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‘Down By the River’ Lets the Good Times Roll This Summer!

Summer means fun and, in Hannibal, summer fun means great music, cold drinks, and good times. That summer fun is coming around yet again this year with the Hannibal Y Men's club's "Down By the River" concert series.

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Tom and Huck Statue - Hannibal, Missouri
Kurt Parsons

Five Fun Things You Can Do for Free in Hannibal

Entertainment can get expensive, but if you look around, there is almost always something going on that doesn't cost a thing. Here are five fun things you can do or places you can go for free in Hannibal

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National TV Shows That Featured Stories From the Quincy / Hannibal Area

Every once in a a while our region ends up on national television. A story from Hannibal was highlighted on Investigation Discovery's 'Happily Never After,' a Quincy native won the Search for the Weight Watchers Chef, and Momo the Missouri Monster got a profile on 'Monsters and Mysteries in America.' Here is a look at stories, places and people from our area that received attention from national TV shows.

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National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal, Missouri
Kurt Parsons

What Do You Like Most About National Tom Sawyer Days? [Poll]

National Tom Sawyer Days is coming up during Fourth of July Weekend in downtown Hannibal. There are so many different types of activities associated with Tom Sawyer Days. Official events like the Fence Painting Contest and Frog Jump Contest draw enthusiasts year after year, and unofficial events that coincide with Tom Sawyer Days, like Mud Volleyball and the Hannibal Cannibal, are also among the activities our community loves to support. There's always more than enough to do during the Fourth of July weekend in Hannibal. What do you enjoy most about National Tom Sawyer Days?

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GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum Campaigns In Wisconsin
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Local Stories From the Quincy / Hannibal Area That Made National News

Every once in a while one of the local news stories from our area will be picked up by national television, radio or newspaper outlets. Sometimes the stories are horrible, other times they're just fun. Here are a few local news stories that made national headlines.

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Big River Steampunk Festival - Hannibal, Missouri
Kurt Parsons

Big River Steampunk Festival Will be Even Bigger in 2015 [Interview]

The very first Big River Steampunk Festival was held in Hannibal on Labor Day Weekend in 2014. The event draw participants from around the region (in fact, even a few from several states away!) as well as curious onlookers who stopped in to find out what Steampunk was all about. After its successful debut, organizers quickly went to work on planning the next Big River Steampunk Festival.

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Memorial Day Weekend - Quincy, IL Hannibal, MO
Michael Shake

Memorial Day Weekend Activities For the Quincy/Hannibal Area

Memorial Day, the 'unofficial start of summer,' will be on Monday, May 25. Memorial Day Weekend is always packed full of activities and events all around the area. Here is our 2015 Memorial Day Weekend activity guide for the Quincy/Hannibal area.

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Mark Kolbe /Getty Images
Mark Kolbe /Getty Images

Why Not a Daily Bus Between Hannibal and Quincy?

Here we sit twenty miles apart as the crow flies and no public transportation between Hannibal and Quincy. A town of 40 thousand has no connection to a town of 20 thousand people unless you drive yourself. Why not?

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Hannibal History
Kurt Parsons

Five Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Hannibal

Local history is something I always find interesting. A member of our staff has a collection of books on Hannibal, Quincy and Ralls County history, and was kind enough to let me take a look through them. The one I'm reading right now is Hannibal: The Otis Howell Collection by Steve Chou. Not only is the book full of great pictures from the late 1940s through about 1970, but the captions are incredibly informative. Here are a few interesting pieces of information I've picked up from the book.

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Mark Wilson, Getty Images
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

With No Louisiana Purchase, Hannibal Speaks French and Quincy Speaks English

A monumental event in our history slipped right past us without a lot of notice but is was an event that changed the United States.  On April 25, 1803, 212 years ago the United States purchased from France what is known as the Louisiana Territory. More than 800,000 square miles of land that extending from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. The price was 60 million francs which equates to about $15 million.

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