Taming the Upper Mississippi, Chapter 7: Building consensus, future directions

EDITOR’S NOTE: Muddy River News has received permission to reprint reviews and chapters from the book, “Taming the Upper Mississippi: My Turn at Watch, 1935-1999,” written by Janice Petterchak. The book reflects on flood protection, navigation and the environment on the upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Quincy engineer William H. Klingner. The great…

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Taming the Upper Mississippi, Chapter 6: The great flood of 1993

EDITOR’S NOTE: Muddy River News has received permission to reprint reviews and chapters from the book, “Taming the Upper Mississippi: My Turn at Watch, 1935-1999,” written by Janice Petterchak. The book reflects on flood protection, navigation and the environment on the upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Quincy engineer William H. Klingner. You can…

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Taming the Upper Mississippi, Chapter 5: Drainage districts and the agricultural economy

EDITOR’S NOTE: Muddy River News has received permission to reprint reviews and chapters from the book, “Taming the Upper Mississippi: My Turn at Watch, 1935-1999,” written by Janice Petterchak. The book reflects on flood protection, navigation and the environment on the upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Quincy engineer William H. Klingner. You can…

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Taming the Upper Mississippi, Chapter 4: The early life and career of William H. Klingner

EDITOR’S NOTE: Muddy River News has received permission to reprint reviews and chapters from the book, “Taming the Upper Mississippi: My Turn at Watch, 1935-1999,” written by Janice Petterchak. The book reflects on flood protection, navigation and the environment on the upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Quincy engineer William H. Klingner. You can…

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Taming the Upper Mississippi, Chapter 3: Navigation and flood control

EDITOR’S NOTE: Muddy River News has received permission to reprint reviews and chapters from the book, “Taming the Upper Mississippi: My Turn at Watch, 1935-1999,” written by Janice Petterchak. The book reflects on flood protection, navigation and the environment on the upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Quincy engineer William H. Klingner. You can…

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Taming the Upper Mississippi, Chapter 2: Federal river policy/regional initiatives

EDITOR’S NOTE: Muddy River News has received permission to reprint reviews and chapters from the book, “Taming the Upper Mississippi: My Turn at Watch, 1935-1999,” written by Janice Petterchak. The book reflects on flood protection, navigation and the environment on the upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Quincy engineer William H. Klingner. As early…

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Taming the Upper Mississippi, Chapter 1: Famous French explorer may have been in Quincy area around 1670

EDITOR’S NOTE: Muddy River News has received permission to reprint reviews and chapters from the book, “Taming the Upper Mississippi: My Turn at Watch, 1935-1999,” written by Janice Petterchak. The book reflects on flood protection, navigation and the environment on the upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Quincy engineer William H. Klingner. Are you…

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Taming the Upper Mississippi, an introduction: Quincy would not be Quincy as we know it today without Bill Klingner

EDITOR’S NOTE: Muddy River News has received permission to reprint reviews and chapters from the book, “Taming the Upper Mississippi: My Turn at Watch, 1935-1999,” written by Janice Petterchak. The book reflects on flood protection, navigation and the environment on the upper Mississippi River through the eyes of Quincy engineer William H. Klingner. Bill Klingner…

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Mississippi Valley Historic Auto Club partners with Tri-State Lugnuts for Sunday car show

QUINCY — The Mississippi Valley Historic Auto Club, in partnership with the Tri-State Lugnuts, is sponsoring its 54th annual car show from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, on the grounds of the Quincy Museum, 1601 Maine. The Quincy Museum will be open as well, offering ½-price admission to the museum for visitors.…

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Fishing for delicacies on the Muddy River: Pleasant Hill business sells caviar harvested from Mississippi to places around world

SAVERTON, Mo. — When I heard the words boat ride and caviar for this Muddy River News story, I thought to myself… well that sounds just delightful. Little did I know I was about to experience Mike Roe’s sloppy seconds. I still can’t believe I curled my hair for that boat ride. Clearly, I didn’t understand the assignment. 

