Fort Madison, IA – Lee County residents will have several opportunities to receive flu vaccines during the month of November. The Lee County Health Department has scheduled 5 public flu vaccination clinics during the first three weeks of the month. Community Health Director Michelle Ross says the vaccines are available to all residents. She says it is recommended that residents receive the vaccine during the month of November. The cost during one of the clinics is $18. Ross says the health department received about 1700 doses of flu vaccine.
Macomb, IL – A 33-hour memorial vigil will be held on the W.I.U. campus to honor the soldiers and citizens killed during the on-going fighting in Iraq. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 1 and will conclude on Wednesday evening November 2. It will be held in the Campus Commons area near Stipes Hall. Afterwards, a panel discussion will be held in the University Union Grand Ballroom. Graduate student Jason Reitz organized the event. He says the names of fallen soldiers will be read and a small American flag will be placed in the ground after each name is announced.
Carthage, IL – The Carthage Chamber of Commerce is working on a marketing campaign for the town that recognizes the effect Route 336 will have when it passes the town. Member Bill Pyatt says the basic thrust will be to stress qualify of life, including housing, schools and available health care. He says there must also be a balance between attracting new shoppers and convincing Carthage resident to continue to "shop at home." Pyatt says the chamber will view a presentation on a proposed marketing campaign early Friday.
Carthage, IL – Three Hancock County school districts want to form a joint high school district. Under a petition filed with the regional school superintendent, Carthage, LaHarpe and Dallas City would each form an elementary district. Superintendent Bob Baumann has scheduled a hearing on the issue Nov. 30. Preliminary plans by the Committee of Ten call for using the current Carthage High School to house the projected 480 students. LaHarpe Superintendent Jo Campbell says the districts would eventually try to pass a bond issue for a new school building.