The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has voted to keep administrator Brian Ohorilko in the position for another four years.
The commission named Ohorilko to the post to replace Jack Ketterer who retired in March of 2012, and commission chair Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny says the transition has been smooth. Ohorilko took over as the commission has dealt with disputes over the Sioux City and the Davenport casinos moving to land-based operations. They are also preparing to consider new licenses in Johnson and Greene Counties. The commission has recommended that Ohorilko be given a 10-percent raise from his current salary of 142-thousand-555. Continue Reading
Burlington Police are investigating a rash of broken vehicle windows. As of today, there have been more than 30 reports of damage. Police believe the windows are being shot out by a BB or pellet gun. The incidents have been reported throughout Burlington and West Burlington. Investigators have collected copies of surveillance videos from areas in which the incidents occurred and are working to identify the suspects. Continue Reading
IN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL, HOLY TRINITY JUNIOR MIKAELA FOECKE HAS BEEN NAMED THE ELITE ALL-STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND CLASS 1A PLAYER OF THE YEAR BY THE IOWA GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATION. EMILY PARKS OF NEW LONDON WAS NAMED TO THE SECOND (ALL-STATE) TEAM…ERICA ROBISON OF WINFIELD-MT.UNION WAS CHOSEN FOR THE THIRD TEAM…AND SARAH HOLTKAMP OF NEW LONDON WAS GIVEN AN HONORABLE MENTION.
AND FORMER MONMOUTH COLLEGE QUARTERBACK ALEX TANNEY HAS BEEN PICKED FROM THE DALLAS COWBOYS PRACTICE SQUAD AND SIGNED WITH THE CLEVELAND BROWNS, AS A BACKUP TO BRANDON WEEDEN. (STARTER JASON CAMPBELL IS RECOVERING FROM A CONCUSSION.) Continue Reading
Jim Bell, 92, of Burlington, died at 1:10 PM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home.
Born May 26, 1921, in Stoutsville, MO, he was the son of Herman William and Vivian R. Redman Bell. On February 26, 1945, he married Mildred Ethel Hart in Monroe City, MO.
Throughout his life, Jim had worked at the parking ramp at Burlington Medical Center, the Des Moines Register as a distributer, Deery Brothers as a driver, at a bank in Quincy, at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Bock’s Flower Shop, as a truck driver, and at Campbell Chain Co. He had retired from General Electric after 20 years. Continue Reading
Congressman Dave Lobesack will be visiting West Burlington today. His first stop of the day is to Big River Resources at 1pm to kickoff his “Fueling Iowa’s Economy” Tour. His tour will highlight the importance of homegrown renewable fuels and biodiesel, as well as wind energy. Recently the EPA announced a proposal to lower renewable fuel volume obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2014. This could have a devastating consequence in Iowa, according to a press release from Lobesack. Continue Reading
(Associate Press) An Iowa record store owner is hoping to use his business space for same-sex marriages, a move that could prove competitive with nearby Illinois. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports an altar with a cross are inside the store belonging to Matt Hunt, of Keokuk in southeast Iowa. The record store never took off and is now being liquidated. He says he wishes he would have acted sooner on the chapel. Continue Reading
An Early Retirement Plan was approved last night for the Burlington School District. Superintendent Jane Evans says every so often when enrollment is down, they do this to save a little money. So what does this mean for taxpayers? “There will be an effect on our tax levy. If everyone who is eligible to do this, up to the amount that we put a limit on of $400,000, that would bring about a 23-cent increase in the tax levy.” Continue Reading
Most of yesterday’s Burlington City Council Work Session was spent talking about the cost of health insurance, but there was also some positive news on the Venu-Works front. The Ames-based management company is reportedly very close to a deal with the city to manage the memorial Auditorium and it’s parking area. In answer to a question by Councilman Shane McCambell, Spokesman Joe Briglia says some things will change when it comes to weddings… “People will have a choice because they’ll have the Port facility, where they will have a limited expense to host their event. We’re not trying to do less weddings at the Auditorium, we’re just trying to raise the bar.” Continue Reading
They’re now eight weeks into their very own local news program, Tiger-TV. It’s something unique at New London this year, and we’re not aware of any other small school TV programs near our area. Technical Adviser John Munford, says it’s so new in fact, that half the time the kids are teaching him… “I know a little bit about this stuff, but there are pieces that I’m really bad at. My challenge for the kids is to be better at this by the end of the semester than I am. Continue Reading
Downtown Partners will be holding their LAST Wine and Beer Walk of the year tomorrow. Beginning at 5pm in Downtown Burlington, once you’ve registered at the Iowa Store or the Port, you can take a stroll down Jefferson Street to sample a wide variety of beer and wine. Some of the downtown businesses will also offer special prizes and giveaways. Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners, says it’s always a very successful fundraiser… “I love seeing people out on the sidewalks. Continue Reading
Syria crisis: US 'support fire' to defend American-trained fighters
US air power has been used for the first time to defend US-trained forces fighting in Syria, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed. Capt Jeff Davis said "defensive support fire" was provided last Friday.