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An unknown odor noticed Thursday morning in the Moline Post Office caused the building at 514 17th St. to close its doors to the public and temporarily suspend services, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed.

\u201cUntil we\u2019re able to determine the source of that (odor), it\u2019s hard to guess when services will be restored,\u201d said Stacy St. John, communication specialist for the United States Postal Service in Kansas City.\u00a0

She could not describe the stench that raised the air quality concerns.

In the meantime, operations have been relocated to two other USPS locations in the Illinois Quad-Cities.

Post Office Box and Caller Service customers can retrieve their mail at the East Moline Post Office, 805 16th Ave. Customers who receive a notification from their carrier to pick up a package or held mail can go to the Milan Post Office at 111 3rd St.

Customers will be notified when the Moline Post Office resumes normal operations.

For more information about postal products and services, customers can call 1-800-275-8777, or visit the Postal Service online at www.usps.com.

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A military weapon built for battlefield action around the world will hit the streets next Saturday in downtown Davenport for the 43rd annual running of the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

Positioned near the starting line at 4th and Brady streets, the jungle green cannon \u2014 mounted on the rear of a matching armored Humvee\u00a0\u2014\u00a0will help kick off the seven-mile road race.\u00a0

It marks the third consecutive year that Mandus Group will transport its\u00a0self-propelled howitzer from its Rock Island headquarters to the event, which is expected to draw upward of 14,000 runners and walkers.

Fully loaded, the cannon coined the Hawkeye fires off 105mm rounds that can destroy a target up to seven miles away. On race day, however, operators will load a 8-gauge shotgun blank into the breech of the gun to produce a blast and a cloud of smoke for effect.

\"Bix

Kris Jansen, co-founder of Mandus Group, operates the stabilizer arms of the Hawkeye cannon Wednesday in his company's parking lot in Rock Island. The mobile weapon system, designed for military use around the world, hit the market in 2016.\u00a0

The sound, which one company representative compared to a firecracker explosion, should not startle participants or spectators.

\u201cYou can hear it, but there\u2019s just so much noise and commotion down there it\u2019s not as loud as you would think,\" said Kris Jansen, who co-owns Mandus Group.

'Fired up to run'\u00a0

Quad-City Times publisher Debbie Anselm will fire the official starting gun at the same time, race director\u00a0Ed Froehlich said.

The simultaneous shots will follow Jack Carey\u2019s singing of \u201cGod Bless the USA\u201d and the national anthem.

And for the fifth straight year, a squadron of four vintage aircraft will appear above the crowd to honor military men and women, who can register for the race for free.\u00a0

\u201cIt\u2019s very moving,\u201d Froehlich said of the \u201cpatriotic\u201d start. \u201cIt\u2019s a great way to get fired up to run up the Brady Street hill.\u201d

Both the flyover and the cannon launch are results of efforts by longtime Bix 7 volunteer Jerry Dykes, who formerly worked for Mandus Group.\u00a0

The retired U.S. Army master sergeant has made it part of his mission to increase the military presence at the race, Froehlich said.\u00a0

Because their creation has become an integral part of the pre-race festivities, Mandus Group officials now treat Bix 7 as a traditional get-together.\u00a0

\u201cWe all go down there with our families,\u201d said Sam Kupresin, who co-owns the company with Jansen and his two brothers, Kevin and Keith. \u201cWe think the Bix is a great event; it's always been very patriotically oriented.\"

Groundbreaking technology

The Jansens founded their business in 1998, where many successful organizations have started \u2014 in a garage.

Almost 20 years later, the engineering and manufacturing firm, which specializes in the development of military equipment, employs 22 full- and part-time staffers.\u00a0

They primarily work out of a nondescript facility at 2408 4th Ave. in Rock Island, where they store their green cannon and a desert tan one.

The rig hit the mobile artillery market last year, following a five-year period of designing, building and testing. Although Mandus Group has not yet sold any units, which cost slightly more than $1.5 million, they have several irons in the fire.\u00a0

\"We're getting a lot of interest from the U.S. Army, the Marines and many foreign countries,\" said Kupresin, who noted many of the cannon's parts were manufactured at the Rock Island Arsenal.

