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Testing in Early August
8:19 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Burlington Police Chief Finalists

Burlington’s search for a new police chief has reached the “Final Four” as the Civil Service Commission has certified the eligibility of four finalists.

Two of the finalists are currently employed by the city of Burlington: Lt. Darren Grimshaw and Major Doug Beaird, who is currently serving as interim police chief.

The other two finalists are from outside of the region.

Zim Schwartze is a former emergency management and public safety coordinator in Missouri and Charlie Dennis is a former police chief in Arizona.

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Finalists Remain a Secret
4:13 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Keokuk Could Hire Superintendent Soon

The Keokuk School Board could hire a new superintendent as early as this weekend.

The panel will interview six candidates during special meetings on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

The school district will not identify the finalists.  The meetings will also be off-limits to the public per agreements between the candidates and the firm handling the search process.

The district received more than 40 applications. 

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Lake level not yet critical
3:28 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Carthage Starts Water Conservation

Carthage is being pro-active by encouraging water conservation by a combination of mandatory and voluntary measures.

Businesses are required to stop watering their lawns.

Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the city is concerned since the level at the city's lake has fallen by five feet recently.

He expects businesses will honor the ban. Smith says, “We've had good luck in the past and I think we'll probably not have any problem this time.”Businesses that ignore the order could be subject to fines.

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One-month wait for structures
1:17 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Dudley Skate Park Project Delayed

Dudley Street Skate Park

The Dudley Street Skate Park will have to wait for concrete ramps and other structures from a California manufacturer.

Park District Director Ray Peterson says those structures are expected to arrive September 16.

He says, “Unfortunately, when you make that order you get in line. And when you're dealing with the number one supplier in the United States, a few days makes a difference on when you got in line, apparently.”

Peterson also says the district cannot invoke a penalty clause in the contract with the manufacturer since the delay is just a matter of production.

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Rep. Loebsack Writes Support Letter
8:27 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Keokuk Area Hospital Appeals Ruling

Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) is helping in the effort to secure a key designation for Keokuk Area Hospital.

He sent a two-page letter, earlier this week, to the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In it, the Congressman wrote of his support for the hospital’s appeal of the agency’s denial of Critical Access status for the facility.

CEO Wally Winkler says receiving that designation would help the hospital through some very difficult financial times.

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