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12:43 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Keokuk Police Chief Retiring

Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew used Thursday night’s city council meeting to announce his retirement.  His final day on the job will be June 28, but he will officially leave the payroll on July 6.

Crew has been with the Keokuk Police Department for 25 years.  He worked his way through the ranks, serving as patrol officer, captain and assistant chief along the way.

Crew has led the department for the last seven years. 

His time in local law enforcement also included a stint as commander of the Lee County Narcotics Task Force.

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Ground Breaking Likely This Summer
12:30 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Fort Madison to Get State Funding

The 3rd time was the charm in Fort Madison’s attempt to land some state funding for a proposed sports complex.

The Fort Madison Sports Complex Committee applied for nearly $900,000 through the Vision Iowa Board’s Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Committee.

The group walked away with nothing but advice and recommendations after its first two presentations to the CAT Committee.

The third trip, though, led Vision Iowa to agree to enter into negotiations with the sports complex committee to determine how much state funding would be provided.

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International Museum Day
7:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Learning Something New at Museums of the Tri States

The Old Lincoln Courthouse & Museum in Beardstown

The 35th Annual International Museum Day is being celebrated on Friday, May 18, 2012. To mark the occasion, the WIUM/WIUW news staff visited some of the museums of the tri states.

The Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum in Beardstown

This red brick, two-story building can be found at Third and State on Beardstown's downtown square. The museum is part of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Trail. In fact, Beardstown boasts seven wayside exhibit sites as part of the trail.

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Possible pension cuts led to decision
3:07 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

B-PC School Superintendent to Retire

Bushnell-Prairie City School Superintendent David Messersmith will retire a year earlier than he wanted.

Other educators around the region are facing similar decisions.

He reconsidered his plans once Governor Pat Quinn proposed a number of changes to state pensions plans including reducing benefits for retirees.  Messersmith hopes to “lock-in” his benefits under the current pension rules. He thinks the state will suffer a  “brain drain” as other educators come to the same conclusion.

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Safety and convenience will be enhanced
7:27 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Skate Park Bid Will Allow a Few Extras

Laverdiere Construction was the low bidder for renovations to Macomb's Skate Park on North Dudley Street.

The base bid was just over $190,000. The park district budgeted $200,000; it will use some of the savings to pay for three enhancements.

Executive Director Ray Peterson said one feature will improve safety.

He said, “On the corners there are a couple of apparatus and these particular pieces you come up onto a flat surface. In order to make them safer we wanted to extend a dirt berm behind that.”

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