neighborhood-watch

Citizens Against Crime Plans Next Step

They didn’t have the turn out they had a couple weeks ago for their first Crime Prevention meeting, but 10 very concerned citizens attended a planning meeting last night at the Heritage Free Methodist Church in Burlington for the group that is now called “Citizens Against Crime”. The group’s main focus is to bring the community together and implement ideas that will help curb crime in certain areas of town. John Horton spoke at the beginning of last night’s meeting about the need for diversity within the Citizens Against Crime group… Many assumptions have been that the crime is only going on in the Maple Street area, but according to recent police reports, that’s not the case. Burlington resident Mike Westfall stated that we can’t just focus on one area of Burlington anymore… Continue Reading

Obits for 7/23/2014

Mr. Thomas E. Teesdale, Jr., 62, of West Branch, IA passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM in Emmetsburg, Iowa after beginning his second day of riding in RAGBRAI. He was born March 14, 1952 in LaHarpe, IL the son of Thomas E. and Norma Duhs Teesdale Sr. In 1980 he married Cathy Jo Dunker. She survives along with his mother, Norma Teesdale of rural Niota, IL 4 sons, John T. (Ruth) Teesdale of Riverside, IA, Matthew H. (Beth) Teesdale of Niota, IL, Andrew J. Teesdale of West Branch, IA and Jacob J. (Meghan) Teesdale of Marion, IA, 1 daughter, Kate M.J. (Joe) Teesdale of Cedar Rapids, IA, 2 grandchildren, Henry and Annabella Teesdale, 1 sister, Cathy (Richard) Smith of Omaha, NE, 1 nephew, Aaron (Jodi) Smith of Jasper, IN and 3 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr Teesdale was raised in Niota, Illinois. Continue Reading

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Des Moines County Scam

The Des Moines County Recorder’s office is warning residents about a scam that’s been making its way through the area. It involves mailings from a company called “Record Transfer Service,” in which the firm offers to obtain your property deed and send it to you for $83. The scam is the fact that you can do the same thing yourself, through the Recorder’s office at the courthouse, for one-to-three dollars. Continue Reading

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RAGBRAI rider died Monday

His identity has not been released, but a 63-year-old man died Monday during RAGBRAI.  

(photo from http://ragbrai.com/2014/07/22/photos-emmetsburg-to-forest-city/ )

According to the RAGBRAI website, he suffered from a medical issue and not from a traumatic injury. He was taken to a hospital in Emmetsburg where he later passed away. The last time someone died during the bike event was in 2010 when a cyclist collided with another rider. Within the 42 years RAGBRAI has taken place, 29 people have died during the event. Continue Reading

money in the hands

Low campaign funds for Hatch compared to Branstad

Jack Hatch, the Democratic candidate for governor, continues to trail Republican Governor Terry Branstad in fundraising. The single-largest individual contribution during the reporting period came from Josh Nelson of Spencer, the owner of a local phone company who wrote a 50-thousand dollar check to the Branstad campaign. John Smith, the C-E-O of a Cedar Rapids-based trucking company, wrote Branstad’s campaign a 25-thousand dollar check. Mark Falb of Dubuque, the executive of a textbook publishing company, also contributed 25-thousand dollars. Bruce Rastetter, the agribusinessman who was Branstad’s number-one contributor in 2010, wrote the campaign a 10-thousand dollar check earlier this month. Continue Reading

cityhall

Tie vote to censure Tim Scott

The Burlington City Council came to a tie vote last night on a proposal to censure member Tim Scott. Scott apologized to Councilwoman Anderson, who he had hit with a pile of papers two weeks ago. He also apologized to the black community, for comments he made at that same meeting and two days later to a Des Moines TV reporter, and to transplanted Chicagoans, for calling them part of the problem with local crime… Scott says it’s been his intention all along to apologize….. Many in the standing-room-only crowd last night were there to comment on Scott’s behavior, including Debbie Smith of West Burlington, a Chicago transplant, who said you have to give respect to get it….. Continue Reading

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WB-ND falls to Bondurant-Farrar

Defending champion Bondurant-Farrar rolled to a 9-4 victory over West Burlington/Notre Dame in a class 3A quarterfinal round game. Coach Roger Roland’s team started quickly by scoring seven runs in the first inning. West Burlington/Notre Dame coach David Oleson says he was proud of the way his team battled back… It was too big of a hill for the Falcons to climb out of as they fall to 23-13. Continue Reading

SCC Blackhawks

No Volleyball at SCC until they find a Coach

Southeastern Community College has had to suspend their 2014-2015 volleyball season for now. According to a press release from the school, they are still in the process of securing a suitable head volleyball coach. Head coach Gary Anderson left SCC in February to coach at Iowa Central Community College. Since then, the college has had two rounds of interviews and the applicants didn’t’ meet college expectations. The Blackhawks currently have three student-athletes on it’s official roster. Continue Reading

Obits for 7/22/14

Merle Hasenclever, 95 years, of Denmark, Iowa died at 8:45 p.m.Saturday July, 19, 2014 at The Madison, Fort Madison, Iowa.   Merle Hasenclever was born on May 17, 1919 to Francis and Mary (Grossman) Hasenclever near New London, Iowa. On October 8, 1944 he married Betsey Anne Timpe. He graduated from DenmarkAcademyHigh School and attended IowaStateUniversity.  He spent the important years of his life on the family farm near Denmark, managing it for over 50 years.  His life long interest was agriculture, and he always had an active interest in the Lee County Extension Service and Lee County Farm Bureau.  He was a member of the Penn City Singers and Lions Club.  He served on the LeeCounty zoning commission, was a school board member for the DenmarkSchool, and was a life long member of Denmark Congregational United Church of Christ where he was the oldest living Deacon, and also served as a Trustee, Sunday School teacher and choir member. He is survived by his wife, Betsey and three daughters: Frances Smith of Houston, Texas; Miriam Hasenclever of Columbia, Missouri; Rebecca Hasenclever Saice (husband Dan) of Waterloo; three grandchildren: Miriam (husband Jeff) Mueller of Portland, Oregon; Jeremy Smith of Seattle, Washington; Chelsea Hasenclever of Columbia, Missouri; and one great-grandchild: Eleanor Mueller of Portland, Oregon and nieces and nephews. His parents and one brother, Herbert, preceded him in death. Continue Reading

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Meth Arrest in Keokuk

A 31-year-old from Keokuk could face 25 years in prison. Carin Ison of 2298 Carbide Lane was taken into custody on Friday by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force on felony drug charges. Ison was charged with Manufacture of Meth in Excess of 5 Grams. During the investigation a search warrant was executed and items supporting the charges were located. Continue Reading