TSPR Local

Tower Project: 98% Complete!
1:39 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

We are up to FULL POWER!

Just in time to finish out the Spring Membership Campaign, we received the thumbs-up from the FCC to turn the power up on our new antenna.  Everyone should now be hearing us loud and clear.  There are a few details left undone at the tower site (fencing, final generator installation, etc.), but the most important part of the project -- the part that brings a clear signal to 20 counties in the tri state region is DONE! 

More Residents Might Need Flood Insurance
12:56 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

FEMA Revises Flood Map for Carthage

The newest flood map from the Federal Emergency Management Agency expands the flood plain in Carthage. FEMA has been taking advantage of satellite photography and GIS technology to update its flood maps.

Mayor Jim Nightingale said some residents will be surprised by the results.

He said,  “There's a lot of questions on this, you know.   It's a big part of the center of the city and I think there's people that didn't think they were in a flood plain, which they are.”

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Legal Challenge Anticipated
9:52 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Board Approves Expansion Despite Objections

The Keokuk Board of Adjustment

Wednesday night’s Keokuk Board of Adjustment meeting centered on two concepts: neighborhood integrity vs. business growth.

The board ended up signing off on an proposed expansion for Lexington Square, but the issue appears far from settled.

Julie Totten says her family bought its home at 17 Greenbrier Court in March of 2009.

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Usage Up Countywide
8:33 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Lee County Libraries Seek Boost

Keokuk Public Library

Lee County’s public libraries are looking for a funding increase from the county.

There is not a single library that serves rural residents.

Instead, they can visit one of the five libraries located in Keokuk, Fort Madison, Montrose, Donnellson, and West Point.

Keokuk Library Director Emily Rohlfs says that allows more rural Lee County residents to take advantage of the facilities.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of items borrowed, the number of patrons we have, and the number of people who are coming to library programs.”

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City gets discount on police car purchase
1:48 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Carthage Can't Pass up Deal on new Police Car

Carthage planned to replace one of its police cars in the next fiscal year. Chief Gary Waddell found a deal the city couldn't pass up. He found a dealer with a properly-equipped vehicle in stock. The city found the savings attractive.

Mayor Jim Nightingale said, “We probably could have got by until next budget year. But this is a 2011 (model). There was a considerable discount on it. I think we probably saved close to $3,000 so we decided to go ahead.”
 
The city took delivery of the new squad car this week. The total cost was approximately $24,000, fully-equipped.

School board wants to look at more sites
11:39 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Illini West Will Advertise for New High School Site

Supt. Kim Schilson

The Illini West School Board will advertise for prospective locations for a new high school.

The board signed a contract late last year with Klingner and Associates for site selection and evaluation.  The district expected to choose from four or five sites.

Superintendent Kim Schilson said the board wants a greater selection of sites to choose from.

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Board of Adjustment Has Final Say
9:31 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Keokuk Board Sides With Neighbors

Keokuk’s Planning and Zoning Commission opposes a proposed business expansion.

Lexington Square needs a special use permit from the city to add a roughly 10,000 square foot addition to its complex.

The goal is to provide more private rooms for residents of the nursing home on Keokuk’s north side.

Many residents who live near the complex oppose the expansion because proposed increases in water drainage, traffic, noise, and overhead lights.

The planning commission is recommending the city’s Board of Adjustment NOT issue the special use permit.

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Primary Set for June 5, 2012
8:32 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Sholl Seeks Full Term As Lee County Sheriff

Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl

Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl says he will run to stay in the office he has held for the last 16 months.

He was serving as Chief Deputy in late 2010 when he was appointed to replace Sheriff Buck Jones, who was retiring.

Sholl has been with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for more than 24 years.

He says he intends to continue to serve and protect the citizens of Lee County with commitment, dedication, and loyalty.

Sholl graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1988.

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Public Hearing Next Month
8:02 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Tax Decrease Likely In Lee County

The Lee County Board of Supervisors

Lee County is projecting a slight decrease in its upcoming property tax rate.

The Board of Supervisors has spent the last few weeks putting together the county’s spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The latest draft shows a $0.13 decrease in the rural property tax rate, from $11.03 to $10.90.

There would be an even larger cut to the urban tax rate from $9.00 to $8.62.

This would mark the second Lee County budget in a row to feature a reduction in both property tax rates.

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State, Federal $$ Available?
11:24 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Keokuk Hospital Seeking State Help

Keokuk Area Hospital

Keokuk’s mayor is optimistic the state will come through with funding for its hospital.

A delegation of city and county leaders joined representatives of Keokuk Area Hospital in a trip to Des Moines to meet with two key lawmakers in the field of health care.

State Representative Dave Heaton (R-Mt. Pleasant) chairs the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee in the House while State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) leads the same committee in the Senate.

Mayor Tom Marion says the goal of the meeting was to share information.

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