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Thursday, February 25th, 2021

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Davenport Bars prepping for St. Patrick's Day

Mac's Tavern is increasing their space to allow for social distancing

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City Of Clinton Seeking Someone To Design RAGBRAI Logo

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Good Morning from WVIK News for Thursday, February 25, 2021

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TV6 to air Grand Ole Opry special Saturday to benefit Feeding America

The special will run from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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More than 150 Davenport officers, civilian staff recognized in award ceremony

The department awarded Commendation Bars to 159 sworn and civilian staff who responded to the civil unrest incidents on May 31 and the week that followed

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Why thieves are after catalytic converters

Cedar Rapids Police have had 41 reports of stolen Catalytic Converters since November, but it’s not just an issue in Cedar Rapids. The Department told TV-9 they’re working with at least 7 other law enforcement agencies in Iowa who are dealing with the same thing.

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Moline’s public works director will retire in April

He has been with the city for 30 years.

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Promised Land

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island. If there is a rich heart of the heart of the Illinois prairie, it would be Henry County just south of here. In the first decade of its opening to settlement, the county's rich black soil attracted six separate colonizing groups. It's as if every potential Eastern Moses in the 1830s drew lines across the Appalachian wilderness, all of which converged on the same Promised Land—Henry County.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

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City public-works director announces retirement

The City of Moline has announced that JD Schulte, director of public works, will retire from city service in early April. In a letter to the city, Schulte praised the public works department, acknowledging, "…the amazing staff in public works for their never-ending quest to swing for the bleachers," a news release says. Schulte commended other members of the City of Moline that "have worked so wonderfully with our team of the years as we worked on our mission as stewards of the public trust." Mayor Stephanie Acri thanked Schulte for his services to the City of Moline, saying, "JD dedicated 30-years of public service to the people of Moline. He will be missed by many." "As we continue on the trajectory of making Moline a more efficient city for our residents and businesses, we will look to find people that share the same vision of responsible growth and a better future for the next generation." "JD has served the City for many years and has contributed greatly to the success of the public works department. His experience starting in the fleet department and his knowledge about the City of Moline's infrastructure has been an asset to the community," said Interim City Manager Martin Vanags. "I wish him well as he moves onto the next phase of his life." Schulte was with the City of Moline for 30 years. The City of Moline will start the process of finding a new director of public works in the coming days.

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Never missing a beat: meet this years American Heart Association Heart Ball Princess, Anne Burchett

The 12 year old had open heart surgery when she was just ten years old

WQAD.com Bars in Davenport prep for St. Patrick's Day celebration WQAD.com

Bars in Davenport prep for St. Patrick's Day celebration

Mac's Tavern is prepping for crowds by planning to block off the sidewalk in front of their restaurant

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American Heart Association Heart Ball princess 2021 Anne Burchett remembers her surgery

From open heart surgery to the American Heart Association Heart Ball in just two years

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Warming weather can cause water damage

While some water drips down the gutter, some water may stay up on your roof and re-freeze, causing potential damages.

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39th QC St. Patrick's Day race scheduled for August 28

The annual charity race is returning to Davenport streets almost half a year after the day it's named for.

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Davenport PD recognizes over 150 officers and staff in 2020 awards

One officer was the first to be awarded the Medal of Honor, making him the highest-decorated officer in department history.

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'I participated in my own robbery': fake Apple support stole $1,000 from a local woman

News 8 On Your Side: A Quad Cities woman was just trying to cancel her Apple TV subscription. Instead, scammers cleaned out her bank account.

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39th QC St. Patrick's Day race scheduled for August 28

The annual charity race is returning to Davenport streets almost half a year after the day it's named for.

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Lottery numbers drawn Wednesday

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Lottery numbers drawn Wednesday

ILLINOIS LOTTERY

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Iowa House approves controversial bill to limit early voting

The Iowa House passed a controversial bill that would limit early voting on Wednesday night.

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CASI looking for volunteers for vaccine helpline

Volunteers should have basic computer, typing, and customer service skills.

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Approval of a $40 million dollar bond levy could benefit Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

Next Tuesday people who live in Iowa will be voting on a $40 million dollar bond levy that will benefit Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. If Public Measure SR is passed the money will go toward expanding campus building and provide new technical programs in Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott counties. Chancellor Don Doucetter said this bond will benefit students in the long run. " Needs of high school students, of high school graduates, of adults returning to the work force, of adults that are looking for retraining for better jobs," said Doucetter. The college has been working with 18 school districts across the seven counties they serve to identify the interests of students. "The kinds of career programs that we would be offering with this expanded facilities go all the way to advance manufacturing, robotics, C&C machining," said Doucetter. If the bond is passed it will provide new building at the Clinton and Muscatine campuses, renovate a wing on Belmont campus and a new center in Dewitt. "This is just a major expansion of facilities and equipment to bring them up to current standards to be able to provide really high quality career and technical education that's increasingly needed throughout the community," said Doucetter. Daniel Salazar is a student at Eastern Iowa Community College in Muscatine and says this bond will open the door to more jobs. "There are a lot more career jobs, jobs in technology and so on and this is going to be offering more opportunities for people to learn how to do that job, help Iowa, help the community," said Salazar. "It makes me feel fantastic and hopeful for the future you know education is a tool and the tool has to be good enough to be able to use right you know this is going to help a lot of people do good things." If the bond is approved construction on new building will start by the end of the summer.

