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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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Ski Snowstar Opens Friday

Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park will open to the public Friday in what will be its earliest opening date ever.

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Take our Poll: When do you decorate for the holidays?

The week of Thanksgiving is, for some households, a time that also signifies the beginning of the holiday decorating season. Some others wait until a time closer to Christmas, or even on Christmas, to display a tree, and maybe some outdoor decorations and lights. When do you decorate for the holidays? Take Our Poll…

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Quad Citians share Thanksgiving memories

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, a time when families and friends get together to celebrate. We asked some Quad Citians what their favorite thanksgiving memories are. "The birth of my first son.  And that would have been in November many years ago." "I think just getting together with family and having a good time and uh, missing all the people that are not with us anymore that we used to get together." "Just spending it with my family, back at home in New York." "Whenever I just come together with family we just have a good time and eat.

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Turkey Trot kicks off in Davenport

Before you stuff yourself Thursday on a thanksgiving feast, how about a workout first?More than two thousand people are running the 28th annual YMCA Turkey Trot Thursday morning.The races include a one mile family fun run, 5 mile run/walk, and two person relay to raise funds for the YMCA.The race starts in front of the Davenport Family Y and goes through downtown Davenport and Vander Veer Park.For drivers heading out, watch out for road closures on Second Street and Main Street.Money raised Thursday goes towards helping people in the community participate in the YMCA’s programs."Th…

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Q.C. Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

Our live interview with the organizer of the 25th annual Q.C. Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair.

WQAD.com LogoThe Pledge from Miss Ruth’s class at Riverdale Heights Elementary

The Pledge from Miss Ruth’s class at Riverdale Heights Elementary

Second graders from Miss Ruth’s class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Riverdale Heights Elementary School in Bettendorf. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here. …

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Quad-City Times LogoDad, sons work as a team

Dad, sons work as a team

“Love makes a house a home,” is the slogan attached to a wall above the sofa in David Woeckener’s trailer home in rural Port Byron.

Quad-City Times LogoCar would allow woman to get to job, daycare

Car would allow woman to get to job, daycare

Desiree Davis won't let a second-degree burn stop her this time.

Quad-City Times LogoLast year's Wish List changed lives

Last year's Wish List changed lives

The rule was: No sleeping on the new couch.

Quad-City Times LogoEdgewater residents' requests would improve quality of life

Edgewater residents' requests would improve quality of life

He needs a kitchen appliance. She could use a carrier for her power chair to attach to a car.

Quad-City Times LogoSalvation Army seeks help to buy toys for homeless children

Salvation Army seeks help to buy toys for homeless children

Emily Harvey sees her share of two-parent families, single moms and single dads doing what they can to provide for their children as they come through the Salvation Army Family Service Center ……

Quad-City Times LogoPortable bath would assist mother with daughter's care

Portable bath would assist mother with daughter's care

Tonia Saltz gently rubs her daughter Donna's hand and in a soft voice tries to coax her into opening her eyes.

Quad-City Times LogoBroken smile plagues single mother in Davenport

Broken smile plagues single mother in Davenport

Two and a half years ago, a Florida woman wanted a fresh start, so she moved to Davenport in hopes of becoming a full-time student.

Quad-City Times LogoDavenport mom and daughter need bed, tables and chairs

Davenport mom and daughter need bed, tables and chairs

Marlena Riddick mostly wants to just care for her baby.

Quad-City Times Logo'I just want her to be a kid'

'I just want her to be a kid'

The children's faces reveal a secret: They are scared.

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Monmouth-Roseville over Fulton

Monmouth-Roseville picks up a tournament win over Fulton.

WQAD.com LogoDixon beats Orion on the Chargers Court

Dixon beats Orion on the Chargers Court

Orion held tough with Dixon for a quarter before the Dukes took control of the game. Dixon would win 65-33.

WQAD.com LogoRock Island wins opening game of the season

Rock Island wins opening game of the season

Rock Island jumped out to a lead in the first quarter that they they never gave up, winning their opening 72-57.

