even goes outside our Hopper family right, like I think anyone that gets around us and gets to know this show, we treat them like family as well and that vibe kind of carries all the way through," he said. Over the years, Hopper's involvement in the show has evolved. "I would say I've been doing it since I was born. I think I was born the week after the air show in 1996, so it was always a thing growing up and as soon as I could get in a golf cart and drive I was pretty much helping out." He reminds visitors how to beat the heat: "Definitely bring a big water bottle - you're gonna want that. We do have water obviously for sale but bring your own water. Bring a big jug of it and honestly act like you're going to the beach or a lake for the day bring some sunscreen," Hopper said. "Make sure you're prepared and that you know your limits. I will say one thing: You can leave during the day and get a stamp and come back so if you're at all feeling overheated don't be afraid to go back to your hotel or your house or anything and cool down." Planes are the center attraction, but it's the people Hopper looks forward to every year. "My favorite part of it, it sounds cheesy, but it really is the people that I get to work with, and hear all of the pilots' stories, as well as all of the volunteers who really care about this show and care about this community and care about furthering aviation and the practice of it." The air show is Saturday and Sunday at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Mt. Joy. Gates open both days at 9:30 a.m, with the main air shows taking off around 1 p.m. One day tickets for Saturday are $50, and one-day tickets for Sunday are $30. for more information, visit here.

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Habitat for Humanity dedicates Davenport home

A Quad City family now has a place to call home, thanks to Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities. The organization dedicated a home on Brown Street with a tree planting on Friday. It will be the residence of Peng, Hsar, Mang and their family. This was Habitat's 136th home completed since 1993. Its CEO says there will always be a need for affordable housing. ""They literally were on the office working, at our Restore working," said Tom Fisher-King. "When their home foundation was poured, they were here every Saturday and working through that and understanding how their house was built. They were part of the joist, the siding, the inside work, everything. They are a hard-working couple and they had over 900 hours of sweat equity." Habitat for Humanity is working on six other homes in the Quad Cities.

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Princeton's Noah LaPorte sets out for Northwestern

Exciting news for Princeton football standout Noah LaPorte: He announced Thursday that will attend Northwestern, and he will play Big 10 football with the Wildcats. Our Quad Cities News Blake Hornstein caught up with the terrific tiger from Princeton. "I had quite a few offers and Northwestern showed as much love as they could," he said. It's hard not to be interested in what Noah LaPorte brings to the table. The 6'6" three-sport athlete who earned a scholarship offer from three Power 5 schools. But none made a better impression than Northwestern. "They've been reaching out to me showing how much they care," he said. "The tight end coach calling me every day or every other day showing me how much they care and how much they want me in their program" Some call Northwestern the Harvard of the Midwest. LaPorte takes showing up to class as seriously as he does scoring touchdowns. "I haven't missed a day of school last year," he said. "I think that's definitely an accomplishment." But on the field, LaPorte will focus on adding size and strength for the physicality of Big 10 football in 2025. "George Kittle, he blocks after the catch, all that stuff, so it's great. I want to be a multi-skilled tight end," he said. "I don't want to just be a catch-and-run. I want to be able to block if I need to."

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Bettendorf Police Department deploys speed trailers to encourage safer driving habits

Speed radars are being used in Bettendorf to help drivers develop better habits on the road.

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Buffalo Bill Wild West show comes to LeClaire!

Experience the thrill of the Wild West with cowboy reenactors portraying legendary figures such as Annie Oakley, Buck Taylor, and Buffalo Bill himself.

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Former Iowa football stars coach 4th annual Rally for Reid football camp

Reid Gleeson passed away at 5 years old from Medulloblastoma, a type of cancer. After his passing, his family created the Rally for Reid Foundation in their son’s honor.

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Rally for Reid Football Camp, Davenport, honors young life cut short by cancer

The fourth annual Rally for Reid Football Camp was held Friday at Jack and Pat Bush Stadium in Davenport. The camp honors the memory of Reid Gleeson, who died after battling brain cancer. He was just 5 years old. The fundraiser is something the stars - including NFL and Hawkeye players - and Quad City kids look forward to every year. The foundation has raised around $250,000 in the last four years. Its next event is a golf outing on July 22. For more about the foundation, visit here.

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Virdi Golf Classic in Scott County supports Lions Club

Golfers came together Friday to raise money for the Lions Club to continue to do its work with Iowa's sight- and hearing-impaired. The 14th annual Virdi Eye Clinic Golf Classic took place at Glynns Creek Golf Course in Long Grove, Scott County. Our Quad Cities News Chief Meteorologist Andy McCray took part in the event that raises about $30,000 for the Lions Club every year.

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New exhibition arriving at The Putnam Museum

All Aboard! There’s a new exhibition arriving at The Putnam Museum and Science Center focusing on Quad Cities railroads.

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Aledo seeks public input on new aquatic center

The plans for the center include a splash pad designed for young children and toddlers, as well as swim lanes for more experienced swimmers.