\"Bix

On Bix day, the Hawkeye cannon will be parked near the northwest corner of the intersection at 4th and Brady streets in Davenport.

Touted as the lightest mobile weapon system of its kind, it weighs 13,300 pounds without ammo. The 33-caliber barrel measures almost 11\u00bd feet.

On board, the machine's recoil mechanism, which basically serves as a buffer between the gun and the vehicle, separates this self-propelled howitzer from others.

The patented component reduces the force of each discharge by 70 percent, allowing users to equip light-weight vehicles, such as AM General's Humvee, with the weapon, Kupresin said.

\"They (AM General) looked at our technology, and they said, \"Wow, this is a game-changer on the battlefield,'\" he added. \"No one else in the world has this recoil mechanism.\"

About 5:45 a.m. next Saturday, a Mandus Group representative plans to drive the Hawkeye to the starting line, where those who want to learn more about the cannon can check it out themselves.

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What formerly served as a quiet reading space in a working class family's home in Rock Island has turned into a communal closet for school-age \u00a0females across the Quad-Cities.

Under the name, Maddie\u2019s Closet, mother-daughter duo Kelly and Madison Cook first reached out to the community last month on Facebook, and within a few weeks, donations began piling up on their doorstep.

On Friday, the Cooks will open up their living room-turned-showroom to girls (kindergarten through high school), who can pick out new wardrobes and whatever else they need before the school year starts. Everything in stock, including clothes, shoes, fashion accessories and hygiene products, will be free for the taking.

\u201cWe know how hard it can be for families to make sure their kids have the clothes, shampoo and other basic needs when they\u2019re going through rough times,\u201d said Kelly, a 32-year-old mother of five. \u201cWe\u2019re all just one job loss away or one horrific accident away from losing everything.\u201d

For safety reasons, the Cooks did not list their address on Facebook, so those who want to get involved \u2014 on both the giving and receiving ends of the operation\u00a0\u2014\u00a0can message Maddie's Closet for directions.

At this point, Kelly said they could use more apparel in sizes 5T to 10.

And more room for that matter.

\u201cI have bags and bags of clothes still downstairs that have been donated that I just don\u2019t have space for anymore,\u201d said Kelly, who grew up in Virginia and met her husband, Travis, there. \"This grew so much faster than we ever expected.\u201d

She credits a $20 advertisement she purchased on Facebook for spreading the word. The post published on July 3 since has been shared almost 350 times.

Going mobile

Although she may feel a little overwhelmed, Kelly has a vision for Maddie's Closet.\u00a0

She launched a GoFundMe page\u00a0on Monday with a goal of raising $1,200 to apply for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Additionally, she hopes to acquire a truck or a bus in the near future and run a boutique on wheels.

\u201cWe want to go to the schools, so kids don\u2019t have to worry about coming to us,\u201d Kelly said. \"It will be one less gap we have to worry about filling between us and them.\u201d

If students need help in Muscatine, for example, \"... we\u2019ll do what we can to serve them,\" she added.\u00a0

Five years ago, the Cooks moved to the Quad-Cities, where Travis grew up. He works for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 25 in Rock Island, and Kelly is studying to be a youth minister.

\"I\u2019ve really felt drawn to doing stuff for youth lately, and with four girls of my own, this really just fit in,\" she said.\u00a0

Heading into seventh grade at Quad-Cities Christian School in Moline, Madison, or Maddie, also helped inspire her mother's mission.

The 12-year-old has shown an early interest in helping underprivileged populations.

When they encounter panhandlers around town, Kelly noted, her daughter always tries to give them a bit of pocket change or food.

\"I just think it's the right thing to do,\" said Madison, the oldest of the Cooks' \u00a0children. \"I see people who will just drive by them and not even look out the window to see that they're there.\"

Respect for privacy

Although Maddie's Closet has not yet had its official opening, the Cooks already accommodated at least one girl at their home.\u00a0

Jessica Hankins, a counselor at Mid City High School in Davenport, made an appointment earlier this month to take one of her former students there.

