Man killed in Pleasant Plain Road accident; Nominees sought for Libertyville’s annual awards; more
Man killed in Pleasant Plain Road accident
A 79-year-old Chicago man, with ties to Brighton, was killed in a one-vehicle accident at 2:34 a.m. Thursday on Pleasant Plain Road.
Dale Alvin Hamilton, the brother of Brighton resident Hugh Hamilton, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer south on Pleasant Plain Road, when the vehicle left the road just past 116th Street. The Blazer went off the road on the west side of the road and rolled several times into a field damaging a fence.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident.
The funeral for Hamilton is set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Antioch Church, north of Fairfield. An obituary is on page 8.
Nominees sought for Libertyville’s annual awards
LIBERTYVILLE — The Libertyville mayor and councilmen are seeking nominations for the fifth annual city awards.
Nomination forms were distributed with the Libertyville News November newsletter; additional forms can be picked up at Libertyville City Hall.
Nominations must be returned to city hall by Dec. 10.
Awards will be given for Volunteer of the Year; Contributor of the Year; and Business of the Year.
The 2011 recipients of the awards were: Volunteer of the Year — Eric and Carrie Engle; Contributor of the Year — Donnie Dailey; and Business of the Year — Libertyville Savings Bank, accepted by bank president and chairman Robert Stump.
For information, call city hall at 641-693-3271.
Libertyville plans holiday decoration contest Dec. 22
LIBERTYVILLE – The Libertyville City Council is sponsor ing a Best Decorated House contest.
Homes should be decorated and ready for judging on Dec. 22.
After the judges make their decision, the winner will be contacted and announced on the marquee outside city hall.
The grand prize is a $50 gift certificate to the convenience store in Libertyville.
Outstanding debt obligations up 4.37 percent
DES MOINES – State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald reports outstanding debt obligations for state and local governments in Iowa totaled more than $14.4 billion as of June 30.
Overall, this represents an increase of 4.37 percent from last year.
“While we did see an increase this year, it is the lowest increase we have seen in outstanding debt since 2005,” Fitzgerald explained.
All political subdivisions, instrumentalities and agencies of the state are required to disclose this information annually to the state treasurer. Cities continued to report the greatest amount of outstanding obligations with 35 percent or $5.1 billion of all outstanding debt. Most city debt – 59 percent — was issued as general obligation debt.
Schools and area education agencies reported the second largest amount of outstanding debt with an increase of 10.31 percent over last year. Of the $3 billion reported, the majority — over $2.9 billion — was for public buildings and schools. Iowa counties reported a decrease of 3.66 percent in debt over last year. Polk County reported 32 percent of the $798 million in outstanding county debt.
Other entities with outstanding debt issues include state agencies with $1.0 billion, state authorities with $2.4 billion, community colleges with $579 million, the Board of Regents with $1.4 billion, and others, such as utility systems, with $43 million.
The report is available in its entirety at iowatreasurer.gov or at the Office of the State Treasurer, State Capitol Building, Des Moines 50319.
The report also can be viewed by county, excluding short term/anticipatory debt.
Historic Fort Madison hotel burns to ground
FORT MADISON (AP) — An historic Fort Madison hotel building has burned to the ground, and the flames claimed two businesses housed in the building.
Davenport television station KWQC reports the fire broke out around 4 a.m. Saturday, and flames quickly engulfed the old Metropolitan Hotel, which housed a book store and a computer repair company.
It took two hours for nearly 40 firefighters from four fire departments to get the fire under control. Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to nearby buildings.
Investigators expected to begin searching for the cause of the fire today.
Man accused of damaging lights
DES MOINES (AP) — A 20-year-old Des Moines man has been arrested, accused of damaging the popular Jolly Holiday Lights display at Water Works Park in Des Moines.
The Des Moines Police Department says Justin Arey has been charged with felony criminal mischief.
Police say a car was seen exiting the park about 3 a.m. Sunday, leaving behind $25,000 to $30,000 in damage to several displays.