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8 On Your Side: fake Apple customer support steals $1,000 from Quad Cities woman

A Quad Cities woman was just trying to cancel her Apple TV subscription. Instead, scammers cleaned out her bank account.

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Scott County Attorney: Supervisor cannot serve on county and school board, citing conflict

A Scott County supervisor serving dual roles on a Davenport board — as both an elected county official and school board member — is in violation of Iowa law, according to Scott County Attorney Michael Walton.

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Davenport PD recognizes over 150 officers and staff in 2020 awards

One officer was the first to be awarded the Medal of Honor, making him the highest-decorated officer in department history.

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Muscatine Crews Filling Potholes

Pothole fixing season is underway in Muscatine.

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Gov. Pritzker announces $4 million for Illinois at-risk youth career training

The program provides career training for at-risk youths between ages 16-24.

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Quad Cities organizations provide scholarship resources to Black students

With so many resources available online, finding scholarships specifically for Black students can be a challenge. Two local organizations are finding ways to help.

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Comedian Tammy Pescatelli comes back to the QC; Jay Allen to appear

Tammy Pescatelli Tammy Pescatelli is a comedian who got her start in the Quad Cities at the former Funny Bone comedy club in Davenport. She will perform at 6:30 p.m. April 29 in The Rhythm Room in the Rhythm City Casino, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport. Tickets will be $17 each and must be purchased in tables of two or four to allow enough space for social distancing. Seating will be done on a first-come first-serve basis. Tickets are available at www.rhythmcitycasino.com or by purchasing them from the Market in the casino. “Tammy Pescatelli’s Way After School Special," her new special, is a follow-up to her award-winning Netflix (now Amazon Prime) special “Finding the Funny.” Jay Allen Jay Allen will perform at 8 p.m. July 15 in the Rhythm Room on the casino floor. Tickets will be $25 each and must be purchased in tables of two or four to allow enough space for social distancing. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show and seating will be done on a first-come first-serve basis. Allen, from the Cedar Falls area, is a county musician who made his move to Nashville in 2013 and quickly gained attention from the country music industry. He signed his first publishing deal in 2014, and then teamed with Sony/ATV in 2016. In 2017, he was honored as "The Highway Find" on Sirius XM with his song "Sounds Good To Me". In 2018, Jay wrote a song "Blank Stares" for his mother who passed away from Alzheimer's at age 54. A video of him performing the song live went viral with more than 300 million views on Facebook, and has been featured in national media.

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'There's holes everywhere': Snow melt reveals pothole problems in the Quad Cities

At first it was snow and ice. Now Quad City drivers are facing another hazard on the road, potholes. As we approach the spring weather, and with the snow melting. Public Works crews are beginning to track down those potholes. They have been hiding under snow covered roads, and now the sun is revealing the annual problem is back. "You try to get around one, and there's another one," says Todd Whiting, a frustrated driver. "I just lost a tire last week because of it," says Whiting. "We didn't know what it was then somebody told me it was probably was, and sure enough it was. There's holes everywhere. It's not really much that they can do, but it's frustrating for all of us." Rodd Schick is the Moline Public Works Municipal Service General Manager. "Our main routes are our main priority, because obviously that's where the main volume of traffic is at," says Schick. He says it's that time where many calls are coming in about the hazard. "Just as much as it is an annual phenomenon it's an annual work process that we endeavor to get out and address as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can," says Schick. Schnick says with the temperature changes, people can expect to see more. "Know that the Public works crews across the city are facing these challenges, and are addressing it. We are working as quickly and diligently as possible to make sure things are safe. As far as people out there they just need to be mindful of where they are driving be aware that they are out there," says Schnick. Whiting says he's hoping the city can address the problems sooner rather than later. "You don't put money ahead for things like this. I mean with the pandemic and everything you don't have that extra cash to throw around. I mean it's that time of year, but there could be a lot more done than what they're doing," says Whiting. You can also request to have a pothole fixed. You can do that through the City's Public Work's website. Visit the website, click resident request at the bottom of the page. Then scroll to find potholes. After clicking you can make a request for potholes. You can then proceed by entering the issue location, and writing a brief description of the problem.

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Davenport library presents Iowa Statehood Book Club

The 175th anniversary of Iowa will be celebrated with book discussions relating to Iowa history in a Davenport Public Library presentation. The conversation will start off with each of the four books selected by the State Historical Society of Iowa's Iowa History Book Club. A local perspective on the topics will be presented with the help of the staff of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, the discussion will center on “Iowa: The Middle Land” by Dorothy Schwieder. Books are available through the Rivershare Library Catalog. Registration is not required. The program group will meet virtually using GoTo Meeting. To join from a computer, tablet, or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/259988573 or call 1-571-317-3112, access code 259-988-573 The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.davenportlibrary.com or call the library at 563-326-7832.

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THE SHOES: Davenport woman uses hand painted BLM shoes to start tough conversations

"If it strikes up a conversation, I hope it does. You might be willing to learn to open up your mind a little bit. All it takes is a seed to grow," says Kurylo.

