Jim Carrey in Fairfield

Actor Jim Carrey was in Fairfield Saturday.  

Carrey served as the commencement speaker at the Maharishi University of Management and delivered a funny, yet heartfelt message to the 2014 graduates. This isn’t the first time the 52-year-old has made a visit to the school. Last year he spent some time at the Maharishi Vedic City, a municipality near Fairfield that is home to hundreds of Hindu Indian priests. After his speech he recieved an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the university. Continue Reading

Branstad Signs “Home Base Iowa” Bills

Governor Terry Branstad is signing a bill into law today (Monday) that’s designed to make Iowa more attractive to soldiers leaving the military. The bill eliminates state income taxes on military pensions for soldiers and their surviving spouses. It also makes it easier for soldiers to earn academic credit for their military training and experience, if they decide to seek a degree at an Iowa college or university. In addition, state boards will now be required to take into account a soldier’s military skills when the soldier applies for a professional license. The Congressional Research Office says the average age of a soldier who retires from the military is between 40 and 45, which means they start a second career. Continue Reading


Many Memorial Day Observances Tomorrow

A variety of events are scheduled throughout the state for this Memorial Day.  

Tomorrow(Mon) morning at 10 is the annual Veterans Council ceremony in the basement of Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium…Nauvoo will host a community picnic tomorrow(Mon) from 10 – 1:30 at City Park…there’ll be a service tomorrow(Mon) at 1:30 at the new Veteran Memorial Park in New London…and the Joppa Lodge in Montrose will host a breakfast tomorrow(Mon) morning at 7, followed by two Memorial Day concerts, at 9 and 11, at St. Barnabas Church.  

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs executive director, Robert King, says the official state events begin at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.  The Iowa Goldstar Museum at Camp Dodge also has special events happening on Monday. Continue Reading

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Counterfeit Money Being Circulated in Macomb

A Macomb man is in trouble after allegedly producing counterfeit money. Macomb Police received several reports made in the last couple weeks about the money being circulated through several Macomb businesses and banks. Their investigation led them to Alvin Montgomery who lives at 321 N. McArthur Street, Apartment 1. It was revealed that Montgomery had burned the evidence in a small fire prior to officers making contact. The printer believed to be responsible for producing the counterfeit bills was recovered at the residence. Continue Reading


In Other Words, “Put on Your Seatbelt or Pay a Fine”

State and local law officers are beginning a “Click it or ticket” effort tomorrow(Saturday) that will carry through this Memorial Day weekend.  

Iowa Highway Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says the goal is simple — to make sure everyone is buckled up. Iowa currently has a 93-percent statewide, daytime seatbelt average, ranking Iowa in the top ten in the nation. The nighttime seatbelt average is only 39-percent. It is the start of the summer driving season and that leads to more vehicles on the road, and the possibility of more accidents. Continue Reading


Iowa Falls in Latest Health Foundation Rankings for Seniors

Iowa has dropped a few spots in an annual ranking of the states on the health of adults aged 65 and older. The United Health Foundation’s report places Iowa 13th in the nation for senior health, down from 7th last year. Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says there’s plenty of positive news in the report, such as Iowa’s best-in-the-nation influenza vaccination rate among seniors.  The report shows just over 70-percent of Iowans 65-and-older got the flu vaccine last year. Nearly 30-percent of Iowa seniors are listed as being obese, placing the state as one of the worst in the nation in that category, but she notes the IDPH has several programs in place that are designed to improve older Iowans’ health. Continue Reading


Illinois Schools Told What to Expect if Legislature Doesn’t Extend Income Tax Hike

Illinois schools would be allowed to stop teaching things like physical education, drivers’ ed and black history under a proposal that has cleared a state Senate committee. The panel approved the amendment to a school funding bill and could make more changes. Illinois schools say they are underfunded at a time when they’re being forced to teach more topics. And speaking of that, the state’s Budget Office has released a list of all Illinois districts and how much it says each would have to raise property taxes to offset the loss of state income tax, if it falls to its previous (3.75%) rate, as it’s scheduled to do in January. Here’s how it looks in our area, if the legislature doesn’t keep the rate at five percent:

In the West Central combined district…the school board would have to raise the property tax 7.8 percent. Continue Reading


UPDATED: Fire Crews Extinguished Grain Bin Fire

They couldn’t use an auger and they couldn’t use water, so crews in Adair Illinois this afternoon cut four holes into the large grain bin to remove the smoldering corn. Officials were called to the grain storage bin, which is operated by Western Grain Marketing, Monday afternoon at around 2:30, and had to wait until today to receive additional resources to begin removal of the grain. The bin, located at the intersection of Illinois Route 136 and Illinois Route 41 in McDonough County was reported to have had about 700,000 bushels of dried corn inside. As of 3:30pm, and after an entire day of figuring out how to battle the fire, it was extinguished and US Route 136 has been opened for normal traffic. Continue Reading

Muscatine, Washington(IA) Nursing Homes File for Bankruptcy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa nursing homes run by a man who once declared he was a candidate for governor have filed for bankruptcy protection. The Des Moines Register reports All-American Restorative Care of Washington and All-American Care Center in Muscatine are owned by Jerry Rhoads, a Muscatine accountant. Rhoads claims $7.2 million in debt and $889,000 in assets including two homes each worth more than $360,000 and $35,000 in equity in a Mexican beach resort timeshare. Potential liabilities are five wrongful-death claims filed against an Arkansas facility Rhoads once operated. Rhoads, who said last September he would run for governor, says he is not a bad person. Continue Reading