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Asian Carp in the Mississippi River May Have Met Their Match

If you spend any time on the Mississippi River you have had to deal with Asian Carp that have invaded the Mississippi River with a vengeance. The aggressive Asian Carp have harmed the eco-system of the river and have competed fiercely with the native fish of the river for food diminishing the population of the native fish species.

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Sean Gallup, Getty Images
Sean Gallup, Getty Images

The West Quincy Levee Break Took Place 23 Years Ago Today

If you were around Quincy 23 years ago today, you probably know where you were when you heard the news that the levee in West Quincy failed to hold back the mighty Mississippi River. We all knew when it happened because the news and the river spread like wildfire. What we didn't know at the time was that the levy failed thanks to the assistance of Quincy native James Scott, who was eventually convicted of "creating a catastrophe" by removing sand bags in the area of the levee break. Would the levee have held back the rising water on its own?  Only God knows.

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Why Does Quincy’s Water Taste Bad?

Tap water in parts of Quincy has tasted “off” since Tuesday, but the City assures its residents that although it may be unpleasant to taste and smell, the water is safe to consume.

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Courtesy of John McCoy
Courtesy of John McCoy

Fireworks Display in Quincy Belongs on the Riverfront

The Bayview Bridge lighting ceremony in Quincy last summer was quite a sight to see. Thousands of people were on hand last year to witness the colors being turned on during a fireworks display which took place as well. This writing though is not about the bridge lighting, but it is about the fireworks.

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Memorial Bridge in Quincy is Now Closed for Repairs

Motorists crossing the Mississippi River at Quincy will do so over the Bayview Bridge for the next few months as structural work begins on the Memorial Bridge today.  The Illinois Department of Transportation closed off access to the Memorial Bridge this morning at 10:30 re-routing traffic to the Bayview Bridge making that span a two way bridge.

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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 nation's history took place 213 years ago today. On April 25, 1803, 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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Kurt Parsons

Quincy Looks to Attract Mississippi River Cruises

Preliminary efforts are underway to attract riverboats to Quincy.

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victor zastol`skiy

Here are Five Myths About Tornadoes

With spring upon us the weather will certainly be changing hopefully for the better. With that warmer weather comes the possibility of severe storms as well, some of which could produce tornadoes. With that said, there are some really bad myths about tornadoes that need to be dispelled.

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Hannibal Parks & Recreation
Hannibal Parks & Recreation

Hannibal Also Holding a ‘Polar Plunge’ Saturday

Take your pick this Saturday for the Polar Plunge event you want to attend. Perhaps you might want to do both? Quincy's Polar Plunge, in its 12th year, begins at 12:15 and Hannibal's Polar Plunge, in its 5th year, begins at 2 that afternoon. Both are fundraising events for Special Olympics.

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Arts Quincy
Arts Quincy

Ice Harvesting in Quincy Was a Big Business

Have you ever wondered how people, prior to electricity, managed to keep food chilled or frozen? There were no freezers or refrigerators around. What they had were called "Ice Boxes".  

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