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7-Day Forecast: Jacksonville

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7-Day Forecast: Keokuk Municipal

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Currently in Keokuk as of

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  • Sunrise: 06:21
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  • Expect a new modified qualifying procedure in near future

    Expect a new modified qualifying procedure in near future

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:49:38 GMT
    Modified qualifying will be changing at Quincy Raceways. Just not this week. The change will eventually result from a combination of drivers' requests and first-year track manager Ken Dobson's vision to...
    Modified qualifying will be changing at Quincy Raceways. Just not this week. The change will eventually result from a combination of drivers' requests and first-year track manager Ken Dobson's vision to...
  • EIGHINGER: Another reason to love Quincy is all of those vanity license plates

    EIGHINGER: Another reason to love Quincy is all of those vanity license plates

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:13 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:13:02 GMT
    For more than 15 years, I have been addicted to those vanity license plates that are so popular in Quincy. And, as it turns out, the entire state of Illinois. Within a few hours of my first trip to Quincy in the late...
    For more than 15 years, I have been addicted to those vanity license plates that are so popular in Quincy. And, as it turns out, the entire state of Illinois. Within a few hours of my first trip to Quincy in the late...
  • EIGHINGER: Gullible? Rarely have I met a hoax I didn't believe

    EIGHINGER: Gullible? Rarely have I met a hoax I didn't believe

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:02:53 GMT
    I can remember 29 years ago this month like it was yesterday, opening up that magazine and saying aloud, to one in particular, "You've got to be kidding me." Famed sports author George Plimpton ...
    I can remember 29 years ago this month like it was yesterday, opening up that magazine and saying aloud, to one in particular, "You've got to be kidding me." Famed sports author George Plimpton ...
  • EIGHINGER: In this age of too much information, sometimes it is still not enough

    EIGHINGER: In this age of too much information, sometimes it is still not enough

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-04-09 13:46:00 GMT
    Maybe it is our own mortality that causes such a natural reflex, but who among us does not regularly check the local obituaries each day? For the most part, the same holds true when we see that a famous celebrity has...
    Maybe it is our own mortality that causes such a natural reflex, but who among us does not regularly check the local obituaries each day? For the most part, the same holds true when we see that a famous celebrity has...
  • EIGHINGER: Most of today's generation cannot appreciate the homeliness of Andy Etchebarren

    EIGHINGER: Most of today's generation cannot appreciate the homeliness of Andy Etchebarren

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-02 13:35:52 GMT
    Andy Etchebarren will always hold a dear place in my heart. I always think about Andy at this time of year. That's because one of the rites of spring when I was growing up was always that much-anticipated trip to the...
    Andy Etchebarren will always hold a dear place in my heart. I always think about Andy at this time of year. That's because one of the rites of spring when I was growing up was always that much-anticipated trip to the...
  • EIGHINGER: Cosby was right, it's other half who need the advice

    EIGHINGER: Cosby was right, it's other half who need the advice

    Sunday, March 30 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-03-30 17:22:50 GMT
    Remember watching "The Cosby Show" on Thursday nights? The star of the show, Bill Cosby, was not only a great comedian but an even more profound philosopher. Cosby once said, "A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need advice." My feelings exactly, which brings us to the March edition of "Morons of the Month."
    Remember watching "The Cosby Show" on Thursday nights? The star of the show, Bill Cosby, was not only a great comedian but an even more profound philosopher. Cosby once said, "A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need advice." My feelings exactly, which brings us to the March edition of "Morons of the Month."
  • EIGHINGER: Cigars, Red Stockings and Lawrence Welk all part of uncovered history

    EIGHINGER: Cigars, Red Stockings and Lawrence Welk all part of uncovered history

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-03-26 15:16:11 GMT
    Since I am not a native of the Quincy area, one of my ongoing quests since moving here almost 16 years ago was to learn as much as I could about my adopted hometown. I did not begin my life here, but barring any...
    Since I am not a native of the Quincy area, one of my ongoing quests since moving here almost 16 years ago was to learn as much as I could about my adopted hometown. I did not begin my life here, but barring any...
  • EIGHINGER: Someone has to worry about skim milk, MTV and The Mook

