Money for Road Repairs
4:27 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

McDonough County Sales Tax Referendum

Bellingham Road is one of the roads the county said is in need of repairs.
Credit Rich Egger

Voters throughout McDonough County will be asked in April to approve a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax to pay for road repairs.

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Number One Story: The Farm Bill
3:51 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Politics Dominates the Top Ag and Food Stories of 2014

The Jamie L. Whitten Building in Washington, home to the USDA
Credit Wikipedia

2014 was the year even the lunch ladies got political.

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7:23 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New Super Chemical to Fight Super Weeds

Farmers first saw herbicide resistant Pigweeds, like the one pictured here, emerge in Georgia in the nineties.
Credit (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

Resistant Pigweeds are a Problem.

Pigweeds can grow up to seven feet tall and produce more than half a million seeds per plant, per season.

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Scores and Violations Detailed
3:36 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Restaurant Inspection Scores Available Online

Restaurant inspections are scored out of 100
Credit Edsel Little / Flickr Creative Commons

McDonough County restaurant inspection scores are once again available online -- though they're not on the McDonough County Health Department's website.

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Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
3:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Daniel Belknap Won’t Get a Third Trial

Daniel Belknap
Credit McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The Illinois Supreme Court said there is sufficient evidence to convict a McDonough County man of killing a young child.

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$331,193 from IFA
7:33 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Housing Grant for Southeast Iowa

The Iowa Finance Authority is investing more than $7.3-million in affordable housing initiatives across the state, including one in the southeast corner.

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125+ Years of Teaching Experience
7:08 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Keokuk Schools Approve Early Retirements

Decades of experience will be leaving the Keokuk School District a little sooner than anticipated.

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President Signs Bill
4:02 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Galesburg VA Clinic Named After Lane Evans

The Lane A. Evans VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Galesburg.
Credit T.J. Carson

Galesburg’s VA clinic will officially be named after the late Congressman Lane Evans.

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Bill Knight – December 18
2:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

We, Too, are Bidden

A Nativity scene
Credit Wiki Commons

A personal hero, newspaper columnist and labor activist Heywood Broun, was known for his progressive views and his passionate interests – from sports and books to poker and Christmas.

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Fire Damaged Building
1:22 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Hancock County Academy Temporarily Moved

The recently remodeled Kelly building is the temporary home of the Hancock County Academy.
Credit Screen cap of Google Maps Street View

The Hancock County Academy was forced to relocate in downtown Carthage after its home was damaged during a fatal fire last month next door at the Bentzinger Home Supply Store.

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