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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Quad-City Times LogoBettendorf biker riding to thank Navy SEAL

Bettendorf biker riding to thank Navy SEAL

Bill Christman wants to make a sacrifice.

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Pedestrian transported by ambulance after being struck by SUV

A man on foot who was struck by a sports utility vehicle late Sunday near Taco Bell, 1443 W. Locust St., Davenport, was transported by ambulance to a hospital.

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Four people survive spillway accident

MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) – Iowa DNR officers are calling it a miracle. They say four people escaped serious injury when their boat went speeding over the spillway at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine just before 11 PM on Saturday. Pat Hepker has lived near the spillway for eight years. On Saturday, she woke up to someone pounding on her front door. “I was afraid to answer at first and he said, ‘Please call the police, hurry my friends are hurt, call the police, call the police,'” she said. She dialed 911 and later learned four people had gone speeding over the spillway. Cons…

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Letter: Pension jeer took page out of Obama's book

Never would I have expected to find the long arm of the Obama administration logic appear to me on the editorial page of The Dispatch/Argus.

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Letter: Choices matter -- Your future depends upon them

In Scott Reeder's world it doesn't matter what the voices of thousands of union members say. He is a…

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How to revive lost art of bipartisanship

Political wrangling in Washington is as old as the Republic itself, and partisan battles over ideas and power will surely be with us long into the future. But the current era of hyper-partisanship has frequently paralyzed congressional decision-making and led both Republicans and Democrats to fail the most basic tests of governance.

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An Illinois public union strike looming

From my distant vantage point, I foresee as inevitable a first-ever strike in July by state of Illinois public employee unions.

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View from QCA: Remember heroes of Iwo Jima this Memorial Day

The iconic flag raising on Mt. Suribachi during World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima occurred 70 years ago.

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Augustana commencement speaker gives graduates the secrets to success

A recent study done by Gallup showed students who had six specific experiences in college were better prepared for their future endeavors. The Gallup “Big Six” experiences were whether they had a professor who made them excited about learning, whether they had a professor who cared about them as a person, whether they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals, if they worked on a project that took a semester or more to complete, if they had an internship or job that applied what they were learning in the classroom, and if they were extremely active in extracurricular a…

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Tornado Watch canceled early - May 24th

The Tornado Watch that was supposed to go until 1 a.m. in the Quad Cities has been canceled early for most of the Local 4 area.  As of 10:30 p.m. it is still in effect for Bureau, Stark and Knox counties.  …

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Backwater Gamblers are back

The weather is warming up and the Backwater Gamblers are back!This is their 36th season on the water.The non-profit water ski show team performs for free every Wednesday and Sunday at the Rock River in Rock Island and although Sunday was rainy, they still had a large crowd of spectators."It takes many many years to learn some of the tricks that we do, but have some much expertise on the club now that we have the ability to teach these young skiers faster so that they can get out in the show a lot quicker," said Dennis Heggen who has been the Backwater Gamblers all 36 years.The …

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Moline family escapes from house fire

A Moline family escaped safely after a blaze broke out in a two-story home shortly before noon Sunday.

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House fire to displace family for months

Around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, a fire broke out at a home in Moline.According to the Moline Fire captain, a teenage boy was inside the home at the time.Neighbors noticed flames coming from the house and called police. The boy made it out unharmed with any injuries."The resident that was home didn't actually know that the structure was on fire," said Captain Brian Vyncke, with the Moline Fire Department.Fire officials say the home is not a total loss, but the family will be displaced for a few months. The Red Cross was on scene to assist."Moline had an engine, which…

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Bettendorf looks to boost its façade program

After the Interstate 74 Bridge project forced Sue Fuller to relocate her salon out of downtown Bettendorf in 2013, she debated calling it quits after 36 years of styling hair in the community.

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Preparing for a tornado

As we witnessed here in the Quad Cities Sunday night, storms can start small but have the potential to take a dangerous turn very quickly -- especially now, in the most active tornado month."You can never be too prepared," said Captain Terry Engle with the Illinois Police Department.Engle says preparing is usually an afterthought to everyday people, but he admits planning can be challenge."No matter how hard you try you'll never have it all figured out," Engle said. "You got to learn to think as thing evolve."Experts say if you have to ta…

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Services set for 3 of 4 accident victims in Jo Daviess County

Services are pending for three of four people who died in a head-on crash Thursday in Jo Daviess County, Ill.

