It’s time for Des Moines County’s Rural Cleanup. Now through December 9th, or until the funds are gone, a whole list of items will be accepted at the landfill at no charge. You must be able to show proof of residency. Items should be separated into three categories. The first category is metal items, such as lawn mowers, bikes, tin roofing, metal cabinets, bed springs & rails, swing sets, and metal fencing. Continue Reading
A doctor who runs a drug treatment clinic for youth in Colorado says legalizing marijuana has led to many problems in his state and also carried over into Iowa. Dr. Christian Thurstone recently met with drug prevention groups in Iowa. “We’ve seen referrals to substance treatment, to adolescent substance treatment skyrocket — they’ve quadrupled in the last couple of years. We’ve seen used rates, prevalence of use among teenagers — go up significantly, pre-post,”
He says there are other problems created by marijuana. “We’ve seen a doubling in traffic fatalities, with a driver who is positive for marijuana, double since 2006. Continue Reading
LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) _ National Weather Service says a tornado that struck the central Illinois community of Washington had winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour. The meteorologists say that the storm had a preliminary rating of an EF-4. The Tazewell County storm killed one person and injured dozens of others during Sunday’s severe weather. Meanwhile, a tornado that touched down in southern Illinois near New Minden, about 45 miles southeast of St. Louis, also had a preliminary rating of an EF-4. A northern Illinois tornado near Coal City had wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour, making it an EF-2. Continue Reading
BOSTON (AP) — It’s kind of a big deal that Emerson College is changing the name of its school of communication.
The college in Boston will rename the school — for one day only — the Ron Burgundy School of Communication on Dec. 4 to honor the fictitious television anchorman. Actor Will Ferrell, in character, is scheduled to share his path to journalism greatness with students. His visit will include a news conference, the renaming ceremony and a screening of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) _ The central Illinois community of Washington will be under a curfew for at least a week after a deadly tornado turned scores of houses into rubble.
Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce says the curfew will run from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m.
Authorities implemented the curfew in large part for safety reasons. With power lines knocked down and tons of debris from the hundreds of homes that were destroyed or badly damaged, authorities do not want people walking around — particularly when it’s dark.
Also, Pierce has said they are trying to limit the number of people in the area after isolated reports of looting. Continue Reading
THE DIRECTOR OF THE IOWA TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT’S PLANNING DIVISION WILL PAY A VISIT TO BURLINGTON THIS WEEK, TO GET SOME PUBLIC INPUT ON A PROPOSED LIST OF WAYS TO GENERATE MORE REVENUE FOR ROAD & BRIDGE MAINTENANCE.
IT’S BEEN SAID I-DOT NEEDS ANOTHER 200-MILLION DOLLARS-A-YEAR JUST TO KEEP UP WITH CURRENT NEEDS, BUT GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP BOSS JASON HUTCHESON SAYS GOVERNOR BRANSTAD HAS NOT BEEN A GOOD LEADER IN THIS AREA…..
THE FUNDING INPUT MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY MORNING AT 10 IN THE WINEGARD BOARD ROOM AT RIVER PARK PLACE, 610 NORTH 4TH STREET, SUITE 200 IN BURLINGTON. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CHAMBER TO PARTICIPATE. Continue Reading
THE WEST BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONITE(MON) AT 7 AND IS LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON IMPLEMENTING A SO-CALLED “INNOVATIVE” CALENDAR… SOMETHING NEW THE IOWA LEGISLATURE HAS COME UP WITH, TO LET DISTRICTS COUNT HOURS…INSTEAD OF DAYS…TO MEET THE MINIMUM, STATE-REQUIRED CLASS-TIME. THE WEST BURLINGTON BOARD MEETS IN THE BUILDING AT 607 RAMSEY.
((( LATER THIS SCHOOL YEAR, THE BOARD MAY DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL. ))) Continue Reading
THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONITE(MON) IN REGULAR SESSION, BUT THERE’S NOTHING ON THE AGENDA PERTAINING TO VENU-WORKS…MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM…NOR STEAMBOAT DAYS. WHAT IS TO BE ACTED ON ARE SOME CHANGES IN THE PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL CODES…ANOTHER WHICH WILL REZONE THE DEPOT PROPERTY TO INCLUDE AN H-1…OR HISTORICIAL PRESERVATION OVERLAY DISTRICT DESIGNATION.
OTHER THAN THAT, THERE ARE RESOLUTIONS TO BE VOTED ON THAT WILL AUTHORIZE MAYOR JIM DAVIDSON TO SIGN A STATE GRANT AGREEMENT FOR THE FLINT RIVER TRAIL…ANOTHER APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF A SMALL DUMP TRUCK FOR THE PARKS DEPARTMENT…AND A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR PROPERTY MAINTENANCE MANAGER BREYDN HILL FOR 35 YEARS OF CITY SERVICE. TONITE’S(MON) MEETING IS AT 6:30 AND THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO COMMENT TOWARD THE END OF THE MEETING. Continue Reading
IT LEFT A MANGLED SIGN AT THE CRAZY COYOTE ON MT. PLEASANT STREET…AND I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THAT YESTERDAY’S(SUN) STORM CAME THRU BURLINGTON LIKE THE ROADRUNNER. ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT SPOTS WAS RANDALL BROWN’S HOUSE AT 529 SOUTH 10TH STREET IN BURLINGTON. HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO WORK AT DOMINO’S PIZZA WHEN THE WINDS CAME UP. HE TRIED TO CALL HIS WIFE MARY…SHE DIDN’T ANSWER…SO HE CALLED ONE OF HIS SONS AND TOLD HIM TO GET DOWNSTAIRS AND TURN ON THE WEATHER. Continue Reading