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New coloring book by Quincy author highlights cities along Mississippi River

QUINCY — Author Robert Turek recently release of his latest book, “Magic of the Mississippi,” a coloring and trivia book dedicated to America’s Greatest River. It is now available on Amazon books. “Magic of the Mississippi” showcases historic river towns along the river to structures built for transportation through hand-illustrated coloring pages created for all ages. More…

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Illinois man who dedicated life to cleaning Mississippi River will be keynote speaker at C-SC event

CANTON, Mo. — Online registration now is open for Culver-Stockton College’s inaugural collaborative conference at the Great River Research Center in Canton. The river conference, themed “Changing Currents,” will take place April 7-9. It aims to facilitate communication that fosters innovative and collaborative solutions to the various challenges facing the river and the communities it…

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Tri-Township firefighters help pull submerged truck out of Mississippi River

QUINCY — The Tri-Township Fire Department’s rescue boat and dive team were deployed Tuesday morning to retrieve a vehicle from the Mississippi River. At 7:09 a.m., Quincy police officers received a report of a vehicle in the river near South Side Boat Club, 640 S. Front. When first responders arrived on the scene, the vehicle…

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MUDDY MISSISSIPPI MIXER FINALIST: Chris Austin, Taproom

Brittany Boll is interviewing each of the three finalists for the Muddy Mississippi Mixer competition. The first finalist is Chris Austin of the Taproom, 104 North 6th, Quincy. Here’s a sample of Brittany and Chris discussing cocktails. We will have interviews with the other two finalists next week and then you can start voting on…

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Calling all bartenders! It’s The Muddy Mississippi Mixer!

by Brittany Boll, Qmunity Connoisseur Rich with German roots, the Midwest mindset yearns to quench the thirst for that refreshing euphoria. Life on our river town is know for it’s drink culture. Birthday parties, church picnics, concerts, and a night on the town: every event revolves around the perfect beverage.  With “a bar on every…

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Barge traffic on Mississippi River stalled due to cracked bridge in Memphis

From SUCCESSFUL FARMING – The closure of a Mississippi River bridge on the Tennessee-Arkansas state line sent the grain markets nosediving Thursday. Overnight, the farm markets made a slight recovery, looking to start Friday’s session higher. As of Friday morning, there are currently 52 vessels with a total of 901 barges in the queue, according to…

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Aldermen approve adding 10 properties to fix-or-flatten program; demolition unlikely to start for 3-4 months

QUINCY — The Quincy City Council agreed Monday night to add 10 properties to the city’s the fix-or-flatten program. Four of the properties are in the city’s 7th Ward. Six of them are in the 2nd Ward. The properties are at: The original list had 12 properties. Director of Inspection and Enforcement Michael Seaver said the original list…

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Real estate transfers in Pike County from Jan. 16-31, 2023

Muddy River News transaction information is obtained from Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration forms accompanying recorded documents. Dates provided may differ from actual transaction or recording dates. Further details may be obtained from the PTAX form or recorded documents.  Whitetail Properties of Mississippi, LLC of Lucedale, Miss., sold a hunting home and lot at 106…

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Quincy getting $4 million state loan for wastewater treatment

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the City of Quincy has received a $4 million loan for wastewater treatment to reduce sewer overflows being discharged into the Mississippi River. Quincy will use the funding for the second phase of a three-phase project. The project will consist of improvements to increase excess flow treatment of…

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MRN WEDNESDAY WEATHER: Snow days for thee, but not for me

Meteorologist Brent Clair tells us when the snow will stop today. Hilbing Auto Body brings you this weather report. And while Quincy Public School students and teachers trudged through smidge of slop on the roads today, some got lucky. Here are today’s weather-related cancelations. SCHOOL CANCELATIONS MISSOURI Canton R-5 Bowling Green Clark Co. R-1 Hannibal…

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Real estate transfers in Pike County from Jan. 2-13, 2023

Muddy River News transaction information is obtained from Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration forms accompanying recorded documents. Dates provided may differ from actual transaction or recording dates. Further details may be obtained from the PTAX form or recorded documents.  Jamae Marie Jones, et al, of Kinderhook sold a residence at 11 Bear Court in Pittsfield…

