WIUM Local
3:51 am
Mon July 24, 2006

Grants Jeopardized by Local Elected Officers

Macomb, IL – McDonough County office-holders must pass an on-line test on emergency management to avoid jeopardizing some federal grants. Few have done so yet. McDonough County ESDA director Dan Kreps says the test is required because the local officers might have to be in emergency operations center in case of a major incident in the county. He says must make decisions with political ramifications. That could include where cleanup would begin, or who should be evacuated from a dangerous area.

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WIUM Local
12:47 am
Mon July 24, 2006

Warsaw Road Improvements Coming Soon

Warsaw, IL – Part of the road connecting Hamilton and Warsaw is in line for some much needed repairs. Engineers have already begun the surveying work on River Road, just north of Warsaw. The town maintains about 2.5 miles of the road. Mayor Robert Frank says the improvement project is important to Warsaw. Frank says some portions of the road will be resurfaced while other stretches will be completely reconstructed. After years of lobbying, the city will receive $850,000 from the federal government for the project. The local match will be 20% or about 170-thousand dollars.

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WIUM Local
1:14 am
Sat July 22, 2006

Navigating Murky Legal Waters

Macomb, IL – A Macomb man would like to see a canoe entrance point on the Lamoine River in town. But it might prove to be easier said than done. John Cox of the Lamoine River Ecosystem Partnership is seeking state grant money for the project. He's hoping the park district will serve as the agency for the grant application. But park commissioners are reluctant to move forward because they believe the Illinois Department of Natural Resources does not consider the Lamoine to be a public access stream.

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Afternoon Edition
6:11 am
Fri July 21, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:53 am
Fri July 21, 2006

Keokuk Rejects Utility Company Expansion

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk city council has rejected Atmos Energy's plan to build a new office building along the Highway 61 bypass. The utility company had asked the city to rezone about 5.5 acres of land from residential to light industrial. The council voted unanimously against the rezoning. Potential neighbors spoke both in favor of and against the project. Keokuk's Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the city reject the proposal. Company representatives told the city Atmos would try to keep the nearly $2,000,000 facility in Keokuk, but could not promise anything.

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WIUM Local
4:40 am
Fri July 21, 2006

4-H Fair Holds Attendance in Spite of Heat

Macomb, IL – McDonough County's 4-H Fair and Junior Show held its exhibitors in spite of steamy weather conditions this year. Youth Development Director Tessa Hobbs-Curley says almost all of those who registered showed up to exhibit their projects. The show combines 4-H projects, both livestock and other types of entries, with the Junior Show which is open to all youth whether or not they're in 4-H. Hobbs-Curley says in the General Show, visual arts projects including painting and sculpture are becoming more popular.

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WIUM Local
12:44 am
Fri July 21, 2006

Keokuk Borrows Millions For Streets

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's multi-year, multi-million dollar street repair plan could get underway in about six weeks. The city council, during last night's meeting, formally approved the borrowing of three million dollars to begin the program. Mayor Dave Gudgel says this is a major step forward for improving the city. He hopes future councils will continue the proposed 12-year reconstruction plan. Public Works Director, Bill Richards, says work on High street, from 13th to 17th streets, could begin after Labor Day.

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WIUM Local
11:05 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Hamilton Could Join Distance Learning System

Hamilton, IL – Hamilton may connect to a distance learning system stretching across Western Illinois. The city has agreed, in principle, to place an antennae, on its water tower, that woudl connect the community to the Edunet system. Contract details must still be worked out. Carl Sandburg Community College operates the high-speed internet system, which covers over 3000 square miles. Edunet coordinator, Beverly Naslund, says the system allows smaller school districts to offer more courses through video conferencing.

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WIUM Local
11:03 am
Thu July 20, 2006

Hamilton Could Join Distance Learning System

Hamilton, IL – Hamilton may connect to a distance learning system stretching across Western Illinois. The city has agreed, in principle, to place an antennae, on its water tower, that woudl connect the community to the Edunet system. Contract details must still be worked out. Carl Sandburg Community College operates the high-speed internet system, which covers over 3000 square miles. Edunet coordinator, Beverly Naslund, says the system allows smaller school districts to offer more courses through video conferencing.

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WIUM Local
6:53 am
Thu July 20, 2006

State Hopes to Involve Small Businesses

Macomb, IL – The head of Illinois' main purchasing agency is trying to get more small companies to do business with the state. Central Management Services Director Paul Campbell came to Macomb Thursday to tout the Small Business Set Aside Program. He says the program allows some new contracts to be set aside specifically for the state's small businesses to bid on. He'd like to get more small businesses to sign up at www.sell2.illinois.gov because that would make the process more competitive, which would help the state, while also generating more money for small businesses.

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