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10:26 pm
Mon September 19, 2005

SE Iowa Counties Agricultural Disaster Areas

Keokuk, IA – The United States Department of Agriculture has designated 26 Iowa counties as agricultural disaster areas. After a summer of little rainfall and high temperatures, 16 counties including Lee, Henry, Des Moines, Louisa, and Van Buren, have been classified as primary disaster areas. Ten others were designated because of their proximity to the affected primary counties. Henry County farm loan manager Garry Movall says farmers in these counties are eligible for emergency loans through their local farm service agencies.

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WIUM Local
6:56 pm
Mon September 19, 2005

SE Iowa City Hopes To Be "Great Place"

Montrose, IA – One Southeast Iowa community is a step closer to being considered one of the state's "great places." Montrose was one of about 150 communities to invite the state to partner with it through the Iowa Great Places Initiative. The town has now moved on to the next step in the process. 3 members of the Great Places Citizen Advisory Board recently toured Montrose, to see if it will be considered one of the 3 "Great Places" pilot projects. Dave Bernstein of Souix City says there are no set requirements that the board looks for in each community.

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WIUM Local
4:39 pm
Mon September 19, 2005

County Computer Maps to Get Update

Macomb, IL – McDonough County's system of computerized maps will have building locations added to them over the coming year. Geographic Information System Center Manager Chad Sperry says law enforcement dispatchers will probably be the first to use the expanded capability. They'll be able to type in an address ... and have an aerial photo come up on their screen that will show just where a building is located. He says that will let them guide police or fire units. He says having the buildings plotted on the map will also help insure that all structures are on the property tax rolls.

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WIUM Local
11:36 pm
Sun September 18, 2005

Glass-Maker Wins Top Prize

Macomb, IL – A glass-maker from Champaign-Urbana won honors for "Best In Show" at Macomb's annual Gazebo Art Festival. Barrie Bredemeier's work is functional and decorative. Bredemeier says he enjoys working in three dimensions and did ceramics for many years. But he found glass addicting. He calls it a wonderful, fluid medium to work with. Bredemeier says it was humbling to be chosen "Best In Show" from among so many creative people. This was the second year he's participated in the Gazebo Art Festival. Picture perfect weather drew sizable crowds to Chandler Park for the event.

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WIUM Local
1:55 pm
Sun September 18, 2005

WIU Jazz Legend Dies

Macomb, IL – This year's Al Sears Jazz Festival in Macomb was dedicated to the memory of Dale Hopper. The former director of Western Illinois University's jazz program died Friday night at the age of 64. Hopper worked at Western for more than two decades. Under his direction, the Jazz Studio Orchestra gained an international following. Hopper also directed the marching band and wrote several books about band techniques. In addition, Hopper co-hosted "Big Band Jazz" on Tri States Public Radio for the past couple years.

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