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Hannibal man facing second-degree murder charges claims man he shot had threatened to ‘stomp his face in’

HANNIBAL, Mo. — A Hannibal man faces charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action after allegedly shooting a Hannibal man Saturday night, according to a probable cause statement from the Hannibal Police Department. A warrant was issued on Saturday for Justin Sims, 32, after Anthony Migel Miller, 24, was found in the alley west…

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Hannibal looking at tax for stormwater system

HANNIBAL — A proposed property tax increase may be on the April ballot for Hannibal voters to decide on funding for a permanent stormwater system. Darrin Gordon, general manager of Hannibal Board of Public Works, asked Hannibal City Council members on Tuesday to place the proposed tax, Proposition S, on the ballot, which he said…

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QPD Blotter for Dec. 25, 2022

Jason M Zwick, 42, Quincy, for domestic battery in the 2500 block of Oak. Lodged. 135 James E Burt, 39, Quincy, for violation of order of protection in the 1600 block of Oak. Lodged. 161 Ryanna L Kelley, 25, Quincy, was arrested on a warrant for F.T.A. shoplifting in the 1100 block of South 23rd.…

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Community Foundation gives out $376,000

QUINCY — More than $376,000 was distributed on Wednesday to 58 local nonprofit organizations that benefit from an endowment fund at the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri. The nonprofits were celebrated and recognized during an open house hosted at the Community Foundation. These year-end grants bring the Community Foundation’s 2022 grant-making…

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Daily Dirt: The good ol’ days? Nope, you can have those encyclopedias and TV Guides

Daily Dirt for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 Sure, the world has plenty of problems, but after reading today’s first item, I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you’re living in the here and now and not 30 or 40 years ago. Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 472 of The Daily Dirt. 1. Have…

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Union employees at Continental Cement ‘shining light’ on overtime issue in contract negotiations

HANNIBAL, Mo. —The unusual lighting that Hannibal residents may have noticed around town Monday night had nothing to do with Christmas.  Representatives from the United Steelworkers were using the union’s “bat signal” projector to shine a message on walls throughout the city.  They arrived from Pittsburgh, hoping to stir up conversation about the contract situation for…

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New film about James Scott takes look back at Flood of 1993, questions his life sentence

QUINCY — A 25-minute movie on the Vice Network’s YouTube page reviews the flooding of the Mississippi River in West Quincy, Mo., during the summer of 1993 and whether James Scott is actually innocent of the crime he was eventually convicted of. The midwestern section of the United States was submerged in 1993 by extreme…

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Hannibal native to discuss second novel, ‘The Hive,’ on Saturday

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Melissa Scholes Young will return to her hometown for a reading and conversation about her second novel, “The Hive,” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Hannibal Art Council, 105 S. Main. “The Hive” is set in rural Missouri. On a hot summer day on the Mississippi River during the…

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Feztival of Trees to begin Friday in Hannibal; proceeds to help pediatric speech therapy patients

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The O.C. Wilson Scottish Rite of Hannibal will host its third annual Feztival of Trees Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11 at 110 N. Main. Proceeds from this event will assist in providing scholarships for pediatric speech therapy patients at Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. The event will feature fully decorated trees, complete with…

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Real estate transfers in Adams County for Nov. 14-18, 2022

Muddy River News transaction information is obtained from Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration forms accompanying recorded documents. Dates provided may differ from actual transaction or recording dates. Further details may be obtained from the PTAX form or recorded documents.  Jeffrey A. Friedhoff, Jill A. Friedhoff, and Janet A. Friedhoff of Quincy sold a residence at…

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DAILY DIRT: Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…on Thanksgiving Day?