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Rock Island library schedules fun events

The Rock Island Public Library offers ways to explore new topics and have family fun at no cost. Events next week include a free musical performance, history events, health information, science fun, and art.   On Tuesday, June 25, the Rock Island Public Library presents a free performance by the Cherry & Jerry Ragtime Show at 1 p.m. at the Watts-Midtown Branch, 2715 30th St., Rock Island. The one-hour show features ragtime, early blues, and jazz standards from the 1900s through 1920s. It’s suitable for all ages. The library's Watts-Midtown Branch is at 2715 30th St., Rock Island. “Cherry & Jerry” is Isaac Cherry on percussion and Jerry Rabushka on piano. The upbeat performance takes Cherry and Jerry audiences on a walk back in time, from familiar tunes like The Entertainer, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, and St. Louis Blues to lesser-known songs that also sparkle. Hear the likes of W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, May Aufderheide, Irving Berlin, Charlotte Blake, Euday Bowman, and more. Jerry performs the original sheet music, while Cherry adds percussion via a setup of cajon box drum, cymbal, and bell tree. The St. Louis-based duo will also talk about how this music evolved as America’s first “pop” music, according to a library release. On Wednesday, library board member Eudell Watts III, presents the first Hidden History conversation, also at the Watts-Midtown Branch. The branch name honors the many lifetime contributions of Watts and his late mother and fellow library board trustee, Lorene Evans Watts. Eudell Watts III of Rock Island. The 2 p.m. event on June 26 features a conversation about the parts of history that aren’t always front and center, such as the contributions of people of color in the American military. As a community leader, Eudell has long advocated for the recognition of African-American and Native American stories in our shared history. His talk is free and open to the public, and is aimed at adults, though all are welcome. On Friday, children get a chance to play in mounds of dry-stacking foam blasted onto the Watts-Midtown Branch patio by Absolute Science. The free “Foam Blaster Party” is presented twice on Friday, June 28, with the 11 a.m. time strictly for children ages 5 and under. Children ages 6 and up get their turn at 12:30 p.m. Age restrictions for each event will be enforced to make sure that everyone has a good time. Absolute Science’s Mega Foam Blaster pump builds a wall of foam out 40 feet, with a rotation of 180 degrees. The foam, which has a bubble bath-like texture, is non-slippery, non-toxic, non-staining, non-allergenic, and biodegradable. The foam eventually evaporates and is safe for the environment, including lawns and gardens. On Saturday, June 29, teens ages 12 to 17 can make manuscript art in an “Art with the Figge” hands-on project. The free event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Watts-Midtown Branch, and requires pre-registration. Teens can design their own manuscript letter or full-page document, in the style of the illuminated medieval manuscripts displayed at a current Figge Museum exhibit. A medieval illuminated letter teens can make in an art event Saturday, June 29, at the Watts-Midtown Branch. Participants will get a free group pass to the exhibit, which is on display through Aug. 11. Art with the Figge is part of the library’s Your Future in STEAM event series, which are funded by a Project Next Generation grant. While at the library, patrons of all ages can check out the library’s Read, Renew, Repeat Summer Reading Challenge. Through July 31, the library is encouraging adults, children, and teens to read at least 1,000 minutes, which works out to about 16 minutes a day. Participants earn digital badges for meeting reading and activity goals, with virtual tickets rewarded to use toward prize drawings. Finishers (10 badges or more) can also claim a special prize. Both online and paper-based reading challenges are available, and the reading challenge is open to anyone. Prizes must be picked up locally.

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Quad City Air Show takes off this weekend

Air show VP Evan Hopper joined The Current on News 8 to let audiences know what's in store.


Judge: Dewitt woman sentenced for theft of federal funds at daycare

A Dewitt woman was sentenced on Monday to one year and six months in federal prison for theft of funds from an organization receiving federal funds, a judge ruled.


Law enforcement to participate in active threat exercise at North Scott High School

The public will see an increase in police, fire, and EMS personnel in and around Eldridge and North Scott High School as an active threat exercise is scheduled to take place.

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“All Aboard: Our Quad City Local Legacy,” June 22 through October 13

Arriving right on time for Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announced transportation plan, which includes $225 million to re-establish passenger train service between Moline and Chicago, the Putnam Museum & Science Center's exhibition All Aboard: Our Quad City Locomotive Legacy will, from June 22 through October 13, provide an expansive look into railways while centering the conversation around our area's unique history.

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Former DeWitt daycare director sentenced

A DeWitt woman was sentenced on Monday, June 17, 2024, to 20 months in federal prison, for theft of funds from an organization receiving federal funds.  According to public court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, Mindy L. Chapman, 56, is the former director of a local daycare provider (Creative Learning Center) and held that position for approximately 20 years, according to a Friday Justice Department release. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement uncovered evidence that, over the course of several years as the daycare’s director, Chapman made personal purchases with the daycare’s credit cards, transferred daycare funds to pay personal credit card bills, and increased her salary significantly. As part of her sentence, Chapman was ordered to pay $296,801.50 in restitution. After completing her term of imprisonment, Chapman will be required to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the DeWitt Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Isabel Bloom hosts Summer Festival

Isabel Bloom is hosting a summer festival as a way to commemorate the beginning of the season and bring customers and families together.