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More campers staked out at local big box stores for Black Friday

There's at least a few people who will not be at their family’s feast.  That's because they're waiting in tents outside Moline's Best Buy. The store will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. At least four people have set up tents to make sure they're one of the first few in the door.  They say there might be some criticism about Black Friday shopping.  “I feel bad,” said Jon Ford, who has been in line 24 hours before the store opens. “I don't make Best Buy or Walmart or any of these places open on Thanksgiving.  I liked it better when it was Fri…

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Re-routes on John Deere Road affecting Cloverleaf Village

The closed turning lanes on John Deere Road are not only affecting those going to and from Walmart. It's also affected some living in the cloverleaf village.  Residents traveling east on John Deere Road would normally turn left on 38th Street by Applebee's and BP. They now have turn right and take the new John Deere Road overpass. "I think it's a little bit pain in the butt to come around, using that overpass, not being able to access John Deere Road from that intersection,” says Cloverleaf resident Anthony Zimmer. Zimmer says they've been able to adjust their commutes sin…

WQAD.com LogoSki Snowstar opening Friday, earliest opening day in history

Ski Snowstar opening Friday, earliest opening day in history

Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park in Andalusia, Illinois, officially opens Friday, November 28, 2014 at noon. The park has never opened this early in its 33 year history. “We’ve always dreamed of doing it and this is the first chance  we’ve really ever had a chance, so it would be foolish to take advantage of the cold weather and the fact that people got time and are looking for something to do this weekend,” said Ed Meyer, General Manager of Ski Snowstar. Wednesday, November 26, 2014, crews were finishing last minute work before the opening day. “It seems like th…

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John Deere Road could throw a few loops this holiday shopping season

Whether you're making a last minute Thanksgiving trip to the store, or headed out for Black Friday shopping, the re-routes at the John Deere Road and 38th street intersection may have you wondering what to do. If you've traveled the stretch of John Deere Road between 41st Street and Interstate 74, you've noticed the sea of orange cones. Before, drivers could turn left onto 38th Street from John Deere Road, toward Walmart, Lowes and the movie theater. "If you used to make left turns off of John Deere Road, well then you have to use the new overpass or use the 41st Street intersection,&…

WQAD.com LogoThe last-minute grocery grab

The last-minute grocery grab

It’s was a hectic Wednesday at Quad City grocery stores as people snatched up stuffing and such to prepare Thursday’s Thanksgiving feast. “It’s very busy. It’s a little bit busier than I expected it to be,” one shopper told News 8. “Traffic is horrendous,” said another. The best laid plans of culinary wizards to be go quickly by the wayside when they realize one ingredient’s gone missing, so someone needs to hop in the car and brave the crowds for fresh cranberries or a pinch of pepper. “This was last-minute– talked to mom and s…

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WEB EXTRA: 2015 plans for John Deere Road

There are more plans in the works for John Deere Road construction in 2015. …

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Rock Island youth drum line performs in Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

From national competitions in Atlanta to marching in the Festival of Trees, if there's one thing Rock Island's Metropolitan Youth Program knows, it's parades. And now they're faced with most prestigious challenge yet. Betty hall has been in Metro for 10 years."We're always here for each other and no matter what I know this will always be my family," says Hall.   Practicing after school at Thurgood Marshall Learning Center to perfect her bell playing.  Others like Quentin Wiseman work on rifle twirling. But that's the beginning...  "They taught me to be con…

WQAD.com LogoCountry star Rodney Atkins records song written by Coal Valley native

Country star Rodney Atkins records song written by Coal Valley native

The past month has been “a whirlwind” for Ryan Bizarri, after country superstar Rodney Atkins recorded a song written by the Coal Valley native. “We like to think that they’re all hits, but I don’t think we had any idea this was gonna happen,” said Bizarri. Bizarri and his Nashville co-writer Walker Hayes wrote the song, “Eat, Sleep, Love You, Repeat,” back in April. The up-tempo, country love song caught the attention of Atkins, who put the song on hold just nine days later. The very next day, Atkins took it to the studio and cut it. Last week, …

OurQuadCities.com LogoAvoiding foodborne illness on Thanksgiving

Avoiding foodborne illness on Thanksgiving

The season for family gatherings and festive meals is here and with that comes the potential for foodborne illnesses if the foods aren't properly prepared and handled. You should make sure meats, including Thanksgiving turkey are completely thawed before you cook them. As you plan your meal, make sure you consider how much time you need to thaw and cook meats. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from food that's ready to eat.If your turkey is thawed on the outside, but still frozen inside you won't be able to cook it to the appropriate 165 degree Fahrenheit temperature which is needed to …

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Burning off Thanksgiving food calories

KWQC-TV6 LogoDNR Rescues Bobcat From Farm Near Dixon, IA

DNR Rescues Bobcat From Farm Near Dixon, IA

An encounter with a big cat near Dixon, Iowa turns into a rescue operation. A bobcat found in an empty building on a farm wound up caught in a sewage run off pit.

