WIUM Local
2:33 am
Tue August 15, 2006

Lee County Sheriff To Supervise City Officers

Keokuk, IA – One Lee County community is getting some law enforcement assistance from the sheriff's department. Lee County has reached an agreement with West Point that would allow the department to supervise the city's reserve officers, until a new police chief is hired. West Point has been without an active police chief for several weeks. Sheriff Buck Jones, who will serve as interim chief, says under Iowa law, a reserve officer has no authority if they are not under the supervision of a certified officer.

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WIUM Local
1:02 am
Tue August 15, 2006

Annexation Hearing Draws Capacity Crowd

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are now at a point where they will need to make decisions that will determine the fate of a proposed housing complex. Aldermen listened to another round of comments on the issue during an annexation hearing Monday night. The city council chambers were packed for the meeting. The development would be marketed to WIU students and would contain enough space to house about 500 people. It would be built at Ward and Piper Streets. People who live near the site oppose it. Their main concerns are noise and traffic.

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WIUM Local
9:01 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Hancock County Changes Development Focus

Carthage, IL – The Hancock County Economic Development Association is changing the focus of its director. Extension Director Deb Pflasterer says the new title will be coordinator, instead of educator. She says members wanted someone who could work more on business rentention and attracting new firms to the county. The former title required the job position to be more closely coordinated with the University of Illinois. Pflasterer says the opening will be posted shortly, and the group hopes to have a candidate selected by October.

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WIUM Local
4:32 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Mounds to Expand Focus

Lewistown, IL – The Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown plans to expand its focus to do more with nearby sites. Director Michael Wiant envisions a "museum without walls." He says visitors could come to the museum for an orientation on the collection, and on what's at nearby sites. Then using GPS and other technology, visitors could drive to the sites and hear a narrative to learn more. Wiant says the museum might also create a burial mound or a reconstructed village. He says the museum is also discussing an archaeological field school in cooperation with Western Illinois University.

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WIUM Local
12:38 am
Mon August 14, 2006

New Bridge Possible in Hamilton

Hamilton, IL – The site of Hamilton's old covered bridge is in line for a makeover. Volunteers have spent many hours clearing brush, picking weeds, and planting seeds at the site along Highway 136. The next step is to build a walking bridge, where the covered bridge once stood. Hamilton Community Development Coalition President, Dick Hartweg, says the wooden bridge will stretch 168 feet, across an old creek. He says the project could carry a price tag of about $15,000.

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WIUM Local
11:42 am
Sat August 12, 2006

Durbin Confident About Amtrak Funding

Monmouth, IL – US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) thinks Congress will agree to provide more than $1 billion for Amtrak next fiscal year. Durbin says the Senate and House conference committee still needs to work out the final figure. But he believes it will be close to the $1.4 billion he has proposed. He says that will give Amtrak enough money to maintain its current level of service at the federal level. Durbin also praised Illinois lawmakers for providing more money for in-state routes.

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WIUM Local
8:31 am
Sat August 12, 2006

Lee County Residents Want Road Paved

Fort Madison, IA – Another coalition of Lee County residents wants to see a county road upgraded. The Board of Supervisors received a petition, from a group of homeowners fom Wever, asking for 1 mile of 345th Avenue to be paved. Brian Stone says the project should be placed on the 5-year road plan because new businesses and homes, along the road, have led to increased traffic. Chairman George Morgan says the board will discuss the petition with County Engineer, Dennis Osipovitz, to see what can be done in the midst of a budget crunch.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Fri August 11, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:37 am
Fri August 11, 2006

Board Shoots Down Advisory Referendum

Lewistown, IL – The Fulton County Board voted against putting an advisory referendum on the November ballot. Board chairwoman Sandra Monari says the question would have asked whether voters would support establishing a tax to support the nursing home. She says board members obviously heard from many who were against the idea of the county running a nursing home. She says The Clayberg is bascially self-sustaining except for retirement contributions, employee health insurance and other payroll levies. She says those are paid for from the county's general fund.

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WIUM Local
8:13 am
Thu August 10, 2006

Keokuk to Explore Parking Problems

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council is looking for answers as to how to address a residential parking problem. Keokuk's medical complex, which includes Keokuk Area Hospital and the Keokuk Clinic, is located between Morgan and Fulton Streets, from 15th to 18th. In recent weeks, council members have been receiving complaints from residents who say medical employees are taking up all of the parking along city streets. Mayor Dave Gudgel says he hopes to set up a meeting with the hospital to see what can be worked out.

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