Bushnell, IL – One of the Republican candidates for McDonough County Clerk has withdrawn from the race. Susie Brown of Bushnell says she wants to spend more time with her family. She says campaigning required her to attend a lot of events. Brown says she also chose to drop out for the good of the Republican Party. Heer decision clears the primary field for Gretchen DeJaynes, who currently works in the County Clerk's office.
Fort Madison, IA – Southeast Iowa residents now have better access to emergency medical transportation. An Air Evac Lifeteam air ambulance base is now in place at Fort Madison Community Hospital. Area manager Jeff Call says there are 60 such bases in 11 midwestern states. He says the goal is to provide rural residents with access to emergency air transportation if a major trauma center is not nearby. Call says the Air Evac service can respond to accidents or emergencies and transfer patients from hospital to hospital.
Macomb, IL – Candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady wants to improve the state's climate for business. Speaking in Macomb before going to a fundraiser, the Bloomington Republican state senator called for improving the transportation infrastructure, including building roads, keeping Amtrak and improving the waterways for barges. Brady says the state must show fiscal restraint to improve its financial integrity. He also called for revamping the workers compensation laws and changing the regulations on medical malpractice.
Keokuk, IA – A member of the Keokuk Police Department has been let go. Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew says Officer Jason Dunagan was relieved of duty Friday morning. Crew says he received a letter from the city attorney stating that it was the city's opinion that Officer Dunagan was unable to fulfill the duties required of a Keokuk police officer. Crew says the letter did not detail how the decision was reached, other than it was reached after an investigation into an accident involving Dunagan in early October.
Hamilton, IL – A small Hamilton producer of hot pepper products will use its Opportunity Returns grant for a regional marketing campaign. Mary Wills says M&G Foods has been growing peppers for several years and now employs two people. The peppers are grown near Hamilton. The firm produces hot sauce, salsa and pepper jelly, and what Wills describes as a sweet sirup "with a little bite to it." She says the Grandpa G's brand will first work toward a regional market to include Fort Madison and Beardstown. Later she wants to try marketing the products in Chicago.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County is preparing a first-ever emergency plan for its buildings and employees. Board member Wayne White was assigned the task when the board realized there was no plan. White says The September 11 attacks, and an anthrax scare in the sheriff's office brought home the need for a plan. He's written it for all county-owned buildings. It covers five most-probable occurrences, including bomb threats, fires and tornados. White says his draft will go to the county board for additions or alterations.