School is back in session for kids around the region. Hannibal Public Schools' first day of classes in the 2014/2015 school year was Tuesday, and students in Quincy returned to class today. Many other schools have also started their years, and pretty much all of our area schools will be in session no later than August 25. The U.S. Census Bureau has release some interesting "fun facts" about education in the United States, just in time for the back to school season.
The Hannibal Jaycees are already hard at work on this year's haunted house, which will open the first Friday in October. Volunteers have started cleaning up the haunted house building, testing equipment, and have even started designing some new rooms and attractions to make the experience even more scary (and more fun) for visitors. Chris Powell with the Hannibal Jaycees took us through the haunted house site, and gave us an exclusive look at things to come in 2014.
How many of us read 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' when we were in school? Probably most of us, right? I did. I don't remember a lot about it, because that's been a long time ago, but I remember enjoying the book a lot (and the sequels, which we also read). The popular Judy Blume story will be adapted for the stage at Quincy Community Theatre this fall, and auditions are being scheduled now.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a warning to residents of the state about a telephone came involving criminals claiming to represent Microsoft or other IT companies. Monday afternoon, the Quincy Police Department issued a release saying that they have been receiving calls from local residents complaining of this scam.
Main Street Cinema 8 in Hannibal is showing 'Dirty Dancing' on Retro Night, August 21. They've been kind enough to offer our audience free tickets, which you can register to win in Y101 Rewards. 'Dirty Dancing' is a HUGE movie, one of the iconic films of the 80s. As big of a movie as 'Dirty Dancing' is, don't forget that the soundtrack was just as big a hit.
August 16 will be National Roller Coaster Day, and Six Flags parks across the country will be celebrating in various ways. In St. Louis, a roller coaster marathon from 8 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday is being planned. Can you imagine riding roller coasters for six hours?
WalletHub is always sending out results of various surveys they've conducted, which rank states and cities in all sorts of categories from "best places for families" to "best places to start a business." They have also released their list of "safest states to live in" for 2014. Illinois and Iowa both made the top 10, but Missouri came in near the bottom.
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