WIUM Local
7:09 pm
Thu September 22, 2005

Hamilton School Board Approves Budget

Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton School Board has approved the district's budget for the current fiscal year. Hamilton's total spending plan is about $4,850,000 for the fiscal year that began in July. About 75% of that is the educational fund, which pays for teacher salaries and day-to-day operations within the district. Superintendent Steve Breckon says for the first time in years, that fund is projected to end the year in the black. He says that is due to the voters shifting part of the property tax rate to the educational fund.

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WIUM Local
4:22 pm
Thu September 22, 2005

Mowen Touts Values, Business Background

Macomb, IL – One of the Republicans running for Congress in west-central Illinois says morals and values will matter in his campaign. Jim Mowen says he is pro-life and will vote accordingly on any questions that come before him if he's elected to serve. However, Mowen hedged when asked if he would vote in favor of a bill that bans abortions, even in cases involving rape or incest. Mowen says the country needs to work toward making abortions rare, but adds there also needs to be understanding.

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WIUM Local
3:44 pm
Thu September 22, 2005

Brown County to Tackle Issues

Mt. Sterling, IL – A survey of Brown County residents has identified eight issues they'd like to work on. The University of Illinois polling identified issues including schools, economic development, social services and community services. Carrie Edgar of the U of I Extension Service says residents formed task groups to come up with ways to tackle the problems. She says funding might be available from the Tracy Family Foundation, which sponsored the survey. The United Way and other groups could also help with funding for some projects.

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Emphasis
1:23 pm
Thu September 22, 2005

Emphasis

September 22, 2005 – Kevin Kuckelman, Sandy Seabold, and Tom Seabold join Jason Parrott to talk about the proposed cultural district for Keokuk.

WIUM Local
11:11 am
Thu September 22, 2005

Macomb Schools Dip Into Reserves Again

Macomb, IL – The Macomb School District will use its savings to cover another shortfall in the education fund. The fund is used to pay salaries and benefits. It accounts for most of the district's spending. This is the fourth time in five years that it's been in the red. Superintendent Fran Karanovich says despite the $643,000 deficit, there will be no cuts to programs or services. She points out enrollment dropped by nearly 200, so some vacated teaching positions did not need to be filled.

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WIUM Local
6:53 pm
Wed September 21, 2005

Possible Cultural District In Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – A group of Keokuk residents are working to develop a cultural district within the city. The district would extend through much of the city's northeast side, including the Riverfront, Grand Avenue, and Main Street. The working committee has applied for state certification, which could lead to expanded cultural opportunities for Keokuk. Committee member, Kevin Kuckelman, says the primary purpose of the district is to enhance the lives of Keokuk residents. Kuckelman owns the building that houses Tri-States Public Radio's Southeast Iowa Bureau.

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WIUM Local
6:46 pm
Wed September 21, 2005

Missouri Students Honored

Canton, MO – A portion of a NE Missouri highway has been named in honor of a group of Canton High School students. The stretch of U-S Highway 61 from LaGrange to Canton will now be known as S.M.A.R.T. Memorial Highway. S.M.A.R.T., which stands for Students of Missouri Assisting Rural and Urban Transportation, is a group that formed in 2000 after a Canton High School student was killed on the 2-lane highway. The organization has been working for years to make the road 4-lane through Lewis and Clark counties. S.M.A.R.T.

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WIUM Local
3:19 pm
Wed September 21, 2005

ESDA Director Steve Miller Fired

Macomb, IL – McDonough County has fired its Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Director. It's ESDA and Claims Committee told Steve Miller his last day will be Friday. Miller had no comment. Board Chairman Bob Harwick said the committee acted because of a divergence of opinions on what the office should be accomplishing and where it should be headed. Committee members had questioned Miller about his mileage ... and the number of meetings or training sessions he attended. Miller has been director for just under three years.

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WIUM Local
12:20 am
Wed September 21, 2005

Trying To Do Something About Gas Prices

Macomb, IL – Illinois House Republicans are holding hearings around the state to gather input on ideas for lowering gas prices. One such hearing was held in Macomb. Representatives from the trucking, farming, and food industries participated. They explained how high gas prices are hurting their businesses. House lawmakers Rich Myers (R-Colchester) and Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) also heard from citizens such as Macomb resident Martha Klems, who suggested the nation needs to conserve, just as it did during the gas crisis of the 1970s.

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WIUM Local
6:55 pm
Tue September 20, 2005

Speed Limit Increase In Hamilton

Hamilton, IL – The Hamilton City Council has approved the first reading of a proposal to slow down traffic on a portion of Warsaw Road. Once approved, a one half mile stretch from US 136 to Windy Hills Road will have an enforced speed limit of 25 mph. Mayor Steve Woodruff says the number of large trucks using that road makes the speed limit necessary. The road is bordered by an asphalt plant and a rock quarry. Violators could face a fine of up to $500. The measure must be approved two more times.

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