Macomb, IL – Those who love jazz will love being in Macomb this weekend. The annual Al Sears Jazz Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, September 16 - 18. The event will begin with Jazz In The Clubs on Friday night. Four venues in downtown Macomb will feature live music. The festival will continue on Saturday with Jazz In The Park. There will be performances in Chandler Park from 12:15 p.m. until well into the evening. The fest wraps up on Sunday with Jazz On Campus, which will feature a jazz brunch. All of the events except the brunch are free.
Fort Madison, IA – Two Lee County Supervisors have been tapped to explore the county's options when it comes to the future of its jail. The special committee will initially consist of Supervisors Larry Kruse and George Morgan. It could expand to include other county leaders and residents. The group will look into whether the county shoudl build a new jail, expand the current facility, or join with other counties to form a regional jail. Lee County Sheriff Buck Jones says the county's main jail facility is still in good condition.
Carthage, IL – Carthage city leaders will meet with property owners next week to discuss upgrading a west-side alley to full street width. City Clerk Kathy Graham says a group of businesses are clustered near the alley now, but having it as a street could bring more businesses. However, she says existing businesses would have to transfer 25-feet of property to the city for the street, and agree to set future buildings back another 25 feet. Graham says some business owners are not sure they want to give up that much land.
Keokuk, IA – Several U-S Coast Guard members that have been rescuing survivors of Hurricane Katrina are back in the tri-state region. A regional disaster response team, which included 8 Keokuk-based officers, spent two weeks in New Orleans conducting search and rescue missions. Chief Petty Officer Brett Wickett says that despite the harsh conditions, the team rescued about 500 residents. He says the disaster response team spent 10 to 12 hours a day in their boats searching for people, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Lee County, IA – Voter turnout was very low for school board elections in Lee County's 3 public school districts. About 8% of the registered voters within the Central Lee School District made it to the polls. In Keokuk, turnout was around 2% while it was just 1% in Fort Madison. Seven of the nine races on the ballot in the county were uncontested.
Central Lee District 1 Robert Bryant (Inc) - Unopposed
District 3 Bob Galle - 57% Brenda Knox - 26% Doug Hopp (Inc) - 17%