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7-Day Forecast: Jacksonville

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7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

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  • Sunrise: 06:21
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7-Day Forecast: Kirksville

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7-Day Forecast: Keokuk Municipal

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Currently in Keokuk as of

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  • Barometer: 30.14 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:21
  • Sunset: 19:49
  • Humidity: 30%
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  • O'BRIEN: Be careful what you tweet; you may just wind up in jail

    O'BRIEN: Be careful what you tweet; you may just wind up in jail

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:40:15 GMT
    Social media gives the "Average Joe" a voice like he's never had before. In a matter of seconds, we're able to spout off about whatever we want through sites like Facebook and Twitter. While Facebook offers more...
    Social media gives the "Average Joe" a voice like he's never had before. In a matter of seconds, we're able to spout off about whatever we want through sites like Facebook and Twitter. While Facebook offers more...
  • O'BRIEN: Tale of the tape only mystery left in Knox County murder case

    O'BRIEN: Tale of the tape only mystery left in Knox County murder case

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:56:25 GMT
    As he lay in his farm field dying from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Bill Bacon had one request as Knox County Sheriff Mike Kite tended to him. "Get the tape out of my pocket," Bacon allegedly told Kite after he had...
    As he lay in his farm field dying from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Bill Bacon had one request as Knox County Sheriff Mike Kite tended to him. "Get the tape out of my pocket," Bacon allegedly told Kite after he had...
  • O'BRIEN: There's youthful indiscretion, then there are these guys

    O'BRIEN: There's youthful indiscretion, then there are these guys

    Saturday, April 12 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-04-12 04:47:58 GMT
    The youth are our future, right? After reading about a few incidents involving college-age folks, the future might not be so bright. It seems that bad judgment and alcohol go hand in hand. There's a reason why...
    The youth are our future, right? After reading about a few incidents involving college-age folks, the future might not be so bright. It seems that bad judgment and alcohol go hand in hand. There's a reason why...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy couple's ballpark wedding takes Internet by storm

    O'BRIEN: Quincy couple's ballpark wedding takes Internet by storm

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:17:27 GMT
    By the time they boarded a plane in Boston on Saturday afternoon, Cody Anderson and Shannon Armitage were ready for a nap. The newlyweds had quite a first day of marriage. They woke up Friday morning, hit the Green...
    By the time they boarded a plane in Boston on Saturday afternoon, Cody Anderson and Shannon Armitage were ready for a nap. The newlyweds had quite a first day of marriage. They woke up Friday morning, hit the Green...
  • O'Brien: Quincy's version of 'Sons of Anarchy' comes to an end

    O'Brien: Quincy's version of 'Sons of Anarchy' comes to an end

    Saturday, April 5 2014 12:42 AM EDT2014-04-05 04:42:59 GMT
    Adams County Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones tried to make a point Thursday in Adams County Circuit Court. Jones was trying to convince Judge John Wooleyhan to send a third member of the Liberty-based Midwest...
    Adams County Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones tried to make a point Thursday in Adams County Circuit Court. Jones was trying to convince Judge John Wooleyhan to send a third member of the Liberty-based Midwest...
  • O'BRIEN: April Fool's Day puts us all on guard for pranks

    O'BRIEN: April Fool's Day puts us all on guard for pranks

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-04-01 12:59:27 GMT
    The ruse Jeff Dorsey and Dennis Oliver dreamed up worked to perfection. It was April Fool's Day and the morning guys on Y101 radio wanted to have a little fun with their listeners a few years ago. When it was time...
    The ruse Jeff Dorsey and Dennis Oliver dreamed up worked to perfection. It was April Fool's Day and the morning guys on Y101 radio wanted to have a little fun with their listeners a few years ago. When it was time...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy man killed in shooting accident a friend to many during his short life

    O'BRIEN: Quincy man killed in shooting accident a friend to many during his short life

    Sunday, March 30 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-03-30 17:21:03 GMT
    Austin Hermann entered each of their lives at a different point. To 19-year-old Spencer Wombles, Hermann had been his friend since he was 3 years old. They lived close to each other in the area of 16th and Payson on Quincy's south side. "He was the best friend anyone could have," Wombles said.
    Austin Hermann entered each of their lives at a different point. To 19-year-old Spencer Wombles, Hermann had been his friend since he was 3 years old. They lived close to each other in the area of 16th and Payson on Quincy's south side. "He was the best friend anyone could have," Wombles said.
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy native leaves lasting legacy for those he left behind