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Quad Cities organizations provide scholarship resources to Black students

With so many resources available online, finding scholarships specifically for Black students can be a challenge. Two local organizations are finding ways to help.

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College students feeling impact of pandemic; Local advocates uses her struggles to help others

Local 4 News is taking time this week to highlight the mental health struggles a lot of people face, and experts say the pandemic is taking a toll on student's mental health  A recent study by the mental health initiative active minds shows 74% of high school students have felt anxious or stressed due to the pandemic. For college students, that number rises to 89%.  Mental health advocate Haley DeGreve is attempting to shift the conversation.  “It seems like mental illness is the only illness that we blame the person for, and we blame ourselves for it too,” she said.   DeGreve is a recent graduate from Augustana College who said she struggled with her mental health while in school.  “I had always struggled with depression and anxiety, but I never knew it until those college stressors were on top of everything else that was going on,” she said.  DeGreve is not alone. Active Minds reports nearly 40% of college students will deal with a serious mental health condition. COVID-19 is causing more students stress. 1 in 4 college students surveyed about the pandemic’s impact said they are feeling more depressed. Over half of those students said they are taking time to check in with others.  Dr. Tiffany Stoner-Harris, a local and professor, said college students are feeling the impacts of the pandemic.  “That brings on a whole other level of anxiety, in terms of the isolation, the lack of normalcy,” she said. “There's such a difference in interaction, you know, when you are face to face with people,  there's like a different energy.”  These stressors are on top of the transitions they are already dealing with.  “Just being away from home, being away from family. Decision-making for the first time. being solely responsible for the day-to-day,” she said.  She encourages students to use campus counseling for help, and says finding support is crucial in college, which is why DeGreve started a campaign to get people talking.  “The Gray Matters Collective is a mental health group that started on Augustana’s campus in February 2019,” she said.  DeGreve said more people now than ever are reaching out for help.  “We have received way more messages, honestly since the pandemic started, because people just don't know how to cope. We're seeing a lot more students struggle with suicidal thoughts,” she said.  This is pushing them to continue the conversation.  “Suicide is the most preventable cause of death out there, and, I just don't know why we aren't doing more about it,” she said.  To learn more about the Gray Matter Collective, click the link here.  To learn more about Dr. Tiffany Stoner Harris, click the link here.  For a list of local mental health services, visit the link here. 

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Wanted: Have you seen these fugitives?

It’s a Local 4 News exclusive. You can get an elevated reward for information on this week’s cases. Willie Reese, 56, is 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Reese is wanted by Rock Island Police for two counts of aggravated battery and possession of a weapon by a felon. Alvin Houston, Sr., 43, is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Houston is wanted by Davenport Police for second degree sexual abuse. He is also wanted by U.S. Marshals for probation violation on the original charge of possession of a weapon. You have a week to contact police for an elevated reward. Call the tip line at 309-762-9500. All tips are anonymous.

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Goodbye snow, hello spring

Finally, temperatures have returned to normal, even though our normals feel like spring! As nice as the weather is, this will mean a lot of that snow will be going away. Our peak snow depth was on February 16th and 18th with a depth of 15 inches. Today we are down to 9 inches in the Quad Cities! Cold temperatures kept most of the snowpack down. Now with temps well above freezing, we are seeing more and more of that snow melting. This is an look at the snow melt in our area from the Office of Water Prediction. Just in the past 24 hours we've seen around 0.39 and 0.98 inches of water melting, which roughtly equates to 2 inches of melted snow. As of today (Feb. 24th) our snow depth is at 9 inches, which is down from the earlier this week where the depth was at a foot. More melting is on the way this week! Temperatures over the next 10 days will stay close to the mid-40s, offering a lot more snowmelt! I would not be surprised to see most of the snow gone by the end of the first week of March!

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Looking for help with your mental health? Here's a list of local resources.