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Eight local organizations receive $100,000 in grants

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend recently awarded $100,000 to eight local organizations. The nonprofits applied for the Core Mission grants.Nearly $600,000 has been awarded since the program started in 2012.The full list of the fall 2014 Core Mission Grant recipients are:Christian Care- $8,500 for non-violent crisis training for staffEdgerton Women's Health Center- $15,000 for technology/software to improve women and children's health through social media engagementGirl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois- $15,000 for K-5 Engagement Initiative through technology/s…

OurQuadCities.com LogoTips to keep in mind to avoid fires this Thanksgiving

Tips to keep in mind to avoid fires this Thanksgiving

Cooking a turkey this Thanksgiving? The holiday is the leading day for home cooking fires in the U.S. The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal recommends using a traditional oven instead of a deep fryer to cook a turkey to avoid the risk of serious injuries and fires. If you prefer to fry a turkey follow these guidelines:-Never use the turkey fryer indoors, on, under, or close to a garage, porch or structure that can catch fire-Place turkey fryer in an open area away from walls, fences and put it on a flat surface-Completely thaw and dry turkey before cooking. wet or froze…

KWQC-TV6 LogoOn Patrol, On The Biggest Bar Night Of The Year

On Patrol, On The Biggest Bar Night Of The Year

No one wants to look into the rear view mirror and see flashing lights. But this holiday, if you are not wearing a seat belt or you are impaired behind the wheel, chances are, you will.

KWQC-TV6 LogoThe Day Before Thanksgiving is For Pizza

The Day Before Thanksgiving is For Pizza

As many people rush to make those last minute preparations for Thanksgiving's feast, the last thing on their minds is cooking Wednesday's dinner. The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest pizza delivery nights of the year.

WQAD.com LogoWoman hires tenant to set fire to rental property

Woman hires tenant to set fire to rental property

A woman hired a tenant to burn down her rental property so she could collect insurance money. In April, the Fort Dodge, Iowa woman, 67-year-old Shirley Weimer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use fire to commit wire fraud. She was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Prosecutors said Weimer hired her tenant, Lisa Young, to burn down the property where Young was living. The tenant got her adult children and ex-husband in on it, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The statement said those involved took two tries to burn down the rent…

Quad-City Times LogoLeClaire residents share Thanksgiving tradition

LeClaire residents share Thanksgiving tradition

Residents of LeClaire gathered around the tables at the city’s fire station Wednesday, and after a prayer of thanks, put knife and fork to food and plate for the second annual LeClaire Communi……

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Deere reports 4th quarter earnings

John Deere and Company has announced their fourth-quarter earnings. Earnings came in at $1.83 per share. That's down 28 cents from last year.   Deere is reporting  a 5% decline in worldwide sales for the full year. Deere noted bad weather as a reason why sales and earnings declined this year. …

KWQC-TV6 LogoTraveling Home For The Holidays Through Quad City International

Traveling Home For The Holidays Through Quad City International

Even though traveling never quite goes as smoothly as you might like, travelers said this evening seemed to be more excited to be home than concerned.

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Red Kettle Campaign needs your help

Salvation army bell ringers are outside stores and malls all over the Quad Cities this time of year.But these days, some shoppers don't even carry cash with them.However you do have other options."That's why we offer the online kettle.," said Holly Nomura, Director Salvation Army. An online version of those famous red kettles.here's how it works.you go to the website, and you can start a kettle.either for yourself, you and your colleagues, or you and friends."Now if you are a person who sets up here in the Quad Cities, but you have many friends in Pennsylvania, their money…

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DIY: Homemade soaps

Why buy products from a store when you can make it yourself? The 'Do it yourself 'trend is popular with people making their own holiday decorations to their own everyday household products. As Tallie Johnson shows us: right here in the QC one woman has turned her hobby into a full time thriving business. (Tallie) FOR NEARLY TWENTY YEARS JILL SIDNEY HAS MADE KEEPING CLEAN HER BUSINESS.CG: Jill Sidney, Owner Iowa Naturals(Jill Sidney, Owner, Iowa Naturals) That's basically how I got started I love fragrance so that was anotheravenue I could use fragrance. (Tallie) AND IT WASN'T EASY TO LEARN (…

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Rauner asks state agencies to prepare for the worst

Several state agencies are preparing for the worst.Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is asking state departments to plan for cuts. Rauner is asking agencies to cut 20 percent from their budget. All to get an idea of how things could look if the temporary income tax rate sunsets.The Governor -Elect is asking dozens of key state agencies to present a plan to trim up to seven billion dollars from this year's budget.We spoke with many of those state departments today, and they say it's too early to speculate what could happen if they lose that funding.Some political experts agree."This is all part…

KWQC-TV6 LogoFamilies Ordering Full Prepped Meals For Thanksgiving Dinner

Families Ordering Full Prepped Meals For Thanksgiving Dinner

It's the night before Thanksgiving and if you're having dinner at your house, you're probably baking and preparing already. But that's not everybody's style.

