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Overcast skies, falling temperatures and a brisk wind could not keep a crowd of more than 100 from attending the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Keokuk.

Keokuk and Lee County got in on the ground floor of AMJET Turbine Systems by loaning the new industry $200,000 and $150,000, respectively, in 2010.

Ballots for the Nov. 5 city election in Lee and Des Moines Counties will be quite crowded, thanks to nearly 50 men and women beating the Sept 19 deadline to file nominating papers.

Former Keokuk Mayor Dave Gudgel died Saturday night at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

It appears the race for three open seats on the Burlington City Council will begin with a primary election on Oct. 8.

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The 25th Annual Rollin on the River blues festival kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16 in Keokuk's Victory Park.

Keokuk is moving ahead with a multi-million dollar sewer project.

Jason Parrott

Jason Parrott

The 100th anniversary of the completion of the dam that spans the Mississippi River between Keokuk, IA and Hamilton, IL will be celebrated June 27-30.

A construction company in Keokuk will have a couple more weeks to fulfill a contract with the city.

The Keokuk City Council has changed its collective mind when it comes to new contracts for most city employees.

Some Keokuk residents will pay less for sewer services this summer.

The Keokuk City Council doesn’t know how to proceed with a rental fee schedule for a popular city facility.

The upcoming Grand Avenue project in Keokuk will involve more than just pouring concrete.

It appears Keokuk is getting a good deal on a multi-million dollar street project.

Jason Parrott's guest on Emphasis, this week, is Barb Casady, who is the coordinator for the new Volunteer Center of the Big River United Way.

Keokuk is taking steps to borrow more than $10-million.

Keokuk’s mayor says it makes financial sense to repair the city’s wastewater treatment plant, compared to replacing the facility.

One southeast Iowa mayor knows how Iowa can spend some of its “extra” money.

Cities throughout the Tri-State region are seeing an increase in broken water lines.

Keokuk Trying to Finish Sewer Work

Dec 10, 2012

Keokuk wants to finish some sewer work within the next few weeks.

Keokuk Depot Restoration Continues

Nov 26, 2012

The upcoming winter months will not stop the ongoing work at the former Keokuk Union Depot.

A Keokuk man faces up to 25-years in prison for his role in a fatal hit-and-run late last week.

The former Eagles building in downtown Keokuk will be open for business in January.

Crews started renovating the building at the corner of 4th and Blondeau Streets in March.

The two-story structure will feature both commercial and residential space.

Joyce Glasscock is the Executive Director of Main Street Keokuk, Inc.  A subsidiary of MSK, Keokuk Downtown Properties, owns the building.

The Keokuk City Council has received multiple complaints about outdoor concerts at L-Treyn’s Bar and Grill over the last few years.

The panel’s only response, though, occurred in May 2011 when it required outdoor concerts end at 1:00 A.M. at all establishments where alcohol is sold.

The issue resurfaced during Thursday night’s workshop.

The result was 3rd Ward Alderman Ron Payne proposing the concerts end by either 10:00 P.M. or 11:00 P.M., depending on the night.

Keokuk’s new police chief says his first two months on the job have been pretty busy.

It appears Keokuk is ready to move ahead with a large-scale street reconstruction project.

Several years ago, the city borrowed about $3-million to rebuild Grand Avenue, from 4th Street to Rand Park.

The bids came in much higher than that, though, so the city had to repay the loan, with interest, and put the project on the shelf.

Talk of rebuilding Grand Avenue has resurfaced in recent weeks, culminating in last night’s Keokuk City Council workshop.

Keokuk will no longer need outside help to settle a new contract with some employees.

Mayor Tom Marion says that’s because the city and the general unit have reached a tentative agreement.

The employees in the general unit come from multiple departments, including streets and parks.  They have been working under their previous contract since July 1.

Marion says the tentative agreement allowed the two sides to cancel an arbitration hearing scheduled for this week.

Keokuk is looking for some help as it gets ready for "company."

The city will host the 26th annual Iowa Downtown Summit on August 21 and 22.  The event is expected to bring more than 350 individuals from across the state and the country to Keokuk.

They will hear presentations on a variety of topics: development, preservation, retail and social media.

Mayor Tom Marion says organizers want to put a "bright, shiny face" on the city for the event., so a special downtown clean-up event is scheduled for Saturday morning.

The Keokuk School Board voted unanimously, Thursday night, to offer its superintendent job to Tim Hood.

Hood served as superintendent of the Creston Community School District for about 13 years.  Creston is about 200 miles west of Keokuk.

He also served as superintendent at the Earlham Community School District (Iowa).

Keokuk School Board President Tyler McGhghy says Hood is a perfect fit for the district.  He mentioned his work ethic, his devotion to technology and his handling of open enrollment.

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