Keokuk, IA – Wildlife and nature lovers are expected to flock to Keokuk this weekend. The 22nd annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will take place Saturday and Sunday throughout the city. Keokuk Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger says the city is the winter home for the largest concentration of bald eagles on the Mississippi River. He says more than 6000 visitors are expected to travel to Keokuk to watch the majestic birds as they fly above the river. Brandenberger says the total attendence, though, could be down, compared to recent year.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County Sheriff Mike Johnson says a Republican Primary Candidate is accusing him of improper spending. Johnson recently had his name put on his patrol vehicle at a cost of $250. He says Rick VanBrooker has been referring to that as improper spending. Johnson says he did it to increase awareness and show that he's actively patrolling. VanBrooker stresses he's never called the spending a mis-appropriation. He does however believe it was pointless and useless.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County's Circuit Clerk is defending her award of higher than usual pay hikes to members of her staff. Kim Wilson alloted 10% to two members of her staff, with 6% hikes to others. This was after the county board had alloted enough money from the total budget for a 3.3% increase. Wilson says the money for the larger-than-suggested increase came from money alloted for two long-term employees who left and were replaced by entry-level employees. Some positions are also supported by fee income.
Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton School Board has approved the creation of a Hamilton/Warsaw wrestling program for the 2006/2007 school year. Members of the West Hancock Titan Wrestling Club and their parents turned out for the board meeting in support of the sport. Club President Tim Schilson says the board's decision is exciting because the club was formed last year in anticipation of the district forming a wrestling team. The board questioned whether adding wrestling would affect participation in boys basketball, but chose to add the new sport on a unanimous vote.