Think you and your family have had some awkward holiday gatherings? I’m just guessing, but I doubt any of them compare to our medal winners today … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 456 of The Daily Dirt. 1. In just two days, it’s officially time to break out the holiday songs. Believe…

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Letter to the Editor: Quincy’s location was ideal for major transportation hub in 1860

Quincy in mid-1800s was quite a contrast to your Planes, Trains and Automobiles story. Below is from a manuscript I am working on about William Henry Seward’s stop in Quincy on way to Kansas while campaigning for Lincoln in 1860. Quincy, Illinois Likely Stop: Quincy’s location at the western most extension of the state on the…

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Kept in the Loop: Quincy couple takes nearly a year to complete 6,000-mile boating journey

QUINCY — Boating enthusiasts Rob and Vicki Ebbing had talked about completing the Great Loop for several years, but they never found the time. “Vicki’s dad was in the Coast Guard, and he talked about it with her years ago,” Rob said. “As we went through life, we did a lot of boating. We kept…

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Heart-shaped box

The Quincy Paper Box building at Third and Vermont will be the home for the Quincy Children’s Museum.

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Troup casts tie-breaking vote in favor of $9 monthly surcharge on utility bills, says property taxes could go down

QUINCY — After aldermen voted 7-7 on the issue of adding a monthly surcharge to utility rates during Monday’s meeting of the Quincy City Council, Mayor Mike Troup cast the deciding tie-breaking vote in favor of the surcharge. Troup also hinted he believes the increase in water and sewer bills could potentially be offset by…

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Conte makes case for utility rate surcharge at public meeting; homeowners ask why industrial customers aren’t paying more

Eleven of the 14 aldermen were in attendance. Farha expressed his displeasure at the beginning of the meeting, saying he believed the city should compensate aldermen for attending the meeting that was called 48 hours earlier.

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Public hearing on proposed utility rate increase set for Thursday

QUINCY — A public hearing to discuss the proposed utility rate increase will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in the City Council chambers. After a brief introduction, a presentation will be made by Jeff Conte, director of public works. The City of Quincy is looking at a flat increase in the residential water…

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Daily Dirt: Study proves Steve’s wife is a mosquito magnet, but not so much for Steve

Daily Dirt for Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 That doesn’t mean I have any love for those miserable bugs … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 432 of The Daily Dirt. 1. I knew it. I just knew it, and this Associated Press report backs me up. My wife, Kathy, has always attracted…

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Daily Dirt: Time waits for no man, not even Samuel L. Jackson or Jennifer Aniston

Daily Dirt for Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 Wait, Elaine is 61? Say it ain’t so! … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 430 of The Daily Dirt. 1. If you’re like me, it’s always hard to accept your favorite TV and movie personalities are aging. I always expected Tom Cruise to remain…

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QU to celebrate memorial Mass Friday on 125th anniversary of death of Father Augustus Tolton

QUINCY — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will celebrate a memorial Mass for the 125th anniversary of the death of Father Augustus Tolton at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the St. Francis Solanus Chapel, 1800 College. Born in 1854, Tolton’s family escaped slavery by crossing the Mississippi River into Illinois in 1862. Tolton was allowed…

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City Council begins water surcharge debate

The City of Quincy is looking at a flat increase in the residential water rates of $9 a month, which is an increase of more than 50 percent, as a way to offset the rising costs of associated with making the water from the Mississippi River consumable. The City Council heard the first ordinance reading Monday night and aldermen are expected to vote on some type of surcharge at the October 31 meeting.

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Aldermen approve language regulating honeybees in Quincy

QUINCY — Aldermen voted during Monday night’s meeting of the Quincy City Council to approve an ordinance regulating how many honeybees or hives a homeowner could have. Honeybees? “Well, you know, we’ve got language in the city code about ducks and waterfowl and chickens,” said Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development. “Honeybees? Who’d have…

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Real estate transfers in Pike County from Sept. 26-30, 2022

Muddy River News transaction information is obtained from Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration forms accompanying recorded documents. Dates provided may differ from actual transaction or recording dates. Further details may be obtained from the PTAX form or recorded documents.  Christal J. Crowder and Seth A. Graham of Rockport sold a residence at 166th Avenue in Rockport…

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Richard Niemann Sr., 1931-2022: Regional grocery chain prospered for more than 50 years under his guidance