The recent graduate needed a specific type of pants for a job shadow position this summer, and the Cooks had just what she was searching for.

\"It's great that girls will have a place to go at no cost to them,\" said Hankins, who commended Kelly for her compassion. \"I\u2019ll be accessing it a lot for my students.\"

While she doesn't require visitors to fill out any extensive paperwork, Kelly will ask them to sign in, list their phone number and specific needs \u2014 information that she stressed will remain private.

\"I don't need to hear your backstory,\" she said. \"We just want to make sure they know it's not a one-time thing; they're welcome back here continuously.\"

Kelly plans to host at least one open house a week. Regular shoppers can drop by once every two weeks.

As for the quality of the goods, she called their collection \"very nice.\"

\"We've hit the jackpot with the stuff that people have brought to us,\" Kelly said, reeling off various brands they carry.\u00a0

A target of bullying during her middle school and high school days, she hopes this effort empowers young girls.

\"It wasn't that I ever had less of anything, but people made me feel like I had less than they had, so I don't ever want other kids to feel that way,\" she said. \"If we hit the right girls, it could change their future.\"

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Four \"old dudes\" pulled in quite a lunker earlier this month in Pool 14 of the Mississippi River, but the color of its skin \u2014 not its size \u2014 has kept them talking about it.

\u201cI\u2019ve been fishing this river for 60 years, and I\u2019ve never seen anything like this,\u201d said Loyal Tullius, referring to the 55-pound flathead catfish that measured 47 inches long. \u201cIt\u2019s as yellow as can be, and it has blue eyes.\u201d

Just hours before their rare-colored find two weeks ago along Steamboat Slough near Princeton, Iowa, the guys, who shared details about their strategy, landed a 48-pound flathead catfish in the same area.\u00a0

In place of a traditional rod and reel, they stuck a 10-foot-long PVC pole into the muddy shore and fastened a thick cord to the structure. For bait, they hooked a bluegill to the end of the line, which dangled about a foot under the surface of the water and eventually lured the bottom-feeding fish.

As Tullius piloted his boat, John \u201cDoc\u201d Henyan of Cordova used a net to hoist the hefty creature aboard.\u00a0

\u201cIt scared me at first,\u201d said Henyan, 69, who earned the nickname, \u201cDoc,\u201d during his service as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. \u201cI knew we had a good one on there, but I did not expect to see that big yellow head come out of the water.\u201d

What makes it yellow?

Puzzled by its pigment, Tullius, 74, sent inquiries to numerous biologists in the region, including one at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque.

Meanwhile, he stored it in a 250-gallon tank on his property in Port Byron.

Speaking for his crew, Tullius, who assumed the fish was albino,\u00a0wanted to know why it was yellow and whether anyone wanted to take it for research purposes.

After examining photos of the fish, Andy Allison, director of living collections at the Dubuque institution, quickly ruled out his caller's theory.

Instead, he thought it could be leucistic, which means it has less pigment than normal, but more than a true albino would possess.

\"Yellow

A biologist from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque says this yellow flathead catfish with blue eyes could be leucistic, or possess less pigment than normal, but more than a true albino.

Allison called it \u201cremarkable\u201d that the fish lived as long as it did in the dark depths of the Mississippi River, where it would be easier for predators to spot versus brown ones.

\u201cMost species can produce unusually colored animals now and then, but most often they don\u2019t survive for long,\u201d he said. \u201cAt this adult size, it would have no natural predators other than humans.\u201d

Although it was not as bright as this fish, John Perkins caught and released a 38-pound flathead catfish with yellow patches last July under the Interstate 280 bridge in Davenport. He used 50-pound test line and live shad for bait.\u00a0

In response to Tullius' other question, Allison said he did not want to take in the fish because he already has two similar-sized flathead catfish. They live in the museum\u2019s largest freshwater aquarium, which represents the main channel of the Mississippi River, and holds 35,000 gallons of water.

\u201cThey can be aggressive when defending their caves,\u201d said Allison, who mentioned Tullius' call sticks out among the \"odd\" queries he receives. \"People tend to call us with weird animal questions now and then, but that's the first of anything like that we've had.\"\u00a0

What happened to the fish?

