THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONITE(MON) AND WILL SET A DATE FOR TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS…BOTH ON JANUARY 6TH —
ONE ON BEHALF OF HOPE HAVEN, WHICH IS SEEKING (FOR A SECOND TIME) SOME FEDERAL GRANT MONEY TO BUY THE VACANT LOT AT 617 JEFFERSON STREET AND BUILD A NEW “HOPEFULLY YOURS” THRIFT STORE, CURRENTLY AT VALLEY AND 5TH. THE SECOND HEARING NEXT MONTH WILL BE ON SOME CHANGES TO THE CITY’S TREE ORDINANCE, NECESSITATED BY THE PRESENCE OF EMERALD ASH BORERS…WHICH WILL REQUIRE TREATMENT AND, IN MOST CASES, REMOVAL OF ENTIRE ASH TREES. TONITE'(MON) MEETING IS AT 6:30 ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF CITY HALL AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND. (THE COUNCIL ALSO SETS ASIDE A TIME TOWARD THE END OF EACH REGULAR MEETING FOR COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE.)
THE WEST BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS THIS(MON) EVENING AT 5 AND WILL TALK MORE ABOUT THE FEASIBILITY OF HIRING A SCHOOL RESOURCE (POLICE) OFFICER. MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS SOME ALTERNATIVES TO THE PROPOSED NEW POSITION, INCLUDING A CONCEPT CALLED “RESTORATIVE DISCIPLINE.” Continue Reading
Two Midwestern economists say the E-P-A’s proposed reduction in ethanol production in 2014 will contribute to a “slow down” in what’s been a booming ag economy, but it won’t drive the farm economy into negative territory. Iowa State University economist David Swenson says there won’t be “much of an impact” on the production of ethanol. That overseas demand should prop up corn prices, according to Swenson.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss agrees that the ethanol industry will “weather” this storm over a reduced “Renewable Fuels Standard” for ethanol production in 2014. Anything connected to agriculture is slowing down, according to Goss, from farm equipment sales to ag land prices, but he expects ethanol plants to survive. Goss and Swenson made their comments during a weekend appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. Continue Reading
THERE WERE AT LEAST TWO FATAL ACCIDENTS IN THE AREA OVER THE WEEKEND…BOTH OF THEM WEATHER-RELATED.
36-YEAR OLD JESSICA BEASLEY OF LOMAX WAS KILLED FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN HENDERSON COUNTY, WHEN HER NORTHBOUND PONTIAC GRAND AM WENT OUT OF CONTROL ON SNOW-COVERED CARMAN ROAD AND SPUN INTO THE PATH OF A FORD PICKUP DRIVEN BY A MACOMB MAN. CORONER KRIS BEALS PRONOUNCED BEASLEY DEAD AT THE SCENE AND 38-YEAR OLD BRIAN NELSON WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER, WHERE HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. NO CITATIONS WERE ISSUED. FRIDAY EVENING…JUST BEFORE 5:30…66-YEAR OLD GREG STRANDBERG OF WEST BURLINGTON WAS KILLED WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE IN THE 32-HUNDRED BLOCK OF SNOWY 406 ROAD AND COLLIDED WITH A SECOND VEHICLE, DRIVEN BY JORDAN FIELDS OF BURLINGTON. Continue Reading
After four months of investigating, The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Burlington Police Department arrested several people for manufacturing meth. Authorities executed a search warrant at 4496 Sullivan Slough Road in Burlington, where two people were arrested, and a third was detained upon arrival to the home. The three arrested were 55-year-old Randall Murphy, 37-year-old Tonya Garnsey, and 33-year-old Lisa Morris, all of Burlington. Inside the home, detectives found meth making materials, packaged crack cocaine, and multiple stolen ATV’s. Murphy and Garnsey were both arrested for conspiracy to manufacture meth. Continue Reading
With the first big snowfall of the season, there was bound to be some traffic accidents, unfortunately in Henderson County, one was fatal. 36-year-old Jessica Beasley of Lomax was traveling northbound on Carman Road when she lost control of her vehicle, spun into oncoming traffic, and was struck on the passenger side of her vehicle by 38-year-old Brian Nelson of Macomb. Beasley was pronounced dead at the scene, Nelson was treated and released from the hospital. Families have been notified. Continue Reading
