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Climatologist Says Above Normal Rain Needed
3:32 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Corn Unlikely to Recover from Drought

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the current drought conditions have been slowly developing since the start of the calendar year.

"Every month, this year, has been below normal on precipitation and above normal on temperatures," says Angel.  "You get that combination going and we were drying out in March, which is normally the 'budding' month."

Angel says the situation was not helped by a dry winter, which depleted some soil moisture, and less rain last summer and fall.

He says the drought is also feeding on itself. 

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Sentencing To Be Scheduled
4:56 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Pitman Guilty of First Degree Murder

Adam Pitman, 24, of Keokuk has been found guilty of 1st degree murder. He was accused of choking his mother, Rosa Pitman, to death August 30, 2011.

Adam Pitman, 24, of Keokuk has been found guilty of one count of 1st Degree Murder. 

He was accused of choking his mother, Rosa Pitman, 46, to death in her home at 1602 Concert Street in Keokuk in the early morning hours of August 30, 2011.

An autopsy revealed Rosa Pitman died of asphyxiation due to a combination of strangulation and suffocation.

1st Degree Murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Seeks use of county's bonding authority
8:56 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Wesley Village Plans Expansion

Wesley Village in Macomb

Wesley Village plans a $6.25 million bond issue to pay for a number of projects. It would like to use McDonough County's bonding authority.

CEO Shelly Ward says the biggest project is expansion of physical therapy. It will triple the size of the department. The nursing home would offer outpatient physical therapy for the first time.

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Former Dorm at WIU
7:09 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

A Perfect Implosion of Wetzel Hall

Weztel Hall implodes
Photo courtesy of WIU

Wetzel Hall at Western Illinois University no longer exists -- except in the hearts and memories of those who lived and worked there.  

The 13-story building was imploded July 14 during an event that drew hundred of spectators. Many took part in a tailgate-style party in the sprawling parking lot known as Q-lot, which is just west of Wetzel. Many others gathered in the parking lot for the University Services Building, which is northeast of Wetzel.

At 7:00 am, WIU Senior William Schmidt pushed down on the ceremonial plunger to start the implosion.  

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Son Accused of Killing Mother
11:14 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Pitman Murder Trial : Day 4

The fourth day of the murder trial of Keokuk resident Adam Pitman again wrapped up early due to just one witness being on the docket.

Judge Cynthia Danielson is presiding over the case at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, in her home in the early morning hours of August 30, 2011.  He allegedly confessed to the crime after being pulled over for a traffic violation several hours later.

1st Degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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