    O'BRIEN: Quincy native leaves lasting legacy for those he left behind

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-03-25 12:55:20 GMT
    He hadn't done "The Stomp" in Quincy for a decade. To those who knew Mike Pasley, it seemed like he never left. "Paz" was still as curious about what was going on and was into the local sports scene as he was when he...
    He hadn't done "The Stomp" in Quincy for a decade. To those who knew Mike Pasley, it seemed like he never left. "Paz" was still as curious about what was going on and was into the local sports scene as he was when he...
  • O'Brien: The older you get, the more you realize things aren't like they used to be

    O'Brien: The older you get, the more you realize things aren't like they used to be

    Friday, March 21 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-03-22 01:09:46 GMT
    Seems that the older you get, the more sentimental you become. That should make sense. After all, how much sentiment can a 12-year-old have? You can't help but pine away a little bit for the "good ol' days" when life seemed simpler. One of the things that can take you back are old buildings. There's a certain sadness when you see grand old buildings fall to the wayside. There are accidents, like the untimely death of the Newcomb Hotel to a fire last year. There are planned demolitions...
    Seems that the older you get, the more sentimental you become. That should make sense. After all, how much sentiment can a 12-year-old have? You can't help but pine away a little bit for the "good ol' days" when life seemed simpler. One of the things that can take you back are old buildings. There's a certain sadness when you see grand old buildings fall to the wayside. There are accidents, like the untimely death of the Newcomb Hotel to a fire last year. There are planned demolitions...
  • O'BRIEN: Like it or not, this is the golden age for 'selfie' photos

    O'BRIEN: Like it or not, this is the golden age for 'selfie' photos

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-03-18 13:39:10 GMT
    Cellphones were small cameras before they became mini computers. Who knows why manufacturers decided to put a camera function inside the phone? Maybe they thought we were all too sick of playing that silly snake game that...
    Cellphones were small cameras before they became mini computers. Who knows why manufacturers decided to put a camera function inside the phone? Maybe they thought we were all too sick of playing that silly snake game that...
  • O'BRIEN: Have a good excuse if you're going to show up late for work

    O'BRIEN: Have a good excuse if you're going to show up late for work

    Saturday, March 15 2014 1:01 AM EDT2014-03-15 05:01:31 GMT
    By the time we all walk back into the office on Monday, we'll be hit with a blizzard of sorts. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be released on Sunday night, and whether you're a basketball fan or not, you're...
    By the time we all walk back into the office on Monday, we'll be hit with a blizzard of sorts. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be released on Sunday night, and whether you're a basketball fan or not, you're...
  • O'BRIEN: New Jersey teen makes case as poster child for spoiled brats

    O'BRIEN: New Jersey teen makes case as poster child for spoiled brats

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-03-11 13:06:03 GMT
    As a parent, it's only natural that you want the best for your child. You clothe them, feed them and put a roof over their head. You hope that you can mold them into being a productive member of society, one who obeys...
    As a parent, it's only natural that you want the best for your child. You clothe them, feed them and put a roof over their head. You hope that you can mold them into being a productive member of society, one who obeys...
  • O'BRIEN: What beats courtroom drama? A good lawsuit

    O'BRIEN: What beats courtroom drama? A good lawsuit

    Saturday, March 8 2014 12:52 AM EST2014-03-08 05:52:49 GMT
    There's really nothing like the drama a courtroom provides. Lives hang in the balance every day in courtrooms throughout the country. Many cases are serious, while others might not be so life-and-death. Almost all are pretty interesting, giving us a look at how our fellow man operates. Here's a look at a few cases this past week that caught my eye:
    There's really nothing like the drama a courtroom provides. Lives hang in the balance every day in courtrooms throughout the country. Many cases are serious, while others might not be so life-and-death. Almost all are pretty interesting, giving us a look at how our fellow man operates. Here's a look at a few cases this past week that caught my eye:
  • O'BRIEN: Scammers forcing everyone to keep their guard up