Bethany for Children and Families 1830-6 th Ave. Moline; 309-797-7700 Counseling for children and families; Private pay only. www.bethany-qc.org  Center for Family Solutions (formerly Catholic Charities) 4703-44th Street, Rock Island; 309-788-9581 Counseling for children and families; Medical Card, some private insurance, sliding fee scale for private pay accepted. www.cyfsolutions.org  Center for Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) Locations in Bettendorf, Davenport, East Moline and Rock Island; 563-326-4116 Services for children and adults; Medical Card, some private insurance, sliding fee scale for private pay accepted. www.cads-ia.com  Child Abuse Council 400-16th Street, Rock Island; 309-786-1466 Counseling for children ages 0-5 years old and must qualify; services are at no cost. www.childabuseqc.org Child and Family Psychology Center 3919-16th Street, Moline; 309-797-6979 Counseling for children and adults; some private insurance accepted and sliding fee scale for private pay.  Comprehensive Psychological Services 1302-7 th Street, Moline; 309-762-3931 Counseling for children and adults; some private insurance accepted and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.compsychserv.net Family Counseling & Psychology Center Locations in Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Aledo; 563-355-1611 Counseling for children, adults and families; some private insurance accepted and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.qcfamilycounseling.com  Community Health Care - https://www.chcqca.org/; (563) 336-3000) Locations Davenport, Clinton, Moline, East Moline, Muscatine, Edgerton, Rock Island. Family Resources, Inc. Locations in Davenport, Moline and Rock Island; 563-326-6431 Services for children, adults and families; Medical Card, some private insurance and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.famres.org  Life Connections Peer Recovery Services - Location 24/7 Peer Respite Support Line, Call: (516)-688-7484; 909 6th Avenue De Witt, IA 52742 https://www.lifeconnectionsrecovery.org/ Lutheran Social Services Locations in Davenport and Rock Island; 309-786-6400 Counseling for children and adults; Iowa Medical Card, some private insurance and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.lsiowa.org  Marriage and Family Counseling Services 1800-3 rd Ave., Rock Island; 309-786-4491 Counseling for couples and families; some private insurance accepted and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.mfcqc.org  Psychology Associates Locations in Davenport and Bettendorf; 563-355-2577 Counseling for children and adults; Iowa Medical Card, some private insurance and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.genesishealth.com  Psychology Health Group 2102-E. 38th Street, Davenport; 563-359-4049 Counseling for children, adults, couples, and families; some private insurance accepted and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.phgqc.com  Psychological Services 4324-7 th Street, Moline; 309-757-9000 Counseling for children and adults; some private insurance accepted and sliding fee scale for private pay. Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health Locations in Rock Island and Moline; 309-779-2800; 24 Hour Crisis Intervention 309-779-2999 Services for children, adults and families; Medical Card, some private insurance and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.trinityqc.com  School Health LINK Locations in Rock Island and Silvis; 309-732-0958 Services for children to age 21 (if enrolled in high school); Medical card and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.rockislandcounty.org  Southpark Psychology Locations in Moline and Silvis; 309-797-2900 Counseling for adults only; some private insurance and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.southparkpsychology.com  Transitions Mental Health Rehabilitation 805-19th Street, Rock Island; 309-793-4993 Services for children and adults; Medical Card, some private insurance and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.transrehab.org  Vera French Community Mental Health Center Locations in Bettendorf and Davenport; 563-383-1900 Services for children, adults and families; Medical Card, some private insurance and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.verafrenchmhc.org Youth Service Bureau 4709-44th Street, Rock Island; 309-793-3460 Services for children to age 21; some private insurance and sliding fee scale for private pay. www.ysbri.com  Resource Numbers: Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673) National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

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How the Johnson & Johnson vaccine differs from Pfizer and Moderna

It could be into arms as soon as it receives clearance.

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'I just hit the ground and waited for it to be over.' Neighbor sees gunfire incident Wednesday outside his home

Dory Helton was sitting on his porch when the gunfire started about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 13th and Farnam streets, Davenport. He had taken a sick day off from work. “I was just sitting here minding my own business," said Helton, who lives in the house at the corner of the incident. At first, he thought some kids might be setting off fireworks. Then he saw the incident he says involved three vehicles. "A guy stuck his hand out the window, starting firing off a couple of shots," Helton said. "Then I saw another car back up. His passenger side window was completely shattered." "There’s glass all down in the road down there," Helton said. "There was another guy trying to shoot at him as he was trying to get away." "One kid dipped out of the car, took off running – there was just a lot of chaos!" Helton said. "Pretty much all I saw was just a bunch of kids waving guns out the windows, shooting at each other." There were no license plates on the cars, Helton said. “They all seemed to be shooting at the one vehicle – two against one, it looked like." Local 4 News, first at the scene, saw several police officers, including a crime technician, gathered in the area, talking with neighbors and searching the location for shell casings. Meanwhile, Helton said, he already had bullet holes in the house where he lives. “Once I saw the gun come out the window, all I did was hit the ground," he said. "I just hit the ground and waited for it to be over – it’s all I could do.” Davenport Police are on the scene after gunfire in the area of 14th and Farnam, Davenport. Local 4 News, first on the scene, sees officers talk with neighbors and search the area. pic.twitter.com/0K3KAsblqQ— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) February 24, 2021 Davenport Police are on the scene after gunfire in the area of 14th and Farnam, Davenport. Local 4 News, first on the scene, sees officers talk with neighbors and search the area. pic.twitter.com/M4y12F99RP— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) February 24, 2021 This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.com for updates. Got a news tip? Forward it to Local 4 on Twitter or Facebook or download our app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

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The Battle Within: DJ Carton’s journey through mental health (pt. 2)

January 30th, 2020 is a date that DJ Carton and his family will remember forever. That's the day he left Ohio State. Many Questioned if DJ would ever play basketball again but for the Carton's they just wanted to make sure DJ was DJ again. The night he left Ohio State he was being evaluated by their therapist and the doctor for being suicidal. When he went back home in Bettendorf things did not get better and DJ struggled with the smallest activities. "Things became even more difficult, watching him eat was physically impossible. We would go to an event and he would make himself eat and you would see him go almost throwing up in his month trying to force himself to eat a hamburger. It was so hard to watch. His favorite foods he would eat he couldn't even eat them" said Jennifer and Dale Carton DJ's mother and father. The news that DJ left Ohio State got out quickly but DJ did not shy away from the attention. He wanted everyone to know why he did it. "I told them I wanted to make it public to why I was doing it and I told them because I wanted to help people out. Because I saw myself in a spot where I knew I was going through stuff and I knew things in my life were hard but I also thought it was a weakness to tell people about it" said Carton. During that time at home, DJ built a strong bond with his family and took time to focus on himself. After 6 months away from the game DJ decided to play at Marquette, but he still needs to trust that his coaches love DJ the person not just the basketball player. Tune into Local 4 at 5 tomorrow for the final part of the series.

