The Quad City Officials Association will have its banquet on Saturday, March 23, at O'Melia's Supper Club in Rock Island. A happy hour will begin at 6, with dinner at 7. The guest speaker will be Glen Cook, baseball coach at Rockridge High School and also a past official. Cost of the banquet is $10 per member, with a $5 cost for wife or significant other. Reservations are requested by Wednesday, March 19, with checks payable to QC Officials Association and mailed to Secretary Mark Copley, 800 South 9th Ave.,Eldridge, IA 52748. For more information or for those with questions, call Marty Flaherty, QCOA president, at 309-230-3902 or Copley 563-340-1039.
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.