WIUM Local
3:55 am
Thu February 16, 2006

B-PC Schools to Focus on Parent Involvement

Bushnell, IL – The Bushnell-Prairie City school district will work to increase parental involvement during the coming school year. Superintendent David Messersmith says the move will help the district comply with requirements of the No Child Left Behind act. He says the district will also investigate a wellness program for students. Messersmith says the other part of the district's goals will be to review its current programs in light of less income from state grants and a drop in assessed valuation.

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WIUM Local
3:46 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Schuyler-Industry Board Approves Transfer

Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school board gave final approval to placing all of the district's fifth and sixth graders in the Industry elementary building. Superintendent Matt Plater says the facilities, including a gym and a separate cafeteria, are already in place. He says the move will also free up space in the crowded Rushville buildings. He says the move will involve about 170 students. Plater says the shift is a temporary solution. The board will re-evaluate it next year as it moves to cope with an expected increase in the district's population.

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Emphasis
12:33 am
Thu February 16, 2006

Emphasis

February 16, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Bill Jacobs, who is executive director of the Housing Authority of McDonough County.

WIUM Local
10:37 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Rushville Prison To Become Treatment Center

Rushville, IL – The State of Illinois is moving ahead with its new plan for the prison built in Rushville. The prison will be converted into a treatment and detention facility for Sexually Violent Persons (SVP) who've served their prison time but are too dangerous to be released. The facility will be operated by the Department of Human Services and will house more than 250 SVP. It will employ 228 state workers. 184 will be security staff. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) says there will also be around 50 professional treatment staff.

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WIUM Local
7:36 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Lee County Could Cut Taxes

Keokuk, IA – Lee County's budget for next year currently shows a drop in the property tax rate. The Board of Supervisors has approved the county's preliminary spending plan. The Urban Property Tax Rate is projected to drop by more than 7%, while the Rural Rate is expected to be cut by about 4%. Chairman George Morgan says the board had to cut taxes in next year's budget, after a more than 30% increase in both rates in the current budget. The Conservation Department will lost 2 employees in next year's spending plan.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
3:09 am
Wed February 15, 2006

Mosaic Gets Group Home Funding

Bushnell, IL – Mosaic has a state grant to construct two four-plex group homes in Bushnell. Associate Director Kassie Courson says the Illinois Housing Development Authority has provided $950,000 to construct the two facilities. Courson says they should be completed in about one year. She says there's already a waiting list for developmentally disabled residents who would like to live there. Courson says each home will have four double-occupancy bedrooms and a single communal room with kitchen and living room facilities. Courson expects the homes to be open in about one year.

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WIUM Local
10:00 am
Tue February 14, 2006

Grants Given for Sustainable Agriculture

Pittsfifeld, IL – An Opportunity Returns grant will be used to showcase the diversity possible in western Illinois agriculture. Two Rivers Resosurce Conservation and Development will use the funds to put on four different programs. Martha Shepherd says her staff is planning a forestry workshop, a vinyard tour and seminar and expansion for Quincy's Locally Grown Food festival that's held in connection with an August Farmers Market. She says there will also be a seminar on agritourism, which can include leasing land to hunters.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Tue February 14, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:13 am
Tue February 14, 2006

New Aerial Photos Might Be Delayed

Macomb, IL – How quickly McDonough County can update its aerial photography might depend on the Warren County budget. McDonough County Board vice chairman Glen Foster says he's trying to work with Warren County to "piggy-back" on some photography planned there. Foster says this would lower the cost of McDonough County's work to $20,000 from $100,000. However, he says the Warren County Board has not yet been able to allocate the funds for its project. Foster says if Warren County cannot have the flights made this spring, it will be next year before McDonough County can get its update.

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