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Tornado Warnings Issued in the QCA

This evening 2 tornado warnings were issued in the Quad Cities Area. At 7:04 pm on Sunday May 24 the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning for Mercer & Rock Island counties. This was after issuing a tornado watch for the entire viewing area at 5:36pm. A line of strong thunderstorms was moving NE at 40 mph and a trained NWS spotter reported and confirmed a tornado that touched down at 6:55pm. The tornado was located 5 miles South of Illinois City and 9 miles SSE of Muscatine. The reported tornado destroyed an outbuilding and numerous trees at 65th street & County road.

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Your Photos: Stormy Sunday during Memorial Day weekend

A tornado watch is in effect for the entire viewing area until 1 a.m. Check watches and warnings here.  Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment News 8 viewers shared their photos as tornado warnings popped up early evening, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Quad-City Times LogoWalnut Grove continues Heritage Days with undampened enthusiasm

Walnut Grove continues Heritage Days with undampened enthusiasm

The cowboy’s .45-caliber guns were visible on each hip under his leather duster, which was dampened by the rain. His boots clunked up the wooden stairs to the Bison Saloon, where he quenched h……

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Quit telling me the Cubs are good!

It has come to my attention the Chicago Cubs are good and/or great.

OurQuadCities.com LogoTornado Watch Update

Tornado Watch Update

AP: BULLETIN000WOUS64 KWNS 250043WOU7TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 207NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK743 PM CDT SUN MAY 24 2015TORNADO WATCH 207 REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 AM CDT FOR THEFOLLOWING LOCATIONSILC007-011-015-017-021-037-039-057-067-071-073-085-095-099-103-105-107-109-113-115-123-125-129-131-137-141-143-155-161-167-169-171-175-177-179-187-195-201-203-250600-/O.CON.KWNS.TO.A.0207.000000T0000Z-150525T0600Z/IL.    ILLINOIS COUNTIES INCLUDED AREBOONE                BUREAU              …

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Tornado sighted in Illinois City area

The Quad-Cities region remains under a tornado watch now until 1 a.m. Monday after a tornado was sighted in the Illinois City area in Rock Island County. The tornado warning expires at 7:30 p.m.

Quad-City Times LogoClarissa C. Cook legacy lives on in revamped facility

Clarissa C. Cook legacy lives on in revamped facility

Clarissa C. Cook likely would be proud.

Quad-City Times LogoNew technology network helps farmers share crop data

New technology network helps farmers share crop data

The technology know-how of Silicon Valley is meeting the expertise of today's farmers in a new tech start-up company with Quad-City roots.

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Tornado Watch issued for the Quad Cities - May 24th

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the Quad Cities and Local 4 area until 1 a.m.  This means conditions are favorable for some thunderstorms to be strong/severe and tornadoes are possible this evening.  As of 5:48 p.m. no warnings are in effect around the Quad Cities.  Hail will also be possible with storms as they move through the Local 4 area this evening.  A warm front is draped across our area and as storms encounter this front the potential is there for any storm to flare up.  Download our ourquadcities.com app to keep up to date with the…

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Suspect in Taylor Ridge Post Office robbery faces several firearms charges

The man accused of robbing the Taylor Ridge, Illinois Post Office is facing a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. A statement from the Department of Justice says that 40-year-old Walker Hampton robbed two employees at the post office in January of 2015, brandishing a handgun in the process. Furthering the offense, on February 25, Hampton allegedly possessed stolen firearms and was a felon in possession of firearms, according to the statement. Previous reports indicate that Hampton also was facing a charge of attempted escape after scraping mortar away from the glass blocks of a …

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Preparing for the 50th Quad Cities Criterium

For 50 years, bikers have gathered in the Quad Cities for the annual Criterium races. Monday the tradition continues. The Village of East Davenport will be filled with bikers and spectators Monday, for the Quad Cities' 50th Criterium. The race will start and end at the intersection of Jersey Ridge Road and 11th Street. "We are just excited to be watching this year," said Kim Wessel, owner of Calla furniture store. The Village of East Davenport will be flooded with people enjoying the day's festivities."We are really excited to bring in some of our beer vendors, a…

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Patriot Guard attends Memorial Day services

It was all about honoring our fallen soldiers, as Patriot Guard riders attended several ceremonies across the Quad Cities. The men and women of the Patriot Guard honor the heroes of our area. They say they pay tribute to all of the people who risk their lives for others, including veterans, those still serving, and those who serve in our community, like police officers and firefighters. But on Memorial Day weekend, they say it's even more important to honor those who have fought for our freedom."It's a special day. All days we should remember, but this is a special day where we can gathe…