QUINCY — Rich Niemann Jr. summarized his father’s life as a family man and as a businessman by calling him a “guardian of truth and honesty.” Richard Henry Niemann, Sr., who spent more than 50 years with the Niemann Foods regional grocery chain as president, chairman, CEO and chairman emeritus, died Sept. 25, 2022 in…

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Clarksville, Mo., to get $1.7 million EDA grant to help build removable flood wall 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The city of Clarksville, Mo., will be receiving a $1.7 million Economic Development Administration grant to construct a removable flood protection system along the Mississippi River to keep businesses open and operating while protecting the historic downtown. This EDA grant will be matched by $10 million in state funds. “I’m thrilled to…

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Thought your tap water smelled? You weren’t wrong, but city says odor should be gone by end of week

QUINCY — Jeffrey Conte, director of public works for the city, says the earthy smell you might have recently noticed in your tap water should be gone by the end of the week. Conte addressed aldermen at the beginning of Monday night’s Quincy City Council meeting to provide an update on what the city has…

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Real estate transfers in Pike County from Sept. 12-16, 2022

Muddy River News transaction information is obtained from Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration forms accompanying recorded documents. Dates provided may differ from actual transaction or recording dates. Further details may be obtained from the PTAX form or recorded documents.  Mervin H. Yoder and Linda L. Yoder of Dixon, Mo., sold a 24.78-acre farm at 16671…

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American Symphony riverboat to arrive Saturday in Hannibal

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The newest riverboat on the Mississippi, the American Symphony, will arrive in Hannibal at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Hannibal mayor James Hark, will present a proclamation and key to the city to the captain of the American Symphony. The American Symphony began cruising the Mississippi River for the first time this…

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Durbin says he will ‘take advantage’ of friendship with Biden to get money secured for restoration of Quincy Bay

QUINCY — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he’s going to lean on an old friend to help pay for the restoration of Quincy Bay, one of the largest natural bays of the Upper Mississippi River. “I happen to know this president, and I’m going to take advantage of it,” Durbin said Friday afternoon as…

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Quincy Riverfront Development Corporation learns about Quincy Riverfront Development Foundation

QUINCY — Now that the creation of the Quincy Riverfront Development Foundation is complete, the Quincy Riverfront Development Corporation wants to know how it’s going to function. Quincy Mayor Mike Troup announced the creation of the Quincy Riverfront Development Foundation on Tuesday afternoon. The first three members of the foundation are Hal Oakley, chairman of…

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‘We are definitely moving in the right direction’: Boaters, Park District officials pleased with talks about marina

QUINCY — Chris Griggs called it “a dialogue like we’ve never had before, which is very much appreciated.” A group of local boaters and renters informally met for about 90 minutes with Quincy Park Board commissioners John Frankenhoff and Jeff VanCamp on Tuesday to talk about issues involving boating on the Mississippi River and finding…

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‘Behind the Mask: A Night in Barcelona’ to raise funds for Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition

QUINCY — The Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition will be the host of “Behind the Mask: A Night in Barcelona” from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 in Dick Brothers Brewery, 929 York. Funds raised will support the prevention efforts undertaken by the coalition. ”The ACSPC relies on fundraisers and donations to fulfill its mission of preventing the…

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Public input sought on Quincy Bay Habitat Restoration Project through Sept. 16

QUINCY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program partners are in the early stages of planning for a habitat rehabilitation project and are seeking public input through Sept. 16. The Quincy Bay project is part of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program and is being constructed through a…

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Boaters offer help, Park Board offers feedback on what it wants to see to keep Art Keller Marina open

QUINCY — Some Quincy Park Board commissioners bristled after board president John Frankenhoff told local media outlets after the Aug. 1 planning session that keeping the Art Keller Marina open after 2023 wasn’t likely “unless something drastic happens.” However, Frankenhoff’s comment may have unintentionally lit a fire under the Quincy boating community. Two boaters offered…

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New 10-foot tall stainless steel sculpture installed on Hannibal’s riverfront

