Mt. Sterling, IL – A survey of Brown County residents has identified eight issues they'd like to work on. The University of Illinois polling identified issues including schools, economic development, social services and community services. Carrie Edgar of the U of I Extension Service says residents formed task groups to come up with ways to tackle the problems. She says funding might be available from the Tracy Family Foundation, which sponsored the survey. The United Way and other groups could also help with funding for some projects.
Macomb, IL – The Macomb School District will use its savings to cover another shortfall in the education fund. The fund is used to pay salaries and benefits. It accounts for most of the district's spending. This is the fourth time in five years that it's been in the red. Superintendent Fran Karanovich says despite the $643,000 deficit, there will be no cuts to programs or services. She points out enrollment dropped by nearly 200, so some vacated teaching positions did not need to be filled.
Keokuk, IA – A group of Keokuk residents are working to develop a cultural district within the city. The district would extend through much of the city's northeast side, including the Riverfront, Grand Avenue, and Main Street. The working committee has applied for state certification, which could lead to expanded cultural opportunities for Keokuk. Committee member, Kevin Kuckelman, says the primary purpose of the district is to enhance the lives of Keokuk residents. Kuckelman owns the building that houses Tri-States Public Radio's Southeast Iowa Bureau.
Canton, MO – A portion of a NE Missouri highway has been named in honor of a group of Canton High School students. The stretch of U-S Highway 61 from LaGrange to Canton will now be known as S.M.A.R.T. Memorial Highway. S.M.A.R.T., which stands for Students of Missouri Assisting Rural and Urban Transportation, is a group that formed in 2000 after a Canton High School student was killed on the 2-lane highway. The organization has been working for years to make the road 4-lane through Lewis and Clark counties. S.M.A.R.T.