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Anti-bullying bill designed for Iowa schools is voted down in the House

A bill aimed at preventing bullying in Iowa schools was voted down in the Iowa House. The legislation outlines ways to reduce bullying in schools, like extra training, programs, and correctively responding to bullying incidents.  The bill prompts schools to create anti-bullying advisory committees that would be in charge of prevention, awareness and intervention of bullying. In addition to those methods of preventing bullying, the bill would allow schools to take corrective action even if bullying happened off school grounds or on the internet. Back in March of 2015, the Iowa Senate passed th…

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QCA Memorial Day Events

Here's a list of some of the Memorial Day events around the Quad Cities:96th Annual Memorial Day Service at Summit Church, Utica Ridge Road and Blackhawk Trail, 9 AMRock Island Arsenal Memorial Day Ceremony, Rock Island National Cemetery, 10:45 AM.  Visitors older than 16 need a current photo I.D.Scott County Freedom Rock lighting ceremony, LeClaire levee, 8:30 PMMemorial Day Service, Milan American Legion, 515 W. 1st Ave.  11 AMGlendale Cemetery wreath laying, 598 S. 14th St. LeClaire, 10:30 AM  Bridgeview Elementary school ceremony and concert, 316 S. 12th St. LeClaire, 11 AM…

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How to stay safe on a jet ski this summer

  DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC)- The rain kept most boats on land this Sunday, but the boating season is just beginning. Iowa DNR officers say they gave out a handful of tickets and warnings to personal watercraft riders yesterday. Mainly for riding too close too one another and to beaches and swimmers. If you are heading out on a jet ski this summer, each rider must have a life jacket on and the kill switch attached to the driver. There must also be a horn and a fire extinguisher on board. If you and a friend are riding together, you must stay beyond fifty feet of each other, and one hundred fe…

WQAD.com LogoJuan Pablo Montoya wins 99th Indy 500

Juan Pablo Montoya wins 99th Indy 500

Juan Pablo Montoya has won the 99th Indianapolis 500. According to the Indianapolis Star, this is Montoya’s second career victory.  The racer’s week of practice leading up to the event was described as lackluster and the start of his race Sunday, May 24, 2015 was rough. Montoya fell back as far as 30th and will 10 laps to go he revved up the battle in third place. Will Power and Scott Dixon were duking it out in first and second. Both were finally passed by Montoya on lap 198.

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Hundreds participate in 5k benefiting Children’s Therapy Center

Racers had great weather during Memorial Day weekend for the First Step Riverfront 5k, benefiting the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. There were more than 200 people participating in the race Saturday, May 23, 2015 and kids got to take part in a mini-mile. “The coolest thing is, being the Children’s Therapy Center, we do physical therapy for very young children and this is an opportunity for those little kids to be able to run a 5k race like everybody else,” said Chris Banspeyboroeck. Proceeds from the event will go to cover physical therapy costs for low…

WQAD.com LogoFilm exposes ‘the true cost’ of the clothing you wear

Film exposes ‘the true cost’ of the clothing you wear

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — We buy too many clothes, and we pay too little for them. That’s the message of “The True Cost,” a new documentary on the perils of the fashion industry, which is being released next week. The film is a sweeping, heartbreaking and damning survey of the clothing economy. It covers malformed children of pesticide sprayers in India’s cotton belt, gruesome shots of the deadly 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Indian rivers frothing with chemicals, and mountains of discarded clothing in Haiti. “I believe these clothes are produ…

WQAD.com LogoFire in BBQ pit forces Jim’s Ribs in Rock Island to close for the time being

Fire in BBQ pit forces Jim’s Ribs in Rock Island to close for the time being

After a fire in the barbecue pit, Jim’s Rib Haven in Rock Island was forced to close. A spokesperson from the Rock Island Fire Department said the fire was called in just before 11 a.m. Sunday, May 23, 2015. There was no structural damage and the fire was contained to the restaurant’s barbecue oven. An employee at Jim’s Ribs said the restaurant was closed for the day and was expected to reopen in the coming days.

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Centennial Bridge lanes to close for a month

Starting June 1, 2015 construction will have an impact on traffic on the Centennial Bridge. Some lanes will be closed on the bridge during the daytime. Crews are expected to be done with their work in early July.

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"50 Shades of Grey" leaves me wondering about what women want

Ladies, we need to talk.

