Macomb, IL – McDonough County Board members got a look at another of the handicapped-accessible voting machines they might be asked to purchase. Counties must have ADA-compliant voting machines in place for the March primaries. Clerk Florine Miller says the Accuvote machines are fully accessible by the handicapped. In addition, she says the tie in to the county's current Accuvote paper ballot counters to come up with a final tablulation. Federal money from the Help America Vote Act will pay up to $155,000 toward the county's purchase of the machines.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison could soon be home to a boarding school for international students. The Fort Madison City Council approved the 2nd reading of an ordinance to rezone the old Jefferson Elementary School for business use. Wilshire Investments Group has agreed to pay $50,000 for the property, which will be used for the boarding school. Elaine Eschman is a local attorney representing the California-based company. She says that once the rezoning is approved, the sale can go through and renovations to the building can begin.
Keokuk, IA – The head of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs says Keokuk's newly certified cultural and entertainment district will open a lot of doors for the community. Anita Walker says during the past two years, just 15 communities in Iowa have received the state designation. Keokuk's cultural and entertainment district will include the riverfront, the Grand Theatre, the public library, the arts center, and a portion of Main Street. Four large signs will be put up to mark the boundaries of Keokuk's district.