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Streets closed for annual Turkey Trot

And, you might want to watch out for traffic in downtown Davenport Thursday. The annual YMCA’s Turkey Trot will be passing through. Starting at 8:15 Second and Main streets will be closed to traffic. The 5k run and walk should be wrapped up by 11:30. Also one lane of Brady, Harrison and Central Park will be closed.

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Police cracking down on misuse of handicapped parking

Drivers, be careful where you park, if you plan on going holiday shopping. The Illinois Secretary of State's Office has announced state police will be targeting people illegally parked in handicap spaces. Starting on black Friday enforcement will start at malls around the state, including Moline, Rockford and Chicago. Drivers will be given a ticket if caught. The fine for parking in a handicap space illegally is up to 350 dollars.

Quad-City Times LogoThanksgiving shopping continues to grow

Thanksgiving shopping continues to grow

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, there's no doubt some consumers debated whether to venture out today in search of holiday shopping deals.

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Thanksgiving Feast at SouthPark Mall

Thursday is the annual Thanksgiving feast held by Mr. Thanksgiving himself. Anyone can head down to the SouthPark Mall in the former old navy buildingThursday for a free meal. There will also be music, dancing, and balloon animals for the kids. The festivities start at 4 in the afternoon, or if you'd like to volunteer to help serve food you should arrive by 3.

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Riverbend Foodbank receives big bucks from Illinois

A local food bank is getting a big boost from Illinois just in time for Thanksgiving.Illinois is investing nearly $4.5 million in eight regional food banks.The River Bend Food bank in Davenport is one of the recipients, because it serves people in Illinois too. The money will be used to improve efficiency and lower the cost of services by purchasing software, computer equipment and training staff. …

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Davenport Central High plans another million dollar project

Another million dollar project is planned for Davenport Central High School, this one in the kitchen. The school board and administrators plan to add a Prostart kitchen that will cost more than $1.3 million. The project was originally scheduled for the 2018/2019 school year, but school officials now want to move it up to coincide with the pool and auditorium project.

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Apps that can save you money Black Friday shopping

With the Black Friday shopping frenzy right around the corner, we've got some tips on how you can use technology to snag the best deals. There are several apps out there that will compare prices or let you know the biggest sales at your mall. One useful app is Shop Savvy, it allows you to search for a specific item - or even scan it And it gives you a range of prices across local stores and online. Another option is Shopular. You can choose a mall and see all the different stores' Black Friday ads - all in one place. If you know where you're going and want to zero in on their bargains, …

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Celebrity lunch helping Quad City Arts

A lunch featured some familiar faces in the Quad Cities Wednesday. CBS 4’s anchor, Steve was honored to be at the annual celebrity lunch there was singing, dancing and other wacky talents, all for the sake of tips and of course laughter!  “It's a wonderful way to take and see community leaders taking kind of the seriousness and giving back to the community in a fun positive and energetic way and it just kind of really gets you jazzed up about the community you live in and the upcoming holiday it’s wonderful,” said Kimberly Guy, celebrity lunch chair. All mone…

WQAD.com LogoRock Falls man who locked his dog in the basement to die, found guilty for animal cruelty

Rock Falls man who locked his dog in the basement to die, found guilty for animal cruelty

A Rock Falls man was found guilty by a bench trial for aggravated animal cruelty on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Joseph Nelson was arrested on March 28, 2014, after a joint investigation between the Rock Falls Police Department and Whiteside County Animal Control.  He was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, and has remained in jail since his arrest. Police say Nelson moved from his house, but left his dog in a cage in the basement with no food or water. Several days after he had moved, two men were hired to clean the house Nelson had been living in. One of then men found the dog dead…

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Police cracking down this Thanksgiving holiday

