Members of the Rock Island High School Air Force Junior R.O.T.C. strike a distinct contrast to the rest of the student body as they march through the school's cafeteria while Rocky junior Richie Rowe sits in study hall filing his nails. Many of the cadets plan to serve in the armed forces after high school graduation. (Dispatch/Argus)
Emergency personnel give oxygen to Pat Myers and her dog, while friends comfort her following a fatal fire at her home, 2413 44th Street Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Moline. Mrs. Myers husband, Howard "Dave" D. Myers, 80, died as a result of injuries suffered in the blaze, which broke out in the couple's basement.
Joseline Mwajuma and her family are comforted while she watches firefighters extinguish the blaze which heavily damaged the home she was living in at 1343 12th St. on Friday, March 11, 2016, in Rock Island. According to the American Red Cross they are currently assisting five adults and nine children who were displaced by the fire.
PGA Tour pro Jordan Spieth reacts to chipping in from the bunker for a birdie on the 18th hole during the final round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament in Silvis, Ill., Sunday, July 14, 2013. Spieth won the tournament on the 5th playoff hole. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
World War II veteran Joe Colmer of East Moline leaves his wheelchair behind as he takes a moment to himself while visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. on Nov. 1, 2008. Mr. Colmer, a veteran of D-Day and other major battles during the war, was among 96 local veterans who traveled to the nation's capital to visit the World War II Memorial as part of Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Mr. Colmer was accompanied on the trip by his son and daughter, Bruce Colmer and Sheri Williams. (Dispatch/Argus)
Burundi refugee Hanganimana Epimaque, the father of drowning victim Michel Niyubahwe, 11, of Rock Island said Tuesday through an interpreter that it was out of character for his son to leave home without permission. Mr. Epimaque said he doesn't understand how the boy ended up at the riverfront without an adult knowing where he was. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
A Secret Service agent stands guard outside Ross' Restaurant in Bettendorf while President Barack Obama visits inside the eatery. The President made an impromptu stop at the restaurant while on his way to the Alcoa Davenport Works in Riverdale, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. His visit made good on a 2008 campaign promise to the restaurant's co-owner that he would visit the restaurant and try its signature 'Magic Mountain.' (Dispatch/Argus)
Jefferson Vincent, 2, and Olevel Nitunga, 2, both of Rock Island, were among the hundreds of people who showed up to receive food and hygiene products at a mobile food pantry in the parking lot of the Second Baptist Church in Rock Island on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The pantry was organized as part of the United Way's 10th annual Day of Caring. (Dispatch/Argus)
Barb Lucia, of East Moline, reacts to the early-morning fire which destroyed the house she was living in at 1339 17th St., East Moline. Ms. Lucia was not at home when the fire broke out about 6:30 this morning. The three people asleep inside the home escaped uninjured. (Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
Moline High School soccer goalie Dan Schmidt stares at his hands in disbelief after allowing the eventual game winning goal to arch rival Rock Island. Moline previously had never lost to Rock Island in the history of the two programs. (Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
Even with only one reporter in attendance Illinois state senator Mike Jacobs conducts a full blown press conference to announce that he was being endorsed by the Associated Firefighter of Illinois (AFFI). Jacobs' campaign staff had initially broken down the press conference staging when they decided no media was going to show-up to cover the event. They quickly set the banner, flag and lecture back up after Timmons arrived. Pictured from left to right are State Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, Chuck Sullivan (AFFI), State Sen. Mike Jacobs, Pat Devaney, president Associated Firefighters of Illinois; Dave Estes, Moline Firefighter and Andrew West, president of Rock Island IAFF Local 26. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
The Mallards-Komets game was a hardy affair Wednesday night, especially for UHL linesman John Morrison, who took a stick to the groin from Komet winger David-Alexandre Beauregard while tied up with Mallard defenseman Tom Menicci.
Isolde and her identical twin sister Karolina, right, play on the tire swing on the playground at the Black Hawk State Historic Site on Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013. The 5-year-old twins from Moline were playing in the park during a home school outing with their mother. Today's forecast calls for 50-percent chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and a high of 86 degrees. (Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
An unidentified man threatens to commit suicide in the window of his Moline apartment. Police were able to talk him out of the third story window without incident after an hour long stand-off. Police officials refuse to release the subject's name.
Courtney Mehus, the catcher for Tri-County Hurricanes (Durant, IA) tries to rev up her teammates during their game against America's Heartland Tuesday afternoon during the ASA Girls' 10U Class A Fastpitch National Championships at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, IL.
