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Around the Tri States: WIU’s Day of Giving sets records; Galesburg city council to consider Churchill offer

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WIU’s Day of Giving sets records

Western Illinois University's annual Challenge Day of Giving established a couple of new records this year.

Nearly 1,200 donors helped the university raise a record amount of $432,198 on April 24.

Match and challenge funds pledged topped $135,000, which also set a new record.

In addition, for the first time since the challenge day began in 2016, donations came from all 50 states.

The money raised will support academics, athletics, campus improvements, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Galesburg city council to consider Churchill offer

The city of Galesburg may soon be unloading the former Churchill Junior High School building.

The Benedict Family Foundation for Addictions made a $100,000 for the building, with plans to renovate and lease a portion of it to Hope Head Start. The rest of the building would be available to other non-profit organizations.

The city acquired the building at 905 Maple Ave. two years ago, after it was vacated by the school district. It once was considered as a potential site for a proposed community center.

The city later divided the property to keep the large lot of greenspace north of the building for public use.

Then a housing developer bid $305,000 for the former school to adapt it into apartments for seniors, but that was dependent on being awarded low-income housing tax credits and the project did not go through.

The city council will consider the $100,000 offer at its regular meeting Monday.

Des Moines River to rise above flood stage

The Des Moines River at St. Francisville, Mo., will rise above flood stage on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The river was expected to rise to nearly 20 feet on Friday evening. Flood stage is 18 feet.

Then the river will fall below flood stage Saturday afternoon, and rise slightly on Monday. It will then fall again and remain below flood stage.

St. Francisville is around 12 miles west of Keokuk.

Name change for Great River Health clinics

Great River Health’s Urgent Care Clinics in West Burlington and Fort Madison will now be called Walk-In Clinics.

There will be no change to the providers or healthcare services offered at either location.

The Walk-In Clinics are for people seeking prompt medical attention for non-life-threatening conditions.

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