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When we’ll see most of the rainfall

TORNADO WATCH ISSUED FOR THE ENTIRE VIEWING AREA UNTIL 1:00AM Today we will see another warm day with highs reaching the upper 70s.  A majority of the wet weather will move in during the late afternoon hours today. As the system pushes through, we could see a few isolated thunderstorms pop up. As storms move through, we could see a few turn severe. The main threats will heavy downpour, strong wind and lightning. The wet weather will continue as we move into the evening hours, even continuing into Memorial Day. Monday afternoon is when the wet weather will make its way out, leaving us dry for …

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

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Sherrard Baseball bests Orion

The Tigers tame Orion after a key 4 run 6th.

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Geneseo’s Vanderheyden leads group of QC top 4 finishers

Geneseo’s Hanna Vanderheyden claims 3rd in State hurdles.

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Morrison rolls to Regional softball title

The Fillies get 3 home runs and great pitching to best Erie-Prophetstown 6-0.

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Roman repeats in High Jump

Annawan- Wethersfield’s Karissa Roman earns 2nd straight 1A high jump state title.

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Rockridge claims crazy Regional title

The Rockets buiold 6-2 lead and survive a wild 7th inning thanks to a great defensive play by Ashley Minyard in center.

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Community builds injured soldier a home

HARMON, Ill. (KWQC) – Memorial Day is a time to remember our country’s fallen soldiers. For many people, it also means enjoying nice weather and spending time with family, but volunteers from one local church are hard at work this holiday weekend. Members of Abiding Word Church in Sterling have gone on several disaster relief trips. Four years ago, they helped with tornado relief in Joplin, MS. When they got back, they had some funds leftover. So they decided to give back right at home. “It was kind of a dream of one of the gentlemen in our church to build a home for a vete…

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Camanche claims relay State gold

Cmanche’s team of Brady Beal, Blake Bialas, Zach Feller, and Thoman Brantley strike gold in 4 X 110 meter Shuttle Hurdle relay. …

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Alleman Soccer continues to make school history

The Pioneers clain their 1st ever Sectional championship with a 3-2 overtime win over Dixon.

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West Burlington ND puts on record breaking show

The Falcons fly to 3 more 3 individual titles on Saturday as they cruise to a 2A team title.  West Burlington/ Notre Dame score 107 points on the week the most in State history.

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Marcucci leads Northeast to 3rd place team finish

Aleenah Marcucci earns her 3rd State title of the weekend, leading the lady Rebels to a 3rd place State finish.

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East Moline BMX Speedway is keeping a world-class secret

If a world-renowned architect was coming to the Quad-Cities to build or remodel a building, it would create quite a buzz. The same would be true if a famous golf personality came in and redesigned one of our golf courses.

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Memorial Day in a time of social chaos

As I watch criminal protestors attack Baltimore and Ferguson businesses, as well as police in those communities and in Oakland, New York and elsewhere; as I look at the absolute economic mess our political leaders have caused over the years; as I worry about those brave American and allied soldiers fighting a cowardly, ignorant Islamic Jihad Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan and fighting ISIS in Iraq, Syria and beyond; as I listen to American political parties argue, functioning on their ideologies and not clearly understanding that the most important issues of our day  must be solved throu…

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Letter: Honor flag, learn how at June 12 retirement ceremonies

As time goes by one has a tendency to forget what is important for the country. …

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Letter: Government notices require widest dispersion possible

I was grateful for your lead editorial last Sunday, “Why proposed public notice changes are bad for taxpayers,” because it affords me the opportunity of agreeing with your newspaper and your editor, Roger Ruthhart, on this issue.

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Taxpayer missing from Sherrard schools bargaining table

Much has been written about the Sherrard School District in the past two years. Unfortunately, the news almost always seems overwhelmingly negative.

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As time runs out, can old dog still bite?

