TSPR Local

More Pets Returning to Their Owners
12:48 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

McDonough Shelter Finds More Homes for Pets

Cat at the animal shelter

The McDonough County Animal Shelter is finding more homes for more pets.

Just over a year ago, the county had a complete turnover of its animal control officers.

Linda Jani chairs ths county committee that oversees the shelter's operation.

She says, “We're very happy with that trend because we like to see the animals going to good homes. Nobody likes to euthanize (animals) but occassionally  it's necessary.

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More Money Needed for Ambulance Service
9:56 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Hancock County to Ask for Tax Hike

The Hancock County Board will put a referendum before voters in November to raise the ambulance service property tax rate.

Voters will decide whether to leave the rate at 10 cents per $100 assessed valuation or to increase it to 25 cents.

Board Chairman David Walker says the county needs more than the current $655,000 it pays to support the district

He says, “The way costs of providing the personnel and the machinery to provide a worthwhile ambulance service (are going) we're going to need more funding, because the funding we have is close to inadequate.”

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More Visits Likely This Year
5:21 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Keokuk Administrators Observe Classes

Keokuk School Board

Administrators within the Keokuk School District spent more time in the classrooms, last year, as part of a program aimed at observing teacher and student performance.

The 2011/2012 school year marked the second year for the eWalks program.

Business Manager Greg Reynolds says the program requires administrators to conduct brief, unannounced visits into classrooms throughout the district.

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City acquires land
6:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Galesburg Bridge Project Moves Forward

Mayor Sal Garza

Galesburg has acquired land adjacent to the current Soangetaha overpass. The move will allow the current bridge to remain open while its replacement is built.

The BNSF railroad owns the current bridge on East Main Street. It's between Galesburg and East Galesburg.

Mayor Sal Garza says it is at the end of its service. life.

He says, “That has gotten to a state where it's just limited in terms of the capacity of weight that is safe."

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Possible Damage to Vehicles
8:59 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Keokuk Alderman Wants Trees Trimmed

One member of the Keokuk City Council wants residents to address a growing nuisance.

City code requires residents to trim their trees so they do not block sidewalks or extend out over city streets.  The excessive limbs can damage larger vehicles like fire engines and garbage trucks.

1st Ward Alderman Mike O’Connor says there are too many properties, throughout Keokuk, where the trees are out of control.

He wants to put the entire city “on notice” to deal with these overgrown trees.

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