Carthage, IL – Carthage's Assistant Police Chief is on administrative leave while the Illinois State Police finish an investigation. Mayor James Nightingale says the council granted the paid leave through next month if necessary. He says the investigation concerns a DARE pickkup truck Floyd sold the city after it had been rejuvenated, partly with donations. It also involves some guns Floyd acquired from a family that did not want them in the home of their elderly father. Nightingale says the investigation could be completed within a few weeks.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk School Board has approved several changes to the early retirement incentive offered by the school district. District employees can retire early if they meet certain age and employment requirements. The current incentive requires the district to cover the cost of an employee's health insurance, and to provide them with an additional monetary stipend. The school board has now reduced and capped what the district will pay for the health insurance and for the stipends. The board can adjust the caps at any time.
Fort Madison, IA – The timeline to close a factory in Southeast Iowa has been extended. BIC USA announced, last year, that the Sheaffer Pen facility in Fort Madison would close in May of this year. The company now says several departments will remain open beyond that deadline. Spokesperson Jill Klimack says about 40 union and non-union workers will need to stay on the job. Lee County Economic Development Director, Lowell Junkins, says the goal is to make these 40 jobs a permanent fixture in Fort Madison. Klimack says BIC must keep the departments open to meet the needs of customers.
Rushville, IL – A gift from a former Schuyler County resident has more than doubled the size of Culbertson Memorial Hospital's foundation. Marketing Direcator Luan Phillips says the foundation board will meet this week to decide how it will apportion a $1 million gift. She says the gift came from Elmer Taylor, who now lives in California. She says he grew up in Schuyler County and has not forgotten his roots. Phillips says the foundation will probably invest most of the gift as principal, but could consider some special projects. She says these might include health career scholarships.