Because he couldn't find anyone to take the fish off his hands, Tullius decided to skin it and clean it himself, along with the 48-pound catfish they wrangled that same day.

\"I've got about 100 pounds worth of fillets in the freezer,\" he said.

They plan to split about 60 pounds among their group of four fishermen and serve the remaining fillets next month during the weekend of the 20th annual Scouting Clays Classic.

The main event is held at the Bi-State\u00a0Sportsman's Association's shotgun shooting club in Colona, where Tullius serves as the president.\u00a0

It benefits the Illowa Council, which oversees 82 Boy Scout troops in 13 Iowa and Illinois counties.\u00a0

Henyan, the Vietnam War vet, said the white meat is \"absolutely delicious.\"\u00a0

Davenport angler Samuel Brown, who recently wrestled\u00a0a 65-pound flathead catfish to shore just east of the roller dam at Lock and Dam 15, also is feeding others with his big catch.\u00a0

\"Big

A normal-colored flathead catfish that Samuel Brown of Davenport recently filleted, packaged and delivered to friends and those in need around the Quad-Cities.\u00a0

He kept the head for himself, but he filleted, packaged and delivered other portions of the 44-inch-long fish to a combination of friends and those in need.\u00a0

\u201cMy catfish list is getting longer, so I guess I\u2019ll be fishing more,\u201d said Brown, an Oklahoma native, who retired from the U.S. Army in 1996. \"I've always been a giver by nature.\"\u00a0

Gunning for the record

The viral photo of a smiling Brown and his monstrous catch, shot by Quad-City Times' chief photographer Kevin Schmidt, has been shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook.\u00a0

\"We can't go to dinner without someone saying, 'There's the guy who caught the 65-pound fish,'\" said Brown, who nicknamed it \"Hulk.\" \"It's everywhere.\"

This marks the second time in the past 14 months that his fishing success has caught fire on social media.\u00a0

In May 2016, Brown lifted a 45-pound flathead catfish, which he coined \"Beast,\" up over the seawall in the exact same spot.\u00a0

At Croegaert\u2019s Great Outdoors in Rock Island, store manager Jon Hurt said he regularly weighs in 20- to 30-pound flathead catfish.

Although he doesn't see 35- to 50-pound catfish quite as often, that doesn\u2019t mean they\u2019re not out there, he said.

\u201cWe\u2019ve got some monster fish around the area,\u201d said Hurt, who goes by \u201cCaptain Jon.\u201d \u201cNormally, the people who catch them either don\u2019t know they ever had them or don\u2019t have the equipment to handle them.

\u201cThey\u2019re not long fighters, but when you first hook them, you\u2019ve got your hands full.\"

\"Jon

Jon Hurt shows off ice fishing equipment he sells at Croegaert's Great Outdoors, 4002 11th St., Rock Island.

Brown, 61, said he battled each of his fish for about 25-30 minutes. He used 60-pound test line and bluegill to attract them, and a gaff, or long stick with a hook, to pull them to land.

\u201cI knew he had to be a beast when he first hit,\" Brown said, referring to his 65-pounder. \"If you\u2019re by yourself, you have to have a plan of action if you do get something like that on your line.\"

Looking forward, he hopes to break the record for largest flathead catfish ever registered in Iowa, which was caught in 1958 in Chariton. The fish weighed 81 pounds and measured 52 inches, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.\u00a0

\"I\u2019m telling everybody that I\u2019m going to get it,\" Brown said. \"I want to land a 90-plus pounder; I want to hold the record for awhile.\"

If he does lure that record-breaking fish someday, the master angler said he would follow the rules of CPR: catch, photograph and release.\u00a0

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Professional golfers aren\u2019t the only ones chipping in this week around TPC Deere Run.

More than 1,700 volunteers, a majority of whom traveled here from 18 U.S. states, are helping out in various capacities during the annual run of the John Deere Classic.

But no one ventured as far as Moline native Kyle Bohman. The 32-year-old recently flew home from Rome, Italy, where he has lived for the past 4\u00bd years.