    EIGHINGER: Someone has to worry about skim milk, MTV and The Mook

    Saturday, March 22 2014 8:37 PM EDT2014-03-23 00:37:28 GMT
    Not too long ago, I read that "life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." I think Confucius said that. Maybe it was Yogi Berra. Either way, I wholeheartedly agree. I have always fashioned myself...
    Not too long ago, I read that "life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." I think Confucius said that. Maybe it was Yogi Berra. Either way, I wholeheartedly agree. I have always fashioned myself...
  • EIGHINGER: The thank you was for something the officer had no idea about

    EIGHINGER: The thank you was for something the officer had no idea about

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-03-19 14:01:40 GMT
    Our youngest daughter, Melissa, husband David and their two young children had a horrible roadside experience on the way back from a Florida vacation. They were saved from an even worse circumstance than they encountered, due largely to the efforts of several Alabama state troopers ...
    Our youngest daughter, Melissa, husband David and their two young children had a horrible roadside experience on the way back from a Florida vacation. They were saved from an even worse circumstance than they encountered, due largely to the efforts of several Alabama state troopers ...
  • EIGHINGER: There's just something about an end-of-winter lunch with a friend

    EIGHINGER: There's just something about an end-of-winter lunch with a friend

    Saturday, March 15 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-03-16 01:51:13 GMT
    There's always something inviting about breaking bread with friends and acquaintances at the end of winter. The still-cold weather outside and the warm food within is a natural recipe for good conversation. Here are...
    There's always something inviting about breaking bread with friends and acquaintances at the end of winter. The still-cold weather outside and the warm food within is a natural recipe for good conversation. Here are...
  • EIGHINGER: The Monkees, Grass Roots, Chicago overlooked for too long by Rock Hall of Fame

    EIGHINGER: The Monkees, Grass Roots, Chicago overlooked for too long by Rock Hall of Fame

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-03-12 02:52:14 GMT
    Some people become upset at who does -- and does not -- win an Oscar. Others become irritated about selections to the baseball or pro football halls of fame. What upsets me the most is the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination and selection process. For the life of me, I can't figure out why certain bands and artists have not been inducted since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame became a reality almost 30 years ago. I have my own personal list of overlooked acts I believe should ...
    Some people become upset at who does -- and does not -- win an Oscar. Others become irritated about selections to the baseball or pro football halls of fame. What upsets me the most is the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination and selection process. For the life of me, I can't figure out why certain bands and artists have not been inducted since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame became a reality almost 30 years ago. I have my own personal list of overlooked acts I believe should ...
  • EIGHINGER: Sooner or later, something important happens on every date

    EIGHINGER: Sooner or later, something important happens on every date

    Sunday, March 9 2014 3:08 AM EDT2014-03-09 07:08:38 GMT
    It’s always been my contention that every day is important and that something of consequence always occurs. We might not know it until years later, but when history eventually reveals itself we’re often surprised. Some dates are etched in stone — Sept. 11, 2001, or Dec. 7, 1941 — but what about a relatively nondescript stop on the calendar such as today, March 9? 
    It’s always been my contention that every day is important and that something of consequence always occurs. We might not know it until years later, but when history eventually reveals itself we’re often surprised. Some dates are etched in stone — Sept. 11, 2001, or Dec. 7, 1941 — but what about a relatively nondescript stop on the calendar such as today, March 9? 
  • EIGHINGER: 'He wouldn't elaborate on why he was wearing somebody else's pants'

    EIGHINGER: 'He wouldn't elaborate on why he was wearing somebody else's pants'

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 9:07 AM EST2014-03-05 14:07:39 GMT
    Just because much of the country has been blanketed in cold weather in recent weeks does not mean "Morons of the Month" candidates opted to stay indoors. Those who make questionable decisions in life are like those who...
    Just because much of the country has been blanketed in cold weather in recent weeks does not mean "Morons of the Month" candidates opted to stay indoors. Those who make questionable decisions in life are like those who...
  • EIGHINGER: Most of those deep thoughts about winter are pure bunk

