Best concerts ever!
(June 1) — One of the most anticipated concerts in Quad-Cities history is finally almost here.
Paul McCartney will make his first-ever Quad-Cities appearance Tuesday, June 11, at the TaxSlayer Center, one week before his 77th birthday.
But McCartney is not an outlier; rather, he's the latest in a long line of musical megastars to perform in the area.
Rock Island leaders set big goals
ROCK ISLAND (June 3) — The wish list for the city's leaders includes population growth, high-quality city services and infrastructure, and bringing in more businesses, among others.
Rock Island City Council members on Monday night met for a goal-setting session to draft a five-year plan and discuss immediate goals for the next year during a lively, and sometimes contentious meeting.
The five-year plan has four main goals: Create a financially sound city that provides high quality services and infrastructure; expand the local economy; revitalize strategic locations; and increase population through livable neighborhoods.
Welcome to the neighborhood!
MOLINE (June 3) — In a simpler, less-hectic time, neighborhoods were front and center in a family's world.
Neighbors looked out for neighbors. They shared projects, gathered often, and stood shoulder to shoulder in good times and bad.
The Moline Community Development Corporation believes in the beauty of a caring, concerned, involved and engaged neighborhood. Read more
New Farm Bureau leader Mayhew adjust
MOLINE (June 3) — By 10 a.m., Tara Mayhew’s day already seemed long.
Mixed reaction to gas tax hike
ROCK ISLAND (June 4) — Ron Horton was pumping $150 worth of fuel into a 50-gallon diesel tank when he learned he’ll soon be paying even more for fuel.
Horton, who lives near Bishop Hill, works at the Rock Island Arsenal, and every day he buys 100 gallons of diesel fuel to power pumps. That cost is covered by his employer.
But the gas for the little car he drives 80 miles to and from work each day isn’t. Read more
Bennett detours around flooding
DAVENPORT (June 5) — Legendary singer Tony Bennett will be in Iowa Friday, but not at the Adler Theatre, where fans were disappointed Monday to learn that he was canceling his planned show Wednesday night.
The timeless, tireless 92-year-old interpreter of the Great American Songbook is scheduled Friday at 7 p.m. at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus, Cedar Falls — 141 miles northwest of Davenport. Bennett's tour announced earlier this week that “due to sudden and unavoidable scheduling conflicts,” his performance in Davenport on Wednesday couldn't take place. Read more
Clinton WWII paratrooper: 'Each day a nightmare'
CLINTON, Iowa (July 5) —Henry Langrehr answers the door of his Clinton, Iowa, home with a briskness that belies his 94 years, his eyes bright with gratitude for the life he's been allowed to live.
Mayberry says, 'I did nothing wrong'
ROCK ISLAND (June 10) — Former Rock Island City Alderman Virgil Mayberry confronted city council members Monday night, accusing them of conspiring with the Dispatch-Argus in an effort to oust him from office.
Mayberry, who represented Ward 2, was defeated by write-in candidate Randall Hurt by 36 votes in the April 2 municipal election.
The Dispatch-Argus published a story over the weekend detailing numerous instances in which Mayberry used his city-issued credit card during his four years in office to pay for personal expenses, including $430 for a custom bulletproof vest, jewelry, dry cleaning, postage and gasoline. Read more
Winning prestigious scholarship routine for UTHS
EAST MOLINE (June 10) — Clarice Brown was terrified when her teacher, Heather Monson, pulled her aside after class one day in the fall of her senior year of high school. Was she in trouble? Was she about to be told bad news?
Monson, a history teacher at United Township High School, had something else in mind: She wanted to know if Brown was applying to be a Golden Apple Scholar, a hefty and prestigious scholarship for Illinois students who want to become teachers.
With Monson’s support, Brown filled out an application. Months later, she got the good news: She had won.
... In the past three years, six recent UTHS students have become Golden Apple scholars, including three who won this year. Read more
Solar gives River Bandits new power
DAVENPORT (June 12) — One of the oldest ballparks in professional baseball is now being partially powered by the latest in solar technology.
On Wednesday, the Quad Cities River Bandits unveiled a 58-panel solar array, a collection of panels installed on the roof of Modern Woodmen Park that is producing enough energy to power the facility’s LED outfield lights. Read more
Woman dies when fleeing car causes crash
DAVENPORT (June 14) — Davenport Officer Michael Stegall was pursuing the Lincoln Town Car that crashed into another car and killed its driver because the driver of the Town Car, Angel Ochoa, was on the Davenport Police Department's pursuit list, police said Friday.
Stegall had attempted to pull the car over on traffic violations of no tail light or registration plates and the driver and passenger were not wearing seat belts, the Iowa State Patrol said. Instead of pulling over, Ochao fled.
