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‘Old Lee Highway’ gets new name: Cherry Hill Road

In Cherrydale, there’s a little stretch of road called “Old Lee Highway” where a few signs bearing the Lee name have yet to fall. But that’s about to change. Last week, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved Arlington County’s request to change the name of “Old Lee Highway,” or State Route 309, to Cherry Hill Road. The motion put an end to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s proverbial last stand here.
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Real estate values continue to rise in Monroe County

An up-and-down real estate market continues to push property values higher in Monroe County. Michael Woolford, equalization director for the county, told county commissioners Tuesday night that a two-year study of property sales in 19 local units of government completed by his three-person staff showed increases in every type of land ownership ranging from residential to commercial.

Editing in Progress: Grant blames surge in crime on SAFE-T Act, 'We must support law enforcement'

State Rep. Amy Grant (R-West Chicago) recently commented on the increase in crime throughout Illinois, placing blame on the SAFE-T Act being passed in 2021. The Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act eliminates cash bail by 2023, allows certain people accused of felonies not to have to be detained before trial, and imposes restrictions on Illinois police officers. Law enforcement groups and police unions stated that the SAFE-T Act poses a threat to public safety. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx supported the legislation, according to Injustice Watch.

Construction starts on a pair of apartment towers in Crystal City

Construction has started on a pair of multifamily towers in a corner of Crystal City experiencing a bevy of development. The two towers by developer JBG Smith, located at the intersection of Richmond Highway and 20th Street S., will add 775 apartment units and nearly 27,000 square feet of retail, and will be separated by a new S. Clark-Bell Street.

$3.25 million grant will go toward tourism recovery initiatives in Arlington

Arlington County is set to receive more than $3 million to entice tourists to visit Arlington and help the hard-hit tourism industry recover from the pandemic. The county’s tourism division, Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS), would use the $3.25 million grant for advertising, media outreach, marketing research, promotional events and tourism development to support the travel and hospitality industry, according to a county report.
The Clinton Journal

DeWitt County solar ordinance

Editor’s Note: The following letter recently was sent to the DeWitt County Board. It also was provided by its authors for publication here in the Clinton Journal. As fifth-generation DeWitt County farmland owners and taxpayers, we take pride in the rural and agricultural heritage of this County and our farms. We also believe strongly in private property rights and smart development that secures a growing and stable tax base for our future.

McHenry County Board approves new regional superintendent

The McHenry County Board has turned the page on several years of troubles at the McHenry County Regional Office of Education by approving a new regional superintendent. On Tuesday, board members voted 19-2 to approve Diana Hartmann, a special education administrator at Elgin Area School District U-46, to take over as the county's regional superintendent.

Brown County board approves plan to build new 911 tower

GREEN BAY (WLUK) – Brown County will build a new 911 tower near the jail to replace the one which will torn down when UW-Green Bay razes the Cofrin Library. The County Board unanimously approved Wednesday using $2.2 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to cover the costs of the new tower.

County seeks more funding for Ballston Metro western entrance project

Arlington County is applying for a $4.5 million grant to further offset a proposed west entrance to the Ballston Metro station. On Saturday, the County Board is set to approve this request for funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), which would come from I-66 toll revenues. This is...

Morning Notes

New Deputy County Attorney Named — “Mr. Ryan Samuel, who joined the County Attorney’s Office (CAO) in 2018, serves as a board member for the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia and is a member of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court.” [Arlington Government]

County hires former city administrator on interim basis

The Rock Island County Board on Tuesday approved hiring former Silvis city administrator and long-time community leader Jim Grafton to serve on an interim basis as county administrator. The interim appointment is on the heels of former Rock Island County Administrator Jim Snider’s move to Washington, Ill., to take a...

Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley will challenge Frank Pallone for Congress

Monmouth County Commissioner Sue Kiley plans to challenge U.S. Rep Frank Pallone, D-N.J., for his seat in Congress representing New Jersey's 6th District.  Kiley, a Republican who is the deputy director on the county board, released a five-minute-long statement on YouTube Tuesday morning, in which she says she is running against Pallone "because I am...

Dodge County highway plan fails to muster enough support

JUNEAU — It was a bumpy ride at the Dodge County Board meeting Tuesday night as supervisors failed to render a three-fourths vote to borrow for highway improvements. The final vote was 23 to five, a majority but not enough to legally pursue a bond issue. Five board supervisors were absent.
Duluth News Tribune

Former Duluth School Board member runs for St. Louis County commissioner seat

DULUTH — Former Duluth School Board member Annie Harala announced Thursday she is running for the St. Louis County Board seat being vacated by Frank Jewell. Harala, a longtime resident of the city's Hillside neighborhoods, tabbed housing opportunities for all and the creation of good-paying jobs as cores of her platform. She also noted her support for a “strong and efficient” county government.
Sylva Herald

Schools credit masks for low quarantine, case numbers

Jackson County Public Schools has so far managed to keep students behind desks at its nine schools in spite of close quarters and high COVID-19 transmission levels. In addition to tracking cases in the schools, administrators track the number of students kept from their desks by quarantine. “Diagnoses come from...

County Board Approves First Round of Small Business Grants; Will Reopen Grant Portal

The Kendall County Board on Tuesday agreed to approve the first nine applications from a small business grant program meant to help with pandemic-related losses. Nearly all the businesses approved Tuesday qualified for the max $25,000 grant amount. Additionally, the county board agreed to reopen the grant portal which had...