Fort Madison, IA – Lee County will add three new employees to the Sheriff's Department. The County Board of Supervisors has authorized the hiring of 3 part-time employees that will work as dispatchers and correctional officers in the county jail. The hirings come just a couple of weeks after the board chose not to fill a vacancy in the recorder's office to try to save money. Board Chairman Rick Larkin says the 3 part-time workers are needed to maintain public safety. Sheriff Buck Jones says the 3 new hires will replace 3 other part-time workers that are being promoted.
Wayland, MO – Northeast Missouri leaders broke ground Wednesday for a new Flying J travel plaza that is scheduled to be built just outside of Wayland. The nearly 11,000 square foot facility will be located on 30 acres of land at the intersection of Highways 136 and 27. Steve Murphy is with the Kahoka-Clark County Economic Development Corporation. He says this project is very important to Northeast Missouri. The project is expected to create at least 60 jobs initially, with another 85 jobs on the construction side.
Macomb, IL – The Hancock-McDonough Regional Board of School Trustees will schedule another meeting to clarify a school detachment issue. In the spring, the board said 15 students could transfer from the Industry school district to Macomb. In an administrative hearing, a circuit judge told the board to clarify its order. Regional board chairman George Beckman says the board will expand on the findings of fact it made last May. Some members of the board have indicated they intend to vote again for the detachment.
Burlington, IA – The field has been narrowed in the race for several open seats on the Burlington City Council. 9 candidates entered the race for the 3 open seats, forcing Tuesday's primary election. The six with the most votes advance to the November 8th general election. Voter turnout was about 13 percent.
Moving On: Mike Edwards (Inc) - 21.0% Tim Scott - 19.7% Chuck Griffin - 12.2% Garry Thomas - 10.4% Chris King (Inc) - 9.7% Richard Eckhardt - 8.8%
Fort Madison, IA – The chairman of the Lee County Board of Supervisors is trying to raise public support for combining two county offices. Rick Larkin wants residents to vote on whether the Treasurer's office and the Recorder's office should be combined. He has started circulating a petition that calls for the question to be placed on the ballot in November 2006. Larkin says the recent announcement that Treasurer Mary Hoenig will retire at the end of the year makes this the right time to push for a consolidation.