Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton School Board has approved the creation of a Hamilton/Warsaw wrestling program for the 2006/2007 school year. Members of the West Hancock Titan Wrestling Club and their parents turned out for the board meeting in support of the sport. Club President Tim Schilson says the board's decision is exciting because the club was formed last year in anticipation of the district forming a wrestling team. The board questioned whether adding wrestling would affect participation in boys basketball, but chose to add the new sport on a unanimous vote.
Hamilton, IL – The superintendent of a Hancock County school district will step down this summer. Hamilton superintendent Steve Breckon has announced his retirement, effective June 30. The school board accepted Breckon's resignation after a lengthy board meeting. Breckon has been in education for more than 4 decades, including the last 5 years as Hamilton's superintendent. Breckon says it is the right time for him to step down. The district faces some tough decisions in the near future.
Carthage, IL – A vacant lot in Carthage will soon be used to fill an important need in the community. A 10-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors will be built at the corner of Walnut and Marion. It'll be the first senior housing complex in the town. Mayor Jim Nightingale says the location is ideal because it's near the downtown shopping district, the senior center, and other amenities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide $1,141,900 to cover the entire construction cost.
Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school board will seek court help to reclaim some of the students who have left for the Macomb district. Superintendent Matt Plater says the lawsuit will ask the court to order that students who wanted to detach from the Industry district be compelled to attend the Schuyler-Industry schools ... or pay tuition to Macomb, where many are attending. Plater says the Schuyler-Industry district was down about 28 students at the beginning of the current school year. He says some enrolled in private schools, others went to the Macomb district.
Springfield, IL – Illinois' governor wants to ban assault weapons, but state lawmakers from western Illinois say they do not support the plan. Governor Rod Blagojevich used his State of the State speech to say no law-abiding citizen needs an Uzi or AK-47 to be safe or to hunt. However, State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Representative Rich Myers (R-Colchester) believe the ban is not needed. Both say they know people who use the weapons for target practice or who simply enjoy collecting them.
Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison City Council is once again working at full strength. The city council has appointed Greg Smith to the post of at-large council member. Smith replaces Steve Ireland, who resigned with 2 years remaining in his term. Ireland was elected mayor last November. Smith is an educational consultant with Great River AEA #16 in Burlington. He says he is excited about the opportunity to serve. Smith says he wants to improve Fort Madison so that residents will stay in the community and make it their home. The city received 4 applications for the at-large post.
Macomb, IL – This semester's International Film Series in Macomb will include movies from several different countries, plus a documentary and a reissue of a 1970s film. The series resumes Wednesday with "Oliver Twist." This latest adaptation of a Charles Dickens novel was directed by Roman Polanski. Carmike Cinemas I & II Manager Larry Jarvis says it's one of the best adaptations of a Dickens novel that he's seen. Jarvis says next week's film will be "Junebug." The documentary is "Protocols of Zion," which explores a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the post-9/11 world.