Fort Madison, IA – Lee County will add three new employees to the Sheriff's Department. The County Board of Supervisors has authorized the hiring of 3 part-time employees that will work as dispatchers and correctional officers in the county jail. The hirings come just a couple of weeks after the board chose not to fill a vacancy in the recorder's office to try to save money. Board Chairman Rick Larkin says the 3 part-time workers are needed to maintain public safety. Sheriff Buck Jones says the 3 new hires will replace 3 other part-time workers that are being promoted.
Wayland, MO – Northeast Missouri leaders broke ground Wednesday for a new Flying J travel plaza that is scheduled to be built just outside of Wayland. The nearly 11,000 square foot facility will be located on 30 acres of land at the intersection of Highways 136 and 27. Steve Murphy is with the Kahoka-Clark County Economic Development Corporation. He says this project is very important to Northeast Missouri. The project is expected to create at least 60 jobs initially, with another 85 jobs on the construction side.
Macomb, IL – The Hancock-McDonough Regional Board of School Trustees will schedule another meeting to clarify a school detachment issue. In the spring, the board said 15 students could transfer from the Industry school district to Macomb. In an administrative hearing, a circuit judge told the board to clarify its order. Regional board chairman George Beckman says the board will expand on the findings of fact it made last May. Some members of the board have indicated they intend to vote again for the detachment.
Burlington, IA – The field has been narrowed in the race for several open seats on the Burlington City Council. 9 candidates entered the race for the 3 open seats, forcing Tuesday's primary election. The six with the most votes advance to the November 8th general election. Voter turnout was about 13 percent.
Moving On: Mike Edwards (Inc) - 21.0% Tim Scott - 19.7% Chuck Griffin - 12.2% Garry Thomas - 10.4% Chris King (Inc) - 9.7% Richard Eckhardt - 8.8%
Fort Madison, IA – The chairman of the Lee County Board of Supervisors is trying to raise public support for combining two county offices. Rick Larkin wants residents to vote on whether the Treasurer's office and the Recorder's office should be combined. He has started circulating a petition that calls for the question to be placed on the ballot in November 2006. Larkin says the recent announcement that Treasurer Mary Hoenig will retire at the end of the year makes this the right time to push for a consolidation.
Colchester, IL – A water cooperative in western Illinois has about half of the pipeline easements needed to begin its service. West Prairie Rural Water Coperative Secretary James Taylor says the easements are required before state and federal agencies will release loans and grants. Taylor says the co-op is trying for a one-million dollar grat from the USDA's Rural Development agency. It's also seeking a $700,000 loan from the agency, along with a $400,000 Illinois Community Development Assistance Program loan.
Macomb, IL – Macomb wants to put another traffic light intersection on its busy east side, but the project has encountered a stop sign. The low bid is 28% higher than what the city estimated. Mayor Mick Wisslead says city staff and engineers will spend this week reviewing options. They could include rebidding the project, which calls creating for a traffic light intersection on Route 136 where Burger King and Wal-Mart are located. Wisslead hopes a recommendation will be ready for aldermen next week.
Carthage, IL – Hancock County's new economic development educator is refining the tools he'll be able to use. Charles Bair says the State of Illinois is not allowing new enterprize zones at this time. However, the Tax Increment Financing, or TIF District, does offer possibilities. Bair says planners would have to show that the district is needed to bring business to a depressed area. However, he says with the current Hancock County economy, it should be possible for parts of several municipalities in the county to quallify for the TIF Districts.
Macomb, IL – The Hancock-McDonough Regional Board of School Trustees will clarify its stance on transferring students from the Industry school district to Macomb. Regional Superintendent Bob Baumann says the Schuyler-Industry school board appealed the decision. The judge hearing the case says the board might have improperly compared the Industry aned Macomb districts ... instead of Macomb and the new Schuyler Industry district. Baumann says the Tuesday evening hearing should not take long, nor is any new evidence expected.
Macomb, IL – Apparel that sports Western Illinois University's name can be found in stores all around Macomb. However, it's getting tougher to find Western wear with the "Made in the U.S.A." label. That's because fewer and fewer garment factories are located in the United States. Although consumers cannot do much about the country of origin, activists say they can make sure their clothing is not made in a sweatshop. Reporter Amanda Wallace explored the issue by talking to consumers, activists, and managers at some local stores.