Macomb, IL – "Disasters do not just happen. In the vast majority of cases, they are not 'bolts from the blue' but take place through the conjuncture of two factors: a human population and a potentially destructive agent that is part of a total ecological system, including all natural, modified, and constructed features." Thus begins the 2001 book Catastrophe & Culture: The Anthropology of Disaster edited by Susanna Hoffman and Tony Oliver-Smith.
Rushville, IL – After years of planning, the Schuyler-Industry school district has acquired about ten acres of farm land near Rushville-Industry High School. It paid about $13,000 per acre, which has been budgeted for the past two years.
Superintendent Mathew Plater says the land could eventually play a role in constructing a large new elementary school. The district would then consolidate and close its existing elementary schools.
Keokuk, IA – The Iowa Attorney General's office prosecutes crimes that take place within the state's prison system, including the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. Attorneys are assigned regionally.
Lee County Attorney Mike Short says the lone prosecutor for the prison in Fort Madison has announced his retirement. He says that will take place prior to June 30.