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Could Limit Outdoor Concerts
10:46 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Keokuk to Address Noise

Keokuk City Council

Keokuk is ready to address some apparent noise problems.

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Damaged by Flood Waters
7:19 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Argyle Lake Rehab Project Finished

Monday's ribbon cutting at Argyle Lake State Park
Credit Rich Egger

A project five years in the making is finally finished in western Illinois. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday afternoon to celebrate the reopening of the road around Argyle Lake State Park near Colchester.

Portions of the road were washed out by a flash flood in late June 2007, which forced the state to close half the park.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller participated in the ceremony and he drove the road earlier in the day.

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Galesburg Woman Arrested
6:11 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Crash Kills Knox College Student

Lakeesha Smith
Credit City of Galesburg

A Knox College student died after a hit and run accident over the weekend in Galesburg.

Police report Sekinat Olamitundun Lawani was struck as she crossed South Street early Sunday morning. Lawani was taken to Cottage Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say witnesses provided a description of the hit and run vehicle, which an officer spotted on Day Street about three hours later. The owner of the vehicle, Lakeesha Smith of 1595 McKnight Street Galesburg, was later located by officers at her home. 

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Money from Estate
5:10 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Rushville Ready to Match Library Grant

A drawing of the new Rushville Public Library
Credit Rushville Public Library

Rushville already has the money in hand to make it eligible for $1.2 million in state grant money to build a new library building.

The $400,000 required in local matching money comes in the form of a bequest from Mardelle Hinner. The estate stipulated the cash be spent on a new library building.

Library Director Charlene Copeland said the current two-story building will be replaced by a single-story library.

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One Down, Two to Go
6:16 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Galesburg Opens RR Overpass

A train approaches the West Main Street overpass, which is in the background
Credit Rich Egger

Drivers will no longer have to wait for trains at one crossing in Galesburg. Amid much hoopla, the city dedicated and opened the West Main Street Overpass on Friday, October 26.

The project cost $16.1 million. The state provided $14.5 million while the federal government contributed $809,000 and BNSF spent $806,150.

Governor Pat Quinn flew into Galesburg for the ceremony. He quoted Galesburg native Carl Sandburg while pointing out the overpass will especially benefit future generations.

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