Keokuk, IA – Southeastern Community College will soon train workers heading to new jobs across the region. The college's Board of Trustees approved new job training agreements with 4 local industries. Chuck Betts heads SCC's Center for Business and Industry Services. He says the college will borrow $540,000 to fund the training programs. Betts says the industries will repay the money through state tax credits. SCC will work with Burlington-based Tjaden Bioscience, MPC Enterprise of Mt. Pleasant, and Morse Rubber and Tri-City Energy, both of Keokuk.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk is going to computerize its records for Oakland Cemetery. Public Works Director, Bill Richards, says the current system is index cards filled with information. He says computerizing the records will allow visitors to search sections of the cemetery quickly. Richards says the program will also show a picture of each headstone. There are about 15,000 graves within the 60 acres of Oakland Cemetery. He says the city will explore making the records available online, if the technology allows it.
Burlington, IA – Burlington wants to redevelop a 24-acre neighborhood on the city's west side. Community Development Director, Chris Nosbisch, says the city hopes "The Manor" will become a site for commercial development. The neighborhood sits between Agency and Market Streets and Roosevelt Avenue and Columbus Drive, near the intersection of Highways 34 & 61. The city plans to borrow money to purchase the properties with "The Manor," so they can be torn down. Nosbisch says this project will improve a neighborhood where crime is a serious concern.
Macomb, IL – The McDonough County sheriff is accusing Republican county board members of playing politics with his office. Sheriff Mike Johnson says his spending is at three-fourths of this year's budget as of nine months into the fiscal year. Johnson has been criticized by board members for overspending. He believes they are playing politics with the sheriff's office. His requested budget for the fiscal year that begins Dec. 1 was up to $300,000 more than this year, even though the budget committee had requested level spending.
Keokuk, IA – Work has begun on Keokuk's residential street repair program. The stretch of High Street, from 13th to 17th streets, is now closed to traffic. Drivers will be able to cross that section of High Street, using the intersections at 18th, 16th, and 13th. Public Works Director, Bill Richards, says the first step in the project is to remove trees that could impact construction. The road will be rebuilt using concrete. Richards says the project is scheduled to be finished November 15.
Carthage, IL – The Carthge Library Board is willing to give its former building back to the city. Library Board Secretary Linda Stoverink says the board realizes all government units are short of money, so they decided to make the building a gift. It had been the city building before it was deeded to the library. She says the library board would like to make the transfer as soon as possible to put an end to paying the upkeep. Aldermen had voted to offer up to $2,500 for the structure.
Keokuk, IA – There will soon be a few more stop signs in Keokuk. The 2-way stop intersections at 18th and Franklin, 18th and Fulton, and 19th and Fulton, will soon become 4-way stops. The high-use intersections are located near several schools and the city's medical complex. The city council took the final steps, last night, to approve the additional stop signs. Alderman Bill Olmsted, who previously voted against the idea, says the safety concerns brought up by residents changed his mind.
Keokuk, IA – Voters across Iowa will go to the polls, Tuesday, to decide who should represent them on local school boards. Only one school district in Lee County features a contested board race. Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Keokuk Board of Education. Three of the last four school board elections in Keokuk have featured contested races. This time around, current board members Julia Logan and Tyler McGhghy, Fire Chief Mark Wessel, and former HS principal Tom Wemette are seeking terms on the board.