Macomb, IL – McDonough County might try a contract approach to cleaning up some of its junkyard areas. Board member Alice Henry returned from a conference with an example of a contract that St. Clair county uses. She says it could allow the county to clean up a blighted area, keep proceeds from the sale of scrap to help pay costs, and make the owner promise not to allow trash to accumulate again. Henry says the contracat is being forwarded to county authorities including the Law and Legal Committee for discussion.

Macomb, IL – WIU has been notified it will recieve the largest planned gift in its history. Norman and Carmelita Teeter of Memphis, Tennessee will give the university the interest on a $20 million dollar life trust. Then the principal will revert to an educational trust for their descendants. Norman Teeter received his undergrad degree in psychology from WIU. He and his wife treated addictions and later ran treatment centers in Kentucky and Tennessee. The WIU Foundation says when there are no more Teeter descendants, the principal will revert to the university.

Keokuk, IA – An arrest has been made in connection with a fire, last month, in downtown Keokuk. Billy Lee Meyers, 58, of Keokuk has been charged with 2nd degree arson, a class C felony. The charge stems from an investigation into the fire that destroyed one of the Southeast Iowa Redemption Center's buildings on September 28. Court records state that Meyers made several threats to a cellmate, while in the Lee County Jail, that he would burn down the redemption center and get revenge on owner Brian Boyd.

Keokuk, IA – The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers will be the focus of a lecture series coming to Southeast Iowa this weekend. The Voices from the Prairie: 7th annual Iowa Writers Celebration will take place in Keokuk on Saturday. Coordinator Steve Semken says the event gives the public an opportunity to discuss staples of Iowa with authors who know the state. He says this year's theme is "River East, River West... Iowa's Natural Borders." The event will be held at 2:00pm at the United Presbyterian Church.

Keokuk, IA – Some of the Southeast Iowa Redemption Center's operations could move to a new location on Keokuk's north side. Owner Brian Boyd wants to move his storage and recycling services to a large piece of land near Keokuk's city limits. Fire recently destroyed the building that was previously used for those activities. Community Development Director, Pam Broomhall, says city law prevents recycling from taking place in districts zoned for commercial or light industrial use. That means Boyd must receive approval from the city council to move forward.

Macomb, IL – The McDonough County Board took no action on refunds to residents who said they overpaid their property taxes this year. Residents say they should have received the owner-occupied tax exemption, which can be worth up to $500. A committee examined 186 records, and issued certificates of error for eleven of them. Some of the taxpayers pointed out that at last month's board meeting, residents passed a resolution directing that refunds be paid and that the county issue an apology. However, Board Chairman Bob Harwick says that would be against state statutes.

Macomb, IL – The inaugural run of the "Carl Sandburg," the second daily Quincy-Chicago train pulled into Macomb to an arch of purple-and-gold balloons and a band. The run will complement the "Illinois Zephyr, which leaves Quincy in the early morning and arrives in Chicago before noon. Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead says the new trips should benefit the hospitality and tourism industry and be good for business travelers as well. WIU President Al Goldfarb complimented the speed of state legislators in helping with funding for the trip.

October 19, 2006 – Retired WIU English professor John Hallwas delivers the keynote speech at 10th anniversary celebration for the Learning Is ForEver (LIFE) program.