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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

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Almost 900 Registered for Shamrock Shuffle

If winter has made you miss the color green, there will be plenty of it in Crapo Park this Saturday for the Shamrock Shuffle in Burlington. Coordinator Melissa Jones says it’s an un-timed event… “You can run, walk, jog, a combination of all three. We just want you to come out and have fun. It’s really about the color, the after school program and getting out to get some fresh air.” Continue Reading

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Burlington’s Dropout Rate Drops Again

The dropout rate in the Burlington Community School District has dropped to it’s lowest point in 7 years. Burlington’s most recent rate is 3.49%, which is a big change from the 2008-2009 school year, when their dropout rate was 8.54%. Superintendent Jane Evans is thrilled with the news…. “We’re no longer anywhere near the highest dropout rate in the state. I’m just so grateful to our teachers, counselors, social workers and principals who have worked so hard to bring our students back to school.” Continue Reading

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Another Scam Targeting Elderly in Lee County

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is warning of yet another scam targeting older citizens. Sheriff Jim Sholl said a group of ladies from the Jackson Township, near Keokuk, came to the station yesterday about a letter they received… “The letter was promising a sweepstakes win of hundreds of thousands of dollars, if the recipient of the letter only pays a processing fee. The postage and phone number on it indicated it was from Ireland. Our investigator called, they [those who answered] passed the phone around and spoke broken English. Continue Reading