Employees of the Siemens plant in Ft. Madison today celebrated the manufacture of their 10-thousandth wind-turbine blade. A company news release says Siemens management marked the occasion with a meal for the workers, and some words of praise by Plant Manager Tony McDowell, who’s quoted as saying the company’s success is all due to the employees’ hard work and dedication. The celebration for the first Siemens blade milestone was celebrated in 2007. The Fort Madison facility produces wind blades to customers in the USA, Canada, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. Continue Reading
It was a long day for area fire fighters yesterday battling numerous grass fires. Those fires are continuing today. Due to the number of incidents, Lee County is now under a burn ban that will take effect at 1pm today until further notice. Yesterday the National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning”, meaning that fire weather conditions were occurring because of a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures. Today grass fires are continuing, so the burn ban is in place. Continue Reading
The Iowa Department of Education has awarded the Burlington Community School District an almost $900,000 grant. The money will go to before and after-school programs as well as summer school at three sites- Aldo Leopold Middle School, Edward Stone Middle School, and North Hill Elementary. Curriculum Director Laurie Noll, says the programs have proven to be very successful for students… The funding is for 3 years. 9 school districts in Iowa received this 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Continue Reading
This year’s Veishea celebration at Iowa State University has been cut short following overnight violence in Ames. That’s the decision from Iowa State University President Steven Leath after students and others flipped over cars and threw rocks and beer cans at police in Campustown. One student was badly injured when a light pole was knocked over on top of him. “It’s with mixed feelings and a heavy heart that I’ve decided to suspend the remainder of this Veishea starting at 5 o’clock tonight,” Leath said at a news conference. “So, it’s done.” Continue Reading
Many have probably noticed the building going up in the middle of the old Fairway Center parking lot in Burlington. What it will be is a new Subway Restaurant that will replace the current one in that area, but it will include something new, a drive thru. Owner of the Burlington Subway’s, Bob Dowell, told us that of the 15 stores he owns in Iowa, this will be his first drive-thru. Unlike other fast food pick-ups, you won’t have to talk to a person to place your order… They hope to have the establishment open by mid-June. Continue Reading
Two teenagers from Keokuk were both seriously injured in a car crash Monday night in Hancock County. The driver, 18-year-old Casey Icenogle lost control on County Road 96 and hit a gas meter attached to a house as well as a mailbox. The passenger was 18-year-old Darren Bradley. They were both airlifted to hospitals in Quincy and Iowa City. The Hancock County Sheriff says one was released from the hospital today. Continue Reading
The National Weather Service has issued a rare “Red Flag Warning,” for the Iowa portions of our listening area, until 7 o’clock tonight. That means critical fire weather conditions are occurring because of a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures. Burlington Fire Marshal Mark Crooks tells us what kind of grass and brush-fire season it’s been so far….. Crooks advises against burning anything outdoors in this kind of weather, and partly because many brush and field fires can be difficult to fight. Continue Reading
Governor Terry Branstad is giving his first indication that he would be open to signing a limited medical marijuana bill into law this legislative session. Branstad recently met with parents who want to use an oil derived from marijuana to help their children who have seizures. Branstad, a Republican, says he’s talked with the governor of Utah, who approved such a law… “One of our big problems today is people abusing prescription drugs that are meant for somebody else. We don’t want to create more problems –we don’t want unintended consequences, but, it looks like we could end up with something that is very limited in focus like was passed recently in Utah and Alabama. Continue Reading
The West Burlington School District is on the hunt for a new head football coach. At Monday night’s board meeting, Jeff Housel’s resignation as head football coach was accepted. Superintendent Dave Schmitt says they’ve already started looking for someone to replace him and hope to make their decision soon…..
The position is being advertised on the Teach Iowa website, and they have currently received 7 applications. Housel has been with West Burlington for 8 years now, and will continue to teach math courses and serve as the district’s athletic director. Continue Reading
Another drug related arrest has been made in Keokuk by Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force. 32-year-old Amanda Bollin of 3806 Main Street in Keokuk was arrested at her home and charged with Maintaining a Drug House and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of both charges she faces a little more than 2 years in prison. Continue Reading
Gunmen in uniform kill ally of Burundi President Nkurunziza
NAIROBI Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot dead a former Burundian security chief and close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday, the presidency said, heightening tensions after a disputed presidential poll.