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal’s second public art sculpture recently was installed in a partnership with the Hannibal Arts Council and Hannibal Parks and Recreation as part of the Sculpture on the Move program.  The sculpture, titled Liberté, was installed on a base on Hannibal’s newly redeveloped riverfront. The artist, Chris Wubbena, drove the 10-feet tall stainless-steel…

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City to spend $4.43 million to elevate, repair barge dock wall; Mayor ‘doesn’t understand rationale’ for Park District’s intention to close the marina in 2024

QUINCY — The Quincy City Council voted Monday night to accept the low bid of $4.43 million from County Contractors of Quincy to elevate and repair the city’s barge dock wall and grade the land adjacent to the dock.

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Stormwater woes, and how rain gardens can help

MACOMB, Ill. — What is a watershed? No matter where you live, you are in a watershed. All of Illinois, minus that sliver of land bordering Lake Michigan, is in the Mississippi River Watershed. But we can break down this massive watershed into more local streams and rivers. For instance, I grew up in Adams…

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Fifth annual Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex Ben Bumbry Memorial Banquet set for Aug. 12

QUINCY — The annual Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex Ben Bumbry Memorial Banquet will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in the Quincy University Hall of Fame Room.  The banquet is held in honor and remembrance of Bumbry and to celebrate the community, individuals and businesses who support the pool. This year’s banquet will commemorate the…

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Westview irrigation, Klingner trail expansion in Park District plans, but marina’s future in question

QUINCY — The installation of an irrigation system at Westview Golf Course appears to be the next extensive project in the immediate future for the Quincy Park District. The development of Phase 5 of the Bill Klingner Trail from Parker Heights to Lincoln Park appears to be the next extensive project for a few years…

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Free art festival for kids Aug. 6 in Hannibal’s Central Park

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The 2022 Wild and Wacky Art Adventure, a free art festival for kids 3 to 12 and their families, will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, August 6 in Hannibal’s Central Park, Fourth and Broadway.  This year’s theme is “Candy Land.” The Hannibal Arts Council will be partnering with many Hannibal…

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Iberian Journal: Who knew getting hammered in Porto could be so much fun?

(Part 3 of 4) PORTO, Portugal — Call it serendipity.  By pure luck rather than brilliant planning, my husband Jim, our grandson Benjamin and I arrive in Porto with our traveling companions on the morning of June 23. It’s the eve of the Feast Day of the city’s patron, São João (St. John the Baptist) and Porto’s biggest party…

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Real estate transfers in Pike County from July 11-15

Muddy River News transaction information is obtained from Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration forms accompanying recorded documents. Dates provided may differ from actual transaction or recording dates. Further details may be obtained from the PTAX form or recorded documents.  Carroll Menke and Wyvetta Menke of Jupiter, Fla., sold a residence at No. 3 Crescent Heights…

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Gov. Parson issues drought alert for almost half of Missouri counties

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued drought alerts in nearly half of Missouri counties Thursday, where exceptional heat and lack of rain threaten the state’s farmers and ranchers.  “Unfortunately, we don’t anticipate conditions improving soon,” Parson said in a news conference.  Fifty-three counties along or south of the Missouri River are affected by the alert. About three-quarters of the…

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Owners of Welcome Inn file civil lawsuit against city, claim motel closure in July 2021 was ‘arbitrary, capricious and undertaken in bad faith’

QUINCY — Nearly one year after city officials displaced more than 250 people by closing the Welcome Inn at 200 Maine, the motel’s owners filed a civil lawsuit Monday in Adams County Circuit Court. Quincy Property LLC claims in the suit the city’s actions to close the motel were “arbitrary, capricious and undertaken in bad…

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Klues: Are you ‘Quincy’? Or ‘Quincy Quincy?’ Find comfort in things you have in common with those in your community

For all my fellow Quincyans: Are you “Quincy” or are you “Quincy Quincy”? I am just “Quincy,” but my kids are “Quincy Quincy.” Stick with me on this one. I do have a point with this. Wherever you happen to live, you can apply this test. For example, if you are just “Quincy,” then you…

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Eleven local businesses receive more than $2 million in PPP loans; Adams County gets more than $150 million

QUINCY — The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) gave more than 2,800 loans totaling more than $150 million in Adams County in 2020 and 2021, and 11 Adams County businesses received more than $2 million in PPP loans. Shippers Rental Company, a specialized freight long-distance trucking company at 3803 Dye Road, received the largest single loan…

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Daily Dirt: Happy birthday, America! Let freedom ring loud and clear!