Actor Bill Murray, with the help of the gallery, searches for his ball in the deep rough along the 2nd fairway during the John Deere Classic Pro Am, Wednesday July 8, 2015, in Silvis. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
While helicopter searches from above volunteers and law enforcement search the soybean field north of the house where a 2-year-old boy went missing from on Monday August 6, 2012. The little boy was reported missing shortly after 10:30 a.m. this morning, he was found after being lost for hours in a farm field. According to Jeff Dale, chief deputy of the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, the boy was found uninjured three-quarters of a mile northwest of the home. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
While local officials conduct a ribbon cutting inside, 75 wet and eager children wait in the rain for the opening of the new Riverside Aquatic Center in Moline, Illinois. The new center features zero-depth entry, lap lanes, a diving well, water play stations, sand playgrounds, a concession stand and new bathhouse.
Joe Williams of Carbon Cliff kisses the blood-stained pavement Thursday morning in the East Moline Ill. alley where his cousin Kelton Trice was shot and killed by police Wednesday evening. Police investigators said Trice was killed during an exchange of gunfire with East Moline police officer Sgt. Tom Peterson.
Barb Rench is reflected in the waiting room television while sitting with her son, Steven Rench, 17, in the University of Iowa Children's Hospital outreach clinic in Bettendorf on Friday. Steven, a Rock Island High School junior, is recovering from his second donor kidney transplant surgery which took place on Aug. 30, 2012.
Tracy Svetlick carries family possessions from of her stepson's mobile home in Maple City Mobile Home Park in Geneseo, Ill., Thursday, April 18, 2013, after the Geneseo Creek pushed out of its banks by heavy rain, flooded the park and threatened several businesses. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
Alleman High School cheerleaders Tori Scarpinato and Lexy VanDeMoortel miss catching teammate Luz Upegui while practicing the 'star' routine Wednesday morning behind the school in Rock Island, Ill. Looking on at right is Marisa Moreno. Wednesday marked the opening day of practices for the fall sports in Illinois.
Alyssa Biswell, a Ridgewood Elementary School sixth-grader, portrays Adolf Hitler during a student-organized wax museum Thursday morning at the school. Students put on the event after studying historical figures from the early 20th century. Alyssa chose the Nazi leader after the class read a book about the Holocaust. Alyssa is reading her prepared biography of Hitler to fifth-grader Elisha Simmons. In the background in the hat is Jaime Lauver as notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone.
Rex Benz, of Moline, Ill., doesn't let the snowy conditions deter him from setting out on his job search Wednesday morning on 5th Avenue in downtown Moline. Mr. Benz said he is looking for work as an electrician or in logistics. The morning snow is expected to stop by midday with accumulations up to an inch. The afternoon forecast calls for partly sunny conditions with a high around 18 degrees. The wind chill readings are expected to drop to 2 below.
DeAndre Robbins, 2 of Rock Island Ill., is headed for the big time. The 76-pound baby will be featured on an upcoming installment of the Maury Povich Show. A crew from the New York based show was in Rock Island Friday to tape a segment on the stocky youngster. A field producer from the Povich show flew in from New York to film DeAndre and his family eating a Jim's Rib Haven - a local rib restaurant. Next week his mother Melissa and DeAndre will fly to New York for a in studio taping. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
Witness Jeff Dennisan of Milan shows a friend how a man shot himself Thursday morning in front of a home in Milan. The apparent suicide attempt ended a short stand-off with police. According to Dennisan the victim apparently left the house and shot himself in view of some bystanders. Dennisan, a neighbor, added he saw the man shoot himself 'in the face.'
90-year-old Esther Funk of Moline watches the children come home from school Wednesday afternoon while she sitting outside her apartment in Springbrook Courts. Funk has lived in the public housing complex for 50-years. When the weather is nice she says she can usually be found outside enjoying the view from her front stoop.
Shirley Schatteman of Moline, Ill. struggles to get over a snow bank with her walker while en route to the Moline Activity Center Thursday afternoon in downtown Moline. Schatteman, who was walking to the center from her apartment, had to cross over the snowbank and into the street because the sidewalk was blocked by a 5 foot pile of snow.
Granite City's Tom Tedesco screams in pain a split second after breaking his fibula as a result of being thrown to the mat by Moline's 140-pound wrestler Tony Catour at the Bi-State Geneseo Invitational.
Katrina Jackson of Moline holds her dog close after the animal was rescued from a fire which damaged the duplex she lives at 1433 28th Ave. in Moline June 23, 2010. The fire was confined to a second floor bedroom on the south side of the duplex.
Augustana quarterback Brad Wendell celebrates his second- quarter touchdown with his teammates Saturday afternoon as a dejected Shawn Busch of Wisconsin-Platteville walks past the Vikings. Wendell scored on a 9-yard run.
Earl Phillips, of Davenport, Iowa, watches one of the excursion trains from Train Festival 2011 pass through Davenport near Marquette St. Thursday July 21, 2011. Mr. Phillips said that he loves trains. "My dad worked for the railroad," said Mr. Phillips. He added that as a young man he rode the rails across the country.
Shyia Sabel, 9 of Davenport, rings in 2013 at Noon Year's Eve the Family Museum, Bettendorf, on Jan. 31, 2012. The event which gives families to celebrate New Year's Eve a little early featured music by The Myers Brothers, crafts, party hats, noisemakers, a countdown to noon, and confetti.
