NAME:Don Sharp AGE:74 ADDRESS:Rock Island OCCUPATION:South Rock Island Township clerk FAMILY:Wife, Dorothy, 4 children; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren EDUCATION:Beloit College and Midwestern Broadcasting School POLITICAL PARTY:Republican OFFICE SOUGHT:South Rock Island Township clerk PRIOR OFFICES:Two years township trustee, eight years as township clerk WHY RUNNING:Would like to use my experience as clerk to keep everything running smoothly with both parties cooperating, something we don't see a lot of currently. KEY ISSUE:It's always fiscal responsibility, which means keeping taxes in check. However, we also have to keep providing services to the many people who need help. It is sometimes a tough balancing act, but one that we work hard at accomplishing.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.