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Iowa’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2013

The list of the most popular names for babies born in Iowa last year has been released. Data from the U.S. Social Security Administration shows Emma remained the top girl’s name in Iowa in 2013. Emma has claimed the top spot three years in a row and seven times in the past decade. Rounding out the top five for girl’s names last year: Harper, Sophia, Olivia, and Ava. On the boy’s side, Liam was the most popular boy’s name for the second year in a row. Continue Reading

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Muscatine Man Charged with Murder

A Muscatine man faces a first-degree murder charge following the death of a man who was in a coma for several days. Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren says the charge against 27-year-old Jose Tapia was filed Friday, following the Wednesday death of 39-year-old Michael Newman. Court records do not list an attorney. The Muscatine Journal says Tapia is accused of hitting Newman with a baseball ball on Aug. 8 following an altercation. Continue Reading

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Doggie Day at the WB Pool Tomorrow

Tomorrow is bath time for area pooches at the West Burlington Public Pool.  

(photo from humane society facebook page)

The annual event happens once the pool season is over. Dog owners are invited to bring their canines to the pool for swimming. The cost is $5 per dog with all proceeds benefiting the Des Moines County Humane Society. There will also be micro-chipping from 11-noon for $20. Continue Reading

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Fort Madison looks to set Hula Hoop Record this Weekend

It’s Town & Country Days in Mediapolis this weekend and Danville has its Founders’ Day, but in Fort Madison tomorrow during the second annual Riverview Games, they’re going to try and set a new Guinness world record for the “Longest Human Chain to Pass a Hula Hoop.” Organizer Laura Francisco is with the Chamber of Commerce….. Francisco says setting the record will take a small amount of flexibility by participants. She they need to be able-bodied so that they can actually put the hoop over their head, put it down over their body, and be able to step though it. Gates open tomorrow morning at 9:30 at Riverview Park, with the Hula Hoop chain at 10. Continue Reading

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Illegal Immigrant Arrested in Muscatine

A man found in Muscatine, who is originally from Mexico, was sentenced to 27 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to illegal reentry into the United States. 31-year-old Rodriguez Paz was also ordered to serve one year of supervised release following his prison time and pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. Also after his sentence Paz will be turned over to Immigration authorities. Paz was given an enhanced sentence due to his 2011 felony conviction for possession with intent to deliver cocaine after his state drug conviction was deported. Continue Reading

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A Bacon-Lover’s Paradise

Bacon lovers from around the region are invited to join a bacon-loving celebration this Saturday at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. It’s the first ever Baconpalooza, which Executive Director of the Auditorium, Chewi Lockhart hopes to make an annual event… Lockhart says if you love bacon and beer, this is the place to be. There will be a variety of bacon foods such as bacon donuts, bacon cinnamon rolls, bacon mac and cheese, jalapeno wantons, and more. It’s a 21 and older event. Continue Reading

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Pagan Pride Day in Burlington Saturday

A religious group that many people consider controversial is getting together at Burlington’s Crapo Park this weekend, and is inviting the public to come learn what they truly believe and how they worship. Pagan Pride Day will feature rituals, workshops, food, music and more this Saturday from 10am-4pm. Organizer of the event, Jane Edwards, says she’s aware of the negative connotations associated with Pagan Pride… “When I say I’m Pagan, many people react by saying you’re going to hell. I say, well first, I’d have to believe in the place and I don’t. Continue Reading

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Railroad Bar Thief Convicted

A Dallas City, Illinois man accused of taking railroad bars from the BNSF rail yard in Burlington in May has been found guilty after a two day jury trial. 49-year-old Gary Stewart was found guilty of 2nd degree Theft as a Habitual Offender. Stewart had been convicted of two prior felonies at the time of his arrest which implicated the habitual offender sentencing enhancement. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 8th. Continue Reading

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SCC Volleyball Season Suspended

The Southeastern Community College volleyball program has been suspended for the 2014-2015 season because they are still without a head coach. The college has conducted a number of interviews but have not found the right fit. According to an SCC press release, SCC’s Women Athletic Director, Melissa Flores, said that since they haven’t had a coach since February, the Blackhawks have basically missed out on an entire recruiting season. College officials hope to have a new coach by December. Continue Reading

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Neighborhood Watch Info Meeting next Thursday

The Burlington Police Department is reminding citizens that there will be an informational meeting next Thursday about how to begin creating a Neighborhood Watch Group in your neighborhood. Representatives from local law enforcement and current neighborhood watch groups will be on hand to answer questions. The meeting should last about an hour and begins at 6pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in downtown Burlington. Questions can be directed to Major Darren Grimshaw at the Burlington Police Department. Continue Reading