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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:28
MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT recently received several grants to help support programming and technical capabilities for the station.

The Riverboat Development Authority awarded the station a $15,000 matching grant. This match will be used during the upcoming June Membership Campaign to encourage and maximize donations made to the station.

The Scott County Regional Authority confirmed a $19,820 grant award to cover a Technology Upgrade for the station. “It has been a great many years since we have updated our computers and fundraising hardware,” said WQPT General Manager Rick Best. “This grant helps fulfill the new technology needs of the station.

The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation has supported the station with a grant of $50,000 for local outreach and educational programs. “The support of Hubbell-Waterman goes directly to our programs like the WQPT First Book Club, which helps bring literature to students in title one schools and up to 100 workshops in classrooms throughout our area,” said WQPT Educational Outreach Director, Ana Kehoe.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.


Author David W. Dorris Book Signing Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Miller   
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:20

WHEN: 6/09/12

TIME: 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes and Noble, 320 West Kimberly Rd, Davenport, Iowa 52806

WHAT: Dorris, a resident of Davenport, IA, will be available to sign copies of his book, Life is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It,.

Fear not, for in Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It, author David Dorris shows you how to approach life's problems and that making the right choices is easier than you think.
Life is like a baseball game where the pitcher is constantly throwing you curveballs. As this is the case, do you want to simply be a spectator, or do you want to get in the game and face life head-on? Although it may sound simple sometimes, life is not an easy game to play. There are many challenges to overcome and many choices you have to make.
None of you have a choice as to how you come into the world; however, you do have a choice as to the kind of life you live. Follow David in Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It, and find out for yourself how you too can knock life's curveballs out of the park.

Iowa Falls Innovative Newspaper Company Receives Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heather Lilienthal   
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:15

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – May 30, 2012 – When is a newspaper company more than just a newspaper? How about when it’s also a printing company, radio station, advertising sales company and niche publisher serving 11 states? This diversification has allowed the Iowa Falls-based Times-Citizen to flourish in a time of newspaper decline and also be honored as the Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa entrepreneur of the month.

The business is owned by Mark Hamilton and Jo Martin. Since 1983, the company has grown to hire 90 employees and a business plan that includes running the local radio station, printing news for Iowa Falls and another local community. The company also handles the printing and advertising sales for the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman newspaper, including several other ag publications.

“We needed to diversify to survive,” explains Hamilton. “We diversified to businesses that are all related to communications. We plotted a course to take advantage of our communication skill sets and technology.”

The company’s growth outside of Hardin County has helped them become stronger supporters of the local community, including efforts such as building a new library and hospital, to bringing more job opportunities to Iowa Falls.

“They’ve grown the traditional boundaries of what a newspaper company does and they’ve been innovative in how they’ve continued to grow their business,” said Angie Nelson, Iowa Farm Bureau regional manager.

Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring and financial resources. RRI will sponsor an upcoming business success seminar on Tuesday, June 26, at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. To register, go to


Press Release:'Summer Snow' Changes the Game for Faith Based Films PDF Print E-mail
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Written by D. Cobb   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:17
'Summer Snow' Changes the Game for Faith Based Films
American Family Studio is proud to announce the filming of Summer Snow, a dramatic comedy that tells the heart wrenching and hope filled story of Susan Benson and her family.

Contact: Don Cobb, American Family Studios, 662-255-9557Summer Snow
LEXINGTON, KY, May 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- American Family Studio is proud to announce the filming of Summer Snow, a dramatic comedy starring David Chisum, Cameron Goodman, Rachel Eggleston, Brett Rice, produced by Dan Atchison and Eric Baird directed by Jeremy and Kendra White.
Summer Snow tells the heart wrenching and hope filled story of Susan Benson's death, and how it forever changed her husband Dan, and three children's lives. Forced to find a new "normal," the Bensons must now re-learn how to be a family without the glue that held them together. The Bensons were always a family of faith, but now that faith has been shaken and they are unsure where God fits into this new reality. But just as God often answers prayer in unique and unexpected ways, Susan provides comfort and words of wisdom when each person needs it most, setting her family on a path of healing and hope.

Summer Snow stars David Chisum, Cameron Goodman, Garrett Backstrom, with Brett Rice (Forrest Gump, Remember the Titans, Super 8, Country Strong, and House) and introducing, Rachel Eggleston. Critics say "This is a breakthrough performance from the entire cast!" "What a refreshing change of pace! Summer Snow is truly a family film." "Rachel Eggleston's heartwarming portrayal of Hallie…shines and leaves you smiling."
Estimated Release Date: October 1, 2012 limited release. Distributed through American Family Studios, and in conjunction with Voice of the Martyrs.

Coast Guard launches digital newsroom PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Headquarters, US Coast Guard Public Affairs   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:46

Launch of Coast Guard Digital Newsroom set to start Thursday

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to launch its new digital newsroom starting Thursday, bringing its existing family of 23 news sites under a singular and comprehensive news site designed to streamline access to Coast Guard news, imagery and information.

Currently, each Coast Guard District public affairs office, and select public affairs detachments and headquarters units, have individual news release sites.  Under the new digital newsroom architecture, all these sites will become child pages of the digital newsroom site,, the url that currently serves as the Coast Guard Headquarters news site.

The landing page of the Coast Guard digital newsroom will feature the releases from all Coast Guard District public affairs offices, public affairs detachments and headquarters units under a compiled recent updates column.

Inquiries can be directed to the specific districts by use of the drop down menu or the contact us tab.  Contact information for each public affairs office will also be featured prominently on their child page of the digital newsroom.

Subscribers to the RSS feed can continue to receive their feed by accessing the new digital newsroom's RSS feed at

"Our goal is to improve our compliance with OMB and DHS OPA web governance while retaining our ability to seamlessly work in the joint environment and continuing to provide excellent service to our customers," said Cmdr. Chris O'Neil, chief of media relations for the Coast Guard.  "We've carefully engineered the new site, and are transitioning out existing sites to the digital newsroom over the course of two days, to limit the potential impact any unforeseen performance gaps.  Our use of the PIER System has evolved and changed throughout our decade long partnership.  The move to a digital newsroom is the next step in our evolution in the use of this tool to provide the media, and ultimately the public, the latest news, imagery and information about their U.S. Coast Guard."

Media desirig to provide feedback regarding their ability to access news, imagery and information on the new digital newsroom are encouraged to contact the Coast Guard Headquarters media relations staff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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