Davenport police have released the name of a man who died following a fight at the city-owned ballpark. He is 45-year-old Douglas R. Whalen of Davenport. Officers were called to Modern Woodmen Park a little after 10 last Thursday night on the report of a disturbance. They found Whalen on the ground bleeding from the head. He was taken to a Davenport hospital then transferred to Iowa City, where he died Friday. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is being conducted.

World Outlook Board chairman Gerry Bange says yield prospects of corn expected to be used to make ethanol has been raised 50 million bushels.

In connection with West Liberty's 175th anniversary, a 1972 movie of West Liberty Rotary members and their families will be shown at 6:30 tonight at the Community Center. It will be narrated by Elmer Meredith and Tom Brooke. It's free and open to the public.


A West Liberty man has been charged after allegedly punching a woman in the face and throwing a bottle at another woman at an Iowa City bar. It happened Sunday at the Union Bar. The Daily Iowan reports 22-year-old Jason Mendez, was charged with domestic-abuse assault and assault causing bodily injury. According to Iowa City police one of the injured women was Mendez’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of their 9-month-old child and the other woman was her friend.


Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott has been selected as a fuel stop for the Hemming’s Motor News' Great Race. The Great Race is a time/speed/endurance road-rally for vintage automobiles, manufactured at least 45 years ago. The 2013 event will be run over nine days, starting in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 22nd and ending on June 30th in Mobile, Alabama. Nearly 100 racers will be fueling at Iowa 80 Truckstop on Sunday afternoon between 4:30 and 6:30. The community is invited to watch as the racers roll in and fuel up before heading to Davenport. Iowa 80 & CAT Scale’s 1938 Kenworth will run a portion of the race and is the only semi-tractor in the cross-country competition.


The sales tax will soon go down a bit in Johnson County. The Iowa Department of Revenue says the 1 percent local option sales tax will expire on June 30th. No jurisdiction in Johnson County will impose the local option tax as of July 1st. That leaves only the 6 percent state sales tax. Iowa City, Lone Tree, Oxford, Solon, University Heights, Hills, Swisher, Tiffin and Shueyville all had imposed the Local Option Sales Tax since July 1st, 2009.  


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