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Three newcomers, one familiar face knock off two incumbents from Quincy School Board

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A new era is about to begin for the Quincy School Board. Voters in Tuesday's election decided to go in a different direction by electing four new School Board members while leaving two incumbents on the sidelines. Mike Troup, Jim Whitfield, Sandi Rose and Carol Nichols were the winners in a nine-person race for four seats. 


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Monroe County voters reject Madison School funding, renew road tax

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Roof repairs and other upgrades must wait at the Madison C-3 School District. Voters rejected a $265,000 borrowing plan, with 82 voting in support and 105 opposing. It was the third vote on the proposal since last August when the proposal fell 6 votes short of getting the four-sevenths majority it needed. A November vote fell 17 votes short. "Primarily, this was for roof replacement, and really, that kind of leaves us to patch and repair or take money out of reserves ...

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Big-ticket purchases more likely to stay in Hannibal with approval of 2.25 percent use tax

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Hannibal businesses selling cars, trucks and boats can breathe easier after nearly 60 percent of voters approved imposing a 2.25 percent use tax on titled items, essentially eliminating an incentive for consumers to make big-ticket purchases out of state. Hannibal residents in both Marion and Ralls Counties cast 531 votes in favor of Proposition 1. 
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Hamilton voters approve utility tax on gas, electric bills

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Hamilton voters approved a 5 percent utility tax on gas and electric bills. The vote was 320 in favor and 240 against. City officials put the advisory referendum on the ballot because a continued rise in material and labor costs, coupled with a steady decline in motor fuel tax money, threatens ongoing maintenance work on the city's streets and bridges. Proceeds from the tax would be earmarked for continued maintenance.

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Hess' first run for public office proves successful as he grabs seat on JWCC board

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Don Hess will always remember the first time he ran for any sort of public office. Because he won. Hess was the top vote-getter Tuesday night among three candidates for two seats on the John Wood Community College Board of Trustees. Incumbent Jim Gay was the second-leading vote-getter while Orville Jones came in third.  More>>

Referendum to help Hamilton schools maintain programming

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Hamilton School District voters approved a 60-cent referendum in Tuesday's election.The increase, approved by a vote of 424-365, boosts the education fund from $2.35 to $2.95 per $100 assessed value.Finances remain a key concern with district reserves dwindling as state aid revenue slips while expenses remain steady. However, school officials said it was important to go to the taxpayers first before ... More>>

Superintendent calls referendum's passage 'vote of confidence' for Warsaw schools

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Warsaw School District voters resoundingly approved a referendum in Tuesday's election.The district sought a $1 increase in the education fund tax rate to $2.84, which was approved by a vote of 660 to 330. The increase, expected to generate just over $300,000 in additional revenue per year, paired with budget cuts, will get the district back to a balanced budget. Prorated state aid and transportation pa... More>>

Voters reject Shelby County bond issue to build elementary school

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Voters soundly rejected Proposition 2, a measure that would have permitted the Shelby County R-IV District to issue $8.4 million in bonds to build a new elementary school and make repairs and renovations to the high school and middle school. The 778-497 vote means 61 percent of the ballots cast were against the proposal. Proposition 2 asked voters to consider raising the district's levy from $3.75 to $4.64 per $100 of assessed valuation so the district could issue $8.4 million ...
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Three Lewis County fire stations to benefit from $188,000 bond issuance

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Voters overwhelmingly approved a $188,000 bond issuance Tuesday for new equipment and station repairs for the fire protection district in the western half of Lewis County. The bond series will replace a 10-year series of bonds approved in 2005, meaning the district's levy is expected to remain the same. Roughly 8 cents of the levy -- 51 cents per $100 of assessed valuation -- will go toward bond repayment. The remaining 43 cents will go toward general operations.
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Luray residents choose to close elementary school

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More than three-fourths of the voters in the Clark County community of Luray decided Tuesday to close its elementary school and annex into the Clark County R-1 District this fall. Luray residents cast 85 votes (76 percent) in favor of annexation, while 27 votes were cast to keep the school open. The Clark County R-1 School Board must now vote to accept Luray's students.