Daily Dirt for Monday, July 4, 2022 Yes, most certainly let freedom ring, folks. Let it ring loud and oh so clear today. Despite all of our faults, what other country would you rather be in today? … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 329 of The Daily Dirt. 1. I think…

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Terry Anastas Ultimate Ride set for July 9 at the Dock

QUINCY — Friends of the Trail is the host of the Terry Anastas Ultimate Ride on Saturday, July 9. All events begin at the Dock on Quincy’s riverfront. Routes available this year are: The Metric Century — a 62-mile ride that begins at 7 a.m. The Poker Run Route — a 12-mile ride that begins…

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Missouri Life magazine looks anew at 50-year-old Mo Mo story in Pike County, Mo.

LOUISIANA, Mo. — The monstrous tale is still being told 50 years later.  The July/August issue of Missouri Life magazine has a feature on Mo Mo the Missouri Monster, the creature who famously stalked Pike County in 1972. Witnesses say Mo Mo still calls the county home. Author Jodie Jackson Jr., who visited Pike County…

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Six presidents have visited Quincy while in office; seven others came here before they were president

QUINCY — Six presidents have visited Quincy while they were in office, and seven others visited the city before they became president. Former President Donald Trump will be the first to visit the city after his term as president was over when he arrives at Quincy Regional Airport on Saturday afternoon. Rutherford B. Hayes RUTHERFORD…

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Civil War letters written by brothers from Plymouth to be sold at June 25 auction

CARTHAGE, Ill. — More than 100 letters written by brothers from Plymouth who were soldiers in the Civil War will be sold during an auction later this month. The brothers — John Bell, a member of the 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and William Bell, a member of Company G with the Seventh Missouri Cavalry…

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Cardboard boat races set for June 25 at Hannibal Aquatic Center

HANNIBAL, Mo. — In years past, Hannibal youngsters sailed handmade rafts on the mighty Mississippi during the annual raft race. Today’s youngsters use cardboard and duct tape to construct their watercrafts and take a leap of faith hoping their vessels can hold up in the waters at the Hannibal Aquatic Center. The sixth annual Hannibal…

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Werries earns Eagle Scout award by building work bench for Quincy Police Department Armory

QUINCY — Nate Werries recently earned his Eagle Scout award from the Mississippi Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Werries, a son of Quincy Police Department Officer Curt Werries, built a work bench for the Quincy Police Department Armory. He was guided in the construction of the work bench by Steve Bangert, another QPD…

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House approves the Water Resources Development Act of 2022

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA), a bipartisan bill that will improve ports and harbors, inland waterway navigation, flood and storm protection, and other water resources infrastructure throughout the United States. 

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Two Firefly Fridays nature programs offered at Sodalis Nature Preserve in June

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Their summertime glow is familiar, and their quiet presence adds to the magic of evening walks, but most don’t know that the firefly flashes and accompanying movements are used for courtship. Hannibal Parks and Recreation is sponsoring free family-friendly nature programs on Friday, June 10, and Friday, June 24, to celebrate fireflies.…

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More than $82,000 in Masonic scholarships given to 42 local college students

QUINCY — The Valley of Quincy, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, in conjunction with the Grand Lodge of Illinois of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, recently awarded 42 new and renewal scholarships to local college students totaling more than $82,000. Statewide, more than 449 scholarships were awarded totaling more than $701,950. The new scholarship…

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Proceeds from Kiwanis Bids for Kids Auction to be distributed Monday