SPRINGFIELD -- Does the old dog have more bark or bite?…

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Kewanee baseball tournament memorializes fallen soldier

On Saturday, May 30, the first annual Sgt. Schuyler Patch Memorial Day Tournament honored one fallen soldier who gave his all. Sgt. Schuyler Patch served in the Illinois National Guard. He was killed in Afghanistan in the line of duty on February 24th, 2009. Since then, his sister, Amber Patch-Troxwell has dedicated much of her life to making sure others don’t forget her brother’s service. “[Today] is the greatest feeling for [our family] because we know he’s never going to be forgotten,” Patch-Troxwell said. Sgt. Patch played baseball for Wethersfield High School…

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"Dirty Art" takes over Rock Island district

Dozens of Quad Citians got their hands 'dirty' Saturday.It's the second year the downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District and the Art-ery has hosted the event 'Dirty Art’. Artists worked on their projects, flinging paint on canvasses, using chalk, and finger painting.The public could add onto the pieces, or make their own art.Volunteers say it's important to get kids involved in the arts at an early age."It's proven that kids that are involved in the arts test 75% higher than their counterparts that aren't,” said Charles Kenudsen, volunteer.The majority of the art…

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Tips for fun and safe swimming at local pools

As the weather heats up and pools in the Quad Cities begin to open, having fun and staying safe are a focus."It's really important for people to go and get those swim lessons. It's just a skill that people need to learn," says William Nelson , Rock Island Parks and Recreation Director.It's Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, and officials want you to be protected when you hop in the water this summer.The Illinois Department of Public Health warns swimmers to stay out of the water if they're feeling sick, and make sure everyone knows how to swim before jumping in.Also, while disinfecting…

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Motorcycle accident injures one, stops traffic

Middle Road from 23rd Street to Happy Joe Drive was closed down for about two hours Saturday due to a motorcycle accident.The call came in just before 3pm.Officers say the driver of the motorcycle was traveling Eastbound when he hit the back of a Honda CRV that was stopped in traffic. The driver of the motorcycle was thrown off the bike into the Westound lanes.The motorcyclist was sent to Genesis East Hospital and their condition is unknown at this time. The accident is still under investigation.

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Missing soldier honored Saturday

A long-time missing soldier was also honored Saturday. Family and friends gathered for a wreath laying ceremony at the Rock Island Arsenal cemetery Saturday morning  to honor the late Daniel Nidds.Sgt. Nidds was 18-years-old when he disappeared on patrol in Vietnam in July of 1967.No sign of him was ever found, and he's still considered 'missing in action', although he is presumed dead.“It's given me so much inner peace. It's been 48 years I've been waiting and somehow I think  maybe today I'd finally the answer,” said Mae Nidds, Sgt. Daniel nidds' mother.The ceremony wa…

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Police searching for missing teens

Police are looking for two Illinois girls who they say are missing.Sterling police say 14-year-old Gabriell Cox and 15-year-old Britthany Mercedes Santos were reported missing Wednesday. The girls are believed to be together and have contacts in Sterling, Rock Falls, and Fulton, as well as Clinton, Iowa, and Hutchinson, Kansas. If you see them or know of their whereabouts, call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640, the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office at 815-772-7631, or law enforcement agency in the city or town the girls were the girls were seen or believed to be in.

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Remembering fallen soldiers for Memorial Day

The Quad Cities is full of Memorial Day events honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It was all about our fallen soldiers on Saturday as speakers and performers paid tribute to those who didn't make it home, at the Hero Street Monument in Silvis. The crowd gathered to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom in honor of Memorial Day. "This is Memorial Day. This is where we honor those that have fallen, this isn't Veterans Day this isn't thank you for your service, this is our time to come together for our fallen brothers and sisters, and take time out …

WQAD.com LogoAssumption Girls Track takes home third straight Class 3A State Title

Assumption Girls Track takes home third straight Class 3A State Title

On day three of the state track meet, the Assumption girls hit the Des Moines track chasing a 3A state title for the third year running. The Lady Knights racked up points with Joy Ripslinger’s first place finish in the 800. The sophomore not only won the event, but set a new state record of 2:10. In the 1500 meter, Assumption runners Ripslinger and Julia Schumacher took second and third, respectively. In addition to the 79 previously scored points added up to a Class 3A State Championship.

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Pleasant Valley Girls Track strikes Class 4A gold at state meet

The Pleasant Valley Girls Track Team won the Class 4A State title in the spring of 2014, only to have it stripped away weeks later. In 2015 the Lady Spartans returned for another shot at the championship, and this time they were playing for keeps. On Saturday, May 23, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, Pleasant Valley entered day three of the meet with their sights set on the state title. The team was off to a great start in the Distance Medley where Addie Swanson raced from behind to give Pleasant Valley not only the state title, but a new state record of 1:44. In the 4×10 Shuttle Hur…

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Remembering Sgt. Patch with a baseball tournament

