NAME:Don Sharp AGE:74 ADDRESS:Rock Island OCCUPATION:South Rock Island Township clerk FAMILY:Wife, Dorothy, 4 children; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren EDUCATION:Beloit College and Midwestern Broadcasting School POLITICAL PARTY:Republican OFFICE SOUGHT:South Rock Island Township clerk PRIOR OFFICES:Two years township trustee, eight years as township clerk WHY RUNNING:Would like to use my experience as clerk to keep everything running smoothly with both parties cooperating, something we don't see a lot of currently. KEY ISSUE:It's always fiscal responsibility, which means keeping taxes in check. However, we also have to keep providing services to the many people who need help. It is sometimes a tough balancing act, but one that we work hard at accomplishing.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.