    EIGHINGER: Most of those deep thoughts about winter are pure bunk

    Saturday, March 1 2014 8:00 PM EST2014-03-02 01:00:13 GMT
    For weeks, maybe even months, I have tried to keep a smile on my face about the winter weather and all of the cold and snow that comes with it. I'm done smiling. And when I'm done smiling about
    For weeks, maybe even months, I have tried to keep a smile on my face about the winter weather and all of the cold and snow that comes with it. I'm done smiling. And when I'm done smiling about a particular...
  • EIGHINGER: Sometimes you get what you wish for

    EIGHINGER: Sometimes you get what you wish for

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 8:00 AM EST2014-02-26 13:00:20 GMT
    It won't be long until the winter snows are little more than a distant -- and unwanted -- memory, especially for one particular person. My wife will likely remember the winter of 2013-14 as the one that saw one of her wishes come true, much to her chagrin.
    It won't be long until the winter snows are little more than a distant -- and unwanted -- memory, especially for one particular person. My wife will likely remember the winter of 2013-14 as the one that saw one of...
  • EIGHINGER: Will warm weather solve everything? Not so fast, my friend

    EIGHINGER: Will warm weather solve everything? Not so fast, my friend

    Saturday, February 22 2014 11:27 PM EST2014-02-23 04:27:55 GMT
    People who watch a lot of college football are probably familiar with Lee Corso, the 70-ish ex-coach whose favorite phrase as an analyst for ESPN is, "Not so fast, my friend!" Those are the first words that always run...
    People who watch a lot of college football are probably familiar with Lee Corso, the 70-ish ex-coach whose favorite phrase as an analyst for ESPN is, "Not so fast, my friend!" Those are the first words that always run...
  • EIGHINGER: Sure, it's been a nasty winter, but Quincy is still the best place to be

    EIGHINGER: Sure, it's been a nasty winter, but Quincy is still the best place to be

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 8:40 AM EST2014-02-19 13:40:14 GMT
    Stop complaining. Sure, it's been a rough winter, but it could always have been worse. Every so often I like to put together a list why it's better to be in Quincy than most other parts of the world, and this is one of those times. Subject No. 1: Freezing rain, slippery roads.
    Stop complaining. Sure, it's been a rough winter, but it could always have been worse. Every so often I like to put together a list why it's better to be in Quincy than most other parts of the world, and this is one of those times. Subject No. 1: Freezing rain, slippery roads.
  • EIGHINGER: Sometimes the best-laid plans wind up taking a backseat

    EIGHINGER: Sometimes the best-laid plans wind up taking a backseat

    Most relationships reach a point when the hopeless romantic has to take a backseat. I think Mrs. Steve and yours truly may have unintentionally reached that period of our marriage. Why, you ask? Well, with me being the hopeless romantic part of the relationship, I had big plans for this weekend, starting with Valentine's Day on Friday. I had visions of a "Valentine's Weekend," starting with taking Mrs. Steve out for a nice dinner on Friday night. Those plans were quickly dashed. I pl...
    Most relationships reach a point when the hopeless romantic has to take a backseat. I think Mrs. Steve and yours truly may have unintentionally reached that period of our marriage. Why, you ask? Well, with me being the hopeless romantic part of the relationship, I had big plans for this weekend, starting with Valentine's Day on Friday. I had visions of a "Valentine's Weekend," starting with taking Mrs. Steve out for a nice dinner on Friday night. Those plans were quickly dashed. I pl...
  • EIGHINGER: Nothing says Winter Olympics like those Siberian temperatures

    EIGHINGER: Nothing says Winter Olympics like those Siberian temperatures

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 8:00 AM EST2014-02-12 13:00:22 GMT
    Are you suffering from Winter Olympics overdose yet? We're less than a week into NBC's wall-to-wall coverage from Sochi and I already feel like I'm an expert on things like slopestyle snowboarding and the amazing biathlon, which somehow manages to combine shooting a rifle with cross-country skiing. Is it just me, or do these Olympics have a weird sort of feel to them? I think it's mostly because of all the attention paid to items such as unfinished construction in Sochi and the ever-p...
    Are you suffering from Winter Olympics overdose yet? We're less than a week into NBC's wall-to-wall coverage from Sochi and I already feel like I'm an expert on things like slopestyle snowboarding and the amazing biathlon, which somehow manages to combine shooting a rifle with cross-country skiing. Is it just me, or do these Olympics have a weird sort of feel to them? I think it's mostly because of all the attention paid to items such as unfinished construction in Sochi and the ever-p...
  • EIGHINGER: Crafting a list of top songs by the Beatles? Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