KEWANEE, Ill. (KWQC) — A local soldier is being remembered this weekend by hundreds of young athletes around the Quad Cities area. The first Sgt. Schuyler Patch Memorial Day 11U Baseball Tournament started on Saturday at Northeast Park in Kewanee. Eight teams and more than one hundred baseball players are competing for a cause. The tournament is honoring a baseball-loving Kewanee native and Wethersfield High School graduate. Sgt. Patch died on February 24, 2009 in Afghanistan. His sister, Amber Patch-Troxell, remembers hearing the news of her little brother’s death. Since that da…

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Thanking fallen soldiers at Hero Street USA

SILVIS, Ill. (KWQC) — It’s a block and a half in Silvis, Illinois that lost more young men in combat in World War II and the Korean War than any other street in America. On Saturday, the community gathered for a special ceremony on Hero Street USA. This road was named after more than 100 soldiers who lived on it and served our country. The Memorial Day celebration was to thank all service men and women who have died in battle, especially the eight from Hero Street. “It’s not about barbecues, it’s not about getting together in the backyard, it’s about takin…

WQAD.com LogoViral Video: Hippo mom corrals baby during a first swim at San Diego Zoo

Viral Video: Hippo mom corrals baby during a first swim at San Diego Zoo

An eight-week-old hippopotamus calf has been exploring the San Diego Zoo exhibit with mom. The calf, Devi, is described as a “very curious calf,” according to a statement from the zoo. Devi’s mom, Funani, has been working to allow the young one to explore, while nudging her back toward the shore. Devi was born on March 23. Hippos are listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  They are mostly threatened by unregulated hunting for meat and the ivory found in their teeth as well as habitat loss.

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State of Iowa investigating claims that pipeline worker offered prostitutes to Lee County man

MONTROSE, Iowa (KWQC)- When built, the Dakota Access Pipeline will stretch diagonally across the state, right through Hughie Tweedy’s property. He claims that a worker there offered him a prostitute for access to his land. South of Montrose, Iowa. Out where the black top ends. You’ll find Tweedy. “My Father bought this farm in 1946 just after he got back from WWII,” Tweedy said while petting his dog Libby. He says pipeline workers first came to his home late last summer wanting to do surveying work. They asked him for access to his land, Tweedy responded. “I mig…

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MIA soldier honored at National Cemetery

Her son’s headstone is right next to her husband’s grave in the Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island.

WQAD.com LogoMotorcycle crash shuts down part of Middle Road in Bettendorf

Motorcycle crash shuts down part of Middle Road in Bettendorf

A motorcyclist was thrown from the vehicle when he struck a stopped Honda CRV. A dispatcher confirmed that the crash was called in around 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23 in the 2700 block of the roadway near Heritage Church. A statement from the City of Bettendorf indicated that the motorcycle was heading eastbound when it struck the back of the Honda that was stopped in traffic. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was taken to a nearby hospital. Middle Road from 23rd Street to Happy Joe Drive was closed for about two hours, according to the statement. No charges have yet been filed. Betten…

Quad-City Times LogoKids become 'Young Eagles' at Davenport airport

Kids become 'Young Eagles' at Davenport airport

They lined up to watch wide-eyed with wonder as the flying machines buzzed, whirred and defied gravity.

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Rock Island District’s ‘Dirty Art’ event gives Quad Citians hands-on fun

An art event downtown Rock Island offered a different, more “hands-on” experience to patrons. “Dirty Art” was held Saturday, May 23, 2015 for the second year.  Interactive art projects lined the sidewalks from 2nd Avenue from The ARTery to 18th Street. There were activities offered such as painting activities for kids and adults, a sculpture competition, and more. The event also had live music, art demonstrations and sidewalk sales.

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Sterling police ask for help to find missing teenage girls

Sterling, Ill., police are asking the public's help in their search for two missing teenagers.

WQAD.com LogoChild killed in I-94 crash north of Chicago

Child killed in I-94 crash north of Chicago

A child was killed when the vehicle he was riding in hit struck a median wall on Interstate 94 north of Chicago. There were four adults and three children in the vehicle that crashed Saturday, May 23 in Gurnee, Illinois around 9:30 a.m.  Two of the children were thrown from the vehicle; one of them died and the other was in serious condition at the hospital.  Two of the adults were seriously injured as well. WGN reported that the two children who were thrown were 10 and 11-year-old boys. Illinois State Police had the westbound lanes closed around mile marker 12 where the crash happened.  I…

Quad-City Times LogoMemorial service honors the men of Hero Street, all veterans

Memorial service honors the men of Hero Street, all veterans

Some of them were veterans, some of them were family members of veterans and some of them were friends of veterans. During the annual Memorial Day weekend service Saturday morning, all were in……

