WIUM Local
4:35 pm
Wed October 26, 2005

SCC has its new president

West Burlington, IA – Southeastern Community College has its new president. Dr. Beverly Simone says she accepted the offer to serve as SCC's president because the college seemed to be the best fit for her. Simone signed a 3-year contract that includes a base pay of $130,000 plus benefits. She most recently served as the Director of Academic and Quality at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. After narrowing the field of 26 candidates down to 2, SCC's Board of Trustees offered the job to Simone several weeks ago.

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WIUM Local
3:34 pm
Wed October 26, 2005

Corps Seeks Input on Channel Plan

LaGrange, IL – The Corps of Engineers is seeking public input on a new 40-year plan for maintaining the Illinois River navigation channel. Biologist Nicole McVay says the long-term plan is being developed so conservation agencies can coordinate with Corp activities. McVay says one of the things the Corps wants comments on is what it should do with material dredged from the river. In some places it's used to replace contaminated topsoil. Sand from the river can be used as construction fill. The hearings on the Corps plan will be Nov. 9 at 2 and 6 p.m.

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WIUM Local
6:28 pm
Tue October 25, 2005

Committee Will Dive Into Pool Issue

Macomb, IL – The City of Macomb and its park district hope to be swimming in suggestions from the community. Both governmental bodies want to know what type of swimming pool is desired by residents. A citizens swimming pool committee will be formed to explore all options, which could include building an aquatic center, building a new pool similar to the one at Glenwood Park, or maintaining the current pool. They will also determine where a pool should be located. The committee could be formed Thursday night during a meeting in the Macomb City Hall community room.

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WIUM Local
9:27 am
Tue October 25, 2005

Havana Works to Increase Volunteer Numbers

Havana, IL – Havana, Illinois is working to increase the number of volunteers available for clubs or city activities. VISTA worker Axton Betz says a two-session course earlier this month focused on how to recruit and retain volunteers. Now a meeting scheduled next week will add community input to decide how the city come up with a database of possible volunteers ... and how groups could access that. Betz says one spin-off is that a volunteer coordinating committee has already been formed for the local school system .

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WIUM Local
10:14 pm
Mon October 24, 2005

Senator Wants Prison Opened

Rushville, IL – Illinois State Senator John Sullivan wants the un-opened prison at Rushville converted into a facility for sex offenders. The prison was built to house juveniles, but never opened because of state budget woes and a decreasing juvenile prison population. Sullivan says Rushville spent much money on roads, sewers, water lines and a water tower to lure the prison. He says the state should move the sex offenders who must be kept in custody away from the aging Joliet facility to Rushville.

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WIUM Local
10:04 pm
Mon October 24, 2005

Macomb Fights Back

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen will consider a ten-fold increase in the minimum fine for fighting. Right now, the fine is $25. But aldermen will be asked to hike it to a minimum of $250. The city's police department says fighting is becoming more prevalent. It's already responded to more than 80 fights this school year. Police also say the fights are getting more serious. The department says at least two people have undergone surgery for their injuries. The city's legal counsel will draft an ordinance for aldermen to review at next week's committee meeting.

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WIUM Local
6:05 pm
Mon October 24, 2005

LaHood Announces Rushville Grant

Rushville, IL – Congressman Ray LaHood (R-Peoria) was in Rushville to announce an $800,000 grant to upgrade and refurbish the downtown square. LaHood says the money, to be partially matched with city funds, will cover work on streets, sidewalks, and a re-laying of the brick streets that surround the park. Rushville Mayor Ron Shepherd says the city also plans to upgrade sidewalks and street lighting. He says they will also replace some of the water and sewer lines during construction. Shepherd says a city committee is working on how to come up with the $400,000 or more of the city's share.

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WIUM Local
8:57 am
Mon October 24, 2005

Cleanups Gain Extra Benefit

Macomb, IL – Township clean-ups in western Illinois are gaining an extra benefit -- paint and electronics recycling. The Emmet Township cleanup over the weekend filled about 4 large dumpsters with everything from windows to lawn furniture. Tri-County Resource and Waste Management Council Director Chad Bratz says paint and electronics were set aside to be kept from the landfill. He says his organization has segregated about 16 tons of electronics to be taken to Peoria for recycling. The agency is also preparing to recycle latex paint for sale.

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6:50 am
Fri October 21, 2005

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October 20, 2005 – Jason Parrott speaks with Keokuk Police Chief R. L. Dobson, who will retire at the end of the month.

WIUM Local
6:31 am
Fri October 21, 2005

Fire Fighters Return from Katrina Cleanup

Macomb, IL – Two Macomb fire fighters have returned from volunteering during the Hurricane Katrina cleanup. Dan Myers and Ryan Hotz spent 30 days working with FEMA. Most of the time was spent setting up disaster relief centers which were then staffed by others. Hotz's strongest memory of the damage was seeing the barge for the President Casino blown a mile and a half from its moorings. For Myers, it was the miles of devastated coastline with leafless trees. The pair spent most of their time in Southern Mississippi.

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