Beardstown, IL – Several Cass County groups are joining to try out a different approach to soil conservation.
Economic Developer Steve Twaddle says most conservation projects are built in the lowlands to keep soil from going into rivers.
He says the new approach will be to use dry dams and other structures in the upland areas of the county.
He says that will keep the soil in place and keep it from running downhill to the lowlands.
Warsaw, IL – Warsaw's Historical Society is applying for a grant to fix up a building associated with Abraham Lincoln's private secretary.
John Hay attended school through age 11 in what's now called the Little Brick.
He became the president's private secretary during Lincoln's presidency, and later served as Secretary of State for presidents McKinley and Roosevelt.
The 1835 building is believed to be the first schoolhouse in Hancock County.
Carthage, IL – The Hancock County Board has agreed to hold a hearing that could provide bonds for Carthage Memorial Hospital.
The bonds would be issued under the sponsorship of the Western Illinois Economic Development Authority.
Authority Director Charles Bair says his agency has issued no other bonds this year, so the hospital would be able to use the full $10 million dollars possible in one year.
The hospital could use the bonds as part of the financing for a proposed new complex in Carthage.
Beardstown, IL – A proposed new wind farm could make a major addition to Cass County tax revenues.
Cass County Economic Developer Steve Twaddle says up to 300 turbines are being considered on bluffs above the Sangamon River.
He says with the new method of taxing wind farms recently approved by the general assembly, the wind farms could bring in $6 million in tax revenue to the county.
He says that will be especially important to the school systems, which face declining enrollments and a shrinking tax base.
Rushville, IL – Rushville's Housing Committee is ready to distribute its first survey.
Chairwoman June Connor says the city-appointed committee has developed a basic survey of how many rooms in a home and how many people occupy them.
She says there are also some questions of a "what if" nature.
The group was charged by the city council to help it determine what the housing stock was in Rushville and what types of housing were most needed.