WQAD.com LogoWhat you need to know before recycling or up-cycling wood pallets

What you need to know before recycling or up-cycling wood pallets

Before you jump on the trend of using wooden pallets in your home or garden, you need to know where they came from and how they were used. “(I)t’s very important to check to see if there are any parasites living in those pallets before you put them in your home and garden. These bugs can be very invasive and really ruin your good times with infestation,” said a report from RealFarmacy.com. Pallet manufacturers must heat-treat or fumigate pallets made in the U.S. and Canada, the report said, and then stamp them with the International Plant Protection Convention logo. “To meet IPPC stand…

WQAD.com LogoMinivan crashes through front of religious bookstore in Davenport

Minivan crashes through front of religious bookstore in Davenport

A minivan crashed through the front door of a religious bookstore in Davenport, Iowa. The driver mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, driving through the front of Family Christian Stores on Kimberly Road, according to Bettendorf emergency responders. The crash happened just before 1 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015. Along with some shattered glass, the door frame was broken in the collision.  There was reportedly very little damage to any items inside. Nobody was injured, police said. Family Christian Stores is part of a strip mall just east of NorthPark Mall.

OurQuadCities.com LogoIowa man accused of trying to ram police car with forklift

Iowa man accused of trying to ram police car with forklift

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs man is behind bars after police say he stole a forklift and tried to ram a police cruiser with it during a low-speed chase.Police tell the Daily Nonpareil that 39-year-old Michael Burgess was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash Friday in Council Bluffs while driving the forklift.Police say Burgess later tried to ram a police cruiser twice as an officer tried to stop him. He was soon surrounded and arrested.Police say the forklift had been stolen from a lumberyard.Burgess is being held on suspicion of first-degree theft, assault on …

WQAD.com LogoSterling Police seek public help in search of missing teens

Sterling Police seek public help in search of missing teens

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Local police have reached out to the public for help in search of teenage girls who were reported missing Wednesday. The girls, 14-year-old Gabriell Cox and 15-year-old Britthany Mercedes Santos were reported missing Wednesday, May 20, 2015, according to the Sterling Police Department. Gabriell is described as white with red hair and blue eyes, standing about 5-feet, 2-inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds. Britthany is described as Hispanic, with light brown hair and brown eyes, standing ab…

OurQuadCities.com LogoIreland says ‘yes’ to gay marriage

Ireland says ‘yes’ to gay marriage

   DUBLIN (AP) -- Electoral figures announced today show that Irish voters have approved legalizing gay marriage by a landslide. Figures from yesterday's referendum show 62.1 percent of Irish voters said "yes."   Outside Dublin Castle, where the figures were announced, thousands of gay rights activists cheered, hugged and cried. The unexpectedly strong percentage of approval surprised both sides.   Prime Minister Enda Kenny welcomed the outcome, saying the vote shows that the Irish are "a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people." …

OurQuadCities.com LogoCleveland cop found not guilty in deaths of two unarmed suspects

Cleveland cop found not guilty in deaths of two unarmed suspects

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer has been found not guilty in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire after a high-speed chase.The judge’s verdict Saturday for 31-year-old Michael Brelo comes after a four-week bench trial on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams on Nov. 29, 2012.Thirteen officers fired at the suspects’ car that night in a school parking lot. Yet only Brelo was charged criminally.Prosecutors said he waited until the vehicle had stopped and the occupants were n…

WQAD.com LogoCan you catch all the ‘viral video’ references in this Delta Airlines safety video?

Can you catch all the ‘viral video’ references in this Delta Airlines safety video?

Delta Airlines launched a new safety instructions video for passengers. Throughout the video, references from various viral videos from years past make their way in. Did you catch them all?…

WQAD.com LogoGoogle files patent for creepy teddy bear

Google files patent for creepy teddy bear

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Remember Teddy, the super-computer toy, from the 2001 film “Artificial Intelligence?” Well, Google might be making one. Earlier this week the company filed a patent for a toy that can control other Wi-Fi-connected devices. This could be one of Google’s creepiest patents yet — especially if movies like “Chuckie” still give you nightmares. Imagine a teddy bear outfitted with sensors and cameras. If it senses you’re looking at it, the fuzzy toy will rotate its head and look back at you. Once it receives and recognizes a voice …

Quad-City Times LogoWWII vets carry memories for seven generations

WWII vets carry memories for seven generations

A faded black and white photograph of his squadron of 10 young men is one of the few mementos Don Schutter still has in his possession from his World War II days in the Army Air Corps.

