Macomb, IL – A former McDonough County Deputy Sheriff will serve as interim Emergency Services and Disaster Agency director. County Board Chairman Bob Harwick says Dave Nissen has the background to oversee the agency. Nissen is an EMT and a member of the multi-county medical emergency response team as well as a ham radio operator. Harwick says the county is checking with state-level emergency management staffers to determine what training Nissen will need to get. The county plans to advertise the position to select a permanent director.
Fort Madison, IA – The Recorder's office in Lee County may have to reduce its hours of operation due to staffing levels. County Recorder Larry Holtkamp says he will have a hard time maintaining regular office hours in both Keokuk and Fort Madison with just 4 full-time and 2 part-time employees. Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted against replacing a full-time employee leaving the office. Without that employee, Holtkamp says his focus will be on keeping one office open on a daily basis.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University will borrow up to $11 million to pay for three construction projects. The borrowing will be done through certificates of participation. Student fees will be used to repay the money for two of the projects, which are the construction of a multi-cultural center and improvements to the seating at Hanson Field. Vice President for Student Services Garry Johnson says the university gathered student input about the projects. The third project is construction of a new building for document production and property storage.
Macomb, IL – Macomb will soon know how much it will cost to install a new traffic light and make other improvements at a busy intersection. The city will open bids next Monday for work at what it calls "the Burger King intersection." It's where the fast food restaurant, Wal-Mart, and strip malls are located along East Jackson Street. Aldermen gave themselves power approve a bid during next week's committee meeting. Engineers have estimated the work will cost more than $350,000. The money will come from the city's half-cent sales tax.
West Burlington, IA – Southeastern Community College is still in the market for a new president. SCC's Board of Trustees voted, last night, to hold off on naming a new president. Board President Jeff Heland says the panel is still weighing all of its options, but would not elaborate. The board met for about one hour in closed session before announcing its decision. Prior to that, the public had a chance to offer some final comments. The feedback from that session was split. Several search committee members told the board it had the two best candidates before it, Dr.
Lee County, IA – One Southeast Iowa agency will use the month of October to focus more attention on domestic violence awareness. The Tri-State Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse will hold a family fun day in Keokuk's Rand Park on Saturday afternoon. Outreach services coordinator Tammy Mortimer says the event got its start in 1998. The coaltion will also hold a candle-light vigil in Fort Madison's Central Park on October 25th. Throughout the month, a traveling display of information on domestic violence will be set up in Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Donnellson.
Carthage, IL – Carthage merchants are expecting more than 200 red-hatted shoppers next week. The Chamber of Commerce is working with the Red Hat society on an afternoon of shopping and local history. Economic Developer Brenda Pyatt says some local members of the society attended a similar shopping / history event in Elmwood and thought the concept would work in Carthage. The Oct. 11 event will begin with a luncheon, move to shopping on the square and include tram tours of Carthage historical sites. Pyatt says the success will be measured in part by how many people sign up for the day.
Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University is working to make people aware of the Holocaust collection in its library. It offered a viewing of one of the films in its collection, "Hiding and Seeking." The film follows a Jewish family as it struggles to reclaim a stolen past. In discussion after the film, WIU President Al Goldfarb said the film shows how the Holocaust not only destroyed people's lives, but also their history. The Holocaust Media collection is open to the public. It is housed in the Malpass Library.
Nauvoo, IL – Groups of Hancock County businessmen are beginning a series of county-wide networking meetings. Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce president David Miller says his group is working with counterparts in Hamilton and Carthage for breakfast meetings with a business speaker. Miller says the group plans to address both business and countywide issues. The next meeting will be Oct. 11 at 6:30 a.m. at Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites. Miller says the goal will be to end meetings before 8 a.m. so participants can make it to work on time.