Around the Tri States: Storms produce hail, funnel cloud; new library director in Burlington
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Storms produce heavy rains, hail, and funnel cloud
A trained spotter reported a funnel cloud near Tioga in Hancock County at around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday.
The National Weather Service also said there was a possible tornado with trees down near West Point.
Hail was reported at other locations in the Tri States, including Donnellson, Iowa; Nauvoo, Illinois; and Memphis, Mo.
Heavy rainfall also accompanied the storms.The weather service reported 2.8 inches in Augusta and more than two inches northwest of Macomb.
Many other locations reported an inch or more, including Fort Madison, Keokuk, Burlington, Colchester, and Dallas City.
Galesburg police to work 12-hour shifts
The Galesburg city council approved an agreement already ratified by the Public Safety Employees Organization.
The change is a retention and recruitment strategy, and a way to improve work-life balance for officers. This is also expected to reduce overtime costs for the city.
Currently the department works under the classic five days on, two days off schedule.
Because preferential days off are chosen in order of seniority, younger officers might not have weekends off until deep into their career.
Under the new system, all officers would have a weekend off once a month. The change is also expected to improve morale and reduce burnout.
New library director for Burlington
The Burlington Public Library Board of Trustees has agreed to hire Brittany Jacobs.
She came to Burlington in November of last year, and is currently the library’s manager of outreach and program services.
Jacobs has also worked for public library systems in Denver, Colorado, and Naperville, Illinois.
Jacobs will begin as director on Oct. 3.
She was chosen after a national search. She replaces Rhonda Frevert, who left in August after 20 years in Burlington.
Monmouth College chooses enrollment director
Monmouth College has hired a vice president for enrollment management.
Stephanie Levenson will oversee the college's Admission Office and Office of Student Financial Planning.
She was most recently vice president for enrollment management at John Carroll University near Cleveland. She has also worked at Elmhurst University in suburban Chicago and at Loyola University of Chicago.
Canopy restoration complete at Union Depot
The trackside canopy at the historic Keokuk Union Depot is now completely restored to its 1891 elegance.
Keokuk native and historic preservation consultant Neal Vogel oversaw the restoration.
That included removing decades of rust and old paint and restoring footings that had been damaged beyond repair.
Vogel said the turtleback canopy is the last surviving train shed of its kind and era still intact in the United States.
Architectural drawings exist for similar structures in Chicago and Kansas City, but none remain.
Vogel will share his research on the canopy at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at the depot.
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