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Scotland County water district to get $4 million upgrade

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Scotland County voters gave a 4-to-1 vote of confidence to a $4 million improvement to its water district. Tonya Bradley, president of board for Scotland County Consolidated Public Water Supply District... More>>

Ralls County tax that benefits law enforcement, roads renewed by 70 percent of voters

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A half-cent sales tax that benefits law enforcement, roads and Ralls County's general revenue fund was renewed by 70 percent of the county's voters Tuesday night. Presiding Commissioner Wiley Hibbard said the tax, which has a five-year sunset clause, was set to expire in March 2016. Now it will remain in place until at least March 2021, thanks to a 545-235 decision.

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Van Hoose cruises to 4th Ward victory in Hannibal; jailed principal earns eight votes

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Voters in Hannibal's Fourth Ward overwhelmingly elected Jim Van Hoose to complete an unexpired term after he was appointed to the post in December. Van Hoose earned 65 votes, or nearly 88 percent. Former Stowell Elementary School principal Joshua "J.D." Foust, who pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge on Monday, still received 8 votes. One write-in vote was cast.

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No surprises in outlying School Board elections in Adams County

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There were no surprises in Tuesday's School Board elections in Payson, Camp Point, Mendon and Liberty. That's because all of the candidates seeking office were uncontested.  More>>

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  • Incumbents guaranteed of returning to Park Board seats

    Incumbents guaranteed of returning to Park Board seats

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 11:55 AM EDT2015-04-01 15:55:35 GMT
    Two incumbents are running for three open spots on the Quincy Park Board of Commissioners in the April 7 election. Tom Ernst and Chris Hogge will be elected to new terms and will be joined by a commissioner appointed by the board.
    Two incumbents are running for three open spots on the Quincy Park Board of Commissioners in the April 7 election. Tom Ernst and Chris Hogge will be elected to new terms and will be joined by a commissioner appointed by the board.
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  • Shelby County proposal calls for new elementary school, consolidation of Clarence, Shelbina schools

    Shelby County proposal calls for new elementary school, consolidation of Clarence, Shelbina schools

    Monday, April 6 2015 10:44 AM EDT2015-04-06 14:44:22 GMT
    A proposition to increase the Shelby County R-IV District's tax rate for a new elementary school and improvements to the middle and high schools accompanies a handful of contested races on the ballot.
    A proposition to increase the Shelby County R-IV District's tax rate for a new elementary school and improvements to the middle and high schools accompanies a handful of contested races on the ballot.
  • Future of elementary school in Luray to be determined in Tuesday election

    Future of elementary school in Luray to be determined in Tuesday election

    Friday, April 3 2015 9:50 AM EDT2015-04-03 13:50:17 GMT
    Voters in the Clark County hamlet of Luray will decide the fate of its elementary school in Tuesday's election. Citing declining enrollment and operational deficits, the Luray School Board voted 5-2 in January to put closing the school, which serves 41 students in Pre-K through eighth grade, on the ballot. School administrator Ann Dever said in February the school is struggling financially.
    Voters in the Clark County hamlet of Luray will decide the fate of its elementary school in Tuesday's election. Citing declining enrollment and operational deficits, the Luray School Board voted 5-2 in January to put closing the school, which serves 41 students in Pre-K through eighth grade, on the ballot. School administrator Ann Dever said in February the school is struggling financially.
  • Tax propositions highlight Ralls County ballot

    Tax propositions highlight Ralls County ballot

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 8:50 AM EDT2015-04-01 12:50:11 GMT
    Ralls County voters will consider whether to renew a half-cent sales tax when they head to the polls next week. Presiding Commissioner Wiley Hibbard said the tax, which has a five-year sunset clause, is set to expire in March 2016. If continued, the tax would expire again in 2021.
    Ralls County voters will consider whether to renew a half-cent sales tax when they head to the polls next week. Presiding Commissioner Wiley Hibbard said the tax, which has a five-year sunset clause, is set to expire in March 2016. If continued, the tax would expire again in 2021.
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