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City of Galesburg developing new website, wants public input

Galesburg is asking residents what information they'd like to see on the website and preferences on how that information can be accessed.

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DEVELOPING: Large police presence at 13th and Farnam in Davenport

Davenport Police are responding at 13th and Farnam St.

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Spring events coming up in Rock Island

Things are warming up, making it easier to think about spring. And that's what the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department is doing right now. Dan Gleason with the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department joined Local 4 News at 4 via Zoom to tell us about some upcoming events. For more information, visit this website or call 309-732-7275.

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Bettendorf man found guilty of trying to lure child into car in Rock Island

He will be sentenced March 29.

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COVID-19 kills one in Scott County

The death toll in Scott County is 205. Rock Island County did not report a virus-related death Wednesday and its total remained at 304.

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COVID-19 kills one in Scott County

The death toll in Scott County is 205. Rock Island County did not report a virus-related death Wednesday and its total remained at 304.

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Scott County voters asked to approve schools measures. Here's what's on the ballot

In-person early absentee voting has begun for the March 2 Scott County special school elections.

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Iowa county auditors react to changes in voting bill

The bill would cut the time allowed for early and mail-in voting, prevent county auditors from sending absentee request forms, and penalize auditors who don’t follow the rules.

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Illinois officials report 2,022 new COVID-19 cases, 44 deaths Wednesday

IDPH is now reporting 1,179,342 total cases and 20,374 deaths since the pandemic began.

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Deere Hosts First Online Shareholders Meeting

It's difficult to know what shareholders thought about Deere and Company's first, virtual annual meeting. But they're probably satisfied with record, first quarter earnings and an 18% increase in the dividend.

Quad-City Times Everyday People: Snowshoeing is a word - and still a thing Quad-City Times

Everyday People: Snowshoeing is a word - and still a thing

Cross country skiing. Sledding. Snowshoeing?

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Everyday People: Snowshoeing is a word - and still a thing

Cross country skiing. Sledding. Snowshoeing?

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How the Hawkeyes have stuck together through the pandemic

Student-athletes across the country face internal and external pressures throughout the course of their careers. During a worldwide pandemic, however, the impacts of those pressure can have a strain on one's mental health and well-being. Iowa (redshirt) junior Connor McCaffery discusses how the Hawkeyes have relied on each other to get through a difficult time.

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21 new COVID-19 cases in Rock Island County

The Rock Island County Health Department reported 21 new COVID-19 on Wednesay, bringing the overall total to 12,813. There were no reported deaths, leaving that number at 304. There are currently 15 patients hospitalized in the county. The new cases are: 1 man in his 80s1 man in his 70s2 men in their 50s4 men in their 30s1 man in his 20s1 man in his teens2 boy younger than 131 woman in her 80s2 women in their 70s2 women in their 60s1 woman in her 40s2 women in their 20s1 girl younger than 13 For a more complete look at the numbers from the local counties, visit our COVID-19 Cases in Illinois & Iowa webpage. To get more statistics about COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

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Iowa U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley backs state election law changes

States should take a closer look at their election laws to protect against fraud in mail-in voting, Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said Wednesday.

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Tyson Offers Vaccine to Joslin Workers

About half the workers at the Tyson beef plant in Joslin have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Last weekend, with help from Hy-Vee, the company held a free clinic and gave shots to 800 workers, joining 200 others who had already received vaccinations on their own. Spokesman Derek Burleson says Tyson is not requiring its employees to get vaccinated. "We're strongly encouraging it and we want to make it accessible to them. Based on my conversations with that plant leadership they've indicated that there's even greater interest from those team members who had not signed up to be vaccinated now that they've seen the process and become a little bit more familiar with it." Future clinics are possible, but he says until then, workers can get four hours of paid time off to get a shot on their own. Tyson also operates a pork plant in Columbus Junction, but is waiting to find out from the local health department when vaccine might be available for those employees. Burleson says since

OurQuadCities.com Grant Street ramp to Illinois-bound I-74 closing OurQuadCities.com

Grant Street ramp to Illinois-bound I-74 closing

On Monday, March 1, the Grant Street/U.S. 67 loop ramp to the old I-74 bridge will be closed. Once the ramp is closed, motorists going to River Drive or 7th Avenue in Moline will only be able to access the bridge from State Street. The Grant Street/U.S. 67 off-ramp (Exit 4) on Illinois-bound I-74 will remain open to allow access to downtown Bettendorf and the State Street on-ramp to the old I-74 bridge. Another change coming to the traffic pattern surrounding the construction is the addition of a second left turn lane on westbound Middle Road to get to the Illinois-bound I-74 on-ramp. Motorists should watch for new pavement markings and signs at Middle Road. In early April, the old 7th Avenue off-ramp will be closed and the new 6th/7th Avenue off-ramp on the new I-74 bridge will open. Once this takes place, the old I-74 bridge will only provide access to River Drive. Motorists going to 6th/7th Avenue will need to use the new I-74 bridge to Moline. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. For more information about I-74 bridge project updates, visit this website.