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Downtown Rock Island update meeting planned

Downtown Rock Island stakeholders are encouraged to meet with members of the Rebuild Downtown project team at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Huckleberry's Great Pizza & Calzones, 223 18th Street. A sign for Huckleberry's on 3rd Avenue, west of 18th Street on June 21, 2024 (photo by Jonathan Turner). Jerissa Ingram gave a shout out to Huckleberry's Thursday on the Quad City Food Lovers Facebook page. "They could really use the support with all of the construction in downtown Rock Island right now. We went last night and were unaware just how much the construction is preventing business until we saw it for ourselves, and we were the only customers there," she wrote. "We have always enjoyed the food and service and last night was no different. The owner came to our table and we talked about the struggles they’ve been facing. He doesn’t want to cut employee’s hours, but they are definitely taking a hit right now." Downtown stakeholders are also encouraged to park in the public lots highlighted on the map below, including the newly city-leased lot at 101 17th Street. This parking lot will be available for public use through the end of the year.

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$12 million in early childhood education funding coming to western Illinois

The money is being paid in two grants, which were awarded to SAL Family and Community Services and the Tri-County Opportunities Council.

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Take in a world of color at Quad Cities Chalk Art Fest

Take in a world of color as Schwiebert Park is transformed into a museum of chalk art! Ben Gougeon with Quad City Arts dropped by Our Quad Cities News with all the info about the Quad Cities Chalk Art Fest. For more information, click here.


2 athletes selected to compete in Quad-City Times Bix 7 Beat the Elite

Two athletes have been selected to be the Quad-City Times Bix 7 Beat the Elite competitors. The announcement will be on Thursday, June 27 at 5:45 p.m. at the Bix @ 6 starting line at Fourth and LeClaire Streets, officials said.

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The wild west is riding into LeClaire for a Buffalo Bill weekend

It'll be a weekend of history, cowboys, live music and family-friendly fun June 29-30 at the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.

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Moline's Riverside Riverslide adjusts hours due to safety concerns

Pool officials said the main concerns have been fights and people hopping the fence to sneak inside.

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University of Iowa researchers discover new way to fight form of dementia

University of Iowa researchers have found a common treatment for urinary problems can help battle a certain form of dementia. Researchers say three drugs used to treat enlarged prostates show promise in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies, a neurodegenerative disease that can cause cognitive decline and dementia. The study say there's hope the drugs could block brain cell death. Currently, there are no treatments for this type of dementia. For more information, click here.

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Rock Falls man arrested in connection to May shooting in Sterling

Sterling police say 24-year-old Daveon H. Lucas was arrested in connection to a May 28 shooting that left a man seriously injured.

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QC Head Start program gets $4.2M from feds

U.S. Rep. Eric Sorensen (D-Moline) on Friday announced over $4 million in new federal funding for the SAL Community Services Head Start program. "Making sure our kids have access to the classroom is a critical step to putting our children on the road to success,” Sorensen said in a press release. “I’m proud to see our tax dollars coming back to Western Illinois to support working families in the region and contribute to the growth of our communities.”  Two grants were awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to organizations in Western Illinois to administer Head Start programming in the region. $8,130,756 is awarded to Tri-County Opportunities Council based in Rock Falls, and $4,218,281 is awarded to SAL Family and Community Services based in Moline.  Head Start is a program within HHS that provides comprehensive early childhood education services to children from low-income families. “SAL Community Services is grateful for this renewed funding that will grow our mission and make the highest quality child care accessible for more families in Illinois," Marcy Mendenhall, president & CEO of SAL Community Services, said in Friday's release. "Supporting children and working families at this early stage can be absolutely life-changing. Early care is essential to building a strong future for our community and state—and it wouldn't be possible without grants like this." SAL Community Services' Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program provides comprehensive, individualized services to low-income infants and toddlers up to age 4, as well as pregnant mothers and their families living in Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island counties. It offers Early Head Start sites in Milan, Moline, and Rock Island, as well as partnership sites at Butterflies and Bulldogs, Little Blessings Home Daycare, P&J Tendercare, and Aldridge Early Learning Center.

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Man fails to report back to work release in Davenport

Another worker has failed to report back to work release in Davenport. Rayshawn Cole (Iowa Department of Corrections) An email from the Iowa Department of Corrections says Rayshawn Donnell Cole failed to report back to the Davenport Work Release Center as required yesterday. He was convicted of first-degree burglary in Scott County. Cole is a 32-year-old, 5’ 10”, 179-pound Black man. He was admitted to the work release facility on March 18, 2024. Anyone with information on Cole's location should contact local police.

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Muscatine Gas Dock closed this weekend

Boaters in Muscatine should make sure they’re fully fueled before they hit the water this weekend. The Muscatine Gas Dock, in the channel just outside the Muscatine Boat Harbor and Marina, is closed for maintenance and repairs. The fueling equipment is being checked and evaluated to ensure safe operating standards. The facility will be closed from Friday, June 21 to Monday, June 24 and is expected to reopen the weekend of June 28. The Gas Dock is not staffed Monday through Friday during the day during normal operating hours. Weekend hours established during peak season are Friday 5-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Gas Dock is open as weather permits. Gas and diesel may be available on an appointment basis Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. when staff is available. Call the Parks and Recreation Department at (563) 263-0241 to schedule a weekday appointment or for more information. The Gas Dock is open from about Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dates may fluctuate due to flooding, maintenance or construction situations. A pump out station is located at the Gas Dock and pump out is free with a fuel purchase or $5 without fuel purchase.

