TSPR Local

Gravel in Place for Two Years
9:05 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Keokuk Looking to Replace Roads

The Keokuk City Council must decide how to pay for street reconstruction around Wells-Carey Elementary.

The Keokuk City Council must decide how the city should pay for some highly-anticipated street work.

Keokuk replaced some sewer lines around Wells-Carey Elementary about two years ago.

The project required crews to tear up several streets to do the work.

Keokuk did not immediately replace them, though, because the sewer needed time to settle.  Gravel was added for the time being, but that has led to plenty of complaints from residents about dust.

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Talking to Nearby Communities
8:35 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Fort Madison Looking at Tourism Regionally

The Fort Madison City Council created a special committee to hand out the city’s hotel/motel tax revenue to specific events or organizations.

The promotion of tourism, though, does not fall on the committee.  It is handled by Fort Madison Partners.

That organization is an umbrella group that includes the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission, and Fort Madison Economic Development Corporation.

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Safety Precaution
8:06 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Pedestrian Crossing Signs for Busy Macomb Intersection

One of the solar powered LED traffic signs on the WIU campus
Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen have been asked for several years to take action to improve the safety of the Grant Street and Maple Avenue intersection. They now appear ready to do so.

They will decide at their June 4, 2012 meeting whether the city should buy solar powered pedestrian crossing lights for that intersection and for West Adams Street, just east of Wigwam Hollow Road.

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Office to open in June
12:17 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Bushnell Lands New Dentist

Bushnell will soon have a new dental practice to fill the office that has been vacant since the retirement of the city's only dentist, Dr. David Jameson.

Dr. Paige McCord came from Arizona. She expects to open her practice in mid-June.

The city initiated an active recruiting effort in March.  McCord says she heard about the opportunity at a high school reunion.

She will open a general dentistry practice and offer cosmetic dentistry. She has practiced for seven years.

McCord hopes many of Jameson's former patients will become part of her practice.

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Public Universities Targeted
9:54 am
Tue May 29, 2012

House Proposal Would Cut WIU Funding

Rich Egger

The  Illinois House is considering a 6% cut to state universities  in next year's budget. That's nearly double the reduction  in  the budget plan that passed the Senate last week.

The  dollar amount of the cuts would vary depending on the size of the  institution.

Western Illinois University would lose nearly $3.4 million.

The  proposal also slashes $15 million from scholarships for needy students through the Monetary Assistance Program, also known as MAP Grants.

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