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Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew
10:55 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Emphasis – June 29

Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew
  • On-Air Segment with Tom Crew
  • Raw Audio with Tom Crew

Jason Parrott’s guest is Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew.  They talk about Crew’s upcoming retirement and his 25 year career in law enforcement.

Crew describes his time with the Keokuk Police Department as a “great ride” filled with good friends and fond memories.

He says he is grateful that he found a career where it was never a burden to have to go in to work. 

Crew says that will make it more difficult, though, to walk out of his office for that final time.

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Burlington Steamboat Days
10:53 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Emphasis – June 8

An aerial view of one night of Burlington Steamboat Days in 2010.
  • Russ Brown and Scott Smith on BSD 2012

Jason Parrott’s guests are Russ Brown and Scott Smith, who are members of the Burlington Steamboat Days Committee. 

Brown is currently serving as President while Smith is the Vice President for Marketing.

Burlington Steamboat Days American Music Festival is a week-long event that takes place in the parking lot of Memorial Auditorium, along the Mississippi River.

The main stage will be open Tuesday-Sunday, which such artists as Blake Shelton, Twisted Sister and Alice Cooper.

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Salvation Army 125th Anniversary in Lee County
11:44 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Emphasis – April 27

Major Diana Amick of the Salvation Army of Lee County

Major Diana Amick with the Salvation Army of Lee County is this week’s guest on Emphasis.  She and Public Radio’s Jason Parrott discuss the organization’s 125th anniversary in Keokuk and the challenges it faces today.

Amick says the organization reached the United States in 1880.  She says by 1887, the Salvation Army was established in 600 cities, including Keokuk.

“I heard Keokuk referred to as the Gateway to the West,” says Amick of her research in preparation for the 125th Anniversary.  “I am sure that is why the Salvation Army came this direction.”

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Keokuk Civil War Reenactment
9:28 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Emphasis – April 20

Jason Parrott’s guests are Keokuk Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger and Wes Pohorsky, who is a longtime member of the Keokuk Tourism Board.

A Keokuk tradition is celebrating a major milestone this month as the 25th annual Civil War Reenactment will run from Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th.

“It will probably hit after it’s over with,” says Brandenberger about the thought of the 25th anniversary.  “Right now, we are just working real hard towards putting on a great event for the area.”

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Keokuk Backpack Nutrition
9:57 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Emphasis – February 10

Russ Derr sits with the items included in this weekend's nutrition backpack for students in Keokuk.

Jason Parrott’s guest is Russ Derr, who is the principal at Wells Carey and George Washington Elementary Schools.  They talk about the Weekend Backpack Nutrition program in Keokuk.

Students within the Keokuk School District are in the midst of a 3 ½ day weekend due to parent-teacher conferences.

Derr says students in homes where there is not a lot of food have learned to make it through a regular weekend before they can return for breakfast on Monday morning.

He says the extra time off makes it more difficult for students to get by.

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