School Boards: New school board members will soon join boards across the Iowa Quad-Cities.

Those in the Quad-Cities elected on Sept. 12 are to join school boards in Bettendorf, Davenport, North Scott and Pleasant Valley.

In Bettendorf, the session begins at 6 p.m. at the Administration Center for the Bettendorf Community School District. It's in the Ray Stensvad Board Room, 3311 18th St., Bettendorf.

Retiring board members are to be recognized at 6:10 p.m. and they are: Betsy Justis, Scott Tinsman and Pepper Trahan. The new board members are introduced at 7:15 p.m.: They are Andrew Champion, Richard Lynch and Andrew Holland.

Sports:The Iowa football team hosts No. 5-ranked Penn State in a Saturday night game at Kinnick Stadium. Both teams are 3-0 going into the game, which will be nationally televised on ABC.

The 20th annual Quad-Cities Marathon will be held Sunday. The race begins and ends at the iWireless Center in Moline but winds its way through five cities in both Iowa and Illinois.

The full week of high school sports activity includes a Tuesday night volleyball showdown between Bettendorf and Davenport Assumption and a Friday night football game between Davenport North and Davenport Central.

Big Story: In Muscatine, the ongoing quarrels between the mayor and city council (and city administrator) are having an impact on the November election.

The field of candidates is wide for council seats and the mayor's post. And those entering the race say they are doing so to help move the city past its dark recent history.

Columnist Barb Ickes is looking at the effects the political disputes are having on the November election and getting an outsider's view of the mess in Muscatine.