The Carl Sandburg College auditorium in Carthage might soon have a new owner. Aldermen agreed to buy the building for $100.

Keokuk Chiropractor Not Guilty of Assault

Feb 3, 2016

A jury found Dr. Andrew Kearse of Keokuk not guilty of simple assault. Kearse was accused of inappropriately touching a female patient during a chiropractic session in June 2015.

Rich Egger

People who are fined for city ordinance violations in Macomb will now be able to set up a monthly payment plan and sign up for monthly text messages that will remind them to make a payment either online or through the mail.

Caucus Night in Keokuk

Feb 2, 2016
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After more than a year of build-up and anticipation, Iowans finally gathered in schools, churches, and community centers Monday night to officially kick-off the Presidential voting season. They spent an hour, on average, listening to speeches about the candidates, checking a square on a ballot, and pleading with their neighbors, friends, and strangers to back their candidate.

Iowa Supreme Court Backs Mount Union over RUSS

Feb 1, 2016

The Iowa Supreme Court has weighed in on an ongoing financial dispute between a small city in southeast Iowa and an organization that helps rural communities build sewer systems. The justices ruled in favor of Mount Union over Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS).

Search Warrants Executed at SE Iowa Boarding School

Jan 28, 2016

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) said Thursday afternoon it is involved in an investigation of alleged sexual abuse involving a Midwest Academy staff member and a former student. Midwest Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located outside Keokuk that serves national and international students.

Brian Mackey

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner used his State of the State address Wednesday to say he wants to bring competitive balance back to Illinois.

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More rain than snow means cities have not dipped too far into their road salt supplies or paid as many overtime hours for workers to run early morning snow plows.

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees voted 5-to-1 during a special meeting Monday to authorize staff reductions for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2016.  Staff cuts are just one part of Western's plan for cutting spending by roughly $10 million due to declines in enrollment and state financial support.

T.J. Carson

The Knoxville School District is studying what it might do if the state comes up short with funding again this fiscal year. 

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Illinois Director of Tourism Cory Jobe visited Macomb this week to provide some insight into what he called the department's success.

New Name, Same Mission for Keokuk Organization

Jan 21, 2016

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Great River Area has a new name: Great River Area Youth Mentoring. Executive Director Lee Ann Shaffer-Smith said the old name is the only thing going away when it comes to how her organization works with more than 100 children in Lee, Hancock, and Clark Counties.

Sue McLaughlin

Sue McLaughlin is already a bit familiar with Macomb because in-laws live near the community.  Now she will be learning a great deal more about the town because she's been chosen to serve as its next city administrator.

Burlington Schools Offer Early Retirement Incentive

Jan 19, 2016

The Burlington School District's certified enrollment fell by more than 130 students this year, which equates to a loss in state aid of more than $500,000.  The school board hopes to cope with the loss by offering a retirement incentive to some of its employees.

Macomb-based musician Chris Vallillo does shows featuring the music of the American civil rights movement.  He came up with the concept around the time of the movement's 50th anniversary.