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Kelly Wagle's murder remains unsolved
10:43 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Colchester's “Bootlegger” Comes to the Silver Screen

Ryan Walker

“Kelly” Wagle lived a charmed life. In the 1920s he had become successful as a bootlegger in Colchester which was “dry” for much of the decade. He had escaped the clutches of the law many times.

He left Brent's Restaurant and started to walk the two blocks to his home. An assassin pulled up in a Ford coupe and fired three shotgun blasts that ended Wagle's charmed life. Wagle died at 9:15 p.m. April 8, 1929.

Documentary filmaker Ryan Walker has been fascinated by Wagle's sordid story.

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Structure 80% Complete
9:07 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Clark County Courthouse Construction

Construction continues on the new Clark County (MO) Courthouse.
  • Ron Brewer on new Courthouse

The former Clark County Courthouse in Kahoka, MO stood for roughly 140 years and it was starting to show its age.

Court proceedings had to be moved to a nearby building over safety and security concerns while the foundation was starting to shift.  There were also accessibility issues and limited space.

Talk of restoring or replacing the facility had been out there for years.  In fact, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation started including the Clark County Courthouse in its list of Most Endangered Historic Places in 2005.

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Inspection Next Step
8:32 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Keokuk Rocket Slide Home

Keokuk's original rocket slide before it was restored as part of a television show.
  • Doug Matlick on Keokuk's Rocket Slide

Safety and liability concerns led the city of Keokuk to replace the original “Rocket Slide” in Kilbourne Park with a newer model several years ago. 

There were aspects of the original slide that no longer met federal standards.

Nels Olson of Wisconsin bought the Rocket Slide in the hopes of restoring it and installing the slide on his own property.

With that, people in Keokuk seemed to lose track of the slide, until it ended up on the reality television show, American Restoration.

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Old Macomb Cemetery
3:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Macomb Accepts Land Donation

A view of the donated land. The Old Macomb Cemetery can be seen in the background.
  • The June 11 committee of the whole discussion about the land donation

The Western Illinois University Foundation is donating a two-acre site to the city of Macomb. The plot is along West Adams Street, just south of the Old Macomb Cemetery.

Now that aldermen agreed during their June 18 meeting to accept the land, the McDonough County Historical Society can develop it into an entryway for the cemetery.

President Gordana Rezab told aldermen the Historical Society has consulted with landscape specialists who suggested creation of a wooded area and a restored prairie.

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Still Accepting Applications
1:50 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Keokuk Superintendent Search Continues

  • Matt Hunt on After-School Program

The Keokuk School Board could soon see a list of potential superintendent candidates.

Business Manager Greg Reynolds says applications will be accepted through July 9.  He says Ray & Associates (Cedar Rapids, IA) will review the applicants in the hopes of presenting a final list to the board by July 23rd.

“They are then going to interview (candidates) the following week,” says Reynolds.  “I believe the 30th and 31st (of July) is the plan.”

Keokuk hopes to have a new superintendent in place before the start of the school year.

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