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Smiles above and on the ground as Quad City Air Show comes to Mt. Joy

A smile greeted up-lookers Friday as preparation continues for the Quad City Air Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Mt. Joy. (photo by Oliver Williams) Gates open both days at 9:30 a.m. with main air shows taking off about 1 p.m. One-day tickets for Saturday are $50, and $30 for Sunday. For more information, visit here.

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Rock Island County Health Department gives tips for dealing with heat

With high temperatures expected over the several days, keeping cool is going to be a top concern for most Quad City residents. Our Quad Cities News spoke with George Verástegui, Public Health Administrator at the Rock Island County Health Department via Zoom to discuss how to stay cool and out of the emergency room, especially for those who work outside, children and the elderly. “The best thing is to start earlier than usual,” he said. “Try to take more frequent breaks. Maybe you can try to wait a little longer until you feel comfortable to keep doing your job and try to protect yourself.” He advises wearing a hat with a wide brim, using sunblock and drinking water. However, sometimes drinking regular water isn’t enough, said Verástegui. “I would recommend some drinks that have some electrolytes in their composition.” When people sweat, they not only lose water, but sodium, electrolytes and other minerals. Replacing these is important to keep functioning properly. While there are products on the market to help people cope with heat, like neck fans, Verástegui says there are other ways to cool down using things around the house. “You can try to get ready with a towel soaking in water, put it into your fridge for five to 10 minutes and you can use it that around your neck. That is going to cool down your body from the high temperatures.” If these methods aren’t working, it’s time to seek out medical help. For years, experts have cautioned that young children and the elderly should be checked on frequently during heat waves, but that’s not because they may forget it’s hot. “There are some people who are taking medication for hypertension that makes you pee more frequently,” said Verástegui. “This medication will make you lose liquid more than a normal person that’s not taking that medication.” Thyroid medications can also affect heat tolerance because they rev up a person’s metabolism. People are urged to check on children and elderly people more often when it’s hot, and for a very good reason, he said. “We have in our brain, in some part of our hypothalamus, we have that center that regulates our temperature. What’s happening in immature brains like children and babies, they haven’t developed that biological thermostat. The same is happening with people who are older, they lose that ability to regulate their internal temperature.” Verástegui said these temperatures are just something people must deal with, but fortunately, there are resources to help. “We’re going to have these kinds of patterns over the next three months, so I encourage our community to visit our Facebook page. We posted a few recommendations over there; we posted the places that you can go if you don’t have access to air conditioning.” Click here for more information on the Rock Island County Health Department. Click here for more information on preventing heat stroke and other temperature related illnesses. Click here to learn how to protect your pets.

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Rock Island's Dirty Shirley closing permanently next week

The restaurant opened in December 2022.

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Rock Falls man arrested for gunfire incident

A Rock Falls man was arrested on firearm charges following an incident in Sterling. According to a release, on May 28 at approximately 9:12 p.m., the Sterling Police Department responded to a report of gunshots being fired in the 2200 block of E. Lincolnway in Sterling. When officers arrived, they were notified that a man had been shot and was being transported by private vehicle to CGH Medical Center. The victim, 28, was later transferred to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford in serious condition. Daveon Lucas (Sterling Police Department) Daveon Lucas, 24, was arrested by Markham Police Department on a Whiteside County arrest warrant for aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm. Lucas was wanted in connection to the May 28 incident in Sterling. The warrant for Lucas was a no bond warrant. Lucas will be taken to Whiteside County Jail after his arrest processing by the Markham Police Department. The Sterling Police Department was also assisted by the Rock Falls Police, Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.

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Local collectors donate $14 million art collection to the Figge

Thanks to a donation from local art collectors, valued at $14 million dollars, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport will soon have a new wing.

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Quad Cities community lacing up their running shoes for the annual Firecracker Run

The race takes place in East Moline on the Fourth of July. Race officials say participants can head over to TPC Deere Run for the John Deere Classic.

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TMBC Lincoln Resource Center, Davenport Police partner to increase child literacy rates

The TMBC Lincoln Resource Center offers a library with free books for all kids, regardless of residence. Davenport police also keep books in squad cars to hand out.

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See 'Julius Caesar' in Rock Island park

Genesius Guild will next present William Shakespeare’s history and tragedy “Julius Caesar,” this weekend at Lincoln Park, 1120 40th St., Rock Island. The five-act, 1599 play is based on the life of the Roman general and statesman Caesar (100 BC-44 BC). Genesius Guild performed "Romeo and Juliet" as the first show in the 2022 summer season at Lincoln Park, Rock Island (photo by Jonathan Turner). In the tragedy, jealous conspirators convince Caesar's friend Brutus to join their assassination plot against Caesar. To stop Caesar from gaining too much power, Brutus and the conspirators kill him on the Ides of March, according to a synopsis. Mark Antony drives the conspirators out of Rome and fights them in a battle. Brutus and his friend Cassius lose and kill themselves, leaving Antony to rule in Rome.  Genesius Guild productions start at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and this production will run this weekend and next. All performances are free of charge, with donations gladly accepted. For more information, click HERE.

