Carthage, IL – Planners in Carthage are trying to add more activities for younger children to their Independence Day celebration this year. Committee Member Sandy Folkerts says they plan the standard list of activities for adults and teens, including a dance and the fireworks show. However, she said members noticed not enough things for younger children to do last year. They're working on some games, and want to bring in a child-size train on rubber tires that will traverse the sidewalks around the square.
Nauvoo, IL – The State of Illinois has purchased almost 900 acres from The Nature Conservancy for public use. Western Illinois parks director Reagan Ramsey says the Cedar Glen State Natural Area will be under the Nauvoo State Park. He says the tract has about 750 acres of timber land and 140 acres of meadow. It has not been farmed, and contains several threatened or relatively rare species. Ramsey says it will be opened for deer hunting in season, but will be closed to the public during the Bald Eagle roosting season.
Keokuk, IA – Last night's Keokuk city council meeting was filled with trash talk. A handful of residents voiced their displeasure with the city's increased enforcement of long-standing garbage codes. Darla West feels the council has not taken her ideas about hiring a private hauler seriously. Petitions with dozens of signatures of those opposed to the rules were presented to the council. City leaders say more than 85% of residents are in compliance with city garbage laws. Several aldermen say the sanitation committee will review all of the garbage options in the near future.
Oquawka, IL – Henderson County board members believe the state should be more forthcoming about possible corporate agriculture livestock facilities. Chairman Marty Lafary says he asked for a briefing from agriculture department staffers after he heard that up to three such farms might locate in the county. He says he learned that the Department of Agriculture has the final say on permitting such an operation. Lafary believes the state should notify local governents much earlier in the permitting process.
Western Illinois – The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes touched down in western Illinois during the storms of Sunday April 2. The strongest was an F1 tornado near Blandinsville. The weather service says that tornado was 14 miles in length and up to 1/8 of a mile wide. It destroyed the Hires Township maintenance garage, 7 grain bins, and 2 wood barns. The NWS says a tornado also touched down near Terre Haute but it caused no significant damage.