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What’s the good news, Quad Cities?

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Whenever you need a dose of good news to contrast with the usual fare in the 24/7 news culture, you can count on this regular feature.

Each month, QuadCities.com’s Sean Leary and KWQC-TV6’s Paula Sands Live team up to bring you a peek at some of the fun, interesting and positive things happening in and around the region.

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So what’s the good news for October 2022? The following stories are highlighted:

  • Local Ghosthunters’ Show reaches top 5 on Netflix: 28 haunted days, featuring local ghost hunter Aaron Thompson and his crew, is in the top five among all Netflix shows this week.
  • United Township’s Freshman Wins WB6 Cross Country Championship and Conference MVP Honors: 2003 was the last time a UTHS rider won the individual Western Big 6 title. This year, Rubi Tapia-Macias broke that spell and was also named MVP in the conference meet.
  • Rock Island students stay engaged during fall vacation: more than 100 students attended Spring Forward’s Fall Intersessional Camps from October 3 through October 31. seven.
  • The Moline company featured in the Wall Street Journal: Wild Cherry Spoon Co. was recently featured in last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal – Off Duty (part of the Weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal). The article featured a kitchen utensil known as a Spurtle, which is a utensil used for porridge/flat oatcakes in Scotland. Wild Cherry Spoon Co. is a Moline-based artisan cookware and homeware manufacturer.
  • The Galesburg Public Library benefits from donations: the library is on a stronger financial footing now that the Galesburg Community Foundation matching grant has been reached. This year, the Galesburg Community Foundation (GCF) offered a 2:1 community grant challenge to help raise more than $700,000 in funds for the new facility.
  • Bettendorf launches Blanket Drive for local homeless people: The Rotary Club of Bettendorf is spearheading the second annual Bettendorf Rotary Blanket Drive in the Quad Cities area from October 3 through December 2. The goal is to receive more than 4,000 covers in 2022, which is double last year. KWQC-TV6 is hosting a 12-hour coverage drive on Friday, October 28, as part of this effort.
  • Rock Island donates books to students: Tamara Feldman, owner of the Artsy Bookworm, launched the “Planting Seed Books for a Brighter Future” campaign. She asked the community to step in and help the local children. And they delivered! Through the donation campaign, Feldman was able to buy enough books so that every second-grader at Rock Island Acadamy could walk away with a set of three books.