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World Relief Quad Cities dedicates second location

An agency that helps immigrants and refugees get a fresh start in the QCA is growing. World Relief Quad Cities celebrated its second location with a ribbon cutting. The new office is located at 210 Emerson Pl. in Davenport. Its other office is located at 1852 16th St., Moline. World Relief has helped more than 8,000 immigrants in its 24 years in the Quad Cities. The second space will help the agency expand its reach. World Relief Quad Cities provides resettlement services, employment, education and a food pantry to immigrants and refugees. For more information, click here.

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Rock Falls man arrested in connection to Sterling shooting

A Rock Falls man wanted in connection to a May shooting in Sterling was arrested in Cook County, Illinois.

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All aboard for new Putnam train exhibit

The Putnam Museum and Science Center is opening a new exhibit on railroadsSaturday, June 22. Chugging through Oct. 13, 2024, All Aboard: Our Quad City Locomotive Legacy arrives right on time for J.B. Pritzker’s recently announced Illinois transportation plan, which includes $225 million to re-establish passenger train service between Moline and Chicago. The exhibit brings an expansive look into railways while centering the conversation around our unique history. The new railroads exhibit at the Putnam (1717 W. 12th St., Davenport) opens on Saturday, June 22, and runs through Oct. 13, 2024. “The exhibit tells the story of the important impacts that railroads have had on QC culture and stability,” Chris Kastell, the Putnam’s curator of history and anthropology, said in a Friday release. “From inviting immigration to building the first U.S. railroad bridge across the Mississippi River, railroads have brought diversity and vitality to our area.” On display are Buddy L trains, Rock Island Lines objects, a depot set with historic clothing, and a multitude of artifacts. In partnership with the Heartland Model Railway Club, there is a large model train display featuring many regional names, like Davenport, Rock Island, Barstow, and Burlington. Stories from local rail workers will be accessible. Model trains in the Putnam Museum's new exhibit on QC locomotive history. In addition to the curatorial staff’s panels, there are loaned panels titled “Wheels of War & Move Over Sir! Women Working on the Railroad,” produced by the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Interactives include railroad bridge building, a hand cart station, and a ‘Hobo’ Code guessing game. “​All Aboard brings forth our rich rail legacy while focusing on workers and looking to the future of trains,” said Kelly Lao, the Putnam’s vice president of museum experiences. “We are excited to see the railroad industry developments in our region as we celebrate its past.” Additionally, the documentary Train Time will be playing in the Giant Screen Theater for the duration of All Aboard, alongside the Putnam’s usual movie roster. The film follows a BNSF engine across sweeping American landscapes while touching on all aspects of rail careers, including engineers, conductors, logistic specialists, and service workers. An image from the 43-minute documentary "Train Time" (2022), which will be shown at the Putnam Giant Screen Theater. The long-planned QC passenger rail route, between Chicago and Moline, was initially slated to begin service in 2014. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin secured $177 million in federal funding back in 2010, and Gov. Pritzker committed an additional $225 million in state funding in 2019. Of the $1.1-billion Illinois rail plan (under Rebuild Illinois), $225 million is to re-establish passenger rail service between Chicago and the Quad Cities, with a new intermediate stop in Geneseo. Other stations served will include The Q in Moline, Princeton, Mendota, Plano, Naperville, LaGrange, and Chicago’s Union Station. All Aboard: Our Quad City Locomotive Legacy at the Putnam was made possible through generous donations from the Regional Development Authority, Arconic, and Iowa Economic Development.

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Why heat wave could be next summer's normal

