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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WIUM Local
11:53 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Poll Data on Sales Tax & Other Issues

Macomb, IL – A community survey tried to gauge the feelings of Macomb residents on a host of issues. Among other things, it contains good news for supporters of the half-cent sales tax. The poll found a majority of residents are aware of the tax and they support having the money used for infrastructure improvements. In addition, most likely voters will support extending the tax, which is set to expire within the next couple years. Mayor Mick Wisslead expects a renewal referendum to be placed on the November ballot.

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WIUM Local
11:43 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Ramsey Retrial Could Be Held This Fall

Carthage, IL – The retrial of an accused killer could be held in McDonough County this fall. 27-year old Daniel Ramsey of Keokuk is charged with killing two girls in Hancock County 10 years ago. He's also accused of trying to kill his former girlfriend and two children who were at her home. Ramsey was found guilty in 1997 but the verdict was overturned. Appeals have kept the second trial from getting underway. In Carthage on Monday, deadlines were set for things such as turning over discovery evidence. Prosecutors expect to use new DNA evidence at the second trial.

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WIUM Local
11:33 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Clean School Buses in Hancock County

LaHarpe, IL – All of the school districts in Hancock County are now participating in the state's "Clean School Bus Program." Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott says the program pays to retrofit school buses so they can run on cleaner burning fuels. The state says most of the funding comes from an enforcement case settlement. The program was launched about two years ago and now includes 65 school districts. The latest to join are the LaHarpe and Nauvoo-Colusa Districts, which made Hancock County the first county in the state to have all of its school districts in the program.

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WIUM Local
9:18 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Grant Helps Develop Riverfront

Havana, IL – More than $246,000 in state grants will help the Havana Park District improve its Riverfront Park. Director Jill Hills says the money will pay for a walkway to a floating dock, along with a new nature center. The center will include rest room facilities and a snack bar. She says it's designed for observation of riverfront wildlife. Future plans for the district include better parking areas and improvements to the district's boat launching ramps.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
3:17 am
Mon February 13, 2006

Chamber of Commerce Working to Clean Up Fort Madison

Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce wants to improve the appearance of the city by cleaning up several properties. Executive Director Tracy Vance says the Chamber's beautification and image program was started, last fall, to help clean up dilapidated properties around Fort Madison. Vance says the Chamber is working with the city to do something about these properties through the current building codes pertaining to run-down structures. He says that once the owner of a property is identified, they will have the opportunity to work with the city to clean up the site.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Fri February 10, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:10 am
Fri February 10, 2006

Beardstown Pleas for Federal Water Quality Bill

Beardstown, IL – Beardstown's city council is urging the Senate to pass the Water Quality Bill of 2005. Mayor Bob Walters sayss the bill contains a provision that would require the Corps of Engineers to keep a channel dredged to the town's silted-in marina. When the Corps moved the mouth of the Sangamon River eight miles closer to town, cropland silt has filled in the bay that was a wildlife habitat. it also is silting in the town's riverfront. Walters says the economic impact on the town has been devastating.

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WIUM Local
12:53 am
Fri February 10, 2006

Eyesore To Be Removed

Augusta, IL – The removal of an eyesore is about to begin in downtown Augusta. State money will allow the village demolish and clean-up the former Weinberg building site at Main and Center. The building began to cave-in more than four years ago, but the town could not afford to do anything about it. Now the state is giving Augusta more than $131,000 on top of an earlier grant of $70,000 to take care of the site, which is considered a brownfield. Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott visited Augusta on Thursday to present a ceremonial check to Village President Sean Eifert.

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