Unemployment is a hot topic in our country right now. In Iowa, there are around 74,500 people who are currently unemployed. Emergency unemployment compensation expired in December and it has many worried about what will happen to those people. Data from the Iowa Workforce Development shows that there are plenty of jobs out there right now with nobody to fill them. Regional Director for the Workforce Investment Act Deb Dowell, says there are 848 southeast Iowa jobs listed on their website… Continue Reading
A large sinkhole has emerged at the corner of Valley and Main Street in Downtown Burlington. The city is still unsure what caused the so called “sink hole”, but they will be working on it and hope to have it fixed by the end of this week depending on the availability of asphalt. Steve Hoambrecker with Public Works says that the last two times they have had issues with the street, the river has been high, but he isn’t 100% sure if that’s what caused it. Continue Reading
Burlington Police Officers were called to the area of Acres and 12th Street this morning at around 1:15 for a report of multiple gunshots. (photo credit: Roy Phillips)
Shortly after, 37-year-old Kelon Tucker of Chicago was reportedly being treated at Great River Medical Center for several gunshot wounds to the lower torso. Tucker was transferred to Iowa City. His condition is not known. No arrests have been made. Continue Reading
Iowans who like to shop at stores where everything’s a dollar may soon see some changes. The Dollar Tree chain is buying rival Family Dollar for eight-and-a-half BILLION dollars. There are about 40 Dollar Trees in Iowa and around 20 Family Dollars. While the items at Dollar Tree all cost a buck or less, the Family Dollar stocks some items up to five-dollars, and higher. The new Dollar Tree chain will become North America’s biggest discount retailer. Continue Reading
Authorities say one person has been killed and several others injured in a collision between a car and pickup in eastern Iowa. Iowa State Patrol and Washington County sheriff’s officers responded to the crash around 4:30 p.m. Sunday on G38 about two miles west of Washington. The patrol says Timothy Milligan, of Montrose, was driving west in his pickup when he tried to turn around in the road. The truck was struck by a westbound car driven by Craig Batholomew, of Washington. The patrol says a car passenger, 46-year-old Dennis Albright, of Washington, was killed. Continue Reading
A group of teenagers were in a car accident Sunday morning near 1800 South Washington Road in West Burlington. When officers arrived, they located four juveniles with minor injuries. The driver of the car took off on foot and was later found hiding in the bushes at the Hospice House. He has been identified at 19-year-old Michael Jagerson of Burlington and is charged with Driving Under Suspension, Public Intoxication, and Assault on a Peace Officer. Additional charges are pending. Continue Reading
The Lee County Narcotics Task Force has arrested a West Burlington man on a felony drug warrant. 22-year-old Derek Bradham was arrested on Monday during a traffic stop. He was charged with Delivery of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. If convicted, he will face 10 years in prison. Continue Reading
On the Burlington School Board agenda tonight is the approval of 3 new hires. They will first look to approve the new Director of Curriculum, Sharon Dentlinger at an annual salary of $100,000. Dentlinger has been responsible for curriculum and instruction development in 16 different districts. According to the agenda, she holds a Masters in Education from Drake University, she has a Superintendent Endorsement, and is working on her Doctorate in Education. The second person they are looking to hire tonight is Tim Kesterke as their new Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. Continue Reading
Summer will be winding down soon and kids will be back in school. Burlington continue’s school registration this week. In the Burlington District, they have already wrapped up elementary registration, but if you missed it, Director of Special services, Kim Harmon says there is still time to get it done. You can stop by the elementary building your child will be attending and get registered. If your child is new to the district, Harmon says you need to remember to bring a copy of their birth certificate and an immunization record. Continue Reading
A RAGBRAI rider was found dead inside his tent Thursday in Mason City. The man has been identified as 74-year-old George Brinkeroff of Sioux City. The cause of death has yet to be determined but a medical examiner says it appears the man died from natural causes. This is now the second person who has died on the ride this year. Continue Reading
Obama admits US gun safety laws are his 'biggest frustration'
Barack Obama has admitted that his failure to have “commonsense gun safety laws” passed in the United States is the greatest frustration of his presidency.