Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has voted to create three larger rural voting precincts by combining several groups of smaller ones. County Auditor Anne Pedersen says the move should not have a major effect on how her office handles elections. The proposal calls for Cedar, Marion and Franklin townships to form one precinct, while Denmark, Washington and Green Bay townships combine into another. The third precinct would include Des Moines, Charleston and Van Buren townships.
Cartrhage, IL – Carthage aldermen approved two water main projects. City Clerk Katherine Graham says the jobs will be bid soon and repairs should be completed this summer. She says there were two breaks within a week, placing the work on an emergency basis. She says the city will try to shift allocations to cover the cost.
Rushville, IL – An open house in Rushville Sunday afternoon will show off restoration of a cabin in Scripps Park. The cabin was originally built for a caretaker for "The Virginia." That's the community building given to the city by the Scripps newspaper family. Restoration Committee member Bebe Reisch says it took more than $45,000 in donations to restore and furnish the two-bedroom cabin. She says a second cabin was used by members of the Scripps family when they visited Rushville. Reisch says the committee hopes to have the second cabin restored next year.
Keokuk, IA – The current economic climate has led to Iowa's 951 cities facing many of the same problems. West Liberty City Manager Chris Ward, who is with the Iowa League of Cities, says property taxes and rollback are the leading concerns expressed by city leaders. He says the League will focus on rollback and economic development when lawmakers return to Des Moines. Ward says cities are approaching a breaking point when it comes to funding cuts by higher levels of government.
Macomb, IL – A summer camp at WIU challenges the myth that young girls are not skilled in math. The camp is called Girls Plus. It's open to junior high girls from around the country who excel in math. Program Director Candace Rosene says the idea for the program came from a series of national tests more than 15 years ago. It showed some young women were choosing not to take math or science courses. Rosene says the last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of females taking math or science courses.