Keokuk, IA – A memorial honoring soldiers from across the Tri-State region will be dedicated over the holiday weekend. The public dedication of the Keokuk Veteran's Memorial will take place Monday morning at 10:00. The memorial sits at the entrance to Oakland Cemetery, just yards from the entrance to the Keokuk National Cemetery. Memorial Committee Chairman George Morgan says the ceremony is expected to last about a bit more than an hour. It will include several guest speakers, a reading of the honor roll, prayers and music.
Fort Madison, IA – A proposal to increase sewer rates by 15% took effect July 1. The rate hike is expected to help pay for a major renovation to the city's westerly pump station. The Idol Rashid Library has also closed its doors for good. The Cattermole Memorial Library will be Fort Madison's only library until its new facility is finished next year. The Rashid Library was open for more than 20 years.
Carthage, IL – A Carthage group is working on plans for development in the area where a new four-lane highway will pass near town. John Huston chairs the 336 Impact Study Committee. He says the group is compiling maps of present land use, including infrastructure and utilities. When that's done, he says suggestions from a survey of residents will go to a firm that will prepare a retail analysis of the proposed development. Huston says those will be compiled and outlined at a public hearing.
Montrose, IA – Lee County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, but the rate appears to be going down when compared to previous year. Economic Development Director Lowell Junkins says Lee County has turned the corner after losing thousands of industrial jobs over the last few decades. He says that over the last year, more jobs have been created in Lee County than have been lost, even when anticipated closures of Sheaffer Pen and Metso Minerals are factored in.
Burlington, IA – The SCC Board of Trustees has started the search process to replace out-going president, Jim Richardson. Board Secretary Sherry Zeller says advertisements for the opening are expected to be sent out to higher education publications over the next week. She says the rough timeline that has been established calls for the college to accept applications until early September and hold interviews in October. Zeller says the board hopes to have a new president selected by November and in place by the first of the year.