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Around the Tri States: Rocky Rally in downtown Macomb; Man dies in West Burlington accident

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

Rocky Rally in downtown Macomb

Western Illinois University’s “Rocky on Parade 2023” project will get underway with a “Rocky Rally” on Saturday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

It takes place at the Macomb Arts Center on the courthouse square.

The event is a chance for businesses and individuals to sign up to sponsor a Rocky Dog sculpture.

In addition, the public can vote for their favorite design from among the more than 200 entries in the children's Rocky coloring contest.

Sponsors will choose their artist on Thursday, April 20.

Rocky Dogs are currently on display throughout the community.

Man dies in West Burlington accident

A man is dead after a single-vehicle accident in West Burlington on U.S. Route 34 at Gear Avenue.

Police and paramedics responded to the accident on March 16. They found a man later identified as Bruce Yurth, 55, of Mount Pleasant unconscious in his vehicle. He was taken to Great River Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was eastbound on 34 when it crossed into the westbound lanes, entered a ditch, and struck a tree.

Fort Madison to host music meetings

Fort Madison is hosting a public meeting to build support for the City Band and Music in the Park.

The city is looking to form three volunteer subcommittees that will increase fundraising efforts, grow events, and recruit and schedule bands and musicians.

The meeting is at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30th in council chambers.

Cameron Road bridge repairs begin next week

Construction on the Cameron Road bridge over U.S. 34 between Monmouth and Galesburg will begin on Monday, March 27.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said the work involves bridge joint replacement, patching, and resurfacing.

Cameron Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions, with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

Intermittent lane closures also will be necessary for pier repairs.

IDOT expects to complete the project by September.

Hazardous waste collection event in Macomb

The Illinois EPA will hold ten household hazardous waste collections this year, including one in western Illinois.

The collection in Macomb will be held on June 3, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Western Illinois University parking lot at 306 W. University Drive.

Online registration is required.

The state said items that will be accepted include chemical cleaners, oil-based paints, thinners, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers, insecticides, and pesticides, old or outdated medication, and similar hazardous household products.

Fluorescent and other high-intensity discharge lamps can also be brought.

Items that will not be accepted include latex paint, explosives, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, agricultural chemicals, and business wastes.

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