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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

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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

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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

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WB-ND Softball Travels to Fort Dodge

The West Burlington-Notre Dame girls softball team is in Ft. Dodge, preparing mentally to face defending 3A state champion Bondurant-Farrar at 1 o’clock today. At yesterday afternoon’s send-off, WB Athletic Director Jeff Housel spoke first….. Head Coach Jim Oleson talked about the Falcons’ competition….. The Lady Falcons are 23-12. Continue Reading

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RAGBRAI Riders Feeling the Heat Today

Air conditioners will be running full blast across much of Iowa the next few days as a heat advisory is posted from noon today through 7 o’clock on Tuesday night for more than 70 counties across western and central Iowa. Meteorologist Miles Schumacher, at the National Weather Service, says we will be in for some of the hottest weather of the season so far… “It’s going to be a typical real hot and humid Iowa summer,” Schumacher says. “Looks like we’ll see heat indices in the 100- to 110-degree range, at least for the next couple of days.” In Burlington tomorrow, we’ll see temperatures in the mid 90’s. Continue Reading

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WB Woman Killed at Lee. Co. Speedway

A West Burlington woman was killed Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson. 70-year old Chong Cha Mathias was taken to Ft. Madison Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead after being hit by a push-truck in the pits. According to the Donnellson Police Chief, it appeared to be an accident and no charges have been filed. As of this morning, the accident remains under investigation as they continue to gather information. Continue Reading

Obits for 7/21/14

Mary Elizabeth Barngrover, 89, of West Burlington, died at  Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born January 29, 1925, in Winfield, IA, she was the daughter of Merle F. and Dorothy Opal McCandless Heldt. Survivors include son, Terry (Roberta) Barngrover of Burlington; one daughter, Virginia Thompson of Albuquerque, NM; three grandchildren, Jason (Renee) Barngrover of Des Moines, Ryan (Stephanie) Barngrover of Burlington, and Wendee Thompson of Albuquerque, NM; and two great-grandchildren, Miya Barngrover and Mason Barngrover both of Burlington. She was preceded in death by her parents. Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory. Continue Reading