Sciota, IL – At least one local superintendent thinks a new bullying law in Illinois is a step in the right direction, but he says only time will tell if it will be effective.
On Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 3266 into law. It mandates the creation of a School Bullying Prevention Task Force, and expands the definition of bullying to include "cyber-bullying," which is conducted through electronic means such as instant messaging, Facebook and MySpace.
Montrose, IA – Lee County Sheriff Buck Jones joined the department in 1978. At that time, the Lee County Jail did not even exist.
"When I was first hired, there was a 24-hour holding facility at the old Sheriff's office in Fort Madison," said Jones. "It was a big bull-pen with a drunk tank which consisted of four sides of round steel bars."
Fort Madison, IA – The commission has denied officer William Bowker's appeal to return to the Fort Madison Police Department.
The panel issued a 19-page ruling Monday morning. In it, the commission said Bowker neglected his duty, disobeyed orders, committed misconduct & insubordination, and failed to properly perform his duties.
The Fort Madison Civil Service Commission said it heard enough testimony, during a 3-day hearing in May, to support all but one of the 13 charges against Bowker.
Macomb, IL – There are many ways to learn about local history. One of the more unusual ways is through old glass advertising slides.
Macomb-based artist Sam Parker owns around 300 of the slides from the Lark Theater, which was torn down years ago. The bright, colorful ads on the slides were shown before movies. Parker believes most of his slides are from the early 1950s.