Florence Miller, 73, of New London died Thursday, December 12, 2013 in the emergency room at HenryCountyHealthCenter. Arrangements are pending at Elliott Chapel, New London. Charles Alvin Nelson, age 84, of Mediapolis, died Thursday morning, December 12, 2013, at the Prairie Ridge Care & Rehab in Mediapolis. The son of Russel and Evelyn Pilling Nelson, he was born on July 17, 1929 in rural Mediapolis. He married Anne Hutchcroft on June 15, 1950 in Mediapolis. She died February 6, 1978. Charles married Marge Mellinger on August 15, 1980 in Mediapolis. He graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1948 and from Iowa State University with an Ag Degree. He taught Ag for two years at Redfield, Iowa where he established their first FFA Chapter. He then came back to Mediapolis to farm with his dad on the family farm NE of Mediapolis.
Charlie was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Mediapolis where he had served as an elder and Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir. He was a Farm Bureau member and had served on the MediapolisSchool Board. He enjoyed camping, the Cubs, Hawkeyes, and Cyclones. His family includes his wife Marge of Mediapolis; children, Brent & Chris Nelson of Gladstone, Illinois, Denise & Herschel Smuck of Mediapolis, Fred & Luann Nelson of Mediapolis; Duane & Jeanie Mellinger of Port Aransas, Texas, Dwight & Mary Mellinger of Burlington, and including a daughter –in-law, Leanne Nelson of Mediapolis; eleven grandchildren, Tracy & Scott Lipper, Deanne Walljasper, Jasper & Kristine Walljasper, Robyn Smuck, Eden & Garret Wahlers, Michele & Dan Evans, Joshua, Caleb, and Jacob Nelson, Russ & Alaina Nelson, and Sarah & KCasey Jackson; four great grandchildren, Leevi Walljasper, Bailey, Hailey, and Mack Jackson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Anne; a son, Ed; and a sister, Fern Gustafson. The funeral ceremony for Charles Nelson will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, December 16, 2013, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Mediapolis. Pastor Dan Baker will officiate. Burial will follow at the KossuthCemetery. Continue Reading
AS CAPITOL THEATER BOARD MEMBERS…LED BY ROGER HATTEBERG…PREPARE TO PUT ON A HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER, THEY’RE DOING SO WITHOUT A FULL-TIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. AT THE SAME TIME, A PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT & MARKETING COMPANY IS GEARING UP TO TAKE OVER OPERATION OF MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM…AND DON’T THINK THOSE NOW RUNNING THE CAPITOL HAVEN’T NOTICED. BECKY ANDERSON WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER AND A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE CAPITOL’S REJUVENATION, BUT EVEN SHE BELIEVES…AFTER A YEAR-AND-A-HALF IN OPERATION AS A LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER…SOMETHING’S GOT TO CHANGE, BECAUSE THE THEATER IS LOSING MONEY.
IT MIGHT HAPPEN…IT MIGHT NOT…BUT WHETHER VENU-WORKS AND THE CAPITOL COME TO SOME SORT OF AN AGREEMENT OR THEY DON’T, IT’LL PROBABLY TAKE AWHILE TO SHAKE OUT. Continue Reading
The windows of Downtown Burlington Storefronts will be lit up tonight for the Annual Living Windows Celebration. Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners refers to it as “a parade in reverse”… Instead of people standing and watching things go by, they walk and see things in the windows or on the sidewalks. There will be singers, re-enactors, and just a wide variety of things.” Frevert also feels, that of the 15 years this event has been held, tonight will be bigger and better than ever… Continue Reading