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6:18 pm
Tue July 26, 2005

DeJaynes Announces for County Clerk

Macomb, IL – McDonough County elections worker Gretchen DeJaynes is the first entrant in the Republican primary for county clerk. DeJaynes has worked in the elections department for four years under County Clerk Florine Miller. Miller is retiring next year. DeJaynes says she has tried to learn all aspects of the office. She believes the clerk's office is now working well. She expects no further problems with tax extensions or accounting for social security payments.

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9:17 am
Tue July 26, 2005

McDonough County Under Voluntary Burning Ban

Macomb, IL 61455 – McDonough County's ESDA Director is asking for a voluntary outdoor burning ban throughout the county. Steve Miller says the hot and dry conditions make outdoor fires extremely hazardous. He says it would be too easy for a fire to get out of control and threaten other structures. The ban will be in effect until further notice. He says there is no county penalty for violating the ban, but many towns and villages have provisions calling for ordinance violation fines for those who break the ban.

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8:57 am
Tue July 26, 2005

Lee County Office Holders Object

Keokuk, IA – Lee County's five county-wide office holders are joining forces to oppose the Board of Supervisors' budget-cutting plan. The board wants to cut the work week for the county's union employees by one hour. The auditor, attorney, recorder, sheriff and treasurer have all signed an open letter to the board that calls the action illegal. They say they will not reduce the work week for bargaining unit workers. They suggest the board work to amend the budget, and say they're willing to partner with the board to look for ways to cut spending.

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11:53 pm
Mon July 25, 2005

More Complaints About Macomb Police

Macomb, IL – A local activist believes racial problems still exist in Macomb and he thinks the police department is doing little to rectify the situation. McDonough County NAACP President Gregg Huston says just three members of the police department attended a diversity training session conducted by the Anti-Defamation League. Meanwhile, members of the McDonough County Sheriff's Department and WIU's Office of Public Safety were required to attend. Huston says Police Chief Mike Galloway was among those who failed to attend.

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6:01 pm
Mon July 25, 2005

Vintage Planes Travel To Southeast Iowa

Keokuk, IA – Vintage planes from World War II traveled to Keokuk for an annual convention. About 50 planes took part in the 15th annual Internation L-Bird Fly-In Convention. Airport manager Greg Gobble says the intense heat did not affect this year's turnout. The event featured flying and landing displays along with a flour-bag bombing contest. Gobble says these planes were used as air ambulances and artillery spotters as well as for forward reconnaissance. The pilots tried to avoid the excessive temperatures by sitting in the shade from their planes.

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