WIUM Local
1:05 am
Tue July 11, 2006

Future of Recycling Unclear After Fire

Macomb, IL – Waste Management says it will continue to collect recycled items in Macomb and several other communities in west-central Illinois, even though a fire destroyed the processing center for the materials. But the company says it's not known what can be done with the materials it collects. Waste Management's Dave Schaab says the next closest processing center is two hours away, meaning it will cost quite a bit more to haul items there. He says the company could charge the city for the extra costs or it could interrupt the recycling service.

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WIUM Local
12:53 am
Tue July 11, 2006

Fire Might Impact Recycling Programs

Macomb, IL – Waste Management says it will continue to collect recycled items in Macomb and several other communities in west-central Illinois, even though a fire destroyed the processing center for the materials. But the company says it's not known what can be done with the materials it collects. Waste Management's Dave Schaab says the next closest processing center is two hours away, meaning it will cost quite a bit more to haul items there. He says the company could charge the city for the extra costs or it could interrupt the recycling service.

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WIUM Local
12:53 am
Tue July 11, 2006

Fire Might Impact Recycling Programs

Macomb, IL – Waste Management says it will continue to collect recycled items in Macomb and several other communities in west-central Illinois, even though a fire destroyed the processing center for the materials. But the company says it's not known what can be done with the materials it collects. Waste Management's Dave Schaab says the next closest processing center is two hours away, meaning it will cost quite a bit more to haul items there. He says the company could charge the city for the extra costs or it could interrupt the recycling service.

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WIUM Local
8:57 am
Mon July 10, 2006

Aldermen Learn Development Costs

Carthage, IL – Carthage aldermen now have an estimate of development costs for the area near where Route 336 will pass the town. Mayor James Nightingale says the cost will be more than $3.3 million dollars for streets, sewers and water lines. The area will include the industrial park and land for commercial development near the highway and its turnoff. Nightingale says aldermen will begin figuring the five-phase development into future budgets.

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WIUM Local
5:57 am
Mon July 10, 2006

Housing Dollars Possible for SE Iowa

Keokuk, IA – Some federal money is on its way to Southeast Iowa. The grant could help the region secure hundreds of thousands of additional dollars. The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission has received $10,000 from USDA Rural Development. Housing Planner, Sara Hecox, says the planning commission will use the money to create a self-help housing program. She says the money will also be used to pay for expenses involved with applying for a $350,000 grant to fund the project.

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WIUM Local
3:21 am
Mon July 10, 2006

Pediatrician, Nurse Face Fraud Charges

Macomb, IL – The Illinois Attorney General's office has filed 26 charges alleging fraud by a Macomb pediatrician and his nurse. Court papers say staffer Rebecca Neese kept the medical office open while Dr. Khaled Dabash was out of the country. They also say she treated patients without having the appropriate license. Court records show the offenses date back to 2003 and occurred over an 18-month period. The state also charged the pair with insurance and mail fraud, vendor fraud, aggravated fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

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WIUM Local
5:51 am
Sun July 9, 2006

GRRWA Director Placed On Leave

Fort Madison, IA – The director of the Great River Regional Waste Authority has been placed on administrative leave. The GRRWA commission voted to place Director Tim Yoder on a 60-day, paid administrative leave. His employment future will be determined during that time. The move is part of the commission's response to a recent state audit that found a number of questionable financial practices. Chairman Steve Ireland says the commission has also asked the state to continue its audit of the GRRWA's operations for FY 2005 and FY 2006.

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WIUM Local
1:00 am
Sun July 9, 2006

A Successful Day of Culture in Colchester

Colchester, IL – If you like art and music, then you should have been in downtown Colchester on Saturday. The first Colchester Arts Festival was such a success that organizers are already talking about plans for next year. The works of 25 artists were displayed and a couple bands performed during the seven hour event. Hundreds and hundreds of people came to listen to the music, look at the art, and perhaps spend some money. The festival was put together by the Colchester Art Club, which was formed just a few months ago.

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WIUM Local
11:07 am
Fri July 7, 2006

Keokuk May Consider Hiring Administrator

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk city council may take a closer look at the pros and cons of bringing in a city manager. Keokuk operates under the most common form of city government in Iowa, an elected city council and an elected mayor. Unlike most larger cities, Keokuk's mayor serves full-time and the city does not employ a professional city manager or administrator. Alderman Mike O'Connor says it is time for the city council to, at least, explore the idea of hiring a professional administrator.

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WIUM Local
10:47 am
Fri July 7, 2006

Arts Center Lacks A Home But Not Ambition

Macomb, IL – There's an ongoing effort to bring a regional arts center to Macomb. It's been several years since supporters got started, yet they still do not have a place for the center to call home. Nonetheless, the group's members are still working to raise money and draw attention to their cause. During Heritage Days the West Central Illinois Arts Center used a vacant storefront on the courthouse square as a temporary art gallery.

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