    O'BRIEN: Scammers forcing everyone to keep their guard up

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 9:12 AM EST2014-03-04 14:12:28 GMT
    The woman's story was a sad one. She said she only needed $4 to get some generic medicine at a local pharmacy. She said she had been to all of the local agencies that could have helped her, but had been turned away. ...
    The woman's story was a sad one. She said she only needed $4 to get some generic medicine at a local pharmacy. She said she had been to all of the local agencies that could have helped her, but had been turned away. ...
  • O'BRIEN: Welcome to the most wonderful month of the year

    O'BRIEN: Welcome to the most wonderful month of the year

    Friday, February 28 2014 7:13 PM EST2014-03-01 00:13:56 GMT
    With winter storm watches and warnings in the air, it's hard to believe that March is here. Yes, we'll all be getting out our snow shovel -- or in Steve Eighinger's case, letting his wife use the snow
    With winter storm watches and warnings in the air, it's hard to believe that March is here. Yes, we'll all be getting out our snow shovel -- or in Steve Eighinger's case, letting his wife use the snow blower...
  • O'BRIEN: Join the club if you pay more attention to the label than the freshness of your food

    O'BRIEN: Join the club if you pay more attention to the label than the freshness of your food

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 9:04 AM EST2014-02-25 14:04:37 GMT
    The big bags of donuts at the front of the grocery store looked enticing enough last week. Just 99 cents for enough powdered donuts to feed a Little League baseball team was a heck of a deal. There was just one tiny...
    The big bags of donuts at the front of the grocery store looked enticing enough last week. Just 99 cents for enough powdered donuts to feed a Little League baseball team was a heck of a deal. There was just one tiny...
  • O'BRIEN: Proposed Illinois soft drink tax hopefully will fizz out

    O'BRIEN: Proposed Illinois soft drink tax hopefully will fizz out

    Saturday, February 22 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-02-22 05:06:45 GMT
    The debate sparked again earlier this week. I had asked someone what happened to all of the pop that had been in the back shop for a Herald-Whig promotion. "That's right," the person said without answering my...
    The debate sparked again earlier this week. I had asked someone what happened to all of the pop that had been in the back shop for a Herald-Whig promotion. "That's right," the person said without answering my...
  • O'BRIEN: Making a plea for more creative obituaries

    O'BRIEN: Making a plea for more creative obituaries

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 9:54 AM EST2014-02-18 14:54:38 GMT
    If asked to give a reason why people pick up the newspaper, reading the obituaries ranks in the top three. It’s the place people check to see if anyone they know has died. The older people get, the closer many of them look at the page, if for no other reason than to make sure their name isn’t on it. ...
    If asked to give a reason why people pick up the newspaper, reading the obituaries ranks in the top three. It’s the place people check to see if anyone they know has died. The older people get, the closer many of them look at the page, if for no other reason than to make sure their name isn’t on it. ...
  • O'BRIEN: Get ready for the next big thing in communications -- the smartwatch

    O'BRIEN: Get ready for the next big thing in communications -- the smartwatch

    There was something cool about being able to talk to someone through your watch 30 years ago. Michael Knight used to communicate with KITT on "Knight Rider" by talking into something on his wrist. The David Hasselhoff character was far from the first person to use a wrist watch as a communications device. Folks from Dick Tracy to Maxwell Smart to George Jetson to Capt. James T. Kirk with the starship USS Enterprise used communications devices on their wrist. Heck, even the kids on the ...
    There was something cool about being able to talk to someone through your watch 30 years ago. Michael Knight used to communicate with KITT on "Knight Rider" by talking into something on his wrist. The David Hasselhoff character was far from the first person to use a wrist watch as a communications device. Folks from Dick Tracy to Maxwell Smart to George Jetson to Capt. James T. Kirk with the starship USS Enterprise used communications devices on their wrist. Heck, even the kids on the ...
  • O'BRIEN: Missouri football star set to blaze important trail for gay athletes

    O'BRIEN: Missouri football star set to blaze important trail for gay athletes

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 12:28 PM EST2014-02-11 17:28:10 GMT
    An unmarried couple lived a few doors down from us on Lincoln Park Drive when I was growing up. They were on my paper route. I used to see them every now and then, but they were busy people. One of them was a teacher, but I never figured out what the other did. They didn't bother anyone and always left a good Christmas tip, which is all you really care about as a 13-year-old paperboy.
    An unmarried couple lived a few doors down from us on Lincoln Park Drive when I was growing up. They were on my paper route. I used to see them every now and then, but they were busy people. One of them was a teacher, but I never figured out what the other did. They didn't bother anyone and always left a good Christmas tip, which is all you really care about as a 13-year-old paperboy.
  • O'Brien: Ex-JWCC, QU basketball star now stuck in war-torn Iraq

