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BRIEFLY Colona man faces multiple charges in Wednesday’s Big Island Crash

A Colona man reportedly driving a car that crashed on Big Island on Wednesday has been cited for improper lane usage, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while revoked, failing to wear a seatbelt and illegal transportation of alcohol. Laurie Goddard, 58, is facing at least his fourth drunken driving charge since 1997. He drove his car off the road and crashed into a concrete flood wall, according to Lt. William Kauzlarich of the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department. He said the crash occurred at 8:14 p.m at the Rock Island Conservation Club, 2421 Big Island Road, Milan. Mr. Goddard is in serious condition at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, a hospital spokesperson said Friday. Lt. Kauzlarich said there were two passengers in the car with Mr. Goddard, but he did not release their names or conditions. Rock Island County Circuit Court records indicate that in June 2004, Mr. Goddard was sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated driving while revoked. He also was convicted of drunk driving in 1997 and 2002. — Staff writer Bill Mayeroff

Shelter offers discounts for adult cats MOLINE --The front room is full of felines, sleeping on benches, lying in sunshine on the tile, lounging on cat trees and sitting in tubs under the sink. About 40 cats have taken over the room at the Rock Island County Animal Care & Control building and more are waiting to move in. The result: a “cat sale” at which the shelter is offering reduced prices on adult cats until the number of Stephanie Makosky / staff felines dwindles. Adult cats are on sale for Adoption fees for cats are $25 at the Rock Island $25, down from the usual County Animal Care $60. All adoptions still include and Control Shelter in spaying or neutering, microMoline. The shelter has become overcrowded chipping, and vaccinations for rabies, distemper/URI and with cats looking for a good home. feline bordetella, and oneyear county registration of the animal if you live in Rock Island County. “We’d love to get rid of them by getting them into their forever home,” said operations manager Samantha DeYoung, who said some of the cats in the front room have lived at the shelter since early February. She said the goal is to have no cats awaiting homes. But that’s not the case now and likely won’t be in the future. Too many people don’t spay or neuter their cats, Ms. DeYoung said. Many people only want to adopt kittens, and these days, many people can’t afford the animals they have in their homes. It all leads to the situation the shelter is facing. The shelter is at 4001 78th Ave., Moline. Its hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adoption fees for kittens will remain at $60. — Staff writer Dawn Neuses

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Blues Fest to feature famous families, free day By Jonathan Turner jturner@qconline.com

The 26th annual IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival will bring the “red, white and blues” in a big way this year. For the first time since its early years, the event will feature a free day July 3 as part of the bi-state “Red, White and Boom” event featuring the first appearance of the Quad City Symphony at the fest. The weekend lineup of 28 acts includes blues legends, up-and-comers and award-winners — performing on two stages — July 2-4 at LeClaire Park in Davenport. “For those blues fans across the country who haven’t yet made the journey

to our festival in LeClaire Park — a blues-inspiring outdoor venue at the crossroads of U.S. 61, known as the Blues Highway, and the Mississippi River — this is the year to come,” said Karen McFarland, vice president of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. “And for those locals who haven’t experienced one of the best blues festivals in the nation, we invite you to take advantage of free admission on Saturday and give us a try,” she said. “We have a feeling you’ll return for another day of great music, food and fun.” Three-day festival passes are $25 through June 26 and $30 thereafter. One-day tick-

ets will be sold at the gate for $15 July 2 and 4. Children 14 and younger will be admitted free daily if accompanied by an adult with a ticket. MVBS will collect nonperishable food items for Riverbend Food Bank all three days at the gate. The event, produced by MVBS and presented by IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, is one of the nation’s longest running, all-volunteer-operated blues festivals, Ms. McFarland said. The festival kicks off July 2 with “Blues in the Blood.” All eight acts performing that day are descendants of blues legends. Artists include Muddy Waters’ son, Mud Morganfield; B.B. King’s daughter,

Shirley King; and Luther Allison’s son, Bernard Allison. Lil’Ed and the Blues Imperials headline that night’s show. “They come from legendary blues families, and all are incredible artists in their own right,” Ms. McFarland said. Two 2010 Blues Grammy nominees — Ruthie Foster and Billy Branch — are in the July 3 lineup that starts at 1 p.m. with the Quad-Cities’ own Steady Rollin’ Blues Band, this year’s winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge.

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A proper tribute

Scorpions to rock Moline on Aug. 20 The Scorpions, with special guest Dokken, will play the i wireless Center in Moline on Aug. 20. The German rockers are celebrating 40-plus years of music on their final tour, promoting their latest album, “Sting in the Tail.” Released in March, it entered the Billboard Top 200 charts at No. 23, making it The Scorpions’ highest chart debut in more than 20 years. The disc features the anthemic single “Raised On Rock” and adds to their list of hits that includes “Rock You Like A Hurricane,”“Wind of Change” and “No One Like You.” Tickets at $39.50, with a limited number of $58.50 VIP seats, go on sale at 10 a.m. June 5 at the i wireless Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com. — Staff writer Jonathan Turner

Bid accepted for Cambridge fire station CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge fire district board of trustees recently accepted a $1,486,000 bid from Morton Buildings in Atkinson to build a new station off Illinois 82. The firm was the design builder working with the architect. Wright Electric and Wirth Plumbing and Heating, both of Geneseo, are subcontractors. The work is being paid for through a bond issue approved in 2009. Construction is expected to start in two to three weeks and be completed before winter, according to Jeff Hutchinson, president of the fire district. The station also will house ambulances and includes a police car bay and meeting room. — Staff writer Lisa Hammer

