Keokuk, IA – The deadline has passed to fill out the paperwork necessary to run for school board in Iowa. There will be just one contested race in Lee County. That race will be within the Keokuk School District. 3 seats on the board are open and 4 people, including 2 incumbants, have filed to be on the ballot.
President Julia Logan Board Member Tyler McGhghy Former Principal Tom Wemette Fire Chief Mark Wessel.
Current board member, Brian Richardson, will not seek another 3 year term.
Warsaw, IL – The Warsaw FFA Chapter is part of a multi-state monitoring program looking for a corn pest that could cause major crop losses. The western corn rootworm is learning to cope with crop rotation. In eastern Illinois and western indiana, the beetle has learned to lay its eggs in soybean fields. Thus, next year's larvae are ready to attack corn plants. FFA advisor Don Bumphrey says the pests can cost a farmer up to half of his crop. The students planted pheromone traps in 30 fields, but found few rootworm beetles so far.
Keokuk, IA – Very few residents weighed in on the Lee County Board of Supervisors' latest attempt to gather feedback on county office consolidation. There are more than 35,000 people living in Lee County. 25,000 are registered voters. The supervisors received just over 200 responses to the public opinion poll they ran in several local newspapers. About 20% were photocopies of the original survey. Chairman George Morgan says the poll was another attempt to gauge public interest, since taxpayers pay for county government.
Bushnell, IL – Bushnell will host an open house on Monday to show off its new municipal complex. The city purchased a lumberyard site earlier this year. Mayor Steve Russell says they wanted to move the police department to a more visible location with more space. The remodeled complex on Route 9 will be open Monday afternoon from 1 to 7:30 p.m. for tours and a utility board meeting. Then the council will meet there at 7:30. Russell says the city hall and utility offices will remain where they are now and most meetings will be held in the current city hall.
Fort Madison, IA – The Great River Regional Waste Authority is making some changes to the way it does business. The GRRWA Commission has approved several measures in response to a state audit that found improper and questionable spending. Chairman Steve Ireland says a competitive bid process has be instituted. Another policy limits the use of company cell phones to business-related calls, unless an emergency arises. Ireland says while the audit prompted the need to make changes, the goal is to improve operations at the authority.
Beardstown, IL – A Beardstown group is trying to find out more about the role Abraham Lincoln played when he practiced law in the town. Leigh Morris heads the city council's Old Courtroom and Museum Commission. He says the group is working to restore the second floor courtroom in the former Cass County Courthouse to the look it had when Lincoln practiced there. He says a researcher is also trying to find out more about Lincoln's interactions with townspeople.