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Red Kettles Fall Short

This could be a difficult year for the Salvation Army in the Quad Cities. Tuesday it announced the Red Kettle Campaign fell short of its goal by nearly $23,000 - or about 3 per cent.

In a press release, Major Gary Felton says falling short, plus cuts by state and federal agencies, and the United Way, mean the local chapter will have to reduce its spending this year for shelter, food, clothing, and the various other programs it provides for needy residents of the Quad Cities. 

Felton says the Salvation Army is grateful for all the donations to the Red Kettle Campaign, adding up to $792,000, and to everyone who bought Christmas gifts for families. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.