QUINCY — The Quincy Noon Kiwanis Club will have its Allocation Day at noon Monday, June 6 in the Holiday Inn Banquet Room, 4821 Oak. Grants totaling more than $35,000 will be presented to youth-centered organizations for their next project or ongoing program needs. The following recipients will be accepting their grant on Allocation Day:…

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Gilbert to step down from Park Board, leave job with Boy Scouts in Quincy to take similar position in North Carolina

QUINCY — David Gilbert is taking a step up in his professional life, accepting a position as the director of field services for the Old Hickory Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Winston-Salem, N.C. Stepping away from Quincy, however, will be difficult. “Quincy has been a great community to live in for 10…

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United Way of Adams County ‘Day of Caring’ activities at 16 locations set for Friday

QUINCY — United Way of Adams County Day of Caring 2022, formerly known as “The Day of Action,” will be held Friday, June 3, in and around the Quincy area. This event is an opportunity for volunteers to give back to their community through hands-on service projects with one of United Way’s partner agencies that…

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Real estate transfers in Pike County from May 9-13

Muddy River News transaction information is obtained from Illinois Real Estate Transfer Declaration forms accompanying recorded documents. Dates provided may differ from actual transaction or recording dates. Further details may be obtained from the PTAX form or recorded documents. Information is believed to be accurate but is not warranted. Kinscherff Farms, LLC of Pleasant Hill…

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Census Bureau says Illinois may have been undercounted in 2020 census; survey data shows 6 states undercounted, 8 overcounted

SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or PES, something the bureau does after each decennial census to assess the quality of the…

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‘We wanted somebody who really had touched all of Quincy’: Scholz to receive Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds award Friday

QUINCY — It’s probably easier to list all of the community activities Chuck Scholz hasn’t participated in and all of the awards he hasn’t been given. Scholz, 68, is best known for his three-term stint as the mayor of Quincy from 1993-2005, but he’s been a board member, trustee, chairman or volunteer for dozens of…

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Parson to sign new Missouri congressional redistricting plan

6th District: Geographically the state’s largest, in northwest Missouri it now covers most of the area north of the Missouri River and all but the counties adjacent to the river in northeast Missouri. In the new map, voters in Ray, Randolph, Audrain, and Lincoln counties will be new to the district.

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Chiefs mascot to be special guest at annual sporting clay fundraiser May 11 for Boy Scouts of America

MENDON, Ill. — Nearly 255 shooters comprised of community leaders and friends of scouting will arrive Wednesday, May 11 at the sporting clay range at the Saukenauk Scout Reservation, 2948 E. 1000th, in Mendon for the 22nd annual sporting clays fundraiser sponsored by Practical Tactical Plus. Shooters will experience 16 shooting stations, followed by getting…

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Wild edibles event planned for May 7 at Sodalis Nature Preserve

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The art of foraging for food is as old as mankind.  What is a hobby for many today, was a necessity for people throughout human history. A nature program on wild edibles is scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Sodalis Nature Preserve. Gale Rublee, Hannibal Parks and Recreation nature…

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Friends of the Log Cabin to hold cleanup day Saturday in Log Cabin Village

QUINCY — Friends of the Log Cabin will hold a cleanup day from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Lincoln-era Log Cabin Village.  The historic log cabin village is on Quinsippi Island Park, accessed via All-America Park. Because of bridge construction over the Mississippi River, participants should come down Cedar Street and then take a right…

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Illinois’ second-highest gas taxes drive motorists, business across state lines

At the MotoMart store in Sauget, Illinois, drivers are paying $4.30 at the pump, 20 cents more a gallon than the national average thanks to the Prairie State being No. 2 in the nation for gas taxes. But a quick drive across the Mississippi River to St. Louis, Missouri, and drivers pay $3.85 per gallon…

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‘A mighty oak has fallen’: Thomas A. Oakley leaves legacy as media giant, driving force for economic development

QUINCY – Thomas A. Oakley, who helped grow Quincy Media, Inc., into the 13th largest media company in the country, and for nearly seven decades was a driving force for economic development in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri, died Wednesday at his home in Quincy. He was 89. “A mighty oak has fallen, that’s for…

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