Visitors at an eastern Iowa museum can now relive the past with the help of modern technology. Thanks to a grant, the Sawmill Museum in Clinton is using a new computer kiosk to tell the story of the wood industry. The grant came from Elevate Iowa, a campaign to encourage education about advanced manufacturing. 

Museum director, Matt Parbs, says the kiosk helps the museum further its mission, which is to show visitors how wood tools, jobs, and the industry itself, have changed.  

Western Illinois University


One local university says more money in a college scholarship means better opportunities for students in the Quad Cities. This week, Western Illinois University announced plans to add to a fund for high-achieving incoming students, starting next fall. 

It's part of a scholarship program the school started in 2012. Incoming freshmen with a 3.0 GPA and at least a 20 ACT score are eligible to receive $8000 to $40,000. Andy Borst, director of admissions, says education needs more support in a tough economy. 

      This week, the Middle East Institute at St.Ambrose University will kick off a series of events for this fall. The institute, which opened last April, will host a reception at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport to invite the public to be involved.       Director Ryan Dye says the institute offers students and local residents a way to gain a better understanding of the Middle East.

      The SAU institute has scheduled a six day, Middle Eastern film festival next month, with screenings at the Figge, Rozz-Tox, and on campus.

Black Hawk College


Students at Black Hawk College are writing papers and checking out books from a new library. Today, the college held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Quad Cities Campus Library and Teaching/Learning Center. Renovations began in May and finished in August, just before classes started.

Ashton Trimble, director of Library Services, says the library has a new interior design, including a new elevator, carpet, sound panels, and energy efficient windows. 

The future of playgrounds, tracks, and tennis courts is up to residents in one local school district. Today, voters in the Bettendorf School District will decide whether to approve the Public Education & Recreation Levy, or PERL.

The proposed levy is 13.5 cents for every $1,000 in property value. It would pay for playground upgrades at 6 elementary schools and a new tennis court and track at Bettendorf High School. 

Larrison & Associates


School assemblies and swim meets at one local high school could look all together different, thanks to new proposal. This week, school administrators will meet with an architect to discuss the design for a new pool and auditorium at Davenport Central High School. 

Greg Larrison, architect and CEO of Larrison & Associates, has done work on the school for about thirty years. He designed a new gym 12 years ago. Replacing the 4-lane pool, which was built in the late 1920s, is the next critical project, he says.

BHS Stadium Improvements

Sep 4, 2014

Major improvements to the athletic facilities at Bettendorf High School have just been completed.

New help is available in the Quad Cities for children with special needs. An organization called The Homestead has opened an autism center, in Davenport.The Homestead CEO Steve Muller says the center on Utica Ridge Road opened in July and now serves about a dozen children. The Homestead already operates several other autism centers in Cedar Rapids and the Des Moines area.

As the new school year starts, students at North Scott High School are learning how to dodge demolition and construction. Work started this month on the next phase of renovations - the administrative offices, media center, and main entry. Director of Operations, John Netwal, says that follows updating of the locker rooms, wrestling rooms, and bathrooms in the 57 year old building.Netwal says this work at the high school is the latest project included in the updated master plan adopted two years ago.