    O'Brien: Ex-JWCC, QU basketball star now stuck in war-torn Iraq

    Saturday, February 8 2014 2:03 AM EST2014-02-08 07:03:00 GMT
    Joel Box has used his basketball skills to see the world. The former John Wood Community College and Quincy University star has spent much of his time playing in overseas leagues since he graduated in 2007. Box, a 6-foot-9 forward from Rockford, has played in places many of us might shy away from. He has spent most of his pro career in the Middle East -- Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon and Kuwait. He signed up this season with Al Karkh, a pro team in Iraq. In the best shape of his life,...
    Joel Box has used his basketball skills to see the world. The former John Wood Community College and Quincy University star has spent much of his time playing in overseas leagues since he graduated in 2007. Box, a 6-foot-9 forward from Rockford, has played in places many of us might shy away from. He has spent most of his pro career in the Middle East -- Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon and Kuwait. He signed up this season with Al Karkh, a pro team in Iraq. In the best shape of his life,...
  • O'BRIEN: Giving a like to Facebook on its 10th birthday

    O'BRIEN: Giving a like to Facebook on its 10th birthday

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 9:27 AM EST2014-02-04 14:27:08 GMT
    Checking Facebook is as routine a part of many people's days as brushing their teeth. The social networking giant has more than a billion users worldwide. There's no telling how many selfies that adds up to. It...
    Checking Facebook is as routine a part of many people's days as brushing their teeth. The social networking giant has more than a billion users worldwide. There's no telling how many selfies that adds up to. It...
  • O'BRIEN: Trying to figure out the mystery of the Jefferson School time capsule

    O'BRIEN: Trying to figure out the mystery of the Jefferson School time capsule

    Saturday, February 1 2014 3:19 PM EST2014-02-01 20:19:35 GMT
    People on the Internet can be the worst at times. The Internet can be filled with Web warriors who flex their muscles by anonymously firing potshots. One of my platforms when I run for president will be requiring a type of FOID card for Internet ...
    People on the Internet can be the worst at times. The Internet can be filled with Web warriors who flex their muscles by anonymously firing potshots. One of my platforms when I run for president will be requiring a type of FOID card for Internet ...
  • O'BRIEN: Addiction to methamphetamine doesn't have to be a life sentence

    O'BRIEN: Addiction to methamphetamine doesn't have to be a life sentence

    Tuesday, January 28 2014 9:00 AM EST2014-01-28 14:00:36 GMT
    When Ashley Epperson needs a reminder of what life was once like for her, all she has to do is reach for her scrapbook. Inside of it are stories written about her struggle with methamphetamine. For the better part of seven years, the drug had a hold on ...
    When Ashley Epperson needs a reminder of what life was once like for her, all she has to do is reach for her scrapbook. Inside of it are stories written about her struggle with methamphetamine. For the better part of seven years, the drug had a hold on ...
  • O'BRIEN: Pittsfield native trying to catch in pro wrestling circles

    O'BRIEN: Pittsfield native trying to catch in pro wrestling circles

    Saturday, February 9 2013 3:08 AM EST2013-02-09 08:08:20 GMT
    For seven years, Brad Fox was part of the rat race. He did the 9-to-5 thing, working as a stock broker in St. Louis. The money was fine, but it wasn't what the Pittsfield native wanted to do.
    For seven years, Brad Fox was part of the rat race. He did the 9-to-5 thing, working as a stock broker in St. Louis. The money was fine, but it wasn't what the Pittsfield native wanted to do. About eight months ago, he...
  • O'BRIEN: End of political smack talk is almost here

    O'BRIEN: End of political smack talk is almost here

    Tuesday, October 30 2012 5:01 AM EDT2012-10-30 09:01:08 GMT
    While watching the 10 o'clock news on Friday night, an advertisement came on for one of our area health care providers. Just a few seconds into the ad, I was waiting for the attack.
    While watching the 10 o'clock news on Friday night, an advertisement came on for one of our area health care providers. Just a few seconds into the ad, I was waiting for the attack. "I love these guys because the other guys stink," I expected the ad to tell me. Of course, the ad went nothing like that.
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