News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Joe McLemore's barber shop is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Jeff Cook / Quad-City Times

After working several odd jobs around the Quad Cities, Joe McLemore found his true passion when he opened Joe's Barber Shop in Davenport back in 1968. Thursday is the shop's 50th anniversary. 

News headlines for the morning of January 15, 2018:

Churches United

A new leader has been chosen for Churches United, at least on an interim basis. Friday the organization announced Reverend Doctor Melvin Grimes will serve as interim executive director.

Terry and Sue Welty sit down for dinner as their golden retriever, Teddy, waits for a chance to clean up scraps at their home in Davenport on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The Weltys sit down for a candlelight dinner together every night.
Andy Abeyta / Quad-City Times

This week's Big Story in the Quad-City Times is an intimate look at dinner. 

A local agency wants to teach people about modern slavery. 

United Way of the Quad Cities

Free tax preparation services are available during tax season.  United Way is one of many organizations that offers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, known as VITA.

Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau

Quad Cities hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions will offer year-long discounts.  For the 17th year, the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau is promoting "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard."  

Spokeswoman Jessica Waytenick, says the businesses gave away 3,000 wristbands last summer.