Macomb, IL – A new book by a Macomb-based author is both a travel memoir and a history lesson about the Sierra Madre. The book's title is "In The Sierra Madre." It was written by Jeff Biggers, who accompanied his wife Carla eight years ago while she was doing her dissertation research down in Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre of Mexico. They lived among a remote tribe, with Jeff Biggers working as a lumberjack or in the corn fields while Carla conducted her research. Biggers says he simply tried to fit in as part of a traditional village.
Quincy, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education hopes to have a new state superintendent in place early next year. The list of qualities that potential candidates should possess, though, is still growing. The search firm hired to find a successor to outgoing State Superintendent, Randy Dunn, is still gathering public input. About 20 administrators and school board members, from West Central Illinois, contributed to the list of desired characteristics during a forum in Quincy.
Carthge, IL – Carthage aldermen have agreed to accept the former library building as the new site for city offices. Mayor Jim Nightingale says the paperwork should be completed by October. The library board gave the building to the city after it moved the library to the former Marine Trust building. Nightingale says city workers will do some of the remodeling needed to make offices handicapped accessible. He says the police department will be the first to go to the new building. Now, the city rents space for the police department.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County's Board Chairman says the sheriff will go over-budget for deputy and jailer overtime. Sheriff Mike Johnson says he was not given enough in the budget for overtime, and he can not cut it without running afoul of state regulations. Chkairman Bob Harwick says the sheriff will have to pay about $41,000 more for overtime than was budgeted. Johnson says he's forced to pay more because the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police limits the number of overtime hours that can be used by part-time jailers.
Keokuk, IA – Even more jobs could be coming to Lee County, provided the necessary workforce is available. Economic Development Director, Lowell Junkins, says an industry, specializing in alternative energy and advanced manufacturing, is stronly considering moving to Lee County. He says teh business would create about 350 jobs. Before the industry will commit to the region, it needs to know if there are enough skilled workers. Junkins says potential employees are being asked to fill out a survey, which will eventually be used as a job application.
Rushville, IL – Rushville's City Clerk Rebecca Koch will leave office Oct. 1. Mayor Ron Shepherd says the aldermen want deputy clerk Stacy Ervin to fill in until May 1 when Koch's term ends. However, city workers are unionized, and if the interim clerk is a full-time position, other city employees could also bid for the position. Shepherd says the city might make the interim clerk a part-time position. He says aldermen want to ensure that Ervin could return as deputy clerk if she should decide to run for the position and lose.
Keokuk, IA – Results of the 2006 Board of Education elections for school districts in Southeast Iowa.
Keokuk School District - 3 seats Tom Wemette - 26.4% - 566 votes Tyler McGhghy - 25.8% - 552 votes Julia Logan - 25.7% - 551 votes Mark Wessel - 21.4% - 459 votes
Central Lee School District To Authorize a change in the use of the local option sales and services tax for school infrastructure for Central Lee Community School Yes - 83.6% - 133 votes No - 16.4% - 26 votes
Fort Madison, IA – Lee County will have new representation when it starts negotiating new contracts with some of its employees. The Board of Supervisors has hired Cedar Rapids-based Ray & Associates, to represent the county in all collective bargaining matters during the current fiscal year. The company will receive $15,000. The county's agreements with the sheriff's department, the secondary roads department, and the administrative unit expire in less than 1 year.