WQAD.com LogoViral Video: How to turn that old T-shirt into a cute bag

Viral Video: How to turn that old T-shirt into a cute bag

A quick tutorial explaining how to turn an over-sized T-shirt into a cute tote bag has made its way around the internet. All you need is an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors. With a few simple snips of the shirt, you’ve got a new bag in just minutes.   …

WQAD.com LogoAvenue of the Cities and 19th Street to be resurfaced in East Moline

Avenue of the Cities and 19th Street to be resurfaced in East Moline

Drivers in East Moline should be aware of some road work to be done around Avenue of the Cities and 19th Street. Starting Tuesday, May 26, 2015 crews will be resurfacing the frontage road on the northwest side of the intersection, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The work will span .7 miles from 35th Avenue to Archer Drive. Flaggers will be on site directing traffic through the construction area. Be prepared to stop when driving on the frontage road. Valley Construction Company has been hired for the $176,445 project. NEW! Download the free StormTrack 8 Weather app  …

WQAD.com LogoBartender suspended after gay slur receipt goes viral

Bartender suspended after gay slur receipt goes viral

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – A receipt printed at a restaurant in Ohio containing a homophobic slur is sparking outrage online. The bartender who printed the receipt said it was meant as a joke among friends, according to WJW. A partner of West End Tavern said the slur was used to identify a bar tab belonging to two friends of the bartender Sunday afternoon, and they were not offended by it. The post went viral online, taking on a life of its own this week. The bar’s owners said someone took a picture of the receipt and posted it on Facebook, where it was shared hundreds of times. The bar suspended th…

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Colona library sets geocaching program

COLONA, Ill. — The Colona Public Library will present a free program about geocaching at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the library, 911 1st St. (Illinois 84).

WQAD.com LogoLast Dry Day Before Storms Move In

Last Dry Day Before Storms Move In

Seeing some sunshine this morning before the clouds move in this afternoon.  Daytime highs will reach the upper 70s leaving us with another nice warm day. Everything changes Sunday, as storms and showers roll in and last throughout the day. The wet weather continues into Memorial Day as well. The good news is that as we move into Monday the showers will become more scattered, meaning we will see at least a few dry hours. Have a great weekend! Meteorologist Kelsey Woodard NEW! Download the free StormTrack 8 Weather app  — for iOS, click here  and for Android, click here Download the fr…

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WQAD.com LogoBandits beat Peoria

Bandits beat Peoria

bandits score runs early to break 2-game losing streak.

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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES

These Memorial Day observances are planned Monday in the Quad-City region:…

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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES

These Memorial Day observances are planned today in the Quad-City region:…

WQAD.com LogoRock Island honors two student athletes with O’Melia Award

Rock Island honors two student athletes with O’Melia Award

Courtney Smith and Tyler Hall are the latest recipient of the O’Melia Awards.

WQAD.com LogoMoline soccer end season in regional final

Moline soccer end season in regional final

Moline drops a double overtime heartbreaker to Normal Community.

WQAD.com LogoW. Burlington ND has big day to take team title lead

W. Burlington ND has big day to take team title lead

W. Burlington ND has three state champ in day 2 of the Co-Ed State Meet.

WQAD.com LogoPleasant Valley girls has another big day on the track

Pleasant Valley girls has another big day on the track

Pleasant Valley girls continue their pursuit for state gold in 4A.

WQAD.com LogoErika Hammond win state gold in 4A shot put

Erika Hammond win state gold in 4A shot put

Erika Hammond is a state champ in the 4A shot put.

WQAD.com LogoAssumption girls track picks up unexpected points

Assumption girls track picks up unexpected points

Assumption 4 x 200 wins 3rd in an event they didn’t expect to score points.

WQAD.com LogoAleena Marcucci wins 400 Hurdles title

Aleena Marcucci wins 400 Hurdles title

Northeast Gooselake’s Aleena Marcucci wins her second state title by by the 400 hurdles.

WQAD.com LogoCole Moeller wins 1A high jump

Cole Moeller wins 1A high jump

Cole Moeller from Cal-Wheat sets a PR on his way to winning the 1A high jump.

WQAD.com LogoLucas Gronewald takes 3rd in State Long Jump

Lucas Gronewald takes 3rd in State Long Jump

North Scott’s Lucas Gronewald bring home bronze in long jump.





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