1. Sports car crashes into house
A Wheatland man was killed after driving a 2013 Ferrari Spider into a Maysville home, causing a fire.
According to Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies, the driver, Phillip Dewulf, was driving north on Maysville Road when he crashed into the front of the house. Emergency responders responded to a report of an explosion and fire and found the home engulfed in flames.
Fortunately, the homeowner was able to escape in time.
2. Drop in high school sports officials
What’s going to happen when there’s no one to even make the occasional blown call?
Don Doxsie wrote our Big Story this past Sunday on the shortage of officials in local high school sports. And that number drops every year. These drops include an 18 percent drop in basketball referees in the past 10 years. There are 26 percent fewer baseball umpires than there were in 2009.
“I wouldn’t call it a crisis, but it’s getting close to a crisis, in my opinion,” said Mike Botts, who assigns officials for seven sports in the Mississippi Athletic Conference and the Western Big Six.
The amount of commitment required and onslaught of abuse an official can endure from fans, parents and coaches are part of the reasons for the exodus of officials.
3. Kraft Heinz announces workforce
Kraft Heinz announced Friday that it will have about 700 full-time workers at its Rockingham Road factory. This is about 200 fewer full-time employees than it has now, but above the 475 minimum it guaranteed it would keep on when securing state and local incentives in 2015.
The salaried workforce will decrease from 66 to 45.
“For these employees, we will offer severance benefits, outplacement services and other support to help them pursue new job opportunities,” Mullen said.
4. BettPlex gets a new name
The sporting complex under construction at the corner of Middle Road and Forest Grove in Bettendorf will be named the TBK Bank Sports Complex.
TBK Bank entered into a partnership with BettPlex, LLC to secure the naming rights.
“We’re thrilled that TBK Bank will be the naming rights partner with this facility that will unite the community and their families through sports, entertainments and events,” John DeDoncker, EVP, Senior Banking Officer for TBK Bank said in a news release.
Features of the complex include indoor and outdoor synthetic turf soccer field, hardwood basketball and volleyball courts, batting cages and outdoor synthetic turf baseball and softball fields.
5. Appointment process still a work-in-progress
A process for the Davenport mayor, civil rights director and city attorney to appoint members of the Civil Rights Commission has yet to be implemented, according to Director Latrice Lacey.
Lacey has raised concern with one of Mayor Frank Klipsch candidates based on an informal process of vetting for conflicts of interest and fitting a criteria of “individuals broadly representative of the community and the various racial, religious, cultural and social groups within it.”
A meeting between Klipsch and Lacey was canceled, but the mayor said he was looking to reschedule. He also reiterated in a Wednesday story that the responsibility of appointing members ultimately falls on the mayor and City Council.
“The decision lies with the mayor and council,” Klipsch said. “The commission supervises the director and this does not make sense that the commission makes the choice. We’re still looking to make sure they have input.”
6. More drama in the Washburn reinstatement
While the city of Davenport plans to challenge to reinstatement of ousted fire chief Lynn Washburn, her lawyer says the city flubbed the attempt.
Specifically, Mike Carroll alleged the city named the wrong party and improperly recorded the Civil Service Commission appeal hearing where Washburn was reinstated to the position of district chief.
Carroll argued the appeal should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction because the city named the wrong party and the 30-day window to appeal has passed.
“In each and every one, including those in which the city is appealing the determination of its own civil service commission — the civil service commission is named the respondent/defendant in the appeal,” Carroll’s court documents stated.
7. A worrisome future for United Neighbors
The continued existence of United Neighbors, the tenant-based rental assistance program, could be in doubt.
After the discovery of mismanagement of funds and lawsuits by former staff, programs once offered are no longer feasible.
“Since the beginning of the problems, we’ve had to reduce services,” Executive Director Evelyn Nelson said. “The tenant-based rental assistance program was the first major reduction in services after it was determined that the funds were mismanaged. I didn’t want to administer it improperly and wasn’t sure that it was being administered properly.”
8. Prosecutor: Davenport officers used reasonable force in fatal shooting
Scott County Attorney Mike Walton announced…
Authored by Mike Tigas