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Around the Tri States: First appearance waived for Macomb CPA charged with theft, Burlington names new superintendent

Around The Tri States
Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

First appearance waived for Macomb CPA in theft case

The initial court appearance was waived this week for a Macomb accountant charged with two counts of felony theft.

Allan P. Reusch, 67, had been scheduled to appear Feb. 23 in McDonough County circuit court. Now a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 28.

Reusch is accused of taking property worth more than $100,000 from a business called BBB, Inc., between 2017 and 2019.

Burlington names new superintendent

Robert Scott, who has more than 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator in Iowa schools, will lead the Burlington Community Unit School District beginning July 1.

The school board named Scott the district’s new superintendent out of three finalists.

Scott began his career as a math, health, and physical education teacher. He then worked in various administrative positions in Davenport schools, including associate superintendent and chief academic officer.

Currently Scott is director of athletics and activities at Centennial High School in Ankeny.

Board president Joel Sieren said there were many qualified candidates but Scott’s experience set him apart.

Scott will succeed Pat Coen, who is retiring.

Macomb Feminist Network to honor 2022 award winners

Four women will receive the Macomb Feminist Network’s Writing Women into History Awards this year.

The awards honor women whose initiatives, advocacy, and engagement have strengthened the community in significant ways.

Honorees Gayle Carper, Nan Crossman, Verneata Jones, and Jill Joline Myers will tell their stories of local activism and civic commitment at a brunch reception beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Wesley Village Community Center.

Space is limited and reservations are required by Monday, Feb. 28, by contacting

In addition, the event will be livestreamed on the Macomb Feminist Network’s Facebook page.

Woman, child rescued from second story in Keokuk fire

A woman and child were rescued from the second story of a Keokuk apartment building that caught fire.

Firefighters responded around 5:40 a.m. on Feb. 20 to 407 Morgan Street. Police were already on scene trying to get victims out.

Firefighters put a ladder to a second story window and helped the woman and child onto a porch roof. They were then lowered to the ground in a tower basket.

No injuries were reported, but several pets were killed in the fire.

Officials said the fire was caused by faulty wiring.

Reynolds to deliver SOTU response

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been chosen to deliver the official Republican response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech on March 1.

Republican leaders made the announcement, praising Reynolds for requiring schools to provide in-person learning during most of the pandemic and for signing a law that limits teaching about systemic racism.

Reynolds says in a statement that the American people have had enough of Biden’s policies and she’ll talk about an alternative in her speech.

She has not formally announced she is running for reelection, but is expected to.

WIU plans inauguration ceremony for President Huang

Better late than never, Western Illinois University will hold an inauguration ceremony for its new president.

Dr. Guiyou Huang began work on Jan. 1, 2021, but the university did not hold a ceremony at that time because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The inauguration ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. March 31 in Western Hall on the Macomb campus.

Face coverings will be required and social distancing protocols will be in place.

Huang is the 12th person to serve as WIU’s president.

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