Colchester, IL – The first and only superintendent in the brief history of the West Prairie School District has quit. A news release from the district says Dr. Terry Scandrett submitted his resignation effective immediately. The release says Scandrett chose to step down because of "philosophical differences" with the school board. No one from the district's office was available to offer further comment on Friday. Scandrett will remain with the district through the end of June.
Macomb, IL – Traditionally, paintings and sculpture have been displayed only in art galleries and museums. But now, opportunities to see art are becoming as common as that morning cup of coffee. In fact, art exhibits can be seen in coffeehouses, bed & breakfast inns, and other small businesses throughout the region. These non-traditional art venues provide greater artistic exposure and provide a new opportunity for artists to sell their work. Reporter Abraxas Thomas talked to artists and some of the small business owners who regularly display their work in exhibits.
Macomb, IL – Bond revenues will help Western Illinois University expand a heavily used building. The money is for the Donald Spencer Student Recreation Center and the plan was approved by the Board of Trustees during a teleconference meeting Thursday afternoon. $2 million in bonds will pay half the cost of the expansion. The other $2 million will come from existing funds and student fees. The addition will be built on the center's west side and will allow the university to create a larger weight room, a longer track, and make other improvements.
Carthage, IL – Another possible sale of the former Robert Morris College campus in Carthage has fallen through. However, city leaders are hopeful they will find a buyer for the 13 buildings. Economic Developer Brenda Pyatt says a purchase option for an organization called DrugAwareness fell through. However, she says the college's Korean owner has recently become more willing to sell the property. Pyatt says there has been a slow but steady string of people interested in the campus.