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Around The Region

May 1, 2012

A quick look at news from around the Tri-State Region.



The Burlington School District will be adding a culinary arts program to the high school, starting next year.

Superintendent Jane Evans says it will start out as one course and expand in subsequent years.  It will be taught at the high school with field experience available out in the community.

Evans says it will target 9th-12th graders who are interested in working in or managing a restaurant or other aspect of the hospitality industry.



Drivers will have to slow down as they travel through Canton as the Missouri Department of Transportation is reducing the residential speed limit in some areas from 35 M.P.H. to 25 M.P.H.

The change is based on a recently completed speed limit survey.

The agency says this will improve safety throughout residential areas.

The new speed signs are scheduled to be installed throughout Canton this month.



Lee County hopes local law enforcement will be able to handle a parking issue at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

The maintenance department says there are enough spaces for employees and the public, but customers of several nearby businesses have been blocking vehicles from leaving.

The Keokuk Police Department has been notified and will respond as warranted.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors wants to wait and see if that takes care of the parking issue before altering the spaces or signage.



Some of Burlington’s prime real estate is starting to be developed as several businesses have gone up along Highway 61, between West Avenue and the northern city limits, in the last year.

At the same time, construction is underway on a couple more restaurants, a mini-mall, and a new middle school.

Development and Parks Director Eric Tysland says this area is targeted in the city’s comprehensive plan, which is currently being updated.

He says Burlington is also seeing an increase in development within its downtown district.