It's Thanksgiving Eve and that means thousands of Quad Citians are making plans for one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Police and bar owners are prepared and cracking down to keep everyone safe this long holiday weekend. “There's a reason for the law and it's because of them and unfortunately there are a lot of people that are injured or killed because of crashes,” said Ttrooper Dan Loussaert, Iowa State Patrol. Police say there’s a high rate of fatal car accidents and a high rate of DUI’s the night before Thanksgiving and while it’s a night to …

WQAD.com LogoMan injured in Hancock County rollover

Man injured in Hancock County rollover

An elderly man was hospitalized after he rolled his vehicle in Hancock County. According to the Illinois State Police, a 76-year-old Warsaw, Illinois man was headed southbound on County Road 32 just north of Frank Road Wednesday, November 26, 2014. He lost control on a snow-covered roadway and went off the road to the right. Police said the vehicle then went over an embankment and overturned hitting several little trees before stopping on the driver’s side. The man was extricated from the car and was taken to an area hospital, police said. His condition was unknown.

WQAD.com LogoNutrition info to start displaying at area restaurants, vending machines

Nutrition info to start displaying at area restaurants, vending machines

According to the FDA Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home, and many of them don’t even realize how much they’re consuming. That’s why the FDA announced on Tuesday that all chain restaurants and vending machines with 20 or more locations will now have to clearly display nutritional information about all their products on menus and menu boards. “We are currently in the process of updating all of our nutritional information. We are going to do it on our pizzas first, which you can find on our website as well, and then hopefully it’ll s…

Quad-City Times LogoTell us about your favorite toy

Tell us about your favorite toy

Perhaps it was a Hot Wheels track, Ken and Barbie dolls, Tickle Me Elmo, a bike, a sled, a model train set or that special baby carriage, Easy Bake Oven or G.I. Joe.

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Eight local nonprofits receive $100,000 in grants

Eight local nonprofits receive $100,000 in grants: The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend recently awarded $100,000 from the Community Impact Fund to eight local organizations.

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Bike for Brains now raising funds

Bike for Brains now raising funds: The annual Bike for Brains Campaign’s target is to give out 103 bikes with training wheels and helmets to qualified Quad-City area children.

WQAD.com LogoA 142-Year Tradition: Von Maur Stays Closed On Thanksgiving

A 142-Year Tradition: Von Maur Stays Closed On Thanksgiving

As several big box stores get ready to open – or in some cases, stay open – on Thanksgiving, a locally-based chain is pledging to stay closed. As of 4pm on Wednesday, November 26th, the lights were off at Von Maur and they will not turn on again until 9am on Friday, November 28th. It’s a tradition – and pledge – the Davenport-based company has kept since it opened 142 years ago in 1872. “We really believe that – although we are a business – we want to make sure that our associates have time with their families and we want them to spend holidays w…

WQAD.com LogoViral Video: Walking teddy bear is sure to make you smile

Viral Video: Walking teddy bear is sure to make you smile

Munchkin the Shih Tzu is quickly becoming internet-famous, known for her teddy bear costume. This time the dog is walking on a treadmill, of course, in her teddy bear outfit. Girl’s life-changing story is heart-wrenching reminder not to text and drive Viral Video: Iowa family gets priceless surprise after soldier watches child’s birth on iPad Woman shocked by ultrasound revealing four babies has surgery to save them Viral Video: You may never see a hockey fight end like this again …

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Arsenal to hold holiday tree lighting Dec. 4

Arsenal to hold holiday tree lighting Dec. 4: The Rock Island Arsenal will officially light the installation holiday tree as part of a ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in front ……

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Don't have cash? Another way to donate to Salvation Army

Thanksgiving is coming up, but the holiday spirit has already been in the air for weeks if you're the Salvation Army. The Red Kettle bell ringers have been out and about collecting money to help the needy here in the Quad Cities. And there's more than one way you can help out. Bell ringers are outside stores and malls all over the Quad Cities this time of year. But these days, some shoppers don't even carry cash with them, which is ok. “That's why we offer the online kettle,” said Holly Nomura with the Salvation Army. It’s an online version of those famous red kettles.

