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Celebration Scheduled for Next Year
8:18 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Power Plant Opens for Tours

Ameren Missouri's power plant in Keokuk opened its doors to the public over the weekend after being off-limits for more than a decade.
  • An interview with Larry Weiman

A Keokuk landmark opened its doors to the public over the weekend after being off-limits for more than a decade.

Plant Superintendent Larry Weiman says daily tours of Ameren Missouri’s power plant on the Mississippi River were provided for years.

That is until the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, when public access was denied.

That restriction was lifted for Saturday and Sunday.

The idea was to increase interest in the facility in anticipation of next summer’s 100th anniversary of the completion of the power plant and the Keokuk dam.

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Classes Begin in Sept.
7:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Lee County Recruiting Leaders

Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sarah Cantrell
  • Interview with Sarah Cantrell

Volunteerism and civic involvement are crucial to a community’s success.

It’s becoming more difficult to find people who are willing to serve, though, as personal and/or professional schedules fill up.

A new partnership in Lee County will try to showcase the benefits of service and train future community leaders.

The Keokuk and Fort Madison Area Chambers of Commerce are working with Iowa State University Extension on L.E.E.  The acronym stands for Leadership Education & Excellence.

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State cuts drove Illini West fee hike
6:57 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Drivers Ed Fees to Double

Illini West High School students will pay $100 to take Drivers Education classes next school year. The fess will double to make up for part of a state cut to the program.

Superintendent Kim Schilson says the district received $20,000 less from the state for the program than it expected.

She says, “It'll help somewhat. (The) shortfall in Drivers Ed is massive. There was a cut in the general budget on the Drivers Ed next year so the funding's going down.”

The district will also raise the district registration fee for all students from $110 to $125.      

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Next Phase of Route 336
5:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Groundbreaking For Macomb Bypass

IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider at the podium during the groundbreaking ceremony
  • Speeches from the groundbreaking ceremony
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Work will begin Thursday, July 5 to build a bridge that will carry Route 136 traffic over the future Route 336. The project is the beginning of the Macomb Bypass.

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider came to the area for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place on a hot and humid afternoon in a grassy field just west of Macomb. Schneider was joined by politicians, labor leaders, city and county workers, and others.

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Runs Through Sunday Evening
10:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Warsaw Bicentennial This Weekend

  • Interview with Joe Clarke

The extreme heat will not stop Warsaw (IL) from celebrating its history this weekend.

The small town in western Hancock County came to be in 1812.  It was a settlement between Fort Edwards and Fort Johnson.

Bicentennial Committee Chairman Joe Clarke says after more than 35 years in Warsaw, he could not imagine living anywhere else.

“I really enjoy the camaraderie of people there,” says Clarke.  “You go downtown and everyone knows who you are and they are friendly.  It is a very nice community to live in.”

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