\u201cPeople think I\u2019m crazy,\u201d said Bohman, who works for a housing rental agency in the Italian capital. \u201cThis community needs this event, and the event needs volunteers, so it\u2019s kind of my way of giving back.\u201d

His duties as a walking scorekeeper began about 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning at the 10th tee. The expatriate and fluent Italian speaker will make that trek around the course at least three more times before the eventual champion hoists the 35-pound bronze deer trophy on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kyle's mother, Debbie Bohman, commenced her 30th year as a volunteer on Thursday by welcoming spectators and scanning tickets at the front entry gate.

She introduced her son to the event in the late 1990s, when the competition, then called the Quad-City Classic, was held at Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley. (The 47-year-old tournament moved to TPC Deere Run in 2000.)

\u201cHe came out with me a lot of times, and they put him to work,\u201d said Debbie, a 64-year-old exercise physiologist at UnityPoint Trinity in Rock Island.

Like mother, like son

As she readied radios for walking scorekeepers on Wednesday, longtime volunteer Paula Burnett reminisced about Kyle's 16 years of volunteering and the Bohmans\u2019 contributions as a whole.

\u201dWe can count on him (Kyle) to do anything we need or want, and we love that about him,\u201d said Burnett, a 37-year veteran, who formerly co-chaired the scoring committee. \u201cHe got that from his mom; anything we ask of Debbie, she\u2019ll do.\"

In 2002, Kyle brought home the outstanding volunteer of the year award.

\"A lot of the volunteers couldn't handle the heat,\" he recalled, \"so I was walking two rounds a day to substitute in for them.\"

Debbie said she will miss working inside the ropes this year as a walking scorekeeper, which she described as an \"important job\" that needs to be taken seriously.

\"It's a change of pace, but I love volunteering for this tournament,\" she said. \"Sometimes, we get put down because we\u2019re not a Chicago, we're not a Phoenix, but we offer a lot to the golfers, both the more prominent golfers and the little-known ones.

\"We treat them the same, and I think that's what sets us apart from the bigger tournaments.\"\u00a0

Reporting from "Paula's Pit," where volunteer Paula Burnett is celebrating her 37th year of service. She is in charge of scoring. #JDC17 pic.twitter.com/6zqd9gJWxr

— Jack Cullen (@JS_Cullen) July 12, 2017
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Since moving 15 years ago to Charlotte, North Carolina, Burnett, who doubles as the volunteer coordinator at the Wells Fargo Championship in the Tar Heel State, has not missed a John Deere Classic.

This is not the only tournament on Kyle's resume either.

Before moving to Europe, he lived in Boston, where he volunteered numerous times at the\u00a0Deutsche Bank Championship, which became the Dell Technologies Championship this year. He also has worked the\u00a0Wells Fargo Championship.\u00a0

'This is home'

Among other things, Kyle and Debbie enjoy being part of the behind-the-scenes excitement, camaraderie and logistics that go into a PGA Tour event.

Apart from this week, however, they don't follow the pros that closely or regularly work on their swings.

\"We are both very well versed in the rules, but neither of us play all that often,\" Kyle said.

That being said, he still may try to squeeze in a round of nine holes with his dad, Mark, this trip.

Following a day on the course, the mother-son duo said they count on one another for a good story or two at the family dinner table.

Between these two, there's no shortage of side-splitting memories to recount, and once they start, it\u2019s tough for them to stop.

Take the time Kyle dropped an electronic scoring device into the depths of a port-a-potty on the second hole or the moment Debbie spotted a caddy urinating in the bushes.

For the record, Kyle rescued that soiled device, rinsed it off, covered it with a plastic bag and continued using it for the rest of that round. And when the caddy apologized for his actions, Debbie told him she was not \"impressed,\" which she said, sparked a lot of laughter.\u00a0

Following this weekend, Kyle will return to Rome with new experiences under his belt that he can share with his community abroad.

\"It's like a big family reunion every time I go,\" he said.\u00a0\"Even though I don't live here anymore, this is home.\"

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