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Deere year-end profits lower, but still record

Against decreased sales and profits in its agricultural equipment division, Deere & Co. still produced its second highest year-end earnings but predicted a continued decline in the year ahead. …

WQAD.com LogoRegulator tells Chrysler to begin exploding airbag recalls by Monday

Regulator tells Chrysler to begin exploding airbag recalls by Monday

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Federal safety regulators are demanding that Chrysler must begin recalling cars with the exploding Takata airbags by Monday, December 1. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday fired off letters separately to both Chrysler and Takata asking the companies to immediately step up their efforts nationwide to repair cars that put drivers and passengers at risk from the exploding airbags. Chrysler is one of 10 automakers with the flawed airbags in its cars. Last week, one of its executives testified before a Senate panel that it would be another mon…

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Craig Talks Christmas Cactus and Amaryllis

See Craig each Wednesday on News 8 at 11.  Submit your questions on our Facebook page or call 309-736-3288 to have your question answered live!…

WQAD.com LogoCraig Talks Wisteria Vines and Peace Lilies

Craig Talks Wisteria Vines and Peace Lilies

See Craig each Wednesday on News 8 at 11.  Submit your questions on our Facebook page or call 309-736-3288 to have your question answered live!…

WQAD.com LogoHow to make Cookie Turkeys for your Thanksgiving table

How to make Cookie Turkeys for your Thanksgiving table

I love trying new things in the kitchen, and this is a fun one. I’m bringing them to my family’s thanksgiving celebration in Muscatine. It took me about an hour to assemble 12 turkeys. Here’s everything I used. Double Stuffed Oreos (family size bag), chocolate frosting, candy corn, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Whoppers, white non-pareils, red heart-shaped sprinkles. There’s plenty of ways to modify these depending on what’s in your cupboard. Here’s how I made them! Start with two Double Stuffed Oreo cookies. Use chocolate frosting to stand one cookie …

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Volunteer opportunities open for seniors

Volunteer opportunities open for seniors:  The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, of eastern Iowa and western Illinois needs men and women ages 55 years and older to work with comm……

WQAD.com LogoChristmas stocking business spreads joy around the world

Christmas stocking business spreads joy around the world

Joy Murphy is hard at work in her attic workshop on the third floor of her Rock Island home, busy making handmade Christmas stockings for sale in her showroom and online. “Right now, it’s frantic, 18 hours a day, 7 days a week,” Murphy says. Her business, Aunt Joy’s Personalized Christmas Stockings was born out of Murphy’s frustration when buying stockings for her family 20 years ago. “I needed a stocking for my family. I wanted something that would anchor our family, our family traditions,” she said. She started small at craft shows, then started to b…

WQAD.com LogoThanksgiving travelers are ready to roll from Quad Cities

Thanksgiving travelers are ready to roll from Quad Cities

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year.  Planes, trains and automobiles will be on the move. “It’s going to be nice just to be able to get home,” said Steve Stewart, taking a break from driving back to St. Peters, Missouri. Like Stewart, most everybody will travel by car this Thanksgiving weekend.  Nearly 90 percent of those getting away will celebrate with a road trip. Related: Before you travel for the holiday, read this. “It can get a little nerve-racking, especially if they cut you off or something,” said David Stewart, dri…

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Shoppers rebelling against stores open on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Shoppers love a deal. But that love might not be unconditional. As more retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving to kick off Black Friday sales, some shoppers are saying enough is enough. There are currently 71 petitions on Change.org that call for retailers and consumers to change their approach to Black Friday. The “Say No To Shopping on Thanksgiving” Facebook page has nearly 65,000 likes, while “Boycott Black Thursday” has more than 114,000. Hallie Dilworth, a freshman at the University of Tennessee, launched her petition to keep retail…

WQAD.com LogoAmerca’s Black Friday spreads to Europe

Amerca’s Black Friday spreads to Europe

LONDON (CNNMoney) — Black Friday is spreading to Europe — although some shoppers need a little nudge to understand why they are getting a deal. More European retailers have been forced to compete with Black Friday online shopping offers since Amazon introduced the trend to its European customers in 2010. “As online retail shopping is global, the trends of other regions have been more easily assimilated,” says Alastair McCaig at IG Group in London. The New West End Company, which represents stores in London’s busiest shopping district, predicts the Black Friday we…

WQAD.com LogoSnow Ends South..Expect A Cold Thanksgiving Day

Snow Ends South..Expect A Cold Thanksgiving Day

If you live in the southeastern portion of the Hawkeye state into west central Illinois you know the flakes have been flying through most of the day with 1 to 3 inches of new snow on the ground in spots.  Likely see close to another inch more in those same spots as we head into evening hours.  As expected, this snow has no plans in pushing any further north the rest of the evening. Clipper system racing just to our west will take the remaining flakes away later this evening.  Untreated roadways in southeastern Iowa and west central Illinois will have the greatest chance in experiencing haz…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDeere Releases Fourth Quarter Earnings For 2014

Deere Releases Fourth Quarter Earnings For 2014

Deere and Company has released their fourth-quarter earnings as well as their expectations for the 2015. The report shows earnings of $649 million for the fourth-quarter and ...