The reflection of Tim McLoughlin of Tampico Ill., casts a silhouette next to a large portrait of former President Ronald Reagan in the window of the Tampico historical society, Sunday afternoon. Reagan was born in Tampico, on Feb. 6, 1911 and died Saturday at the age of 93.
Ryan Septer, 14, waits for Moline emergency personnel to rescue him from being pinned inside a car which struck a tree in the 1500 block of 35th Avenue in Moline late Tuesday. Due to the severity of the accident, it took firefighters over an hour to remove the 14-year-old from the car. Ryan was riding in the front passenger seat when the car being driven by Andrew Barber,17, lost control and hit a tree broadside on the passenger side.
Danielle Lavine, 19 of Moline, looks tough but she is only jokingly yelling for a penalty while playing a pick-up game of hockey with her boyfriend goalie Derek Kaalberg, 19 of Moline, Sunday afternoon on the Riverside Park Lagoon in Moline. Ms. Lavine and a group of friends took advantage of Sunday's warmer temperatures to play a game of pick-up hockey.
Michelle Wie reacts after narrowly missing a putt on the 8th green during the second round of the PGA's John Deere Classic, Silvis, IL. Wie needed to birdie the hole in order to keep her chances alive (with one hole to play) of being the first woman to make the cut in a PGA tour event since Babe Zaharias did it in 1945. Wie attracted huge crowds and was in position to make the cut until she faded in the final few holes.
Sebastien Cortez, 5 of Moline, sports a Patrick the Starfish costume, a character from the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, as he peeks around the crowd gathered along Avenue of the Cities Sunday afternoon for the Moline Council of Associated Dad's Clubs 48th annual Halloween parade.
Veteran Salvation Army bell ringer Sandy Ackley, of Rock Island, sports a tree skirt coat and a moose head hat while entertaining shoppers outside the Silvis Walmart on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Ms. Ackley, a member of the Quad City Clown Troupe, says she dresses up to ring the bells to make people laugh and "bring joy into Christmas." "Laughter is the best medicine," she added. Despite the frigid 5 degree temperatures on Monday, she said every smile from a passerby helped to keep her warm. (Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
'Jinosterrifics' trombonist Jim Lee casts long shadow while he and his bandmates entertain the crowd at Thursday's ceremonial groundbreaking for the Jackson Square development late Wednesday afternoon in Rock Island. The Jackson Square project will redevelop the old Illinois Oil Products building, 321 24th Street, into 30 residential rental units and 3,700 square feet for future commercial space.
Paul Bayer is swarmed by Moline High School students as he celebrates the Maroons' 52-45 victory over arch-rival Rock Island to capture the IHSA Regional Final Friday night at Rock Island High School. Bayer hit back-to-back three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help lead Moline to the win.
Sherrard High School junior Ray Gary sneaks a smoke while his classmates protest the firing of the school's principal. Students walked out of classes for about an hour to protest the school board's decision to dismiss the principal after 16-years of service. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
Ironworker Charlie Matkovic watches the final beam be lowered by crane down to his position atop the KONE Centre in Moline Ill. during the topping out ceremony for the new office building September 14, 2011. The $40 million KONE Centre celebrated the construction milestone with a topping off ceremony for the structure is being built north of River Drive, east of the Arsenal Bridge ramp and west of 17th Street, at Bass Street Landing.
Street Photography - Two passengers exhibit contrasting levels of style while riding the airport shuttle train at Dallas- Fort Worth Airport, Tuesday April 14, 2015. (Photo by Todd Mizener)
Hospice patient Fred Anders, of East Moline, huddles under a blanket while UnityPoint Hospice nurses set-up Christmas decorations in front of his home Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Christmas is Mr. Anders’ favorite holiday and in the past he decorated his home and yard with approximately 33,000 lights and assorted decorations. This year he is unable to put up his decorations due to his illness so UnityPoint Hospice staff and several volunteers handled the job while he supervised from the porch.(Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)
Iowa National Guard Sgt. Cory Gilbert holds his teary-eyed 5-year-old daughter Adriana Gilbert tight to his chest before being deployed with his Davenport, Iowa-based National Guard unit. 55 members of the 334th Forward Support Battalion and the 834th Engineer Company along with their family and friends attended a farewell ceremony for the units at the Davenport Armory.
Tanner Williams, Orion senior forward, is off to another fast start with 82 points, 26 rebounds and three blocked shots as the Chargers went 4-0 and won their own Orion Tip-Off Classic, with Williams earning All-Tournament honors. Orion's seven seniors all have high hopes this year after going 30-4 and coming within a whisker of the Final Four. Pictured with Williams are Nick Lapaczonek, Zach Kahley, Brady Hancock, Royce Woodley, Trent DeDecker and Cory Stiles. (Photo by Todd Mizener - Dispatch/Argus)