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Downtown Bettendorf I-74 ramp to close

Beginning Monday, the only access to the old I-74 bridge from Bettendorf to downtown Moline will be from the State Street on-ramp.

Quad-City Times Lenten fish fries return in the Quad-Cities, with changes Quad-City Times

Lenten fish fries return in the Quad-Cities, with changes

Organizers of the long-running Lenten fish fry at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Davenport weren't sure what to expect last week when they offered their first-ever, drive-through only event.

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Watch Now: Bodycam video shows New Jersey police rescuing boy stuck in marsh

Video from New Jersey State Police shows an officer rescuing a 14-year-old boy from freezing marshland, where he was stuck on Sunday night.

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Watch Now: Bodycam video shows New Jersey police rescuing boy stuck in marsh

Video from New Jersey State Police shows an officer rescuing a 14-year-old boy from freezing marshland, where he was stuck on Sunday night.

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Iowa officials report 723 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths over 24 hours

As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 334,106 people have tested positive for the virus, and 5,415 people have died since the pandemic began.

OurQuadCities.com Texas storm delays shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for Rock Island County OurQuadCities.com

Texas storm delays shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for Rock Island County

Vaccinations for COVID-19 slowed down this week around the Quad Cities area — specifically, Rock Island County. It's not because of a lack of effort from the Rock Island County Health Department, though. Recent bad weather that crippled Texas caused shipping problems that kept more doses from being delivered. On Tuesday, Rock Island County only administered 200 doses — most of them for people who needed the second dose. Rock Island County health officials say they are prepared to do more each week. "We have the plans and the abilities and the partners to be able to get the vaccine out a lot faster than it is actually happening, and that's just because of supply problems," said Rock Island County Health Department Chief Operating Officer Janet Hill. "Our mass vaccination clinic can handle 1,000 folks, and this week, we're doing 200." While a smaller number of people got vaccinated this week, Rock Island County health officials say every dose matters.

OurQuadCities.com Galesburg police officer who was almost hit by a semi-truck speaks out OurQuadCities.com

Galesburg police officer who was almost hit by a semi-truck speaks out

Officer Dan Williams will not be forgetting last Monday anytime soon. On February 15th, Williams and Galesburg police were responding to accidents caused by black ice on I-74. During this, a semi-truck drove up behind the pulled-over police car and nearly hit officer Williams before the truck swerved into the highway median. With this close call, the Galesburg police department and officer Williams want to raise awareness of the importance of Illinois "Move Over" law.

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Iowa drug agents seize more lethal doses of fentanyl in 2020 than people within the state

According to a report, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Iowa took in an estimated $2.8 million worth of methamphetamine and marijuana in the state in 2020.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Being Held At Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds

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School district giving away food boxes to families in need

The Moline-Coal Valley School District is partnering with the River Bend Foodbank to distribute food supplemental boxes to families in need. Food boxes will be handed out starting at 10 a.m. until supplies last on the first three Fridays in March: Friday, March 5Friday, March 12Friday, March 19 Families can pick up the food boxes in the parking lot of John Deere Middle School, located at 2035 11th St., Moline. Boxes may include fruit, vegetables, protein and dairy. Any Moline-Coal Valley School District family, including those with students attending school outside of the district, is eligible to receive a food box. "We are so grateful to our community partner, the River Bend Foodbank, for supplying the boxes for our families," said the Moline-Coal Valley School District in a Facebook post. The school district reminds families that student meals can be picked up at John Deere Middle School and Wilson Middle School on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Signs a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder

We've been taking a look this week at how mental health illnesses can have serious ramifications. When depression and anxiety are left untreated, it can sometimes lead to an eating disorder. Those conditions affect 29 million Americans. We examine how winter months can add to the problem in the Quad Cities in Part 2 of our series ‘The Battle Within,’ highlighting mental health. If you know someone who has a mental health need, links to local resources are below: * Vera French Community Mental Health Center – https://www.verafrenchmhc.org/ * Genesis Health – https://www.genesishealth.com/care-treatment/behavioral-health/psych_associates/

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About Town: Help the service industry, Figge Free Family Day, and a Mardi Gras pizza

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Quad-City Times Home-building begins on former Bettendorf school site; neighborhood to be called Jefferson Place Quad-City Times

Home-building begins on former Bettendorf school site; neighborhood to be called Jefferson Place

Home construction has begun on the site of the former Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Bettendorf that was closed at the end of the 2018-19 school year and subsequently demolished.

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Abandoned Vehicle Outside The Rock n’ Roll Mansion

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First Female NFL Referee to visit the Quad Cities

Sarah Thomas to visit the Quad City Area.

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Quad Citians rush to car washes as temperatures warm up

The Quad Cities have experienced weeks full of snow, ice and salt, causing a build up of dirt on cars.

