Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Sheriff's Department will get help from other agencies as it looks into the death of a young girl who lived near Industry. Sheriff Mike Johnson says a Macomb Police Department detective and Illinois State Police investigators will work on the case with members of his own department. An autopsy shows five-year old Silven Yocum died from blunt force trauma to the back of the head. In addition, she suffered from fractured bones, internal injuries, and bruises. She was taken to McDonough District Hospital more than one week ago.
Burlington, IA – The close race for the final seat on the Burlington School Board has been decided. Incumbent Linda Garwood has claimed a 1 vote victory. Garwood was tied with newcomer, Tami Kramer, following Tuesday's school board elections. Des Moines County Elections Coordinator, Terri Johnson, says one ballot did not register Tuesday night, so it was added to Garwood's total during the official vote canvassing. If the vote had remained tied, after the canvassing, the board of supervisors would have drawn a name out of an hat.
Fort Madison, IA – Dozens of jobs are going to remain in Lee County, instead of being moved to Southeast Missouri. California -based Gleason Corporation recently announced plans to close its Fort Madison plant and consolidate operations into its plant in Caruthersville. After several weeks of negotiations, plans have changed. The plant in southeast Missouri will now close and Fort Madison's plant will remain open. Lee County Economic Development Director, Lowell Junkins says 90 jobs will be retained and another 40-50 will be created, through the consolidation of the plants.
Carthage, IL – The Carthage City Council might line up help for a local group trying for a bike path around the city's lake. Mayor James Nightingale says he will meet with the city's engineers within the next couple of weeks to see if they would survey and stake out a one-mile loop around the lake. He says aldermen will also be asked to join with township respresentatives to see if crews could clear out some of the brush along the proposed route.
September 14, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Western Illinois Museum Assistant Keel Clemmons and Museum Board Treasurer Gil Belles about the exhibit "Ills, Drills, and Pills." The conversation was recorded at the museum.
Macomb, IL – The 20th Annual Macomb Balloon Rally drew pilots from around the region. During the rally, reporter Alex Degman learned what it's like to float several hundred feet above Macomb. You can listen to his feature about a ride aboard a balloon by clicking on the audio button above. Degman's ride took him from the west end of the Georgetown subdivision west of Macomb to the Farm King parking lot on the east side.
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.