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Stinky, Odd Tasting Burlington Water Getting Better

If you’ve consumed Burlington’s water lately, you’ve probably noticed a different taste and a slight odor. Ken Gregory, Burlington’s Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, says you can blame the river…

“Currently what we’re experiencing is a high level of raw ammonia in the river right now, and an increased level of organics. What we have had to do is increase our chlorine feed rates to burn off the ammonia.”

Gregory says almost everyone along the Mississippi River is having to do the same thing. He says the odd taste in your drinking water is the extra chlorine, but it’s completely safe to consume. On a positive note, they have started to reduce the chlorine levels.. Continue Reading

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Iowa Unemployment Increases a Tiny Bit

It wasn’t a drastic change, but the unemployment rate in Iowa moved up to 4.3% in January. In December unemployment was at 4.2%. Last January however, Iowa was at 5.0%, so we are seeing an improvement. Overall in the U.S., unemployment fell to 6.6% from 6.7% in December. It’s the lowest national rate since October 2008. Continue Reading

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Primary Election Day in Illinois Tomorrow

Tuesday is primary election day in Illinois and there’s a 3-way race among Democrats for Henderson County Sheriff. First-Term incumbent Steven Haynes of Stronghurst is being challenged by one of his deputies, Steve Henshaw of Oquawka, and by David Hinshaw also of Oquawka. Also on the Henderson County Ballot is a race for the Republican nomination for County Clerk. Voters have their choice of incumbent Amanda Van Arsdale-Rousonelos of Stronghurst and Kelli Vancil of Little York. Democrat Patty Daniels of Biggsville is also seeking the job. Continue Reading

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Ms. Wheelchair Iowa Crowned Today

The stage is now set as women from across the state gather in Iowa City today for the crowning of Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2014. State Director Judy Hoit says the goal is to bring more visibility to those with disabilities and she explains that it’s not a beauty pageant… “The contestants are judged on their achievments and accomplishments since the onset of their disability. Once they are crowed in Iowa, they go on to compete in the ‘Ms. Wheelchair America Pagent’. The Ms. Wheelchair America pageant will take place in August in Long Beach, California. Continue Reading

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Southeast Iowa Wettest in the State

Even though it seems it’s been a snowy winter, a new report says Iowa is below normal for precipitation this year. An Iowa Department of Natural Resources update says the state received an average of 2.2 inches instead of the normal 2.6 inches of precipitation between Jan. 1 and March 12. The wettest area of the state is southeast Iowa which has received 5 inches, and the driest areas are portions of the I-29 corridor in western Iowa where only about an inch has been measured. Stream flows are normal except in the Iowa River watersheds, which are above normal. Continue Reading

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New FunCity Water Attraction Opens

Another new attraction has opened at FunCity here in Burlington. Just in time for spring, a brand new indoor water center has opened where the old indoor water park use to be. The new feature includes a channel river, swimming pool, wading pool and a 12-person hot tub. It’s open every day and hotel guests receive free admission. The Pzazz Entertainment complex also opened two new attractions, Ballocity and SkyTrail, back in November last year. Continue Reading

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Oquawka Meth Arrest

West Central Illinois’s Drug Task Force and Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested an Oquawka area man on meth charges. 49-year-old Marvin Kaywood Jr. will face counts of Aggravated Unlawful Participation in Meth Production, Possession of Meth Manufacturing Materials, and Unlawful Possession of Meth. He was taken to the county jail in Oquawka.   Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Truck Overturned on Roosevelt

A young Gladstone man was injured in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Division and Roosevelt in Burlington. 16-year-old Brayton Seitz was hit by David Wilkins. Seitz’s truck then spun, rolled over onto it’s top, with him still inside. When we were at the scene, Seitz seemed to be conscious. He was put in a neck brace and then taken to the hospital. Continue Reading

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Possible Hit and Run Causes Truck to Flip

One young man was injured in a vehicle accident today at the intersection of Division and Roosevelt at around 3pm. Captain Bollinger with the Fire Department was at the scene… “I haven’t received many details yet, but it appears one car struck this truck, he spun and flipped it over on it’s top, and he was still inside.” They did not locate the car that hit the truck yet. From what we could tell, the young man seemed to be alright. Continue Reading

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Local Measles Outbreak

A small outbreak of the Measles has been confirmed in this area. The report comes from McDonough County in Illinois, the home of Western Illinois University. Symptoms include a cough, high fever, runny nose and a rash that appears a week or two after exposure. The Measles Virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air.   Continue Reading