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Burlington Firefighter Grant to be Voted on Monday

Burlington’s Firefighter Union is urging residents to attend the city council meeting this coming Monday. They’re hoping that if there’s a large turnout, the council will accept a $493,000 Federal Grant to hire three new firefighters. Burlington’s Fire Chief, Matt Trexel says some communities have turned the grant down… “A lot of them don’t like the idea that we take on extra personnel, and then in two years, if we’re not going to be able to afford them, we’ll have to lay them off. No one likes to layoff firefighters.” Continue Reading

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Keokuk Woman Could Face 53 Years in Prison

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Keokuk woman on charges involving two different illegal-to-sell substances. 28-year-old Kristine Forsythe faces counts of Possession of Meth, Conspiracy to Manufacture more than 5 Grams of Meth in the Presence of a Minor, and within 1,000 Feet of a Public Park, Possession of Hydrocodone with Intent to Deliver withing 1,000 Feet of a Park, Maintaining a Drug House, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, she could be sentenced to more than 53 years in prison. Continue Reading

New Iowa Law Regarding Juvenile Sex Convictions

A bill meant to stop the release of sexually violent predators has been signed into law. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill today. The law allows those convicted of a violent sexual offense as a juvenile to be sent to a civil containment unit for sexually violent predators upon release from prison. Officials didn’t previously consider such juvenile convictions when making adult release decisions. Lawmakers say those who commit sexually violent crimes as juveniles could be dangerous as adults. Continue Reading

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Campgrounds Open in Des Moines County

It may not feel like spring, but that hasn’t stopped people from taking advantage of Des Moines County Campgrounds. Conservation Director Chris Lee says they’ve already had their first camper at Big Hollow. The Campgrounds opened April 1st, with the exception of a couple, according to Lee… He says they made an improvement to Big Hollow last year that not many people got to take advantage of… Just recently they started taking reservations for their new primitive cabin at Big Hollow… Continue Reading

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Talking Dog Visits Burlington Library

A very popular yellow dog made a stop at Burlington’s Public Library yesterday to surprise her fans. “Martha Speaks” is a popular children show on Iowa Public Television. Our own Savanna Evans asked 7-year-old Riley Villont to tell her about the tv show… Villont also told us what she likes most about the show… Dozens of young kids got the chance to hug, take pictures, and play rock paper scissors with the beloved talking dog. Continue Reading

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Tri-State Rodeo Kick-Off Party Friday

The 67th annual Tri-State Rodeo is coming up in September but a kick-off for the event is scheduled for this Friday (April 4th). They’ll be announcing this year’s entertainment, including the specialty and national musical acts. The party starts at 6pm at Kinnick South in Fort Madison. The 2014 Tri-State Rodeo is set for September 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. Continue Reading

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Area Drug Busts

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has busted a northeast Missouri woman on felony drugs charges. 20-year-old Candy Weddle (featured in picture) of Wayland faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of Possession of a Schedule-2 Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1,000 feet of a school. In Des Moines County, authorities picked up 50-year-old Bill Tisor of Burlington on a Muscatine County warrant for buying too much Pseudophedrine, one of the ingredients used to make meth.   Continue Reading

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Illinois Concealed Carry Instructors in Trouble

Many Illinois residents who are trying to get their concealed carry permits are finding out that their completion certificates are being rejected. The reason this has happened, is due to students being improperly trained by their instructors. As of right now, 13 instructors have been stripped of their concealed carry endorsements, which has affected 425 students who will now have to be retrained. The instructors were giving students their certificates of completion without the minimum 16 hours of training Illinois requires. Continue Reading

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A New Press Box and More Parking for Bracewell

Bracewell Stadium in Burlington may soon get a major face-lift. The Burlington School Board approved to move forward with the bidding process at last night’s meeting for the press-box renovation. Byron Wittlesey, who’s in charge of maintenance for the district, spoke to us last night about their plans… The Whole Truth Gospel Church of Holiness on South Central Street in Burlington, which is now owned by the school, is expected to come down this week to create more parking… The financial impact is around $750,000 from sales tax, which Whittlesey says will not cover the entire project, so they may have to alter their plans. Continue Reading

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Something Burlington Tax Payers Should Know…

There are some changes afoot in the Des Moines County Assessor’s Office, and many local taxpayers may not like the end result.

Assessor Matt Warner says about 90% of the county’s property owners have been sent change notices, meaning their assessed value has gone up or down.. Warner also took the time at today’s meeting to dispel at least one rumor… Continue Reading