Burlington, IA – For the next 3 weeks, an exhibit in Burlington will showcase the works of dozens of local artists. The 41st Annual Art Guild of Burlington's All Member Art Show is underway at the Arts for Living Center. The center's Executive Director, Lois Rigdon, says about 100 pieces are on display until December 20. She says this show, which is very popular each year, is one of the perks of being a member of the Art Guild of Burlington. Rigdon says the exhibiting artists include professionals, amateurs, and even some high school students.
Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton School District is almost ready to connect to a wireless education system. Superintendent James Jackson says the district plans to connect to Carl Sandburg College's Edunet system by installing a 25' tower on top of Hamilton's elementary school. He says that location should provide adequate signal clarity and line-of-sight connection to Edunet antennaes in other communities. Jackson says it is important to get the Edunet system running by the first of the year. Initially, the plans called for the Edunet antennae to be placed on top of Hamilton's water tower.
Lewistown, IL – Results of a study of five posible multiple sclerosis "clusters" in Illinois will be explained Saturday morning in Lewistown. The study was done by the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Residents had reported what they believed to be more cases of the nerve disease than normal. Spokeswoman Barb Sjostrum says three of the towns showed more victims of the nerve disease than expected. They were Lewistown, Paw Paw and Morrison. Savanna and Depue did not show elevated numbers. She says researchers found no environmental link.
Donnellson, IA – The 2008 Presidential campaign already has a local feel to it as a prominent Southeast Iowa lawmaker is making a run for the White House. Governor Tom Vilsack was the first Democrat to officially file the necessary paperwork to start his presidential campaign. Prior to being elected Governor, 8 years ago, He served in the state senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant. The Governor says the time is right for him to move out of state government because the recent election showed him that voters want new leadership in Washington DC.
Macomb, IL – Costs continue to rise for the Victim Services program at the Western Illinois Regional Council, but funding from the state and federal governments has not kept pace. As a result, the agency will ask the community to provide a helping hand. Victim Services will hold its first-ever benefit auction Friday December 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Chandler's Restaurant in Macomb. Victim Services Director Diane Mayfield says the money raised will do more than help the agency - it'll help the victims who have to deal with domestic violence and sexual assault on a daily basis.
Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison School District must hear from the public before it can move ahead with plans to build a new school. The district is considering replacing Fort Madison Middle School and Denmark Elementary School with a new building, located between the 2 communities. Superintendent Kenneth Marang says the price tag could be $17,000,000; so a bond referendum would be needed. No date, for a public vote, has been set because residents have not presented the school board with the necessary petition calling for the referendum.
Nauvoo, IL – A Nauvoo Native has broadened his interest in Midwest history to complete a book of photographs and drawings of Nauvoo. Glenn Cuerden began documenting Midwest life on a farm while he was in high school. About 2000, he focused on Nauvoo and the region surrounding it. He believes many history books focus on the nation's coasts and ignore the region between them. Cuerdon says he also wants to bring out more information about the other groups that were important to Nauvoo.