John is a columnist and reporter for Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com.
— Two weeks ago, Boy Scout Troop #103 Davenport, enjoyed a weekend of camping and outdoor activities at Scott County Park.
They held hands and spoke French, smiling, even giggling as they recalled the previous six months. Nicolas Griffon and his wife of 13 years, Rhonda Mellor, are sitting atop their neatly kept deck in a quiet, well-manicured Bettendorf neighborhood.
The 17-year-old -- with mustard-rubbed wing sauce rolling down the right side of chin and the remnants of the greatest brisket known to man covering the left side of his face -- turned to me.
My neighborhood bully's name was David.
For its plan to salvage prep sports and offer young people an opportunity to compete, the Illinois High School Athletic Association should be commended.
Moline native John "JP'' Ivanic, a former star placekicker at Northern Illinois University and civic fixture in Columbus, Ohio, died Monday at age 52.
To the best of my knowledge:
Kara Snyder is feisty, scrappy, athletic, bright and articulate.
Bettendorf High School's Patrick Mooney, is working to honor his friend and fellow student, the late Tyler Hurd.