WQAD.com LogoWoman’s body found in wooded area in Morrison

Woman’s body found in wooded area in Morrison

Investigators said no foul play was suspected after the body of a woman was found in a wooded area near Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison, Illinois. The discovery was made Tuesday afternoon, November 25, 2014.  Deputies got the call about a possible body in the woods just north of the cemetery at about 3 p.m. “Deputies found a deceased older female lying in the snow,” according to a statement from the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, November 26. The woman’s name was withheld  pending notification of her next-of-kin.  …

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Unemployment dips slightly in Quad-Cities

The unemployment rate in the Quad-Cities dropped to 6.3 percent in October, a decrease from 7.1 percent a year ago.

KWQC-TV6 LogoHoliday Recipes From The KWQC Family

Holiday Recipes From The KWQC Family

A lot of time will be spent in kitchens across America over the holiday season. Do you have a favorite dish you love to share with friends and family? Would you like to share your recipe? We asked some of our TV6 family to share their favorites...

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QC Travelers Concerned About Nor’easter

Quad City travelers are concerned about the forecast for the Northeastern part of the United States on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. That’s because a nor’easter is dumping snow on the eastern part of the U.S. As of 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, there was just one departure delay from the Quad City International Airport.  A flight to Minneapolis was delayed. There were no arrival delays at the airport. Regardless, travelers are concerned about their connecting flights, to the northeastern part of the United States. Norma Hansen is heading to Connecticut on Wednesday, from the Quad City Int…

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Snow likely this afternoon, tonight

Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast.

WQAD.com LogoNecker’s helping local schools with Gift of Giving

Necker’s helping local schools with Gift of Giving

This holiday season, you can ask Necker’s Jewelers to donate a percentage of purchases made between December 1 and 31, 2014, to your participating school. It’s easy to make your purchases count this Christmas with the Easiest Fundraiser! How to raise money for your school: Step 1 – Visit either Necker’s Jewelers location from December 1 – 31st and let any Necker’s Team Member know that you want to make your purchase count and participate in the Fundraiser that Sparkles! Step 2 – Make your purchase at Necker’s Jewelers. Everything is eligible including Pandora, Alex and Ani,…

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Deere by divisions

Here's a look at Deere & Co.'s performance by division and its 2015 outlook:…

WQAD.com LogoDeere Predicts Big Drop in Equipment Sales

Deere Predicts Big Drop in Equipment Sales

Deere and Company says worldwide equipment sales dropped six percent over the past 12 months but bigger drops are expected in the months ahead. Deere announced its fourth quarter earnings Wednesday, November 26 saying full year earnings for the fiscal year that ended on Halloween were down $400 million dollars from the year before.  But at $3.162 billion dollars, it’s still the second highest annual total for the Moline-based agricultural equipment manufacturer. Deere is the Quad City’s largest manufacturer. The company says the biggest drops were seen in the sale of large farm ma…

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KWQC-TV6 LogoThanksgiving Travel Highest Since 2007

Thanksgiving Travel Highest Since 2007

More people will travel this Thanksgiving since 2007, a new report from AAA predicts. AAA Travel says 46.3 million Americans will travel 50+ miles between Wednesday and Sunday, with 41.3 million of them traveling by car.

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Mayor: Dixon cement plant looking to reopen

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of Dixon says he's optimistic that a shuttered cement plant will reopen.

Quad-City Times LogoMayor: Dixon cement plant looking to reopen

Mayor: Dixon cement plant looking to reopen

DIXON, Ill. — The mayor of Dixon says he's optimistic that a shuttered cement plant will reopen.

Quad-City Times LogoDeere earnings dip on shaky outlook for 2015

Deere earnings dip on shaky outlook for 2015

NEW YORK — Deere's fourth-quarter results were stronger than Wall Street expected but it says its farm equipment sales and profits will keep falling in its new fiscal year as the sector remains weak.

