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The Solar Eclipse in the Tri States

Aug 21, 2017
Rich Egger

More than 90% of the sun was covered by the moon at the height of Monday's solar eclipse in the tri states.  Overcast skies generally obscured the eclipse, though occasional breaks in the clouds gave people glimpses of the phenomenon. 

Warren County YMCA Debuts Wellness Center

Jan 6, 2017
T.J. Carson

There's a new location in Warren County for those still committed to getting in shape as part of their New Year's resolution.

Fire Idles Workers at Monmouth's Largest Employer

Sep 6, 2016
T.J. Carson

Production at the Smithfield Foods processing plant in Monmouth is shut down for the time being as executives from the company and the city  look into the damage from Monday's fire.  Around 1,600 people work at the plant.

Around the Region: 4th of July Fireworks

Jul 1, 2016
Western Illinois University

The U.S. celebrates a major holiday this weekend. With the 4th of July falling on a Monday this year, there's some variety on when celebrations are scheduled during the three-day weekend. 

Independence Day is often met with parades, picnics and marching bands. But, the most popular way to celebrate is by lighting up the night's sky with fireworks.

We've compiled a list of the best places to see free fireworks shows in the tri states region this holiday weekend.

West Central Illinois Fireworks shows:

Lewistown Fireworks:

Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall.  It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.

Wyatt Earp Museum Reopened

May 26, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Monmouth birthplace of the famous lawman from the Wild West has been closed for years. But the new owner wants to revive it as a tourist destination.

Monmouth Mayor Gives State of City Address

May 7, 2015
T.J. Carson

The mayor of Monmouth gave a mostly optimistic view of his city in his annual State of the City address. Rod Davies told business leaders that “exciting times” are ahead. He used Farmland Foods and Monmouth College as examples.

Former Missouri Governor Talks Global Economics

Mar 25, 2015
T.J. Carson

The head of the Midwest-U.S. China Association doesn’t want to see America's cornbelt fall behind in a changing global economy.  Bob Holden, who served as governor of Missouri from 2001 to 2005, spoke at Monmouth College as part of its "Midwest Matters" initiative.

Rich Egger

The Macomb City Council is sending a letter to the Governor and Legislature asking to receive full funding from the state.

Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed cutting in half local government’s share of the state’s income tax revenue.

Monmouth Organization Preparing for Big Moves

Feb 26, 2015
T.J. Carson

A group that serves the mentally disabled in Warren County is looking to make big changes in the near future.

Warren Achievement Facility has already made its debut of a new logo that emphasizes the word "Achievement" more.

Cloverleaf Begins Hiring Process

Feb 4, 2015
T.J. Carson

More than 150 jobs will be available at the Cloverleaf Cold Storage Facility that will soon open in Monmouth.

Monmouth Art Center Selects New Leader

Jan 8, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Buchanan Center for the Arts is starting the new year with a new executive director.

Kristyne Gilbert Bradford was named to the position this week.  She replaced Susan Twomey, who served as executive director the past eight years.

Bradford completed her Master’s degree at Western Illinois University.  While at WIU, Bradford was a teaching assistant in the Department of English & Journalism.

Rich Egger

Susan Twomey, Executive Director of the Buchanan Center for the Arts, has announced her plans to retire in a few years.

Ross6606 / Flickr Creative Commons

The demolition of two buildings on the square in Monmouth is running slightly behind schedule, which in turn is delaying the completion of another downtown project.

More upscale housing is coming to Monmouth’s downtown.

Winners Chosen for Monmouth Business Competition

Jul 31, 2014
City of Monmouth

Monmouth Director of Community Development Paul Schuytema said the Fusion Theater at Monmouth College was "packed beyond imagination" as the results were announced for the Shops of Monmouth Retail Business Competition.

Flickr Commons / Pete Zarria

The city of Monmouth is one step closer to having some new downtown businesses.

Residents of the Monmouth-Roseville School District are again being asked to pay more in property taxes.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Monmouth will know by the end of the year if it has received a $400,000 state grant.

Flickr Commons / Pete Zarria

The city of Monmouth is hosting two workshops to help people learn tools to succeed in opening their own retail business.

ross6606 / Flickr Creative Commons

Monmouth is hosting a competition for anyone interested in opening their own retail business. That's any business that will collect sales tax.

Monmouth Attracts New Business

May 19, 2014
Emily Boyer / TSPR

Monmouth’s largest employer is bringing even more business to the city.

courtesy Doug Rankin/Monmouth College

The stage is set for the Fusion Theatre to take the spotlight this week.

Neal Golden

The husband-wife folk duo of Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman, known as The Honey Dewdrops, are living an old-style vagabond musician lifestyle. They have been on the road nearly non-stop for more than five years playing coffee shops, house concerts, folk festivals and even A Prairie Home Companion.

Rich Egger

A couple projects are moving ahead as the Maple City works to breathe new life into its downtown.

mosaiko.gr

Rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and hip hop all have their roots in the blues. Yet it seems as though the blues does not get its due. That will change – at least for a day – in Monmouth.

The Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival begins Saturday afternoon at the Rivoli Theatre. The doors open at 2:00 and the music begins at 2:30. Ticket information can be found here.

Monmouth will receive $10,000 from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund. The state received 113 applications for the grant program. Just 14 winners were selected.

Monmouth Director of Community Development Paul Schuytema said his city was the only municipality chosen.

“That’s pretty exciting, and to be a municipality that’s not like Chicago but a little bitty town of 9,400 people in the cornfields, it’s a great honor,” Schuytema said. “We’re looking forward to delivering some good work and sharing it.”

Monmouth Lifts Ban on Video Gambling

Jun 18, 2012

Monmouth allowed the use of video gaming for “amusement purposes” only. That did not include gambling although the ordinance was difficult to enforce.

The discussion was prompted by changes to state law that will allow video gaming this year. The proceeds will help pay for capital improvements.

City Administrator Eric Hanson says the city council discussed keeping the ban in place.

Monmouth and Firefighters Ratify Contract

May 24, 2012

Monmouth's city council and the firefighters union each ratified the three-year contract by a unanimous vote.

Firefighters will receive a 2.5% pay raise each year of the deal.

The city and the union each wanted similar changes in the time-off policies. The city wanted to reduce overtime. The union wanted to reduce the likelihood firefighters would be called in on their days off.

City Administrator Eric Hanson said the major change was to vacation policy.

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