Fort Madison, IA – Some questions surround the hiring of an architectural firm to work on renovations to the Lee County Jail. For $6500, the Nebraska-based firm will generate a rough floor plan that the county can use to develop a cost estimate for the jail expansion project. The company would also be in line to earn several hundred thousand dollars for final architectural designs if voters agree to borrow the money to upgrade the jail.
Bushnell, IL – Bushnell will seek bids on a re-roofing job for the Recreaton and Cultural Center. Mayor Steve Russell says a council committee decided not to pay the extra cost to build a peaked roof on the center. He says that would cost twice the estimated $40,000 cost of a new flat roof with a 15-year guarantee. He says bids should be in soon and the re-roofing project could be underway by late spring or summer.
February 6, 2007 – The topic is job cuts in the media. The job placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas reports US media outlets announced more than 17,800 job cuts last year and 9,400 the year before.
Macomb, IL – The national search for the next Macomb School District superintendent has been narrowed to two candidates - both of whom are from this region. They are Jane Michael, who is superintendent of Yorkwood Community Unit School District 225 and Alene Reuschel, who is superintendent of Avon Community Unit School District 176. Public receptions will be held for each of them at the auditorium on Spoon River College's campus in Macomb. Michael will meet with the public on Thursday February 8. Reuschel's reception will be held Tuesday February 13. Both will take place from 4:30 p.m.
Hamilton, IL – Hamilton now has a leader for its proposed first responders program. The city council has hired police officer Rob Bell to serve as coordinator. Mayor Steve Woodruff says Bell's time as an emergency medical technician prepares him for the post. The annual salary for the part-time job will be $4500. Bell will also serve as ESDA director in the near future. Woodruff says 35 people have expressed an interest in becomig a first responder, with roughly half of them interested in taking the required certification courses.
Keokuk, IA – The 2 teenagers charged with bringing a gun to Keokuk High School are out of police custody. Dillon Howell, 14 and Derrick Huston, 14, have been released to the care of their parents. The court placed the pair on house arrest unless they are with their parents or grandparents. Howell and Huston cannot have contact with each other and are not permitted on any of the Keokuk School District's campuses without school permission. The 2 are facing a pair of felonies: carrying a weapon on school grounds and unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon.
Macomb, IL – A fire this morning destroyed three apartments in an older Macomb home. No injuries were reported. The home at 528 North Randolph St. was owned by Randy Frier. He says fire fighters told him the blaze might have started in the kitchen of one of the apartments. Then it spread through the walls to the whole house. Fire fighters said the building was a total loss. Investigators will be on the scene Tuesday.
Fort Madison, IA – A Fort Madison landmark will be on the auction block this week. The auction website, www.biditup.com, says the sale of the Sheaffer Pen plant will get underway at 10 AM Thursday morning. Bidding can take place online or at the plant in downtown Fort Madison. All heavy machinery, including molding machines, dryers, and pen assembly equipment, will be sold first. The California-based website says the 8-acre property will go up for bid at 1 PM Thursday. A special sale preview will be held for about 7 hours on Wednesday.