A new Sears Hometown Store opened in the old Goodwill store at 4241 Avenue of the Cities, Moline. It will host a grand opening at 4:30 p.m. Friday and celebrate with 10 percent off almost everything in store Friday and Saturday. The store offers everything from appliances, lawn and garden to fitness items, tools and household goods. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. In the photo are Nathan Thompson and owners/operators Erin Bickford and John Evans.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.