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10:28 am
Thu September 29, 2005

The Hawkeye Valley Bell Project

Burlington, IA – Musician Patrick Hazell is well known around the region for playing the blues. But he's also grabbed the spotlight the past couple years for ringing the bells. He's conducted a half-dozen Hawkeye Valley Bell Projects in his hometown of Burlington and has also overseen a bell project in a Russian city. Dozens of volunteers help Hazell with the Burlington ringings. He hopes the performances inspire people to ring the downtown bells more often. The latest version of the Hawkeye Valley Bell Project was held on a warm, humid early autumn evening.

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WIUM Local
10:27 am
Thu September 29, 2005

Macomb Police Handling More Fight Calls

Macomb, IL – Macomb police believe they're responding to more calls about fights than in years past. Chief Mike Galloway says his department has broken up 55 fights on Friday and Saturday nights this school year. He says the department is keeping tabs on the calls this year because it also sensed a rise in fights last school year. Galloway is not sure why there have been so many altercations. The department will meet with the Community-University Partnership Program to seek solutions. Galloway says many of the fights occur outside the town's bars.

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WIUM Local
9:19 am
Thu September 29, 2005

Hancock County Plans Dental Clinic

Carthage, IL – Three Hancock County agencies are planning a dental clinic that could open next year. A recent survey of health needs showed that dental care for low-income residents was one of the major needs. The health department's Melita Finney says there are no dentists in the county who accept medicare payments. The health department is planning with the hospital and the mental health center for further grants to support the clinic. They are also working with dental schools to find a recent graduate who would establish the clinic.

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WIUM Local
8:10 pm
Wed September 28, 2005

Southeast Iowa Prepares For Disaster

Keokuk, IA – A state-coordinated disaster drill tested Southeast Iowa's response to an agri-terrorism event. Lee County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Cirinna says about 10 counties took part in the exercise. Those involved had to react to a fake outbreak of the contagious foot and mouth disease. Cirinna says the exercise required Lee County to open its emergency operations center and test its capability. He says communication between the different agencies, including law enforcement, county government, and public health, was good within the E.O.C.

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WIUM Local
5:18 pm
Tue September 27, 2005

Keokuk School District Enrollment Dropping

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk School District's enrollment is down this year. Business Manager Greg Reynolds says Keokuk's official count is around 2,350 students. He says that is a 45-student decrease compared to last year. Reynolds says the decrease means the district will lose about $220,000 in state aid. School districts receive state dollars based on their enrollments. Reynolds says the school board will have to address the loss in its budget for the next school year.

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