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Around the Region: 4th of July Fireworks

Jul 1, 2016
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The U.S. celebrates a major holiday this weekend. With the 4th of July falling on a Monday this year, there's some variety on when celebrations are scheduled during the three-day weekend. 

Independence Day is often met with parades, picnics and marching bands. But, the most popular way to celebrate is by lighting up the night's sky with fireworks.

We've compiled a list of the best places to see free fireworks shows in the tri states region this holiday weekend.

West Central Illinois Fireworks shows:

Lewistown Fireworks:

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It appears a deal has been reached that will ensure 911 calls from Keokuk continue to be answered by Lee County's centralized emergency dispatch center (LeeComm). The proof comes in the fact that the city asked for and received permission to cancel an upcoming court hearing on the matter.

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A local bank is blaming the city of Keokuk for contributing to its private plane being sold without its permission. So State Central Bank is suing the city, the firm that manages Keokuk’s airport (Lindner Aviation), and its owner (Greg Gobble).

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Keokuk remains adamant it will not sign the proposed agreement to extend the countywide emergency dispatch center (LeeComm). But, it is confident that action taken Thursday night will show the other members of the dispatch center that Keokuk wants to remain a member.

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Nearly 200 people will soon be out of a job after the announcement Wednesday that Matrix Metals will close its Keokuk Steel Castings facility in early 2016.

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The hiring of Aaron Burnett as Keokuk's new city administrator marked a significant change in the structure of city government, since that job had been vacant for nearly a decade. Now, city leaders are trying to make sure its rules and regulations match up with the hiring.

First Ward Alderman Mike O'Connor said the Keokuk City Council's decision to offer the job of city administrator to Aaron Burnett is a big deal for the city and its residents.  "I think we are giving the city and the people of Keokuk an early Christmas present," said O'Connor.

Keokuk appears to be on the verge of having a city administrator after nearly a decade without one.

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Steve Bisenius admitted early on in his presentation to the Keokuk City Council that he would not be able to get into specifics about the businesses that are showing an interest in the city. But the head of the Lee County Economic Development Group (LCEDG) said they are out there and there is a lot of activity going on behind-the-scenes.

An out-of-court settlement between Keokuk and a former construction firm will resolve a construction dispute dating back several years. Mayor Tom Marion said paying John W. Sammons Construction $90,000 could prevent a larger payout down the road.

Keokuk Alderwoman Susan Dunek pledged to bring up the idea of hiring a a city administrator until something happens.  She said the city council would be foolish to just step back and do nothing.

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The City of Keokuk has ended its attempt to assume ownership of a vacant church.

The memorable collapse of the three-story building at 528 Main Street in downtown Keokuk happened July 31, 2009.  It had stood at the intersection of 6th and Main for more than 150 years.

One southeast Iowa mayor says legal action remains possible if Lee County chooses to consolidate county services.

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The Lee County Historical Society decided to offer something new this year as part of the annual Civil War Reenactment in Keokuk.

President Sue Olson said the organization also wanted to kick off the weekend festivities, thus the Cessation Celebration.

Keokuk says the location of a sewer leak slowed repairs, allowing more pollution into nearby waterways.

Chuck Mitchell

For 35 years a historic riverboat captain’s house in Keokuk has been sheltering a true veteran of the 1960’s folk music movement.

Keokuk will take its time when it comes to possibly implementing a franchise fee.

More winter weather appears to be in the forecast for two southeast Iowa cities that are examining their rules for snow and ice removal.

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the 1st degree murder conviction handed down to a Keokuk man in 2012.

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Sparse crowds did not stop the Democratic process from happening in Keokuk Tuesday night.

Keokuk residents could be asked to pay more for city services.

The Dewey Decimal System is going the way of the Dodo Bird at the Keokuk Public Library.

It cost the city of Keokuk more than expected to seat one of its city council members.

Keokuk no longer wants to own a downtown building that it never meant to own.

The Keokuk City Council is trying to clear the way for a small business to relocate.

Keokuk is trying to find ways that it can better open the lines of communication between the city and its residents.

It appears Tom Marion's current term as mayor of Keokuk will be his final one.

The multi-million dollar reconstruction of Keokuk's Grand Avenue will be completed months later than the city and its residents anticipated.

The Keokuk School Board has authorized the district to apply for up to $50,000 from the Iowa Department of Education for a "life-safety" project.

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