    EIGHINGER: Crafting a list of top songs by the Beatles? Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

    Saturday, February 8 2014 11:56 PM EST2014-02-09 04:56:20 GMT
    What were you doing 50 years ago tonight? If you are old enough to remember, I would guess quite a few were parked in front of an old black-and-white television, probably with your parents watching "The Ed Sullivan Show." That was the night -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- that changed the world of popular culture in so many ways. The Beatles' first American television performance is considered one of the key moments for the generation that labels itself the baby boomers. We have devoted quite a bi...
    What were you doing 50 years ago tonight? If you are old enough to remember, I would guess quite a few were parked in front of an old black-and-white television, probably with your parents watching "The Ed Sullivan Show." That was the night -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- that changed the world of popular culture in so many ways. The Beatles' first American television performance is considered one of the key moments for the generation that labels itself the baby boomers. We have devoted quite a bi...
  • EIGHINGER: Remembering sports morons ... and let's not forget Norman's brother, Albert

    EIGHINGER: Remembering sports morons ... and let's not forget Norman's brother, Albert

    Saturday, February 1 2014 9:50 PM EST2014-02-02 02:50:23 GMT
    I like to take a break once a year from the norm when it comes to our "Morons of the Month" selections, instead offering somewhat of a special edition to celebrate questionable actions, speech and overall judgment. ...
    I like to take a break once a year from the norm when it comes to our "Morons of the Month" selections, instead offering somewhat of a special edition to celebrate questionable actions, speech and overall judgment. ...
  • EIGHINGER: Enjoy the moment, because ... you just don't know

    EIGHINGER: Enjoy the moment, because ... you just don't know

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 9:52 AM EST2014-01-29 14:52:30 GMT
    Every so often there is a part of my former life back in Ohio that reaches out when I least expect it. And sometimes it hurts. Keith Dambrot, now the basketball coach at the University of Akron, was one of my closest...
    Every so often there is a part of my former life back in Ohio that reaches out when I least expect it. And sometimes it hurts. Keith Dambrot, now the basketball coach at the University of Akron, was one of my closest...
  • EIGHINGER: Go with my Valentine's Day plan, and she'll love you forever

    EIGHINGER: Go with my Valentine's Day plan, and she'll love you forever

    Sunday, January 26 2014 1:42 AM EST2014-01-26 06:42:12 GMT
    Here's my foolproof plan for Valentine's Day, and it's actually an idea that works.
    Here's my foolproof plan for Valentine's Day, and it's actually an idea that works.
  • Eighinger: Time to throw my hat into the presidential ring yet again

    Eighinger: Time to throw my hat into the presidential ring yet again

    Sunday, November 20 2011 12:15 AM EST2011-11-20 05:15:25 GMT
    Almost daily I read about Herman Cain's problems, Barack Obama's struggles and wonder if that's Mitt Romney's real hair. The 2012 presidential campaign is almost upon us, which means I have another...
  • Eighinger: Why do garage sales start so early? And could we get a TV out there for the guys?

    Eighinger: Why do garage sales start so early? And could we get a TV out there for the guys?

    Wednesday, October 5 2011 12:08 PM EDT2011-10-05 16:08:08 GMT
    We have officially entered into the fall garage sale season. How do I know this? If you're married, you know. Believe me, you just know.
  • EIGHINGER: Beatles were not the only big thing 50 years ago

    EIGHINGER: Beatles were not the only big thing 50 years ago

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 9:51 AM EST2014-02-05 14:51:36 GMT
    Much of the world is wrapped up this week in the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' invasion of America and their first live appearance on U.S. television. Well, everyone over the age of 50 or so, that is. What is equally interesting, however, ...
    Much of the world is wrapped up this week in the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' invasion of America and their first live appearance on U.S. television. Well, everyone over the age of 50 or so, that is. What is equally interesting, however, ...
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