Ochoa, 19, crashed into a car driven by Lori Ann Letts, 48, of Davenport, at the intersection of West Kimberly Road and Fairmount Street Thursday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more
East Moline residents seek flooding solutions
EAST MOLINE (June 17) — Around two dozen residents of the Babcock and Meersman subdivisions were present at Monday’s East Moline City Council meeting to hear Kristin Crawford, senior civil engineer for IMEG Corp., address the council with recommendations for drainage in those flood-hit areas. Read more
Frustration, blame engulf 7th Street project in EM
EAST MOLINE (June 19) — After months of delays and unfavorable weather events, the construction project on 7th Street in front of Glenview Middle School remains unfinished.
With frustrations swirling, city officials and residents want an answer: When will construction wrap up? Read more
Tzomes served, lived as a hero
(June 20) Capt. C.A. “Pete” Tzomes (Toms), U.S. Navy (Retired), 74, of Milan, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.
Born Dec. 30, 1944, in Williamsport, Pa., Capt. Tzomes dealt with segregation and discrimination growing up. Blessed with a compassionate mother who instilled him the drive to succeed and the patience to deal with prejudices, Capt. Tzomes would — through hard work and determination — find unmatched success. Read more
Flooding leaves Henry County farmers in dire straits
CAMBRIDGE — This year's historic floods have turned northern Henry County into a "virtual agricultural wasteland," and farmers may not recover from the devastation, county officials are being told. Read more
Third-generation Port Byron farmer prepares for change
There’s a break in the early-morning May rain, so Bob DePauw rounds up the cows meandering in a field near his barn.
He greets them softly: “Come on, girls.”
The cows trudge to the milking parlor, where they wait for their turns. ...
In all, 34 cows come through the parlor twice a day. ...
DePauw, 61, is a third-generation dairy farmer in Port Byron, and he’s preparing for his son, Tom DePauw, to take over the farm. But because the younger DePauw is considering moving away from dairy farming to turn to the beef business, this may be the last few years the family farm functions as a dairy operation. Read more
Airport taking off
MOLINE — Pointing to terminal and parking improvements, plus plans for a major solar project, Executive Director Ben Lesichner said he expects this to be a “year of change” for the Quad City International Airport.
Leischner, who previously worked at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for 14 years, recently finished his first year as director of the airport in Moline. Despite dealing with harsh weather and a federal government shutdown in his first year, Leischner said he’s been focused on “building a foundation” for the airport to grow. Read more
New I-74 bridge will reduce hazards
For many Quad-Citans whose daily commute takes them across the Interstate 74 bridge, the span rarely gets a second thought.
Taking the I-74 bridge comes as naturally as pumping gas.
For some, though, driving across the too-narrow old bridge between Moline and Bettendorf is so unnerving a proposition that they will go miles out of their way to find another route. Read more
Davenport flood damage tops $2 billion
DAVENPORT (June 25) — As Davenport continues to recover from the most devastating flooding disaster in recent memory, the combined impact of flooding in cities along the Mississippi River is estimated to be more than $2 billion. Read more
Upper Mississippi reopens to barge traffic
(June 26) Scott County farmer Robb Ewoldt has around $80,000 worth of soybeans in storage, waiting to be shipped down the Mississippi River.
The soybeans were supposed to be shipped in April, he said. Instead, they've been sitting in grain bins as historically high river levels have closed locks and halted barge traffic along the entire Upper Mississippi. Samantha Heilig, a spokeswoman with the Rock Island District of the Army Corps of Engineers, said locks were closed from mid-March until earlier this month.
All of the locks are now open, and barge traffic is slowly starting to move again, she said. But Ewoldt is still patiently waiting for his grain to make it down the river. Read more
Possible TB cases not reported in RI County
ROCK ISLAND (June 26) — Lab results testing positive for possible tuberculosis infection in seven people went unreported at the Rock Island County Health Department, 2112 25th Ave., for nearly three months.
Discovery of an email reveals Shari Ortner, nursing supervisor of the infectious diseases department, neglected to open a pile of lab results sitting on the desk of a former employee. Ortner told Dr. Julie Voelker, the physician who oversees the health department, that nothing "was left undone." Read more
East Moline cops cleared in shooting
New Bend Event Center opens
(June 3) A decades-long effort to bring passenger rail service from Chicago to the Quad-Cities had been derailed for years.
But proponents hope the passage of a capital appropriations bill by the Illinois legislature on Sunday means the project is finally on track. The $45 billion Rebuild Illinois infrastructure bill includes $225 million in funding for the Moline-to-Chicago rail line. Read more
EAST MOLINE (June 3) — For the first time in more than 20 years, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival will take place next month in Illinois, at the new Murphy Park at The Bend development. Read more
(June 4) A Moline woman has been charged with leaving the scene of a 2018 accident that killed a person.
Olivia M. Lopez, 27, has been charged with failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death, according to Rock Island County court records. Read more
Cynthia Lodge, who was employed by the health department in the infectious diseases department from June 18 to Nov. 13, alleges she was terminated in retaliation for filing a discrimination complaint Oct. 23 against chief nursing officer Shari Ortner, who formerly went by her maiden name of Shari Langley. Read more
DAVENPORT (June 6) — When the Figge Art Museum needed an interim executive director to smooth the transition when Tim Schiffer leaves this summer, it turned to a familiar face, Carmen Darland. Read more
ROCK ISLAND (June 7) — Another complaint has been filed against the Rock Island County Health Department involving the same nursing supervisor.
AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees), the union representing county employees, filed a formal grievance with the Illinois Labor Relations Board April 22 on behalf of five employees and three union stewards. Read more
- (June 9) Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken has chosen not seek Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat, saying he views an inter-party challenge against former Iowa Sen. Rita Hart as a “distraction” that will “serve no worthwhile purpose.” Read more
ROCK ISLAND (June 11) — School board members on Tuesday heard about an anticipated $338,649 education fund deficit for the 2019-2020 budget. Board members also tapped Daniel Coyne-Logan to serve as assistant principal of Rock Island High School. Read more
MOLINE (June 11) — Council members were upset over the results of a fair housing study, questioning if the sample size representing the city was sufficient to draw the conclusions found. Read more
MOLINE (June 12) — After five weeks of remodeling, the wait is finally over: Aldi has reopened in Moline. Read more
ROCK ISLAND (June 12) — A man accused in federal court of trafficking methamphetamine in Rock Island County has been sentenced. Read more
- ROCK ISLAND (June 13) — Republican members of the Rock Island County board are pushing forward with plans to reduce the board's size from 25 to 15. Read more
DAVENPORT (June 16) — Emily Tinsman, 22, of Bettendorf, is Miss Iowa 2019.
Tinsman, the reigning Miss Wild Rose, was crowned late Saturday night after the three-day Miss Iowa Pageant held at Davenport’s Adler Theatre. Read more
- DAVENPORT (June 19) — Growing up with two older and two younger brothers gave Louise Wise a sense of adventure. Today, at 98, that remains intact.
Wise, a resident of Petersen Commons Assisted Living in Davenport, celebrated her 98th birthday last month by zip-lining with family members in Buffalo, Mo. Read more
MOLINE (June 24) — Moline-Coal Valley School Board members Monday approved a two-year contract for the Moline Education Association and approved a 2019-2020 tentative budget. Read more
ROCK ISLAND (June 25) — On Monday night, the Rock Island City Council voted unanimously to give credits to boaters affected by extreme flooding at Sunset Marina.
The credits would save boaters hundreds of dollars and cost the city more than $30,000, according to estimates from the city and F3 Marina, the Milwaukee-based company that took over management of the Rock Island marina last fall. Read more
ROCK ISLAND (June 28) — A broken elevator in an apartment building in downtown Rock Island has become a flashpoint for residents forced to rely on the stairs for more than three months. Read more
(June 29) The tragic events of July 3, 2018, are in the hands of the courts. The families of two men killed when a tree limb fell as they watched fireworks from the lawn of the Rock Island County Courthouse have filed a wrongful death suit against the county. Read more
IN DEPTH (A deeper look into key topics)
BEST OF MARX
- (June 3) It's Louie Alongi's turn to hear a 'thank you' Read the column
- (June 12) Challenger baseball: sports at its best Read the column
- (June 14) Spates had good heart, soul Read the column
- (June 19) RI native relishes her year as Miss Iowa Read the column
- (June 21) Danger takes backseat to feeding your face in car Read the column
- (June 24) Orion trio look to make a difference Read the column
- (June 28) 'Greatest vomit of my life' Read the column
- (June 30) Angles for Anderson Read the column
DINING EXPERIENCES WE ENJOYED
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE VISITS
June 1 — Final river crests of spring in Q-C? Story
June 2 — Mississippi and Rock rivers crest Story
June 3 — New Bud's to open; other restaurants battle back Story
June 4 — Employee files discrimination complaint against RICo Health Story
June 5 — State money heading to WIU-QC Story
June 6 — Progress, setbacks for bridge arches Story
June 7 — Rock Island to bestow top honors Story
June 8 — 'None of these are necessarily unsolved' Story
June 9 — Suicide threat drew police Story
June 10 — Hope Creek faces staffing crisis Story
June 11 — McCartney thrills Quad-Cities with classic, new songs Story
June 12 — County takes action to sell Hope Creek Story
June 13 — Looking for a few good Maroons Story
June 14 — WIU president will step down Story
June 15 — Motorcyclist dies in crash Story
June 16 — Local lawmakers review highs, lows of spring session Story
June 17 — Need for rural nurses addressed Story
June 18 — Rock Island County votes to sell Hope Creek Story
June 19 — Arsenal Island will go Boom! Story
June 20 — Deere donates record amount to food bank Story
June 21 — Funds for rail to Chicago to stay Story
June 22 — Thomson prison struggles to hire 200 workers Story
June 23 — Retiring McGuire sees bright future for schools Story
June 24 — RI aldermen refuse to approve Mayberry's expenses Story
June 25 — Moline to go after unpaid tickets Story
June 26 — Crews find missing man's body in river Story
June 27 — Rock Island to Mayberry: Return money Story
June 28 — UnityPoint Health plans merger Story
June 29 — A year after tragedy, Q-C ready for Red, White & Boom Story
June 30 — Storms pound Q-C area Story