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Ottumwa Makes Video to Attract Mumford & Sons

The city of Ottumwa is hoping a video of residents performing to Mumford & Sons music will convince the English folk rock band to play for their community. Organizers behind the Bridge View Center, a venue in Ottumwa that features music concerts and other performances, recently shot about six hours of footage for a promotional video that includes students and city leaders. The video will soon be sent to the band. The video features the band’s hit song, “I Will Wait,” but changes the words to “We can’t wait.” Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday September 19th

Linda F. Norton,71, Burlington died Sunday 9/15 at St. Lukes Methodist Hospital, Cedar Rapids

She is survived by her husband:Donald of  Burlington

Son                                  Tony Ray Norton                of Phoenix, AZ

Daughters                        Tami Norton & Lin Weyrick  of Burlington       
4                Grandchildren                 4         Great-Grandchildren 
The family will receive friends              5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, September 19th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service                              10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20th, at Lunning Chapel. Burial in the Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Michael Lee Beard, 59, of Burlington, died at 6:50 PM Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born April 22, 1954, in Keokuk, IA, he was the son of Lester and Mary Maxine Toops Beard Shaffer. Continue Reading

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Port of Burlington’s New “Eco-Friendly” Feature

The Port of Burlington is “going green” thanks to Alliant Energy and the Burlington Renewable Energy Committee. The committee installed a solar photovoltiac system on the roof of the Port which supplies some, but not all, of the energy needed to run the building. The new system also features a display inside the Port that shows how much energy the system is generating, which was provided by a $2,650 grant from Alliant. Alliant Energy is working to bring awareness about the benifits solar energy can have on the Burlington Community. Continue Reading

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Shooting Charges Dropped

Charges have been dropped against the man accused of shooting 23-year-old Tim Chew of Burlington earlier this month. Chew had been shot in the chest close to 5 times on September 7th at the 300-block of Angular in Burlington. 31-year-old Calvin Smith had been arrested in connection with the shooting and charged with attempted murder. Authorities say the victim has changed his story and charges have been dropped. Smith remains in jail however on a parole violation. Continue Reading

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Two-Way Radio Continue to Malfunction in WB

“Push has come to shove” in the West Burlington Fire Department, and Chief Mike Heim is taking action. The hand-held, two-way radios continue to malfunction and Heim got permission from the city council last night to trade the “Verteks” for “Kenwoods”, at no cost to the city… “For right now the Verteks radio works 45% of the time. If we can that up to 60% of the time I will be very happy. We’re trying to upgrade before someone gets hurt or killed. Continue Reading

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Library Facing Another Potential Budget Cut

It wasn’t too long ago that the Burlington Public Library’s budget was cut, and it could happen again. No decisions have been made, but there has been talk from the city council of a potential $140,000 cut. Library Director, Rhonda Frevert… “I know that the city is facing difficult decisions in difficult times. All the departments are begin effected. Continue Reading

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Ruhl & Ruhl CEO Pled Guilty to Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

59-year-old Charles Ruhl Jr. who is Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Company president and CEO, has pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Ruhl and Ruhl residential realtors are not associated with the Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Company what so ever. Between 2008 and 2012, Ruhl unlawfully withdrew funds from several companies that he managed, a total of 1.3-million-dollars. He then spent the money on Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial expenses and personal expenses. He was able to pull this off by directing his chief financial officers to exclude his withdrawals from financial statements. Continue Reading

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Tombstone Found on HS Football Field

Someone dug up a gravestone from the Oakland Cemetery in Warsaw and dumped it on the High School Football Field yesterday morning. The cemetery board is offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. If you know anything, you’re asked to call Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger at 217-357-2115.   Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

A 35-year-old Burlington man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge during his attempted murder trial. Jermaine Carr was also ordered by Judge John Linn to make restitution to his two victims and to pay a $1,000 fine. Police say Carr shot 25-year-old Maurice Brown last October, after an outdoor argument near the corner of 10th and Walnut. The second victim, Vicki Watson, who was standing in her rear doorway when Brown pushed his way in, was hit by a piece of a second bullet, that pierced her door as she locked it. If he had been convicted of attempted murder instead of aiding & abetting a man identified as “Sean Williams”, Carr could have gone to prison for up to 25 years. Continue Reading

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DMCo Board Reaches Deal with CWA on Outsourcing

THE DES MOINES COUNTY BOARD HAS TABLED…TIL NEXT WEEK…A DECISION ON WHETHER TO ABATE “HOPE HAVEN’S” PROPERTY TAXES, ON AN OFFICE BUILDING IT BOUGHT A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO ON NORTH 7TH STREET. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOB BARTLES SAYS THEY’RE NOT-FOR-PROFIT, SO THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO PAY PROPERTY TAX…AND A PROCEDURE THE COUNTY USES TO DETERMINE WHO’S EXEMPT IS A CATCH-22.  ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY AMY BEAVERS WILL CHECK THE STATE CODE AND THE SUPERVISORS WILL TAKE UP THE ISSUE AGAIN WHEN ASSESSOR MATT WARNER IS BACK IN TOWN. ON ANOTHER FRONT, COUNTY ENGINEER BRIAN CARTER ANNOUNCED THAT HE’S REPLACING “YIELD” SIGNS WITH “STOP” SIGNS AT FIVE RURAL INTERSECTIONS: 250TH STREET & 180TH AVENUE…260TH STREET & 78TH AVENUE…170TH STREET & 85TH AVENUE…HUNT & ROCK SPRING ROADS…AND 135TH STREET & 190TH AVENUE.  

DES MOINES COUNTY’S UNION MAINTENANCE WORKERS AND THE COUNTY HAVE REACHED A COMPROMISE ON THE OUTSOURCING OF SOME JANITORIAL DUTIES.  AND COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN TOM BROEKER WILL SPEND SOME TIME TALKING TO U-S BANK OFFICIALS ABOUT THE FEASIBILITY OF RENTING UPSTAIRS OFFICE SPACE IN THE DOWNTOWN BRANCH FOR THE COUNTY ATTORNEY. Continue Reading