The sale of the Mercer County Nursing Home is one step closer to being final, according to Mercer County State's Attorney Greg McHugh.
Mr. McHugh told county board members Tuesday that he has learned the county's sale agreement with Genesis Health Systems has been cleared by the Illinois regulatory board and is on the docket for approval at the end of October.
A closing on the sale of the county nursing home and hospital is expected by the end of the year.
Mr. McHugh said a positive balance in the nursing home fund likely is because of Genesis's management and is theirs, just as a loss of money would be theirs and part of the sale. Genesis has made improvements at the nursing home, including plumbing updates and wiring for information technology.
The board on Tuesday also approved the sale of the Mercer County Airport to Garrett Lindell for $500,000. Mr. Lindell, airport manager for 11 years, was the lone bidder at a Sept. 15 auction.
Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.