Keosauqua, IA – Some Southeast Iowa farmers may be able to enroll in a statewide program aimed at promoting good health and safety. The Certified Safe Farm Project is open to Southeast Iowa farmers that are at least 60 years old or on Blue Cross Insurance. Southeast Iowa Ag-Health-and-Safety Center Director, Dixie Daugherty, says there are several benefits to those that take part in the free program, including a health screening and a safety tour of their farm. She says the health and safety of those in the program will eventually be compared with those not enrolled.
Nauvoo, IL – A volunteer group from Nauvoo has cleared up a rest area named after Joseph Smith's son. The David's Chamber rest area is south of Nauvoo along Route 96. Doug Knowles is one of the volunteers. He says the waterfalls and picnic table areas had become overgrown with trees, brush and weeds. Volunteers cleared out the vegetation and used fire department help to wash mud out of the seven waterfalls to let them flow freely. Knowles says the project could lead to formation of a group called Friends of Nauvoo, which could undertake similar projects throughout the area.
Macomb, IL – An expert on white collar crime says many such criminals have trouble taking responsibility for their offenses. Michael Benson has studied white collar crime for years. While researching the issue, he's asked those convicted of white collar offenses how they got involved with their crimes. Benson says he almost always gets a long-winded answer explaining how no crime was committed. He says this is different from many street criminals, who acknowledge breaking the law while trying to justify why it was necessary to do so.
Fort Madison, IA – Lee County will add three new employees to the Sheriff's Department. The County Board of Supervisors has authorized the hiring of 3 part-time employees that will work as dispatchers and correctional officers in the county jail. The hirings come just a couple of weeks after the board chose not to fill a vacancy in the recorder's office to try to save money. Board Chairman Rick Larkin says the 3 part-time workers are needed to maintain public safety. Sheriff Buck Jones says the 3 new hires will replace 3 other part-time workers that are being promoted.