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Around the Tri States: Camden man arrested for traffic and drug offenses; Fort Madison wins state honor for depot renovation

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

Camden man arrested for traffic and drug offenses

Authorities arrested a western Illinois man who is accused of speeding on a McDonough County road and then crashing his vehicle into a barn.

The sheriff’s department reported a deputy spotted James Johnson, 65, of Camden driving a Buick LeSabre at about 100 mph on Bellingham Road on Tuesday night.

The deputy reportedly tried to stop Johnson before the crash.

Johnson was not injured, but the vehicle caught on fire and was destroyed.

He is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of methamphetamine 5-15 grams, speeding, aggravated driving revoked, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Fort Madison wins state honor for depot renovation

Fort Madison has been named a 2022 All-Star Community by the Iowa League of Cities for the renovation of its historic Santa Fe depot.

The award is for innovative efforts related to urban renewal, development, preservation, or quality of life.

The renovation was completed late last year and allowed passenger rail to return to the riverfront depot.

The city will be recognized at an Awards Banquet at the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit, held in Waterloo in September.

Fort Madison was among three Iowa cities statewide to be recognized this year.

New exhibit on display at the MAC

The Macomb Arts Center’s annual Members and Friends exhibit features works by 29 artists in a wide variety of mediums.

A free public reception will be held Friday, August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibit will remain on display through September 3.

The MAC is located at 25 E. Side Square in downtown Macomb. The gallery is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Noon to 3 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OSF HealthCare acquires Western Illinois Cancer Treatment Center

Western Illinois Cancer Treatment Center in Galesburg will be integrated into OSF HealthCare.

The formerly freestanding radiation treatment center at 450 Mayo Drive has been serving west central Illinois and eastern Iowa for 35 years.

The partnership is part of efforts to build a regional cancer hub and enhance the level of cancer care in the area, according to OSF.

Another goal is to build a radiation therapy program that ties directly to the OSF Cancer Institute in Peoria.

Western Illinois Cancer Treatment Center is expected to be operating under the OSF brand in early 2023.

Energy assistance in Knox County

Funds are available in Knox County to help income-eligible households with natural gas, propane, and electric bills, and furnace assistance.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides one-time benefits to homeowners and renters to help with energy bills or reconnection of energy service.

Households must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to qualify.

The Knox County Health Department will begin scheduling appointments to apply for the program on Aug. 22. The program runs from September through May.

Residents may schedule an appointment by calling (309)344-2224, or in person at the health department, 1361 W. Fremont St., Galesburg, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. Masks are required.

Water and sewer cost assistance is available this year in the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). Residents can apply on the same form as LIHEAP.

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