WIUM Local
6:24 am
Mon April 10, 2006

Keokuk to Set Goals for the Future

Keokuk, IA – Some Keokuk residents have started setting some goals for the city. A 40-member steering committee has begun work on a 5- to 10-year road map for the city. Chamber of Commerce President, Mark Smidt, says the Vision:Keokuk plan will be a broad look at the goals residents have for the city's future. Smidt says there will be several public input sessions. He says all of the ideas will be melded together by the Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa. Smidt says a final plan should be developed in a year.

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Afternoon Edition
6:19 am
Mon April 10, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
5:13 am
Mon April 10, 2006

Carthage Wants More Activities for Kids

Carthage, IL – Planners in Carthage are trying to add more activities for younger children to their Independence Day celebration this year. Committee Member Sandy Folkerts says they plan the standard list of activities for adults and teens, including a dance and the fireworks show. However, she said members noticed not enough things for younger children to do last year. They're working on some games, and want to bring in a child-size train on rubber tires that will traverse the sidewalks around the square.

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WIUM Local
3:37 am
Mon April 10, 2006

Illinois Takes Over TNC Holding

Nauvoo, IL – The State of Illinois has purchased almost 900 acres from The Nature Conservancy for public use. Western Illinois parks director Reagan Ramsey says the Cedar Glen State Natural Area will be under the Nauvoo State Park. He says the tract has about 750 acres of timber land and 140 acres of meadow. It has not been farmed, and contains several threatened or relatively rare species. Ramsey says it will be opened for deer hunting in season, but will be closed to the public during the Bald Eagle roosting season.

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WIUM Local
10:43 am
Fri April 7, 2006

Trash Talk in Keokuk Heats Up

Keokuk, IA – Last night's Keokuk city council meeting was filled with trash talk. A handful of residents voiced their displeasure with the city's increased enforcement of long-standing garbage codes. Darla West feels the council has not taken her ideas about hiring a private hauler seriously. Petitions with dozens of signatures of those opposed to the rules were presented to the council. City leaders say more than 85% of residents are in compliance with city garbage laws. Several aldermen say the sanitation committee will review all of the garbage options in the near future.

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WIUM Local
4:30 am
Fri April 7, 2006

Board Wants More Corporate Farm Information

Oquawka, IL – Henderson County board members believe the state should be more forthcoming about possible corporate agriculture livestock facilities. Chairman Marty Lafary says he asked for a briefing from agriculture department staffers after he heard that up to three such farms might locate in the county. He says he learned that the Department of Agriculture has the final say on permitting such an operation. Lafary believes the state should notify local governents much earlier in the permitting process.

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WIUM Local
7:11 am
Thu April 6, 2006

F1 Intensity for Blandinsville Tornado

Western Illinois – The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes touched down in western Illinois during the storms of Sunday April 2. The strongest was an F1 tornado near Blandinsville. The weather service says that tornado was 14 miles in length and up to 1/8 of a mile wide. It destroyed the Hires Township maintenance garage, 7 grain bins, and 2 wood barns. The NWS says a tornado also touched down near Terre Haute but it caused no significant damage.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Thu April 6, 2006

Afternoon Edition

Emphasis
3:48 am
Thu April 6, 2006

Emphasis

April 6, 2006 – This week's program focuses on some of the awareness activities planned in the region in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The guests are Diane Mayfield of the Western Illinois Regional Council and Sue Prochazka of the Tri-State Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse.

WIUM Local
11:37 am
Wed April 5, 2006

City Gets Public Works Resignation

Macomb, lIL – The Macomb City Administrator has asked for and received the public works director's resignation. Terry Wrestler resigned as director of public works April 3. He had been on a seven-day administrative leave for failure to follow purchasing procedures. City Administrator Mike Hays said in a prepared statement both he and the city council had lost faith in Wrestler's ability to fulfill the functions of the job. Hays says no plans have yet been made to find a replacement. He says staff will be called on to fill in as the city faces the beginning of a busy construction season.

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