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State to Cover ½ the Cost
10:30 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

SCC Must Use Own Money for Building

SCC's Emergency Response Training Center

Southeastern Community College will need to spend some of its own money to add on to one of its facilities.

The college wants to add some classroom and lab space at the site of its Emergency Response Training Center in Fort Madison.  It is located along Ortho Road roughly one mile from Fort Madison Community Hospital.

SCC planned to pay for the construction of a new building with state money.  The college is eligible for roughly $700,000 over two fiscal years.

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New Book & Cemetery Tours
10:11 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Digging Up History at Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery

John Hallwas in Oakwood Cemetery
Rich Egger

Historian and author John Hallwas was looking for a different take on Macomb's history. He found it by going through its grandest old graveyard, which is Oakwood Cemetery.

The result is the book Here to Stay: Reflections on the Dead in a Small Town Cemetery. It will be released in the coming days.

“Cemeteries are like huge puzzles. The more time you spend strolling through them, noticing things ... there are many mysteries in the cemetery,” Hallwas said. “The cemetery is a big vast canvas of mysteries.”

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Three Vying for Nod in District 42
9:56 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Education Top Priority for Senate Candidates

The three candidates for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 42nd Senate District say they will make education a top priority.

Bob Morawitz of Fort Madison, Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant and Donna Amandus of Fort Madison each say improvements to the education system equate to economic development.

Morawitz says the key is improving the workforce, adding “we have a lot of people who do not have the skills and need the training.”

He says that starts with focusing on adult education, especially as industrial jobs become more technology-based.

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Cost is a drawback
3:55 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Hancock County Might Hire Ambulance Consultant

The Hancock County Board is looking at options including hiring a consultant to solve problems with ambulance service.

The county is under a “Plan of Correction” to fix a number of deficiencies. The county could be fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health if they are not corrected soon.

One of the biggest problems is that some crews are not doing a “rig check” to make sure their ambulances have all the supplies and gear they might need on a call.

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Job Creation
9:55 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Iowa Senate 42 – Republican Primary

The two men seeking the Republican nomination in Iowa’s 42nd Senate District have different ideas for creating and retaining jobs.

Larry Kruse of rural Donnellson says he is running for the state legislature to add and retain jobs.  He says that is the biggest challenge facing the district, which includes all of Lee and Henry Counties and portions of Jefferson and Washington Counties.

“We need good, high quality jobs for the citizens of Lee County and southeast Iowa,” says Kruse.

He says Iowa must also become more business-friendly through common sense regulations.

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