Garry Thomas, 56, of Burlington, died at 11:33 AM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory. The funeral service for Mrs. Marian Anderson, 94, of New London, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 27th at Elliott Chapel, New London. Pastor James Roth will officiate with interment being held in BurgeCemetery, rural New London. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for the New London Nursing and RehabCenter. Father John Whalen, 70, of Burlington, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Sunday, November 24, 2013.
Born on March 27, 1943 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Joseph P. and Marcella A. Whalen. Continue Reading
Former Burlington City Councilman and South Hill Neighborhood Association founder, Garry Thomas, died yesterday after an extended illness. He was 56. Thomas was a local businessman, pastor, and former high school and college basketball player. He was probably best known over the past few years as president and driving force behind the Neighborhood Association and it’s numerous projects and efforts to change the image of the south hill area. Final arrangements are pending at Thielen Funeral Home in Burlington. Continue Reading
There are roughly 130 turkey farms in Iowa that have been busy preparing for this week as Thanksgiving Day draws near. Iowa Turkey Federation Executive Director Gretta Irwin says Iowa ranks ninth nationwide in turkey production. Iowa ranks fifth in the country for turkey processing as Hillshire Brands in Storm Lake and West Liberty Foods in West Liberty, combined, process over 15.5 million turkeys annually. Irwin says Iowans will find great prices on turkeys as they prepare for the Thanksgiving Day meal. The Iowa Turkey Federation’s website was recently revamped and includes a host of tips and ideas for preparing turkeys. Governor Terry Branstad will uphold an annual tradition today (Monday), by pardoning two Iowa-grown turkeys during a ceremony at Terrace Hill. Continue Reading
THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL HOLDS ONE OF ITS EVERY-OTHER-MONDAY WORK SESSIONS THIS(MON) AFTERNOON AND AMONG THE “DISCUSSION” ITEMS IS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THE CITY SPENDS ON HEALTH-CARE FOR ITS EMPLOYEES.
DIRECTOR RHONDA FREVERT WILL GIVE THE LIBRARY’S ANNUAL REPORT…AND COUNCIL MEMBERS MAY TALK ABOUT PROPOSED AGREEMENTS WITH VENU-WORKS AND STEAMBOAT DAYS FOR OPERATION OF MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM AND THE PORT-OF-BURLINGTON, ALTHO THERE’S NOTHING IN WRITING IN THE MEETING PACKET. TODAY’S(MON) SESSION IS AT 4:30 AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND. Continue Reading
If you still have leaves in your yard that need to be bagged, time is running short. The City of Burlington has announced December 6th as the last day for leaf pickup. Always have your leaves on the curb in the brown paper yard bags or trash cans by 7am. If your trash gets picked up on Friday, your leaves will be picked up for the last time December 2nd. If your trash route is Monday, your leaves will get picked up on Dec 3… Continue Reading
STERLING, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois Conservation Police say an officer shot and killed a motorist who pinned an Illinois State Police trooper with his vehicle during a traffic stop.
The shooting happened Friday along Interstate 88 near Sterling after the trooper stopped the motorist. Illinois conservation police say the driver made a u-turn, striking and pinning the state trooper against his squad car. The
conservation officer also responded to the scene and saw the pinned trooper. The Daily Gazette reports that conservation police say the officer then shot the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Continue Reading
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Governor Terry Branstad is downsizing his recent claims of job creation in the state.
Branstad _ who pledged to create 200,000 new jobs in five years during his 2010 campaign _ recently claimed he has added more than 160,000 jobs since taking office. His administration now says the actual figure was 128,000 following new federal jobs data out Friday.
Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said via email that the change was simply due to calculations with revised data and the governor never sought to mislead Iowans.
The new figure has still drawn criticism because it counts only jobs added in Iowa, not jobs lost. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday shows the state has added 48,200 net jobs since Branstad took office. Continue Reading