Durbin announces federal appointments U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., announced on Friday a nomination for federal judge and the confirmation of a new U.S. marshal. Sen. Durbin said President Barack Obama nominated Judge James Shadid to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, which includes Rock Island County. Judge Shadid has been a trial judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Peoria since 2001 and previously served as a private attorney. “Judge Shadid is an excellent candidate for the federal bench,” Sen. Durbin said in a news release. “He is a dedicated public servant who has an outstanding reputation in the legal community.” Judge Shadid’s nomination now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee and, if it is approved there, will go to the full Senate for approval. Sen. Durbin also announced the confirmation of Darryl McPherson as U.S. marshal for the Northern District of Illinois. He became a deputy U.S. marshal in Chicago in 1999 and in 2007 was promoted to seputy U.S. marshal senior inspector. “Darryl McPherson will bring a great deal of knowledge and experience from his many years of service to the position of U.S. Marshal in the Northern District,” said Sen. Durbin. “I am confident that he will do an excellent job.”

EDITOR Joe Payne

(309) 757-4948 • jpayne@qconline.com

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Annabell Luth stands near the graves of black Civil War veterans before placing small American flags in front of each grave on Friday morning, at Chippiannock Cemetery in Rock Island. The men buried in the graves were discovered to be veterans several years ago and then had official grave markers dedicated. Ms. Luth placed the flags at the graves in preparation for Memorial Day.

After years in unmarked graves, black veterans honored By Sarah Ruholl

sruholl@qconline.com

An unmarked grave is not uncommon in the vast reaches of Chippiannock Cemetery in Rock Island. Finding nine unmarked graves of black Civil War veterans in 2000, however, was something unusual. Two years after the discovery, grave stones were obtained for seven of the veterans. On Friday, Annabell Luth, president and co-founder of the Quad City African American Museum, decorated the sites with American flags for Memorial Day. “They were fighting for a country that still had the people of color enslaved,” Ms. Luth said. “They were fighting for this country and still seeing their people tortured.”

The Civil War veterans, who Ms. Luth said should serve as role models for the black community, were Jackson Beardsley, Henderson Bingman, Thomas Clark, Albert Harper, Levi Jackson, Lewis Martin, Lee Rogers, Samuel Thurman and Napoleon Wood. George Kelley, also a black Civil War veteran buried in the same area, already had a headstone. “In the process of going through records, I realized we had several veterans in the public lot, which is often not marked,” said Tracey McVay, the Chippiannock employee who discovered the graves were unmarked. “I went up there and looked, and they were unmarked. We figured, it’s free, and they served; they deserve a grave marker.” From its opening in 1855 until the 1920s, Chippiannock was the only cem-

etery in the area that allowed blacks to be buried. Greg Vogele, cemetery superintendent, applied for the free military headstones from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after the discovery only to be told more information and proper documentation was needed. Roger Ruthhart, managing editor of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, searched the newspaper’s archives, which turned up information for only a couple of the soldiers. The search was extended to five county clerks’ offices, a number of information websites and, finally, the National Archives and Records Administration offices. Still, enough information was not found to get headstones for Mr. Jackson and Mr. Clark.

Geneseo officially ends economic development post By Stephen Elliott, selliott@qconline.com

It’s official: Geneseo’s economic development director Heather Roberts is out of a job. Geneseo Mayor Linda Van Der Leest made the email announcement Thursday, stating Ms. Roberts was laid off effective Friday. “The city continues to evaluate their long-term goals and needs while evaluating the projected revenues from the state of Illinois,” the mayor said. “At this time, it is unclear as to how much revenue the city will receive from the state and when.” Ald. Ed Deener, 1st Ward, said the mayor has a tough job dealing with the city’s finances. “She’s looking where she can to find ways to save money,” he wrote in an email. “The community development director’s job is one we can do without, particularly when you consider where we are today financially versus where we were when we hired her.” Ms. Roberts was hired by

the city in November 2009 for the position created by the city last fall. Her annual salary of $50,000 basically was to be split between the city and the Community Development Corporation for three years. The city also took on travel expenses, insurance and other items that added $30,000 to the city’s annual costs for the post, according to Ald. Keith Kennett, 3rd Ward. City officials said the position was subject to a sixmonth review. On May 20, a city news release stated budget concerns required Geneseo officials to consider ending the economic development director position. At that time, Ms. Roberts was placed on paid administrative leave by Mayor Van Der Leest, pending council action. Aldermen were to meet Monday to consider discontinuing Ms. Roberts’ position in the city, but an hour before it was to start, Mayor Van Der Leest canceled the meeting pending talks with the Community De-

Stephen Elliott / staff

Heather Roberts was laid off from her position as economic development director for the city of Geneseo, effective Friday. The position was subject to a six-month review and the city decided to eliminate the position, because of budget concerns. velopment Corporation, the for-profit corporation that oversees the city’s business incubator.

business community, the city and the CDC when it comes to economic development.”

On Monday, Mayor Van Der Leest also said she had been in contact with CDC president John DuBois to “address the needs of the

Mr. DuBois did not return a call for comment earlier this week and could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.


05.29.10 Q-C Area inside cover  

May 29, 2010 inside Q-C Area cover for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus that I designed and copy edited.

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