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.
Keokuk, IA – One of Iowa's Gubernatorial candidates says campaign contributions have too large an impact on state government. State Representative Ed Fallon says big money has become the driving force in developing state policy. The Democrat from Des Moines says state lawmakers are too focused on offering payback for wealthy contributors. Fallon says the first thing he would do if elected would be to follow the lead of other states and institute a statewide clean election law. He says the state also needs to focus more on helping small businesses and to become energy independant.
Bath, IL – A contest at Bath, on the Illinois River, is trying to eliminate the Asian Carp from the river. It's also trying to raise awareness of what villagers see as a major problem on the chute that links the town with the main channel. Organizer Betty DeFord says the fish leap into the air whenever a large boat passes over. Often, they'll land in a boat. Sometimes they even hit people who are on a boat. There are occasional injuries. DeFord says the problem has become much worse in the past few years, but no one seems to have a solution yet. Her contest removed more than 1,200 fish.
Galesburg, IL – Art in Knox County can be found in schools, post offices, and libraries. Now it can also be found on the Internet. Artist Paulette Thenhouse worked with the Galesburg Civic Art Center to create the site. She wanted to draw attention to art works people see every day. Thenhouse says locally produced art can be found in towns throughout the county. "Public Art in Knox County - A Century of Murals and Sculptures" can be found on the web at www.galesburgarts.org/publicart