The West Prairie School District has chosen a popular device as its next leap in classroom technology.
High school students will each receive an Apple iPad3 next school year.
Superintendent Jonathan Heerboth said the district has been studying the available wireless devices. He said the district wanted them to be light-weight, robust and have great battery life. The availability of software tipped the balance toward the iPad.
The Hancock County Economic Development Committee has formed three task forces composed of 25 volunteers each.
They are looking for ways to encourage future economic development in the county.
An initial meeting of selected three priorities; job creation, vocational training and entrepreneurship and encouraging residents to shop at local businesses. Each task force will hold an initial meeting in the next few weeks. They will then meet on a quarterly basis.
Western Illinois University is known for Sherman Tower and its climbing tower. It might soon be known for a water tower. Talks between WIU and Macomb are ongoing.
Mayor Mike Inman said, “We're hoping to partner with the university on branding the water tower with the university's mascot and logo That, obviously, will be an agreement between us and them but their intention is to underwrite that.”
The project is part of routine maintenance to repaint the tower inside and out this year.
“Pretty Girl” is the name for a playful cat at the McDonough County Animal Shelter. She has called the shelter home since November. Like too many other cats there, she hasn't had a “bite” for adoption.
The Humane Society of McDonough County is hoping a March promotion will encourage more adoptions of cats.
Society board member Kathy Chambers said the group hopes to team up with the county to offer discounted adoption fees on cats for the month.
The newest flood map from the Federal Emergency Management Agency expands the flood plain in Carthage. FEMA has been taking advantage of satellite photography and GIS technology to update its flood maps.
Mayor Jim Nightingale said some residents will be surprised by the results.
He said, “There's a lot of questions on this, you know. It's a big part of the center of the city and I think there's people that didn't think they were in a flood plain, which they are.”