WIUM Local
2:27 am
Fri September 16, 2005

SRO Crowd for Rushville Prison Hearing

Rushville, IL – There is a new proposal for the Rushville prison, which remains empty two years after being built. Hundreds of people attended a meeting Thursday night to listen to the state's plan, which calls for the facility to house a civil commitment program. The program is for sexually violent people who've served their prison sentence but are deemed too dangerous to be released. The facility could employ around 250 people. Most would be guards. Supporters say it's important to open the facility instead of allowing it to remain vacant.

Read more
WIUM Local
4:45 pm
Thu September 15, 2005

Voting Machine Deadline Nears

Macomb, IL – McDonough County faces a Sept. 30 deadline for ordering handicapped-accessible voting machines. However, County Clerk Florine Miller is hoping for an extension. Miller says the Illinois State Board of Elections has approved only two voting machines for the March primary. Two more are being tested. Miller says her preference would be an attachment to the county's Accuvote system, but she's not sure it will be certified by the state.

Read more
WIUM Local
3:34 pm
Thu September 15, 2005

SCC Cracks Down On Cheating

Keokuk, IA – Southeastern Community College is trying to do more to stop academic dishonesty. The SCC Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of an academic integrity policy for the entire institution. The Executive Dean of Keokuk Campus, Tim Ahern, says that in the past, professors had to come up with their own policies to deal with cheating or plagerism. He says the faculty at SCC requested the policy to deal with the ease of cheating through the internet. The measure focuses on specific classifications of academic dishonesty: fraud, cheating, plagerism, and forgery.

Read more
WIUM Local
3:20 pm
Thu September 15, 2005

Keokuk Forced To Cancel Council Meeting

Keokuk, IA – Business did not go on as usual for Keokuk's city council last night. The city council was forced to cancel its meeting because it did not have enough members in attendance. Since there are 9 seats on the council, 5 members must be present to hold an official meeting. Last night, just 4 showed up. Mayor Dave Gudgel says that while the cancellation will be forgotten in a couple of months, it is agrevating. The council has come close to cancelling meetings in recent months due to a lack of attendance. One contributing factor is a pair of vacant seats.

Read more
WIUM Local
9:43 am
Thu September 15, 2005

Versailles to Go on Cable

Versailles, IL – As part of its new franchise agreement, the Versailles village board will gain access to a cable television channel. Village Board member Randy Hetzel says there will be no live broadcasts for the moment, but the village will be able to post safety warnings or general information on the government access channel. He says the franchise also includes broadband internet for the city building, which could lead to a web home page for the village. Hetzel says this will let the village attract more people from the surrounding area to village events.

Read more
WIUM Local
11:17 pm
Wed September 14, 2005

A Weekend Full of Jazz

Macomb, IL – Those who love jazz will love being in Macomb this weekend. The annual Al Sears Jazz Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, September 16 - 18. The event will begin with Jazz In The Clubs on Friday night. Four venues in downtown Macomb will feature live music. The festival will continue on Saturday with Jazz In The Park. There will be performances in Chandler Park from 12:15 p.m. until well into the evening. The fest wraps up on Sunday with Jazz On Campus, which will feature a jazz brunch. All of the events except the brunch are free.

Read more
WIUM Local
7:03 pm
Wed September 14, 2005

Future Of Lee County Jail To Be Explored

Fort Madison, IA – Two Lee County Supervisors have been tapped to explore the county's options when it comes to the future of its jail. The special committee will initially consist of Supervisors Larry Kruse and George Morgan. It could expand to include other county leaders and residents. The group will look into whether the county shoudl build a new jail, expand the current facility, or join with other counties to form a regional jail. Lee County Sheriff Buck Jones says the county's main jail facility is still in good condition.

Read more
WIUM Local
6:32 pm
Wed September 14, 2005

Carthage Considers Alley Upgrade

Carthage, IL – Carthage city leaders will meet with property owners next week to discuss upgrading a west-side alley to full street width. City Clerk Kathy Graham says a group of businesses are clustered near the alley now, but having it as a street could bring more businesses. However, she says existing businesses would have to transfer 25-feet of property to the city for the street, and agree to set future buildings back another 25 feet. Graham says some business owners are not sure they want to give up that much land.

Read more
WIUM Local
9:48 pm
Tue September 13, 2005

Coast Guard Officers Return From New Orleans

Keokuk, IA – Several U-S Coast Guard members that have been rescuing survivors of Hurricane Katrina are back in the tri-state region. A regional disaster response team, which included 8 Keokuk-based officers, spent two weeks in New Orleans conducting search and rescue missions. Chief Petty Officer Brett Wickett says that despite the harsh conditions, the team rescued about 500 residents. He says the disaster response team spent 10 to 12 hours a day in their boats searching for people, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Read more
WIUM Local
6:56 pm
Tue September 13, 2005

Turnout Low In Lee County School Board Elections

Lee County, IA – Voter turnout was very low for school board elections in Lee County's 3 public school districts. About 8% of the registered voters within the Central Lee School District made it to the polls. In Keokuk, turnout was around 2% while it was just 1% in Fort Madison. Seven of the nine races on the ballot in the county were uncontested.

Central Lee
District 1
Robert Bryant (Inc) - Unopposed

District 3
Bob Galle - 57%
Brenda Knox - 26%
Doug Hopp (Inc) - 17%

Read more

Pages