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News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Foundation Hires New Leader

Sep 5, 2014

As the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend celebrates its 50th anniversary, it's also welcoming a new leader. This week, Sherry Ristau officially started work as president and CEO. Ristau comes from the Quad Cities after more than 20 years as president and CEO of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, a foundation that served southwestern Minnesota. It administerred 100 funds with assets of about 80 million dollars. In her new job, she will manage more than 900 funds, totalling 120 million dollars.

Moline Public Library
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  Local residents asked for it, and now they'll receive it. Starting this weekend, the Moline Public Library will be open on Sundays, from 1 to 4 pm. 

Since director, Lee Ann Fisher, started working at the library last year. She's received many requests for Sunday hours. So she and her staff decided to make that happen by closing earlier--at 8 pm instead of 9 during the week.  She says the children's and adult book sections will be open Sundays, and so will the circulation desk. 

Perez Death Arrest

Sep 4, 2014

A fatal hit and run crash from six months ago may have been solved. Wednesday, state police arrested 41 year old Maria Romero of Rockford in connection with the death last March of 17 year old Emilio Perez.Perez was walking along I-88 near Joslin when a car hit him and drove away.State Police Master Sergeant Chris Endress says new evidence released last week resulted in an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers and that led to Romero and her vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe.

The fatal shooting of a Davenport man last month was justified.

Run With Carl

Aug 28, 2014

An annual fundraising run for college scholarships will end this weekend. After 20 years, organizers of the Run With Carl have decided Monday will be the last one.  Spokeswoman Jamie Lange says the race was started by the Schillig family to honor their son Carl, an avid runner, who was killed in a car accident. Since the first race in 1995, up to 14-hundred people have participated each year to raise money for college scholarships for graduates of Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools.  She says the family decided the 20th year would be a good time to end the Run With Carl. 

Better healthcare means bigger operating rooms at one of the largest hospitals in the Quad Cities. Today (WED), Genesis Medical Center showed a model of an operating room that's now under construction at the East campus in Davenport.  Chief medical officer, Doctor Joseph Lohmuller (LO-mull-er), says medical technology has changed dramatically, but his staff is still using operating rooms designed in the 70s."Literally, it's like we have to bring this in first, and that in, second, and that in, third, to get all that in the room.

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With help from the city, nine businesses have expanded or opened for the first time in downtown Rock Island. And to celebrate, yesterday Renaissance Rock Island held what it calls a "rolling ribbon cutting." One of the nine is Tapas Yoga Shala,  a yoga school owned by Evan Harris and his wife. He says the business opened in the McKesson building 3 years ago.

Hundreds of volunteers will help United Way of the Quad Cities kick off this year's fundraising campaign. For the 10th year, it will hold a Day of Caring tomorrow at sites around the area.

President, Scott Crane, says it's a chance for members of the community to give back by cleaning up parks, reading to children, and spending time with non-profit organizations.

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing veterans. To change that, the state of Iowa partnered with local businesses today to host the third annual Quad Cities "Hiring our Heroes." The job fair in Davenport included resume and skills building workshops, and a panel with local leaders in business and government.

Big Bacon Bonanza

Jun 6, 2014

  All things bacon will be celebrated and consumed this weekend in the Quad Cities. Churches United is sponsoring a fund-raiser on Saturday called "The Big Bacon Bonanza." The organizer, Thea Hansen-Bettis, says they started talking last year about holding some sort of food festival, and noticed all the bacon-themed events being held across the country, but NOT in this area.  "Anybody and everybody I talked to, unless they have some sort of food allergy or dietary restriction, is excited about bacon. There's not a single person I've talked to that said no.

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