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WIUM Local
5:31 pm
Wed August 31, 2005

Low-Income Heat Help Applications Open

Macomb, IL 61455 – Low-income households in four western Illinois counties can apply for heating assistance beginning Sept. 1. The Western Illinois Regional Council is taking appointments for residents in Hancock, Henderson, Warren and McDonough counties. Coordinator Tina Lovejoy says the assistance levels will be about the same as last year's, even though the cost of fuel is expected to increase. Emergency assistance is available for those who have been disconnected by a utility firm or for those whose heating fuel suppliers refuse to deliver.

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WIUM Local
5:49 pm
Tue August 30, 2005

Southeast Iowa Schools On Watch List

Keokuk, IA – Several Southeast Iowa school districts are included on a federal academic watch list. The Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Burlington school districts are on the 2005 "Schools in Need of Assistance" list based on last year's test scores. Schools are placed on the federal list if a portion of their students fail to meet proficiency standards for two years in a row. Iowa Department of Education spokesperson Kathi Slaughter says schools will have a more difficult time getting off the list as standards continue to increase. Listed below are those on the list from Southeast Iowa.

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WIUM Local
3:54 pm
Tue August 30, 2005

Brown County Gets Two Grants

Mt. Sterling, IL – Two federal grants will help Brown County firefighters and ambulance personnel. Fire Chief Brian Gallaher says $114,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will replace or update the breathing apparatus for the county's fire protection district. He says some new masks will be purchased, while others will be updated to meet current standards. Gallaher says the second grant, for $110,000, will purchase a new ambulance for the Brown County Ambulance Service. It will replace a van-type ambulance with more than 200,000 miles on it.

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WIUM Local
2:51 pm
Tue August 30, 2005

Blandinsville Village President Dies

Blandinsville, IL – Blandinsville's village president is being remembered as someone who always kept active. Fred Hofmeister, 66, was pronounced dead Monday night at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He had been flown there after complaining of chest pains. McDonough County Sheriff Mike Johnson considered Hofmeister a close personal friend. Johnson says Hofmeister was an avid golfer who kept his yard in great shape. Johnson says Hofmeister's death is a tragic loss for the village. Hofmeister had served as Blandinsville's village president since 1997.

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In the Tri States
2:36 pm
Tue August 30, 2005

In The Tri States

August 7, 2005 – A review of the news of the previous month from the Tri States Public Radio listening region.

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