(The Hill) - The extreme heat slamming the eastern U.S. this week may be a sign of things to come as monthly temperature records continue to give way. A broad swath of the Midwest and eastern U.S. are currently under a heat dome, caused by a high-pressure system in the Earth’s upper atmosphere that compresses the air beneath it, making it expand into a dome shape. Research published in March in the journal Science Advances found that since 1979, as climate change has intensified, heat waves have gotten hotter and more commonplace, and the physical area covered by heat domes has expanded as well. They’ve also slowed down by about 20 percent, leaving the people in their paths to contend with their effects longer. “Every summer we get heat waves, and heat waves are getting more extreme and they’re getting more frequent and they’re lasting longer,” said Jonathan Overpeck, the Samuel A. Graham dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.  In this specific heatwave, the system of warmth is moving north and east, but it’s part of a broader, more ominous pattern in which heat waves start from a warmer background, said Richard Rood, professor emeritus of climate and space science and engineering at the University of Michigan. “The oceans have been extraordinarily warm all year, the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico in particular,” he said. “So when summer comes and you start seeing heat waves, you're starting from a higher temperature background.” As heat accumulates, Rood told The Hill, one consequence is higher temperatures earlier in the year, such as this week’s heat, which began before the official start of the summer Thursday but in earlier years might be more typical of July or August. The extreme heat patterns began in the Midwest earlier this week, and are expected to extend into the Northeast over the rest of the week. More than 76 million people were under some form of heat advisory Tuesday morning in the U.S., and about twice that number faced temperatures of more than 90 degrees. The National Weather Service projects record-breaking heat in cities like Detroit and Philadelphia as well as parts of New England this week. Much like the heat waves of previous years in places like Europe and the Pacific Northwest, the heat is hitting regions that have little experience with such extremes, like northern New England. This means in many cases individuals are unprepared, as is broader community infrastructure of the kind that exists in historically hotter regions.  Both personal air conditioning and resources like cooling centers are “still inadequate in a lot of areas in the U.S. where access to air conditioning hasn’t been historically needed," said Amy Bailey, director of climate resilience and sustainability at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. “Our infrastructure, our institutions and daily practices aren’t well-suited for these long stretches of extreme heat, and the longer it takes us to catch up the more lives are on the line,” Bailey added. It also demonstrates “the criticality of having a grid that is resistant to extreme weather,” she added. Overpeck said much of the extreme heat is attributable to the impact of climate change, but El Niño has also been a factor, and “we expect — hope might be a better word — that temperatures might start to ameliorate.”  The most recent El Niño, a climate phenomenon that causes unusually warm surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, began last June, which was also the warmest June on record. The globe saw its overall hottest summer on record the same year and recently concluded a 12-month period in which every month set a temperature record. “We’re really looking at the next few months to tell us whether something dramatic is surprising us in the global temperatures,” Overpeck said. “If it starts cooling off, [and] it hasn’t started to do that yet, we can ascribe [these] more unusual temperatures to the El Niño. If it keeps rocketing up, we’ll have to think about why climate change [is] accelerating.”  He noted that surface warming of oceans, where the majority of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases goes, has also accelerated lately. While local authorities have urged people in affected areas to stay inside where possible, that is not an option for those who work outdoors or the homeless population of major metropolitan areas, Overpeck noted. The temperatures of this week are likely to subside somewhat while remaining high throughout the summer, but ultimately they may be a vision of what summers look like in the longer term, Rood said. This week is almost certainly not a “one-off event,” he added. “We are probably going to see a series of events this summer.” “I wouldn’t call it a new normal — I would call it perhaps a vision of 10, 20, 30 years,” he said. If the trend continues, he added, the extremes of this week won’t seem extraordinary years from now. “You’re getting a glimpse into the future, warmer world,” he said.

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July 4th travel expected to set record

(The Hill) -- The number of people traveling for the Fourth of July is expected to set a new record, according to projections from AAA. AAA predicted in a Thursday press release that 70.9 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more the week of July 4. This is 5 percent higher than the number of people who traveled for the holiday last year and up 8 percent from 2019’s numbers, according to the company. “With summer vacations in full swing and the flexibility of remote work, more Americans are taking extended trips around Independence Day,” said Paula Twidale, the senior vice president of AAA Travel. “We anticipate this July 4th week will be the busiest ever with an additional 5.7 million people traveling compared to 2019.” AAA forecasted that a record 60.6 million people will be traveling by car for the holiday, which is 2.8 million more than those who traveled by car last year. It is also up from the number of people who traveled by car in 2019, when 55.3 million people did so. FAA investigating Southwest flight that came close to crashing into the ocean The organization noted in its report that the number of people traveling by air has reached a new high, with 5.74 million people predicted to fly to their Fourth of July celebrations. This is 7 percent more than last year. Around 4.62 million people are planning to travel for Independence Day by other methods — including buses, cruises and trains — per the report. AAA noted that the travel period for the holiday is June 29-July 7. The company said this is the first year that the travel period is a longer timeframe because there are two weekends included. Travel around the Fourth of July holiday last year also saw a record-high forecast from AAA, which projected that 50.7 million people would travel.

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Treat yourself at Muscatine Art Center tradition

Visitors to this year’s Ice Cream Social at Muscatine Art Center on June 30 are in for a real treat, in more ways than one. The event will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the center will be opening the “Fashionably Dressed” exhibition just in time for the free ice cream social event. “Fashionably Dressed” features work by Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, and other artists recognized around the world, according to a museum release. The June 30 event will feature family-friendly activities at Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave. The exhibition pairs drawings, paintings, and prints of women, men, and children with historic clothing from the Muscatine Art Center’s permanent collection, on display through Sept. 22, 2024. Part of the new "Fashionably Dressed" exhibit, on display through Sept. 22, 2024. Exhibitions on the second floor of the historic Musser Mansion (1314 Mulberry Ave.) feature highlights from Jim Burr’s Muscatine history collection and photographs of the Iowa State Fair by Kurt Ullrich. Local collector, and former Muscatine Art Center board president Jim Burr has collected all things Muscatine. Since the time of Burr’s passing two years ago, his estate has gifted more than 1,000 items from his wide-ranging collection of local artifacts, the center release says. From Skateland Roller Club to Central State Bank and the Muscatine Cricket Club to Hetzler Dairy, the exhibit of Burr’s collection is a journey back in time with businesses and places locals will remember with a few surprises from long ago. Meanwhile, photographer Kurt Ullrich’s images of the Iowa State Fair transports visitors to more recent Iowa summers. Visitors can meet Ullrich during the Ice Cream Social on June 30. This free event dates back to 1979. Iowa State Fair photos by Kurt Ullrich Cruisin’ is the featured live music for this year’s event., and will perform from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m. During their intermission, the Muscatine Civic Chorale will entertain the crowd from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Other family-friendly activities include games in the Japanese Garden, window painting, building with big blue blocks from Musser Public Library, studio projects for kids, and learning about wildlife with Muscatine County Conservation. “The annual Ice Cream Social is also the perfect time to explore the rehabilitated Japanese Garden,” center director Melanie Alexander said. “Laura Musser McColm had the garden installed in 1930, and the Muscatine Art Center staff led a massive effort to bring back the historic features of the garden.” The restored Japanese garden at the Muscatine Art Center. Work in the garden concluded in fall 2023, and the rehabilitation project was recognized by Preservation Iowa with a “Preservation at its Best” award earlier in June. The garden project was one of seven historic projects in the state to receive the award in 2024. Visitors can expect to see their friends and neighbors at the event while also helping raise funds for the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center and its mission to support educational programs at the Muscatine Art Center. Admission to the Ice Cream Social is free. In addition to selling ice cream, the Friends organization is offering slices of pie, brownies, cookies, and other treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. As always, those who participate in the family-friendly bike ride will receive a token for a free ice cream during the event. The bike ride is free of charge. Riders will depart from the Charles and Jean Harper Pavilion on Houser Street at 1 p.m. p.m. and stop at the Muscatine Art Center. The Melon City Bike Club and Harper’s Cycle and Fitness are the organizers of the bike ride.

