It's Groundhog Day!

1- As I'm writing, Punxsutawney Phil has yet to appear from his hole, so we've yet to determine whether we'll see an early Spring, or six more weeks of winter. (UPDATE: Phil saw his shadow and predicted 6 more weeks of winter) Where does this notion of a groundhog predicting the arrival of Spring come from? According to Wikipedia, the tradition is an old German custom brought over from Europe where when a bear finished hibernating was used to predict Spring's arrival.

2 - The Columbus Junction Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a veteran, who suffers from PTSD, who hasn't been seen since Monday. Our news partner WQAD News 8 has the details on how you can help.

3 - It was Signing Day yesterday. Many local high school athletes made their decisions as to which college they would ply their athletic trades at while continuing their education. The Quad City Times has extensive reporting on all the local commitments. We'll cover local scores and more in That Sports Thing around 7:35 on The Morning KIIK Start.

4 - Inky, Clyde, Blinky and Pinky will now have company. The man who gave the world Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man has died. Namco founder Masaya Nakamura passed away at age 91 yesterday. Details and more entertainment news on That Hollywood Thing about 8:35 this morning.