Macomb, IL – The final production of Western's Summer Music Theatre season will be performed this weekend and next. But those who gathered in Chandler Park for this week's Brown Bag Concert got a preview of the show. Cast members from "Evita" sang selections from the musical. The lead role will be played by Tamara Corbin. The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory student is in Macomb for this summer's musical productions. Corbin played small parts in the earlier shows. One of the other major characters is portrayed by Adam Michael Lewis. The Monmouth native fills the role of Che Rivera.
Macomb, IL – A transportation bill headed to the US Senate could provide a maintenance building for Macomb's campus-community bus service. The bill recommends $500,000 in planning funds on what could be a $7 million building. Go West director Jude Kiah says the system has 20 buses now and he's applying for five more.
Springfield, IL – A $1.2 million grant will help low-income families in west central Illinois restore their homes. Henderson County Economic Development Corporation President Richard Johnson say 14 homes will be restored there. The program carries the stipulation that homeowners who take part in the program must continue to live in the home for up to five years after the restoration. In McDonough County the grant money will help improve homes in Colchester and Prairie City.
Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk city council defeated an effort to prohibit cats from leaving their homes or their owner's control. The proposal would have allowed the animal control officer to capture and impound pet cats if they are loose. That's already the practice with wild cats. Alderman Bill Olmsted says he has received several complaints about pet cats causing problems for Keokuk residents. Several aldermen questioned whether the proposal could be enforced, or if it meant cats would have to be leashed like a dog.
Fort Madison, IA – Another business will soon be leaving Southeast Iowa. International Paper has announced its intention to close its mill in Fort Madison by this fall. Spokesperson Amy Sawyer says this is part of the company's reorganization effort. About 100 people are employed at the mill. The wavy material found in corrugated boxes is produced there. Another Fort Madison company, Sheaffer Pen, will close within the next year.