Curtis Bisbee

Web Design/Content Production

Curtis is the Web Design/Content Production person for Tri States Public Radio. Curtis Maintains and updates the website for TSPR, produces content for online and on-air use, including elements for pledge drives, online campaigns and daily voicing duties weekdays from 5:00pm- 5:00am and both Saturday and Sunday. Curtis was born in California, and spent his younger years out west. He later bounced around the midwest until he was in 8th grade, when he and his mother settled in Belvidere, IL. Curtis attended Belvidere High School, graduated in 1996. Then attended WIU where he started off as a law enforcement major, before finally figuring out that radio was where he wanted to be. As a child he would record songs off of the radio and put together his own little one man radio programs that only his mother and a few others would ever hear. Following a visit to a radio studio in Rockford, IL when he was in 5th grade the seed of radio was firmly planted in his mind, though when he first attended college he was wary of pursuing a career in radio until he landed a late night spot on 88.3 The Dog his junior year. Following that experience he decided to switch majors and began to pursue his long held dream to hear himself on the radio on a daily basis. In Curtis’s down time he enjoys drawing and painting, spending time with his wife Marjorie and his two sons Aiden and Cole, playing guitar, caring for his African Cichlid tank and helping his eldest son care for his fish and reptile terrarium.

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Despite the failure of the proposed consolidation of Abingdon, Avon and the Bushnell-Prairie City school districts, consolidation in some form is still on the table.

The “Just Vote No” committee in the B-PC district was the most vocal group opposed to the measure. They opposed including Abingdon because of the length of bus rides for students who would have gone to junior high school there. Many members support a consolidation with Avon.

Voters have not had a chance to decide on that option.

McDonough District Hospital's biennial surveys have shown district residents would like to see an ear, nose and throat specialist on staff.

Director of Public Relations and Funding John Maguire said the hospital will meet that need next year with the arrival of Dr. Jeff Sparks. He will join the hospital in the summer of 2013 after the completion of his residency.

Maguire said Sparks will bring an excellent mix of experience and the latest medical expertise.

He said, "The fact is (he) has a great deal of training and we're delighted that Dr. Sparks will join us."

Bushnell Prairie City school district will be dismissing school early all this week at 2:00pm.<\p>

Macomb, IL – There is no denying Macomb's roads are in need of repair. The question is: are voters willing to approve a sales tax hike to speed up the repair process?

The city already collects a half-cent sales tax for roads. It generates about $900,000 per year. $600,000 is needed for maintenance, which leaves just $300,000 to put toward larger street repair projects.

The city believes more major work could be done if voters approve an extra half-cent. The referendum will appear on the November 2 ballot.

Clark County, MO – The Clark County Courthouse has stood for about 140 years. The future of the structure, though, is in jeopardy.

Residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 2 to decide whether the county should implement a cent sales tax. The money generated would be used to build a new courthouse.

Commissioner Jerry Neyens says the current facility has served the county well, but he says the time has come for it to be replaced.

Macomb, IL – A Western Illinois University professor is asking people to put into their own words what the election of Barack Obama as president means to them.

African American Studies Chair Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah is seeking poetry with emotion and feeling. Na'Allah is looking for poems that express the idea of transformation. He wants the poems to be vivid and alive.

Fort Madison, IA – Thousands of Lee County residents have already cast their ballots for the Presidential election.

Elections Coordinator Denise Fraise says the Lee County Auditor's Office has processed more than 7,100 ballots, both absentee and in-person, since early voting began in late September.

She says that while roughly 8,000 votes were cast early four years ago, foot traffic is way up this year.

Fraise says more than 24-thousand people are registered to vote in Lee County.

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