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Classes Begin in Sept.
7:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Lee County Recruiting Leaders

Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sarah Cantrell
  • Interview with Sarah Cantrell

Volunteerism and civic involvement are crucial to a community’s success.

It’s becoming more difficult to find people who are willing to serve, though, as personal and/or professional schedules fill up.

A new partnership in Lee County will try to showcase the benefits of service and train future community leaders.

The Keokuk and Fort Madison Area Chambers of Commerce are working with Iowa State University Extension on L.E.E.  The acronym stands for Leadership Education & Excellence.

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State cuts drove Illini West fee hike
6:57 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Drivers Ed Fees to Double

Illini West High School students will pay $100 to take Drivers Education classes next school year. The fess will double to make up for part of a state cut to the program.

Superintendent Kim Schilson says the district received $20,000 less from the state for the program than it expected.

She says, “It'll help somewhat. (The) shortfall in Drivers Ed is massive. There was a cut in the general budget on the Drivers Ed next year so the funding's going down.”

The district will also raise the district registration fee for all students from $110 to $125.      

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Next Phase of Route 336
5:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Groundbreaking For Macomb Bypass

IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider at the podium during the groundbreaking ceremony
  • Speeches from the groundbreaking ceremony
  • The on-air story

Work will begin Thursday, July 5 to build a bridge that will carry Route 136 traffic over the future Route 336. The project is the beginning of the Macomb Bypass.

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider came to the area for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place on a hot and humid afternoon in a grassy field just west of Macomb. Schneider was joined by politicians, labor leaders, city and county workers, and others.

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Runs Through Sunday Evening
10:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Warsaw Bicentennial This Weekend

  • Interview with Joe Clarke

The extreme heat will not stop Warsaw (IL) from celebrating its history this weekend.

The small town in western Hancock County came to be in 1812.  It was a settlement between Fort Edwards and Fort Johnson.

Bicentennial Committee Chairman Joe Clarke says after more than 35 years in Warsaw, he could not imagine living anywhere else.

“I really enjoy the camaraderie of people there,” says Clarke.  “You go downtown and everyone knows who you are and they are friendly.  It is a very nice community to live in.”

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Construction Forces Temporary Move
10:17 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Burlington Animal Shelter Re-Opens

  • Interview with Susan Denk

The Burlington Animal Shelter is up and running again at a temporary location.

An expansion and renovation of the facility is scheduled to get underway in a couple of weeks.

Des Moines County Humane Society Co-President Susan Denk says the shelter is slated to nearly double in size.

She says the most important improvement will be a new ventilation system that separates between sick animals, health animals and humans.

The shelter had to be cleared out in anticipation of the upcoming construction.

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