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Professor Juggles Variety of Musical Projects

After a brutal 2020, Shelley Cooper is back in musical heaven as 2021 is shaping up to be busy and fulfilling. The Augustana College assistant professor of theater arts recently filmed two special performances for Circa ’21; she’s directing a new college production of “Into the Woods” this month; choreographing the next Circa mainstage show in March, and directing the Circa musical after that; performing a one-woman original show at the Black Box Theatre in late March, and then going to Orlando, Florida, to do the same show by June. Plus, her regular musical theater teaching schedule at Augustana. “I’m excited, though. I am beyond grateful. I went from being bored out of my mind, to having a lot of really exciting things on the horizon, which is very needed right now, honestly.” Part of her pain in 2020 was seeing the Augie rock musical she was directing last spring, Green Day’s “American Idiot,” canceled before its April performances. Over 20 students were in that show, and its future

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Security guard injured after theft suspect tries to run away

A security guard suffered injuries after a suspect with a knife tried to take off from police at Menards. 29-year-old William Houk, of Davenport, faces a felony charge of second-degree robbery and a misdemeanor charge of interference with official acts after an incident Monday at Menards. Shortly before 3:45 p.m., Davenport police responded to Menards, 6600 N. Brady St., Davenport, for a report of a theft in progress. “The suspect had several open knives that he removed from packing on his person,” the arrest affidavit says. When officers made contact with Houk, he “reached into his right pocket for several seconds revealing the display of a black pocketknife in a threatening manner.” After he was told to drop the knife, he set it down on a shelf, saying he “can't go to jail,” and immediately began running from police and security officers. A Menards security officer was able to stop Houk, and in the process suffered an injury to his left shoulder and several cuts to his right hand and left leg. After Houk was searched, they found several packaged and unpackaged items - for which Houk did not pay - worth a total of $404.68. After he was read his Miranda Rights, Houk admitted to concealing the items to sell them later. Houk, held Wednesday on a total of $15,000 bond in Scott County Jail, has further proceedings set for Feb. 25 in Scott County Court and again March 5.

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WVIK Good Morning from WVIK News for Wednesday, February 24, 2021 WVIK

Good Morning from WVIK News for Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Clinton man sentenced to federal prison in methamphetamine conspiracy case

The conspiracy involved multiple kilograms of methamphetamine.

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Silvis man sentenced to federal prison on gun charge

He pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm on Oct. 15 in U.S. District Court, Davenport, court record show.

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Talking Art with Emily Nash and Bruno Silva

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra will perform a tribute to the unique sound of American music with their Signature Series III concert on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM, inspired by the Figge Art Museum’s exhibition For America . This intimate string trio performance will be available for a limited socially distanced audience at the Figge as well as via digital access/live streaming. Emily Nash, Associate Concertmaster and violinist; Bruno Silva, violist; and Kit Pollen, Associate Principal and double bassist for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra , will perform works by three American composers. The first portion of the program features Silent Moon by Augusta Read Thomas, three movements written for violin and viola which evoke the stillness of winter. After a brief pause, the tempo and style will change with six selections being played by the composers Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor - bluegrass/folk compositions hailing from their Appalachia Waltz album in 1996 and from

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Officials announce access changes as work continues on Illinois-bound I-74 bridge

Beginning Monday, the Grant Street/U.S. 67 loop ramp to the old I-74 bridge will be closed, weather permitting.

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This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island. Are you one of those kids whose parents went off to Disney World and all you got was this lousy T-shirt that announced that very thing? Try not to be too jealous of Billy in the following story.

OurQuadCities.com City of Clinton looking for someone to design RAGBRAI logo OurQuadCities.com

City of Clinton looking for someone to design RAGBRAI logo

If you're looking to show off your artistic talents or know someone who is, you could help the city of Clinton design a logo for RAGBRAI. The annual bike race through Iowa goes through different cities each year and this year will ride through Clinton. Visit Clinton, Iowa is asking for people in the community to submit a logo to be used during RAGBRAI. It will be displayed on social media, t-shirts and more. "This is an opportunity for our whole city, not just the tourism department, but really all of our city stands to benefit from it and we want to showcase who we are and what we have to offer so it's just a great way that all of the town can get involved," said Lesley Webster, director of Clinton Convention and Visitor's Bureau. She's asking people to submit their design as soon as possible. Submissions can be emailed to lwebster@clintonia.com. The 'Visit Clinton, Iowa' Facebook page posted more information on what the logo should have: Our theme is "Rolling to the River." Logos should include as many of the following as possible: • Theme • River wave symbol (like on Lincoln Highway / Liberty Square and other locations) • Lighthouse or Paddle Wheel • Something related to music • Primary colors either red and blue or orange and blue.

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Boil order issued for parts of Milan

Village officials say the boil order will remain in effect until further notice

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Boil order issued for parts of Milan

The Village of Milan has issued a boil order until further notice for parts of the area due to a water main break. The boil order is in place for residents experiencing loss of water pressure in the Matthew Heights Addition, including all Village water users located in these areas: 400 and 500 blocks of West 14th Avenue1300 block of West 4th Street to Blackhawk Avenue400 to 500 block of Blackhawk Avenue1200 to 1400 block of West 5th StreetWest 12th Avenue from 500 block around to West 4th Street No restaurants were affected.

