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Watson Trial is Delayed
1:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Watson Trial is Delayed

The trial of former Macomb High School teacher and boys basketball coach Daniel Watson will not take place until the last week of May. He is charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and a count of official misconduct related to an alleged relationship with a student who was 17 years old at the time. He faces another charge of official misconduct for alleged public indecency on school grounds.

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Hero of War of 1812
8:56 am
Tue April 17, 2012

City Celebrates General Macomb

The image of General Macomb from the Chandler Park monument

(This story was written by reporter Geoff Norfleet)

This year marks the beginning of the War of 1812, and Western Illinois Museum curator Sue Scott says although there were no major battles in what was then known as the Illinois Territory, the area does have its connections to the War.

For example, Western Illinois was known as the Military Tract. Millions of acres of land had been set aside to be given to the veterans of the War of 1812.  Each vet was eligible to receive 160 acres.

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General Fund Projections down
6:57 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Carthage Budget Might Require Cuts

Carthage Mayor Jim Nightingale said budget projections for the general fund next fiscal year are lower than he would like.

He said, “That's something that we will have to address and present to the council. I think there's some items we're going to have to reduce the expenditures.”

Nightingale likes to see between $250,000 and $300,000 in the general fund. The projections are closer to $260,000.

He said the overall budget will be $1.2 million.

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Letter From City
10:05 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Macomb Emergency Order Possible

The City of Macomb sent a letter to businesses that sell package liquor to forewarn them an emergency order could be issued the final weekend of April.

The Wheeler Street block party - which has gotten out of control in recent years - has been held during the final weekend of  April.

Mayor Mike Inman said the order would not limit the amount of alcohol the businesses could sell but rather would restrict the sale of liquor in glass containers.

He said it's a matter of public safety.

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Panels encourage cooperation
2:59 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Hancock County Forms Economic Task Forces

Jerry Bartell

The Hancock County Economic Development Committee has formed three task forces composed of 25 volunteers each.

They are looking for ways to encourage future economic development in the county.

An initial meeting of selected three priorities; job creation, vocational training and entrepreneurship and encouraging residents to shop at local businesses. Each task force will hold an initial meeting in the next few weeks. They will then meet on a quarterly basis.

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