Macomb, IL – McDonough County elections worker Gretchen DeJaynes is the first entrant in the Republican primary for county clerk. DeJaynes has worked in the elections department for four years under County Clerk Florine Miller. Miller is retiring next year. DeJaynes says she has tried to learn all aspects of the office. She believes the clerk's office is now working well. She expects no further problems with tax extensions or accounting for social security payments.
Macomb, IL 61455 – Staff members at the McDonough County sheriff's office have a new contract. The county board approved a contract retroactive to Dec. 1, 2003. Board chairman Bob Harwick says the county's precarious fiscal condition slowed negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police. The contract provides annual salary hikes of two, three and four percent. Harwick says the county plans to begin talks on a new three-year contract in December of this year. He says that will give negotiators a full year to reach an agreement.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County is still waiting to find out if its insurance carrier will provide an attorney to defend it against a federal lawsuit. The suit filed by former county workers Jeremy Pestle and Bryan Graves charges the county, the board chairman and the highway committee chairman with violating due process and with infringing on free speech rights. State's attorney James Hoyle says he suggested the county use an outside attorney.
Hannibal, MO – Hannibal, Missouri celebrated its 50th anniversary Tom Sawyer Days over the weekend. One of the most popular events was the YMCA's mud volleyball tournament which attracted players from across the Tri-State region. Event co-chairman Kevin Knickerbocker says the festival has ramained popular over the years. He says ait got its start in connection with the national fence painting contest, which is still being held during the celebration.