Nauvoo, IL – The increasing tourism industry in one West Central Illinois community prompted a recent visit by a leading US Senator. During a recent tour of central Illinois to discuss a proposed tax on oil companies, Senator Dick Durbin stopped in Nauvoo. The Democrat from Illinois says the visit came about because it has been some time since he toured the community. During his stop, Durbin watched a 20 minute movie on the early days of Nauvoo. The senator also rode through the town in a horse-drawn wagon.
Carthage, IL – The Carthage public library could take possession of its new building next week ... and be moving books into it by spring. Library Director Susan Hunt says the library will take over the Marine Trust bank building, which will more than double its floor space. Hunt says the bank has moved most of its materials to a new building. Once that's accomplished, contractors will begin renovations. Hunt says the first and second floors must be strengthened to take the weight of books. New entrances will be added and the building will be re-wired.
Keosauqua, IA – Some Southeast Iowa farmers may be able to enroll in a statewide program aimed at promoting good health and safety. The Certified Safe Farm Project is open to Southeast Iowa farmers that are at least 60 years old or on Blue Cross Insurance. Southeast Iowa Ag-Health-and-Safety Center Director, Dixie Daugherty, says there are several benefits to those that take part in the free program, including a health screening and a safety tour of their farm. She says the health and safety of those in the program will eventually be compared with those not enrolled.
Nauvoo, IL – A volunteer group from Nauvoo has cleared up a rest area named after Joseph Smith's son. The David's Chamber rest area is south of Nauvoo along Route 96. Doug Knowles is one of the volunteers. He says the waterfalls and picnic table areas had become overgrown with trees, brush and weeds. Volunteers cleared out the vegetation and used fire department help to wash mud out of the seven waterfalls to let them flow freely. Knowles says the project could lead to formation of a group called Friends of Nauvoo, which could undertake similar projects throughout the area.
Macomb, IL – An expert on white collar crime says many such criminals have trouble taking responsibility for their offenses. Michael Benson has studied white collar crime for years. While researching the issue, he's asked those convicted of white collar offenses how they got involved with their crimes. Benson says he almost always gets a long-winded answer explaining how no crime was committed. He says this is different from many street criminals, who acknowledge breaking the law while trying to justify why it was necessary to do so.
Fort Madison, IA – Lee County will add three new employees to the Sheriff's Department. The County Board of Supervisors has authorized the hiring of 3 part-time employees that will work as dispatchers and correctional officers in the county jail. The hirings come just a couple of weeks after the board chose not to fill a vacancy in the recorder's office to try to save money. Board Chairman Rick Larkin says the 3 part-time workers are needed to maintain public safety. Sheriff Buck Jones says the 3 new hires will replace 3 other part-time workers that are being promoted.
Wayland, MO – Northeast Missouri leaders broke ground Wednesday for a new Flying J travel plaza that is scheduled to be built just outside of Wayland. The nearly 11,000 square foot facility will be located on 30 acres of land at the intersection of Highways 136 and 27. Steve Murphy is with the Kahoka-Clark County Economic Development Corporation. He says this project is very important to Northeast Missouri. The project is expected to create at least 60 jobs initially, with another 85 jobs on the construction side.
Macomb, IL – The Hancock-McDonough Regional Board of School Trustees will schedule another meeting to clarify a school detachment issue. In the spring, the board said 15 students could transfer from the Industry school district to Macomb. In an administrative hearing, a circuit judge told the board to clarify its order. Regional board chairman George Beckman says the board will expand on the findings of fact it made last May. Some members of the board have indicated they intend to vote again for the detachment.
Burlington, IA – The field has been narrowed in the race for several open seats on the Burlington City Council. 9 candidates entered the race for the 3 open seats, forcing Tuesday's primary election. The six with the most votes advance to the November 8th general election. Voter turnout was about 13 percent.
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