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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

Maquoketa Police Officer Shot (UPDATED)

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says a police officer has been wounded during a traffic stop in eastern Iowa. The department says the Maquoketa officer was shot after making a traffic stop around 2:50 a.m. today. The shooter fled the scene and was later found dead in his overturned pickup truck. Police identified him as 30-year-old Aaron Scott of Wyoming, Iowa. Injuries to the police officer were not life-threatening. Continue Reading

Golf Carts on Fort Madison Streets May be Legal

Fort Madison is considering whether to allow golf carts on city streets. The City Council will discuss the issue tonight. City Manager Byron Smith says at least two council members and some residents are receptive to an ordinance. He also says that several cities in the area have adopted similar ordinances since 2011. If approved, a registration fee would generate some revenue. Continue Reading

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Burlington School Makes $440,000 in Reductions

The Burlington School Board approved to publish their proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. During the work session, before their regular meeting tonight, each member got another chance to voice their opinions on the proposed cuts, which total around $440,000. Member Tammy Darnall felt that they weren’t provided enough information about some of the positions they had to cut or decide to restore. Board member Linda Garwood was upset that they have to cut the Communications and Assessment Director they just hired…. “Like I’ve said before, I think anybody that does anything anymore, does it online, and I think he’s done a phenomenal job in making our district look welcoming. Continue Reading