WQAD.com LogoThird wintry event of the season today

Third wintry event of the season today

Hopefully you got a breather yesterday because we’re expecting more snow today. This won’t be a major system, but the snow accumulation will be just enough to cause a few traffic headaches. We’re expecting only around an inch here in the Quad Cities but some spots to our southwest could see up to 2 inches. This will be much less than we had on Monday, but roads will become slick without salt and chemicals applied. The timing of this event will be as follows: Washington, Muscatine, Louisa, Henry (IA), Des Moines, Lee (IA), Henderson, Hancock, McDonough, and Warren Co.: Snow be…

WQAD.com LogoThe Pledge from Mrs. Bradley’s and Mrs. Mitchell’s class at Riverdale Heights Elementary

The Pledge from Mrs. Bradley’s and Mrs. Mitchell’s class at Riverdale Heights Elementary

Kindergarteners from Mrs. Bradley’s and Mrs. Mitchell’s class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Riverdale Heights Elementary School in Bettendorf. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here. …

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WQAD.com LogoThe Eric Factor: My Turkey Day Forecast

The Eric Factor: My Turkey Day Forecast

Turkeys will thaw out in the morning and then warm in the oven to a high of 350°. The kitchen will be hot and humid. If you bother the cook there may be a squall or two. Later in the afternoon the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey and cause accumulations of 1-3 inches on plates. Isolated 5 inch amounts will be possible on Dad’s plate. Cranberry sauce will create slippery spots on one side of the plate as mashed potatoes drift across the other. Butter will spread across some sections of rolls. By late afternoon, a weight watch and indigestion warning will go into effect for…

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Weather, gas prices affect holiday travel

If you're planning holiday travel, consider this-AAA is projecting the most thanksgiving weekend travel since 2007, with more than 46 million Americans going 50 miles or more from home. That's a 4.2 percent increase from last year. But in many parts of the U.S., the weather could play a big role in how your trip goes.Folks heading out east are going to run into major problems, with winter storm warnings out for much of the east coast.Snow is also expected to fall on I-35 from the Twin Cities to Des Moines and on I-94 through Wisconsin.But there is one factor making holiday traveling easier th…

Quad-City Times LogoLower gas prices mean more drivers for holiday

Lower gas prices mean more drivers for holiday

With the U.S. gasoline price averaging less than $3 for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010, AAA is predicting that at least 41.3 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving to he……

WQAD.com LogoAg in the AM: Illinois EPA Wants to Hear from Farmers

Ag in the AM: Illinois EPA Wants to Hear from Farmers

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency wants to start hearing from farmers about water quality and farm runoffs. The EPA just opened its public comment period for comments on a new statewide effort designed to improve water quality in Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico. The public comment period for the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy runs from now until January 24, 2015. The strategy targets statewide efforts to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen losses that end up in Illinois waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. The nutrients help create algae blooms in the Gulf that saps oxygen levels…

Quad-City Times LogoArtist brought out best in his radio guests

Artist brought out best in his radio guests

Bruce deGouveia Carter would interview artists as only another artist could.

Quad-City Times LogoSnow showers await travelers

Snow showers await travelers

A good day before Turkey Day to all. Those hitting the road today will want to keep an eye to the sky as scattered snow showers are likely throughout the Midwest. In the Q-C, we're looking at ……

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Hawkeyes move on with plenty of motivation

Iowa prepares for Nebraska with 8 win season on the line.

WQAD.com LogoAugustana earns top spot in D3 National poll

Augustana earns top spot in D3 National poll

Augie’s 4-0 start and victory over D1 Bradley has the Vikings ranked #1 in the nation in lastest D-3 rankings…

WQAD.com LogoLady Rocks roll past Quincy

Lady Rocks roll past Quincy

Rock Island opens Western Big 6 play with 50 point win.

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg streaks past Alleman

Galesburg streaks past Alleman

Silver Streaks pull away in 4th quarter to earn 54-48 win.

WQAD.com LogoU.T. Girls best rival Moline

U.T. Girls best rival Moline

United Township improves to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in WB6 with win over rival Moline.

WQAD.com LogoRockridge Boys edge U.T.

Rockridge Boys edge U.T.

Rockets and Panthers go to overtime in Geneseo with Rockridge edging United Township by 1.

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Fathers, daughters dance at annual Sugar Plum Ball

It’s called the most wonderful ball of the year. The  Sugar Plum ball at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf gave little girls the chance to dress up and go on a date with their favorite man: their dads. The sweet date featured dancing, dinner and a special performance of "Twas the Night before Christmas." "It’s fun to get to play with our friends and bond with our dads," said Lynleigh Schrim, 6th grader. "Time goes fast and you realize you want to slow down and during the holidays you try to do that," said Kevin Rafferty, father.





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