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BPD Discovers Meth Lab on Jefferson

There’s another likely meth bust on the horizon in Burlington. Last night at around 7, police got a call about suspicious activity in the home at 1310 Jefferson Street. What they found were some of the ingredients and equipment used to make meth, but no one was home. At that point, authorities called in the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Fire Department to gather evidence and get things decontaminated. The investigation continues. Continue Reading

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Tempers Flare Between Two Iowa Senators

Two state senators had a heated exchange today during debate of a bill that eventually passed without a dissenting vote.  

 

Senator Mark Chelgren, a Republican from Ottumwa, and Democratic Senator Tom Courtney of Burlington each accused the other of ignoring the interests of constituents. Chelgren got things started with this:

 

 

Courtney then accused Chelgren of ignoring phone messages. Chelgren started yelling and Courtney yelled right back. As the two men were called away from the microphones to talk privately in the center of the senate, Courtney called Chelgren a “lying son of a gun” and Chelgren shot back with similar complaints. Continue Reading

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More Water Main Breaks Expected with Warm-Up

Dozens of communities across Iowa have seen water main breaks over the extremely cold winter, but one expert says we need to prepare for even more breaks when the warm weather arrives. Greg Huff, C-E-O of the Iowa Rural Water Association, says the rollercoaster temperatures can be very hard on water pipes… “With these repeated cold snaps, the frost levels are lower than they’ve been in recent years due to the cold and that causes these breaks to occur.” Huff says the problem with water main breaks won’t be ending when spring arrives… “What we’re really concerned with is what happens when it starts warming up. Continue Reading

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Burlington Named One of Top Micropolitan Areas

For the second straight year, “Site Selection” Magazine has named Greater Burlington one of the top micropolitan areas in the county for economic development projects. Last year, Burlington was raked number 30 and this year it’s number 41. It’s also number 5 out of 34 on the list of metropolitan areas on the Mississippi River. The magazine also rates the state, and Iowa is number 6 in terms of those best suited for economic expansion.   Continue Reading

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Possible Open Enrollment Cap in WB School’s Future

Open enrollment in the West Burlington School District has been increasing for at least the past four years, an issue that is positive, yet a concern. Superintendent Dave Schmitt said at tonight’s board meeting, that it’s great enrollment is increasing, but they may have to do something about it in the future.. “The board is going to look at maybe capping open enrollment. So as we look at trends and also buildings that we are proposing to possibly work on, that might have an impact on what that cap could be.” As of right now, West Burlington’s open enrollment is at a manageable stage… Continue Reading

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Montrose Woman to Fight Perjury Charge

A former Iowa felon charged with illegally voting is expected to fight the charge Tuesday at the first jury trial stemming from a statewide crackdown on election-related crimes. Kelli Jo Griffin of Montrose is scheduled to stand trial for perjury in Lee County. Prosecutors say that she signed an affidavit falsely claiming that she was not an ineligible felon when she voted in the Nov. 5 municipal election. Prosecutors say she remained on probation for a 2008 felony drug conviction and didn’t have voting rights then. Continue Reading

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Edward Stone May Require New, Strict Dress Code

One of Burlington’s Middle Schools is looking into a standardized dress code. Edward Stone Middle School Principal, Brian Johnson, says he wouldn’t call it a “uniform”…. “Typically a uniform would be like, Notre Dame for example, ¬†khaki pants and a blue shirt. Where as we’re saying, you can wear khaki pants or basically any type of dress pants with a collared shirt.” The school hasn’t made an official decision yet, and is asking for feedback from parents and people in the community through a survey. Continue Reading

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Slick Hancock County Roads Claim One Life

The slick snow covered roads yesterday claimed the life of an Illinois man in Hancock County. According to a press release, 59-year-old Daniel Johnson of Belvidere was driving north on Illinois Route 96 , just south of Nauvoo, when he lost control on the slick roadway and slide off the right side of the street. He then struck a tree, veered back across both lanes, and drove off the left side of the road, and over an embankment. Johnson died from his injuries. The investigation also reveled that he was not wearing his seat belt. Continue Reading

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Burlington Water Main Break Woes Continue

Nothing’s official yet, but the man in charge of keeping Burlington’s water flowing says it appears that a 16-foot section of the “main” that went down two weekends ago is missing from it’s usual spot under Flint Creek. Waterworks Director Allen Borden didn’t want to speculate as to what may have happened, but he told us he hopes to have more information by tonight or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, the city’s water continues to be re-routed through a backup “main” that runs parallel to the other one.   Continue Reading

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Record Lows This Morning, Warm-up Coming!

After a February that was one of the coldest and snowiest in Iowa history, March is starting off much the same way as more record cold is gripping the state and more snow will soon be falling. Several Iowa cities report record or near-record low temperatures this morning according to meteorologist Brad Fillbach, at the National Weather Service… “In our area that we cover, we had five new record lows. Des Moines was 7-below, Waterloo 19-below, Ottumwa was 9-below, Lamoni 8-below and Mason City 15-below.” He says some of the low temperature records that were shattered go back decades — and more. Continue Reading