WIUM Local
4:42 am
Mon October 16, 2006

Fort Madison Seeking Historic District

Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison is working on its application to receive a national historic district designation. Planning and Zoning Director, Ed Basch, says the proposed district would stretch from 6th Street to 10th Street on Avenues G and H, though changes are still possible. He says volunteers are still collecting information on the roughly 100 properties within the proposed district. Basch says all of that information must be worked into the city's application, which he says should be submitted at the state and federal levels this summer.

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WIUM Local
4:27 am
Mon October 16, 2006

Fort Madison Industry to Expand

Fort Madison, IA – A major industry in Southeast Iowa is expanding. The Scotts Company is adding a 52,000 square foot building to its Ft. Madison facility. Plant Manager, Dave Sanborn, says the $5,000,000 expansion will house one new packaging line and one revamped packaging line for its liquid lawn care products. Sanborn says 20 new employees were recently added at the Ft. Madison facility. He says the additional packaging lines will also allow the company to get away from having employees work 12 hour shifts. Sanborn says the expansion should be finished within the next six months.

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WIUM Local
4:13 am
Sun October 15, 2006

Former Pottery Plant Could Get New Life

Macomb, IL – A Minnesota-based company is trying to determine whether there is support in Macomb for creating a multi-purpose arts facility in an abandoned factory. ArtSpace is looking at the old Haeger Pottery plant on West Calhoun Street. The idea is to convert it into studios, apartments, and a retail outlet for local artists. ArtSpace's representatives met with community members during a two-day period to share ideas and gather input. The project is still in the feasibility stage. ArtSpace will decide by mid-November whether to buy the building.

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WIUM Local
4:37 am
Fri October 13, 2006

RMC Cafeteria Might Be Demolished

Carthage, IL – The roof of the cafeteria building at Carthage's Robert Morris College has fallen in. The city has filed to demolish the structure. Mayor James Nightingales says the owners have been given 15 days to demolish the building, or come up with a plan to do so. He says the roof has been in bad repair for more than a year, but when it fell the city believed it had to take action. The campus has been empty for years. Several efforts to sell it have not succeeded. The town's community development office is also working to find a buyer for the grounds and buildings.

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WIUM Local
4:32 am
Fri October 13, 2006

SEIA Redemption Center Will Stay Open

Keokuk, IA – The Southeast Iowa Redemption Center can remain open, as long as it complies with certain city requirements. The Keokuk Board of Adjustment chose not to revoke the facility's special use permit after a lengthy complaince review. The redemption center recieved the permit, in January of 2005, for its recycling operations. Recently, questions surfaced as to whether the facility was complying with the requirements of the permit. Community Development Director, Pam Broomhall, says owner Brian Boyd has brought the facility into compliance.

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WIUM Local
11:30 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Candidate Leaving Race in West Central Illinois

Quincy, IL – Kelly Street is dropping out of the race for State Representative in District 93. The Scott County Democrat was challenging Republican Incumbent Jil Tracy. Adams County Democratic Committee Chairman, Verne Hagstrom, says Street was told, earlier this week, that he must stop campaigning because of potential violations of the Federal Hatch Act. That law prevents a candidate from running for certain political offices if their employer receives federal funding. Hagstrom says Street's employer, a state-run hospital, uses federal Medicaid money to pay some salaries.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:20 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Park Board Suggests Hunting

Rushville, IL – The Scripps Park Board will recommend to the Rushville City Council that hunting be allowed in the 100-acre addition to the park. Board members see a possible leasing through bids as a way to raise income to help develop the addition . They point out that lease hunting is becoming more popular in the region, and say they have had some interest from possible hunters. The board is recommending a possible October through mid-January season, with other access denied to the park addition during the lease period.

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WIUM Local
4:10 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Keokuk's Firefighters Make Initial Contract Offer

Keokuk, IA – Keokuk's firefighters are looking for a multi-year contract with substantial pay hikes. The initial offer calls for a 3-year deal with a $1/hour pay hike each year. The hourly rates for members of the firefighter's union would increase by more than 20% during the proposed deal. The union is also asking for additional pay for certified haz-mat technicians, a pay hike during scheduled work hours from 7 P.M. to 7 A.M., and a bump in longevity pay. The city must present its counter offer during a public meeting during the next two weeks.

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Emphasis
12:01 am
Thu October 12, 2006

Emphasis

October 12, 2006 – Rich Egger talks to Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead about the city's referendum that will ask voters to make permanent the half-cent sales tax.

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