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Filmmakers discuss documentary on 1978 Speedway Burger Chef murders

"The Speedway Murders" is now in select theaters and available to buy or rent on Apple TV, Prime Video and On Demand.

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New clinical drug could slow down the early stages of Alzheimer's

Eli Lilly's "Donanemab" drug is awaiting FDA approval and is currently in phase 3 clinical trials.

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2024 Quad City Air Show takes flight this weekend

2024 Quad City Air Show takes flight this weekend

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Playcrafters to audition for Neil Simon comedy

Playcrafters Barn Theatre will hold auditions next week for its October production, “The Sunshine Boys” by Neil Simon. Playcrafters will hold auditions for the classic comedy (which premiered in 1972 and was made into a 1975 film starring Walter Matthau and George Burns), to be directed by Jane Watson, on Monday, June 24th from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 25th from 6-8 p.m., at the Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline. Performance dates are October 16-18 & 23-25. In the play, Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs, according to a synopsis. The story follows the attempt by a young theatrical agent to reunite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion. The two old men have not spoken in twelve years despite their celebrated reputation. Besides remastering their sketch, the two men have numerous issues to work out before returning to the public eye. If you are interested in auditioning, email office@playcrafters.com with “Sunshine Boys” in the subject line. Please bring your acting resume or a list of your acting experience. Be prepared to read from the script alongside fellow auditionees. Some familiarity with the script would be ideal. No prepared monologue is necessary. For more details, visit the website HERE.

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Counting down to the John Deere Classic: Hole #9 - Howitzer

We are days away from the John Deere Classic and what better way to countdown than by showing each hole players will have to tackle at TPC Deere Run.

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101 year-old WWII veteran walks high school ceremony after missing out due to the war

Harlan Olson was 18 when he was called up to serve in WWII. Decades later, he received the opportunity to walk across the same stage as his fellow past graduates.

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Comedian Nikki Glaser coming to Davenport

Glaser recently joined fellow comedians such as Kevin Hart and Jeff Ross for "The Roast of Tom Brady."

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It Takes a Village asks community for monetary donations following mass animal rescue

It Takes a Village has many new animals of all sizes and species to take care of this week, and is asking for help in doing so.

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Cook review: No wonder 'Hit Man' is a hit

In a year when conversation about box-office proceeds centers around too many franchises and not-so-hotly anticipated, retreads, one of the year’s best films isn’t coming to a theater near you. Instead, the big-screen-worthy “Hit Man” is quietly making streaming waves with appreciative audiences – it’s had 13.7 million views this week, as of Wednesday – and I’m guessing with the heat wave sweeping much of the nation, that’s going to increase exponentially as temperatures rise. 'Hit Man' (IMDb) Richard Linklater is one of my favorite directors – “Slacker,” “Bernie” and the “Before” trilogy are among my favorite films. This one, too, involves quirky characters, edgy situations, and dark comedy. The show is loosely based on a real person: The late Gary Johnson, who sometimes posed as a “hit man” so he could collect evidence against the people who wanted to hire him. By day, Gary Johnson (played by a terrific Glen Powell, (“Top Gun: Maverick”) is a college professor, a quiet guy who goes home to his two cats. When Gary transforms himself into a tough guy, he fools the people he meets, so much so that they often confide in him almost immediately and are arrested minutes later for trying to hire a “killer.” His alter ego is smooth, no-nonsense and suave, so it’s no wonder when a beautiful client (Adria Arjona) falls for him. That creates an ethical dilemma, not to mention that the woman has no idea what Gary is really like. The dialogue is clever, the situations entertaining, and the characters are likeable. It’s the kind of movie people seek in the summer, and the kind of intelligent film critics will remember at the end of the year. Turn up the a/c and settle in for this cool comedy. 3 1/2 stars Rated: R for foul language, sexual situations, and violence. Running time: One hour and 55 minutes. Streaming on Netflix. Watch the trailer here.

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Moline-Coal Valley's ASPIRE program "clears paths" to a diploma

From attendance to academics, Moline-Coal Valley schools’ ASPIRE Education Center aims to give students "what they need" to thrive in school.

