Pekin council schedules public hearing on proposed business district – News – Journal Star

The Pekin City Council unanimously voted to schedule a public hearing regarding a proposed Business Development District during Monday’s meeting.

“Several weeks ago, we had a public hearing on the Business Development District ordinance,” said City Manager Mark Rothert. “There was some discussion to go back and add in a 1% Hotel/Motel Tax to the BDD ordinance. That required us to go back and re-start the public hearing process.”

A public hearing on the BDD ordinance is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m., with another public meeting slated for Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The council will consider the creation of a BDD at the Nov. 9 meeting.

A proposal to seek public assistance funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency passed with unanimous consent. The funding would reimburse the city for expenditures on personal protective equipment, sanitation and safety materials, and medical

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Despite five-week delay to open 2020, Madison took care of business in its district, and season, opener

Madison didn’t have room for error when its season and district opener fell on the same day last week.

Despite the unusual offseason due to COVID-19, Madison coach Marcus Gates didn’t see his players skip a beat in the 35-19 win over Maypearl, which gives Madison a head start in District 7-3A Div. I.

Entering the game with only a scrimmage against city-rival Carter, Gates said it was important to have a team that was able to physically ready and conditioned to go the entire game. Having his team in the best physical shape possible was a big factor in the Trojans’ win over Maypearl.

“I saw a team that was well conditioned and excepted well on special teams,” Gates said. “If we keep that going and replicate that, we should be fine.”

Gates said his players were excited to finally get to play but reminded his team that they

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Girl, 4, found dead in New Orleans Central Business District; coroner cites blunt force trauma | Crime/Police

A 4-year-old girl was found dead of blunt force injuries in New Orleans’ Central Business District, authorities said Tuesday.

The Orleans Parish coroner’s office identified the child as Jo’nyri Hawkins and said she died in the 500 block of Canal Street on Saturday. Police didn’t immediately name any suspects or release additional details other than to say homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating. Public records show police encountered the girl while responding to a report of an unclassified death in the 500 block of Canal on Saturday at about 5:20 a.m.

Two victims scatter after gunfire erupts in 100 block of Camp Street

Attempts to contact Hawkins’ parents Tuesday were unsuccessful.

She was by far the youngest of three people reported killed Saturday in New Orleans. Eddie Profit, 23, was fatally shot at the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Jahncke Road in the Little Woods section of New Orleans

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VB, Central Business District Association install sidewalk chalk around Town Center

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Central Business District Association partnered up with three local artists to create 10 sidewalk chalk art murals in Town Center.

The theme of the initiative is to infuse hope and positivity in the community through pop-up chalk art installations.

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind,” is one of many quotes you’ll find displayed in the Town Center of Virginia Beach this month.

“We wanted to create small moments of hope and positivity during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Katie Caraviello, business development and community relations manager at the Town Center.

The CBDA said Caraviello presented the mural idea to the city’s Cultural Arts Department out of a desire to provide a cheerful escape to each passerby that visits Town Center.

“As you wander Town Center and discover these colorful murals and uplifting messages, simply put, we hope it brightens your day,”

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4 people shot in New Orleans’ Central Business District in single episode, police say | Crime/Police

New Orleans police tracked leads Saturday in the shooting of four people in the Central Business District.

The gunfire erupted in the 100 block of Camp Street (map) on Friday at about 9:20 p.m., police said. At least two victims scattered, their injuries reported to police from other nearby locations and initially leading officers to suspect three shootings in 12 minutes. Investigators soon concluded it was a single incident.

The wounded people were found at the intersection of Camp and Canal streets at 9:23 p.m., St. Charles and Gravier streets at 9:26 p.m. and the 300 block of Magazine Street at 9:35 p.m.

All victims were taken to a hospital. Police did not release the identities of the victims, their conditions or information on suspects or a motive.

The violence broke out less than a week after a man was wounded by gunfire in the 100 block of Camp early

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