Macomb, IL – The Macomb Park District's development plan does not include a price tag yet, but it does propose some significant changes to existing parks. Patton Park would become home to a mini-arboretum, a disc golf course, and a sledding hill. It would also have basketball courts and a dog park. Downing Park would get a water playground, a walking path, and a recreation center. The building could also serve as a community center. In addition, it would house the district's administration offices.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk plans to future explore its options relating to extraterritorial zoning. Iowa law allows cities to extend their land-zoning authority up to 2 miles beyond their current borders. This means a city could designate what type of use would be allowed on certain plots of land. Keokuk mayor Dave Gudgel says the city council must consider extraterritorial zoning because interest in the city has skyrocketed with the creation of the Port Authority.
Carthage, IL – A fundraising campaign will determine whether the Carthage YMCA will remain open. The facility there has been a branch of the Hoerner YMCA in Keokuk, but is being spun off. Carthage Board Chair Tyrone Jacoby says if his group can raise $15,000 by Monday, it can keep the facility open for three months while it considers options. He says one avenue could include cooperation with the school district, the hospital or the park board. He says all three groups need what the Y can offer. Jacoby says the board will meet informally Friday to discuss progress.
Keokuk, IA – The upcoming school year will be one of new beginnings for the Keokuk Catholic Schools. Even though Cardinal Stritch High School closed its doors, earlier this year, the school will be in use when classes begin next month. Administrator Mike Ellerman says the building will now house 2 seperate schools, Saint Vincent's Elementary and Cardinal Stritch Junior High. Volunteers have spent the summer updating the computer lab and library and removing science labs and other equipment. Ellerman says the future of the former Saint Vincents school building is still up in the air.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk has renewed its longtime bond with a Japanese city. Keokuk mayor Dave Gudgel and the mayor of Kai City, Yoshimaro Fujimaki, signed a new sister cities agreement. Last night's ceremony kicked off the latest exchange between the cities as 15 junior high students and five chaparones, from Kai City, will spend the next few weeks in Keokuk. Keokuk Sister Cities Association founder, Rita Noe, says the program helps the children, from both countries, realize they have more similarities than differences.
Macomb, IL – Another round is underway in the battle between the Schuyler-Industry School District and a group of families hoping to detach from it. The district filed papers in McDonough County Circuit Court in Macomb on Tuesday seeking to overturn a ruling last month by Hancock-McDonough regional school trustees. That ruling allowed the families to detach from the district and instead send their children to Macomb schools. In the court filing, the Schuyler-Industry district says the detachment hearing should have been conducted by Fulton-Schuyler regional school trustees.