Keokuk, IA – Use of the Keokuk Public Library appears to be on the rise. The library's lower level is now home to the Keokuk Art Center. That includes a classroom, a pottery room, and an office. The renovated basement is also a storage facility for the archives of the Lee County Historical Society. Library Director, Emma Lee Lahmeyer, says these new facilities are bringing more people to the library. The lower level is filled with drawings, sculptures, and paintings from the art center's collection. The library also added an expanded parking lot, with access from several streets.
Lewistown, IL – Since Lewistown has no Senior Center, volunteer Donna Davis decided to start one. With the backing of the mayor, she got permission to use the town's community center for one day and one evening a week for senior activities. Davis says the opening will be Wednesday, June 5. She's purchased some table games and cards, and plans for basic refreshments. Davis says if 20 people show up, that's 20 people who are being helped.
Havana, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Ressources is investigating the cause of a carp die-off in part of the Illinois River. Director of Natural esources Mike Conlin says the die-off is not expected to reduce numbers enough to endanger a proposed fish protein plant near Beardstown. Carp Protein Products has expressed interest in building the plant which would extract protein for the Asian food market. Conlin says even with the die-off between Havana and Starved Rock, lots of carp remain in the Illinois river.
Galesburg, IL – Many colleges bring in a successful alumnus, politician, or business leader to deliver the commencement speech. But Knox College this year chose one of the biggest stars in comedy. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" kept the crowd laughing with observations on immigration, religion, and the school's nickname (the Prairie Fire). You can listen to Colbert's entire speech by clicking on the audio button above. NOTE: The speech contains a little bit of explicit language. Colbert received an honorary degree from Knox College.
Burlington, IA – Three candidates are vying for the Democratic spot on the November ballot in the race for Des Moines County Supervisor. Ed Blow, Jeff Heland, and Ben Diewold each say they are qualified for the top job. Blow is currently the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Heland is a former Burlington City Council member and a current member of SCC's Board of Trustees. Diewold has served 8 years on the Board of Supervisors. To hear Jason Parrott's preview, click on the audio link above.
Keokuk, IA – One of the Democratic candidates for governor in Iowa is glad the Iowa Values Fund is being audited because he believes the program is not working. State Representative Ed Fallon believes State Auditor David Vaudt will find a lot of problems during his investigation. The audit is expected to determine how many jobs the Values Fund has actually created. Fallon says the state should stop handing out money to large businesses.
Keokuk, IA – Three candidates are vying for the Democratic spot on the November ballot in the race for Lee County Treasurer. Mary Koehler, Janet Strunk, and Jeanne Cooper all feel their experience in the office (nearly 65 years combined) prepares them for the top spot. You can hear Jason Parrott's preview by clicking the audio link above.