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Pending Death Notices for the Quad-Cities, June 21, 2024


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Kewanee man pleads guilty to predatory sexual assault

A Kewanee man on Thursday entered an open guilty plea to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault in Henry County Circuit Court.

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Man assaulted and robbed after stopping to help stranded man

A Cook County, Illinois, man is facing charges after he allegedly beat up a man and stole his vehicle after the victim saw him stranded by the side of the road and stopped to render aid, Davenport Police said.

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Bohemian Rhapsodies: Opera Quad Cities' “La Boheme,” at the Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center June 21 and 23

M: La Bohème jumps right in with frenzied activity in Rodolfo’s garret. Rodolfo and Marcello are trying to figure out how to get fuel for the wood stove to heat the place. The other two roommates get home, have an impromptu feast, and when the landlord shows up for the rent –K: Rent! The Broadway musical inspired by this opera! Sorry. I had to.M: Uh-huh. Anyway ... .

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News 8's Shelby Kluver MCs 28th annual Taste on the River

The Red Cross event featured live music, drinks and culinary creations from top local chefs.

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Rock Island native Tori Thomas will compete in Olympic Trials

Tori Thomas has been pole vaulting for nearly as long as she can remember. Next week she will look to become an Olympian at the Olympic Trials in Oregon

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Cook review: 'Bikeriders' is solid historical drama

“The Bikeriders” is a solid actioner/historical drama based on a book. 'The Bikeriders' (IMDb) That book is not an average novel, though. It bears the same name as the movie, and it contains photo by Danny Lyon, who kept company with and interviewed members of the Chicago Vandals club from 1965-1973 (stick around during the credits and you’ll get to see some of the remarkable photos that inspired the movie.) The film bursts with violence right from the get-go, and the threat of it hangs over every scene. Mike Faist (“Challengers”) plays Lyon, who interviews a woman named Kathy (Jodie Comer, “The Last Duel.”) She tells the story of Benny (Austin Butler, “Elvis,”) the violence-prone man who becomes her husband, and how he becomes involved in the gang led by Johnny (Tom Hardy, “The Drop.”) Johnny, who is married and has two children, works a regular 9-to-5 job. His love for motorcycles and racing leads him to gather a group of buddies – including a wonderful Michael Shannon as Zipco – and that includes Benny, who becomes Johnny’s best friend and right-hand man. As the club becomes more of a gang, its tactics become more and more violent. All the while, Lyon tries to stay on track with the members and, through Kathy, learn about their fates. Vehicle aficionados like me will have a field day watching the cars and the motorcycles (I admit I experienced more than one moment of nostalgia from my riding days.) The film would have been stronger if the characters had been more fleshed out – I wanted to know how Johnny’s marriage worked, for example, and what motivates a younger man to challenge Johnny. The acting is commendable, the cinematographer gorgeous, and the glimpse at the history of bike culture intriguing. And it has one of the most enjoyable soundtracks of the year. 3 stars Rated: R for foul language and violence. Running time: One hour and 56 minutes. In theaters. Watch the trailer here.

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

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Muscatine shelter takes in 67 animals rescued from alleged neglect and hoarding incident

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant in connection to an animal neglect investigation. As a result of the search warrant, 67 animals were rescued, officials said.

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Election 2024: How libertarians could affect Iowa congressional races

Libertarians will be on the ballot statewide for the first time since 2018.

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New and refurbished monuments approved for Rock Island Historic Courthouse Square

The Rock Island County Board approved a proposal to refurbish the monuments at the Historic Courthouse Square and build a new monument on the site. According to a release, the board approved a proposal submitted by the firm of Leyda, Burrus, & Metz of Burlington. The monuments included in the project are the Spanish American War Memorial, the Cowl Vent from the USS Maine (Spanish American War), the Cuba Bronze Circle (Spanish American War), the Multi-War Monument, the two Grand Army of the Republic Plaques (Civil War), the 1869 Civil War Monument and a new granite base for the Gettysburg Address Plaque, to be refurbished by the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center on the Rock Island Arsenal. The project will include a new Civil War monument to display the new bronze soldierand name plaques, purchased through fundraising, with the assistance of the Rock Island County Historical Society and donors. The project cost is $356,670.00, and additional funding will be paid for by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. New Soldiers Memorial (Rock Island County Board)Soldiers Limestone Monument (Rock Island County Board) “This important project will restore glory and dignity to theses monuments, which honor and memorialize our county’s war fallen, from the Civil War forward," County Board Chairman Richard Brunk said. "We are committed to honoring their sacrifice.” The concept of a new monument stems from concerns over the original monuments' longevity for generations to come. After having the current 1869 monument assessed, it was determined that minimizing the weight and strain on the base of the monument would be best for the longevity of the monument. This will be accomplished by removing the top spear of the monument and respectfully incorporating it near its base, as well as creating the new monument for the new bronze soldier and name plaques. Rock Island County Board The project is slated to be completed in phases. Work will begin in the coming weeks, with most to be completed by October 2024, with completion of the new monument by June 2025. Future cleaning, inspections and maintenance will be included in capital planning, to ensure the monuments are properly maintained.