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Births for Thursday, Feb. 24, 2021

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Police at 2 scenes of reported gunfire early Wednesday

Davenport police responded to reports of two different gunfire scenes late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers went to the 1700 block of Emerald Drive for a report of gunfire. Local 4 News, the only station at the scene, saw officers search the neighborhood for some time. Not long after that, police responded to an alley in the 1900 block of West 3rd Street, where they found multiple shell casings. Local 4 News, also the only station at that scene, saw officers search in the alley and talk to neighbors. "This is too close to home," a neighbor who was driving by the location told Local 4 News. We do not know whether anyone was injured or arrested in connection with either incident. Davenport Police are in the area of the 1700 block of Emerald Dr., Davenport. Local 4 News, only station at the scene, sees officers search the area. pic.twitter.com/Oynh0edBUs— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) February 24, 2021 Davenport Police are in the area of the 1700 block of Emerald Dr., Davenport. Local 4 News, only station at the scene, sees officers search the area. pic.twitter.com/LEKEBVk2h6— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) February 24, 2021 BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired in Davenport. Police have found multiple casings in an alley behind the 1900 block of West 3rd Street. @WHBF pic.twitter.com/p7xo97Tu9i— Ryan Risky (@rriskyyy) February 24, 2021 This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.com for updates. Got a news tip? Forward it to Local 4 on Twitter or Facebook or download our app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

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As covid cases decline nationally and locally, local expert says country hasn’t hit “all-clear” yet

Although mask wearing and vaccines are helping

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"You get these traumatic thoughts in your head that shouldn’t be there,": a Davenport senior opens up about mental health during Pandemic

Kopp says 99-percent of people who have died from Covid-19 are over the age of 55 in Iowa.

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Silvis Mayor defeats city administrator in rare primary election

The incumbent Mayor Carter won the primary race over challenger James Grafton with almost two-thirds of the total votes.

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Boil order issued for parts of Milan, IL

The City issued a boil order after a water main break Tuesday night.

WQAD.com "You get these traumatic thoughts in your head that shouldn’t be there,": a Davenport senior opens up about mental health during Pandemic WQAD.com

"You get these traumatic thoughts in your head that shouldn’t be there,": a Davenport senior opens up about mental health during Pandemic

Kopp says 99-percent of people who have died from Covid-19 are over the age of 55 in Iowa.

WQAD.com Rock Island County sees fewest COVID-19 cases since August WQAD.com

Rock Island County sees fewest COVID-19 cases since August

The county had not seen a day with a single-digit number of new cases since August 23.

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Iowa governor issues flag half staff order to honor COVID victims

Gov. Reynolds is order the flags to be lowered in honor of the 500,000 American lives lost to COVID-19.

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Iowa governor issues flag half staff order to honor COVID victims

Gov. Reynolds is order the flags to be lowered in honor of the 500,000 American lives lost to COVID-19.

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Rock Island County Health Department: “Please stop double booking timeslots”

Health Dept. says “double booking” time slots takes opportunity away from others

WQAD.com First woman to officiate the Super Bowl will headline women's conference in Bettendorf WQAD.com

First woman to officiate the Super Bowl will headline women's conference in Bettendorf

Sarah Thomas is scheduled to be at the Women Lead Change Quad Cities Conference on October 13, 2021.

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Still missing: A son vanishes 7 months ago; a worried father clings to hope

A father from Burlington seeks answers after his 50-year-old son disappeared seven months ago. Troy Dougherty disappeared on July 14 last year. Dougherty and his father James Seaborn worked together to restore houses and flip them. Dougherty's father, James Seaborn, says he never returned home from work that night and has been missing ever since. Troy Dougherty has been missing since July 14. Dougherty and his father, James Seaborn, both were handymen and would flip houses. They were in the process of restoring two more houses in Burlington. That night, Troy pulled up to his house when he got home from work, but his father says he never walked in the door. This has left Seaborn with many unanswered questions. "Seeing his truck pull up ... Did he go in the house, did he walk off somewhere else down an alley to a house, did he get in another vehicle with somebody?" Seaborn wonders. Seaborn and his wife adopted Troy when he was 12. He was one of many foster kids they took in. Seaborn says, out of all of them, he had a special connection with Troy. "He was the most loyal. I sat in a hospital room for days and he would never leave," Seaborn said. "He would never go home. They would bring him a tray of food every time they brought me one. They were so impressed that he would just sit in that chair next to me." Seaborn says he could tell that, from a young age, Troy was really smart. He became very good at building things. "He was always pulling radios, TVs, things that were broken out of toasters, things out of the garbage, and he would tinker with them," Seaborn said. "I remember I had a four-plex. I had it gutted and I showed him how to do the electric and all the new wiring on two walls." "He was 14 years old," Seaborn said. "He did that whole four-plex." As time passes, Seaborn says he knows the possibility Troy still is alive is bleak: "I honestly don't think that I will get his remains in my lifetime."

WQAD.com "Paint your own picture": Rock Island Milan first Black superintendent shares life long lesson he learned in third grade WQAD.com

"Paint your own picture": Rock Island Milan first Black superintendent shares life long lesson he learned in third grade

Dr. Lawrence says he first experienced racism getting off the bus to head to his third grade integrated school.

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Galesburg firefighters hold virtual 'Fill the Boot' fundraiser to take place of in-person events during pandemic

Firefighters have found a way to continue to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.