Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk Police Department is investigating an incident involving a local teacher. The police department's investigative unit is conducting an investigation into allegations of inappropriate actions of a Keokuk High School teacher. A statement issued by Police Chief Tom Crew goes on to say that the investigation is ongoing and that no arrests have been made at this time. Keokuk Superintendent Jane Babcock confirms there is an investigation underway involving a staff member, but would not elaborate on who was being investigated.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County will begin discussion of a layoff policy. The issue arose at this week's Government Integrity and Oversight Committee during discussion of the coming year's budget. Committee Chairman Glen Foster says farmland assessments are expected to drop by about 15 percent, meaning less property tax income. Foster will schedule a meeting for budget discussion between elected officers and county board members. He says both groups will have to work closely together for the county to have a balanced budget.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are figuratively dipping a toe in the water to determine whether a new pool is needed. Aldermen will decide next week whether to seek bids for an engineering study on Glenwood Pool. Members of the city's pool committee would like to have the study done, but aldermen were somewhat reluctant to place the item on next week's agenda. Several aldermen say it's already pretty clear to them that it's not worth spending more money to fix the pool. Nonetheless, the pool committee says the study will provide important documentation.
Macomb, IL – Members of Bravo Battery, 123rd Field Artillery of the Illinois National Guard were honored over the weekend for their service in Iraq. The Assistant Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard gave each member of the unit a flag in a ceremony held before the unit began its regular monthly drill. The unit was mobilized for more than a year. Members were trained and served as military police while the were deployed. Now, the unit will resume artillery training.
Fort Madison, IA – A new school building might be on the horizon in Fort Madison. The facilities planning committee is recommending the Fort Madison School District build a new K-8 facility. The building would replace Denmark Elementary and Fort Madison Middle School. Superintendent Kenneth Marang says the Denmark building is falling apart. He says there are also issues with the middle school being located on a small piece of land in residential neighborhood. The committee says building a 900 student facility, between Denmark and Fort Madison, would cost around $17,000,000.
Oquawka – A retiree who returned home to Oquawka is trying to recruit volunteers to restore some of the buildings around town. Stan Banta grew up in Oquawka and as a youth went to Boy Scout meetings in what's now the abandoned 1901 fire station. Banta says he's asking the village board for permission to refurbish the older buildings as a way of helping the town. The board has not yet decided to offer financial support for the project. Banta will seek donations of materials as well. He estimates about half of the value of the work will be donated labor, the other half will be materials.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison hopes to utilize volunteer firefighters in an attempt to improve its own fire department. The city council is working to develop a hybrid department that would consist of both full-time and part-time firefighters. Council member Chris Greenwald says the city will meet with volunteer firefighters from surrounding communities to gauge interest in working for Fort Madison, part-time. He says this would allow the city to add qualified firefighters while saving money on training and benefits.