WIUM Local
5:04 am
Fri March 3, 2006

Colchester Faces Major Treatment Upgrade

Colchester, IL – Colchester city leaders met with consultants and an EPA representative to discuss ways to improve the sewage treatment lagoon. Mayor Joe Wetzel says the city has fielded several complaints about odor from the lagoons. In addition, he says the filters are not working as they should. Wetzel says the meeting suggested some short-term, "band-aid" solutions the city will try. In the meantime, the council will begin investigating alternatives and their costs.

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WIUM Local
4:57 am
Fri March 3, 2006

High School Reform Bill in Iowa on Hold

Keokuk, IA – An effort to reform high schools across Iowa appears to be on hold at the Iowa Capitol. This week marked the deadline for proposals to move out of committee and onto the floors of either the Iowa House or Senate. An effort to enhance high school curriculums, by creating financial incentives for districts offering advanced placement courses, is not in limbo as it did not move forward. The bill's sponsor, State Representative Phil Wise (D-Keokuk) says the future of the measure does not look good.

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WIUM Local
4:49 am
Fri March 3, 2006

Keokuk Approves Budget

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council has approved the city's budget for next year. The spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July includes a 40 cent increase in the property tax rate. Despite the hike, a change in the state tax formula will lead to a decrease in some homeowner's property tax bills. The tax bill for a $75,000 home in Keokuk would actually decrease by about $7 next year, compared to the current fiscal year. The city council transferred thousands of dollars and put a 5% cap on increases in departmental budget requests to balance the spending plan.

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WIUM Local
9:10 am
Thu March 2, 2006

A Culture of Rice

Macomb, IL – An event this week at WIU celebrated rice and the culture that surrounds it. Students, faculty, and members of the community gathered in the University Union Lamoine Room for "A Culture of Rice: An International Feast." Presentations offered information about the history of rice and the geography of rice. There were also paintings on rice paper, dances, and a presentation on the fashion trends in India.

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WIUM Local
3:58 am
Thu March 2, 2006

New Trustees Prepare for First Meeting

Macomb, IL – The three new trustees at WIU were on-campus recently for a briefing and meetings with campus constituencies. Steven Nelson is an attorney in Moline. Bob Cook and Bill Griffin are retired professors from the Macomb campus. All three believe much of their focus in coming board meetings will be on developing the Quad Cities campus, where they believe much of the university's growth will occur. Cook says a state grant for planning a performing arts center is a good indication that construction funds will come.

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Emphasis
12:20 am
Thu March 2, 2006

Emphasis

March 2, 2006 – Jason Parrott talks to Chuck Betts of the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic Development Consortium.

WIUM Local
6:15 am
Wed March 1, 2006

The Traveling Trophy

Macomb, IL – Last fall, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1917. Baseball fans got a chance to share in the celebration when the World Series trophy came to Macomb. It was on display for several hours at the US Cellular store on East Jackson Street and was later displayed at Western Hall. The trophy stands two feet tall, weighs 30 pounds, and is donned with 30 flags representing each team in Major League baseball. Fans began lining up outside the the US Cellular store more than an hour before the trophy was scheduled to go on display.

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Afternoon Edition
6:06 am
Wed March 1, 2006

Afternoon Edition

WIUM Local
4:45 am
Wed March 1, 2006

Hamilton Closer To New Flood Plain Map

Hamilton, IL – Hamilton is a step closer to identifying the flood risk faced by some of its residents. The city's current flood plain map has been in place for neary 25 years. About 5 years ago, the city started working to upgrade that document. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has unveiled its new preliminary flood insurance rate map. The primary focus is on the areas where Railroad and Chaney creeks branch into the city. FEMA spokesperson Eric Kuklewski says this map will show residents the flood risk facing their properties.

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WIUM Local
3:47 am
Wed March 1, 2006

Police Chief Wants More Officers

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are beginning their budget process with a hole to fill and a request from police for more officers. The first draft of the budget shows expenses outpacing revenues by $188,000, and Mayor Mick Wisslead says capital requests have already been pared down through staff meetings. In addition, Police Chief Mike Galloway says he would like to increase the department's authorized size from 26 sworn officers to 28. Galloway says there is a transition of two to six officers every year so he doubts there will ever be 28 officers on staff.

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