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BHS May move Graduation to SCC Gym

There wasn’t much to report at tonight’s Burlington School Board Meeting, but Superintendent Jane Evans did mention a possible venue change for BHS Graduation. Normally, if the weather is nice, graduation takes place at Bracewell Stadium. If it rains, they move it to the Burlington High School Gym, which can be uncomfortable on a hot, muggy summer day when there is no air conditioning. Evans informed the board tonight of possibly moving graduation to Southeastern Community College’s Gym…. “This year, depending upon future board action, we might be in the beginning stages of the press box construction on Sunday, May 25th.” Continue Reading

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Dead Animals Found in Van of Southeast Iowa Man

A Drakesville man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the discovery of more than 20 animals in a van. 45-year-old Roger Blew entered his plea Friday in Wapello County district court. He was charged with improperly confining animals and three counts of animal cruelty after an officer responding to a complaint found the animals in the van owned by Blew. One animal in the van was dead, one died while police were inspecting the vehicle and another had to be euthanized. The animals prompted police to check Blew’s home, where they found at least 100 goats, pigs, mice, turtles and other animals living inside. Continue Reading

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What the Spray Paint on Your Ash Tree Means

One by one, Ash Trees around Burlington are being cut down due to the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer. If you’ve noticed colored markings on a tree near your sidewalk, chances are you have an Ash Tree. Administrative Assistant for Burlington’s Parks Department, Tabetha Miller, says it’s part of a tagging system the city has started since the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Burlington this past summer… “If you have an orange or red mark on your tree, which could just be a dot, an “X”, or an “R”, it means that tree will be coming down this year. If you have a blue marking on your tree, which should just be a dot, it will be treated. Continue Reading

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Miller-Meeks to Challenge Lobesack

 Mariannette Miller-Meeks says she’ll seek the Republican nomination to Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in her third try for the House seat. Miller-Meeks announced Sunday night that she’d seek the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack. Miller-Meeks, of Ottumwa, ran against Loebsack and lost in 2010 and 2008. In announcing her campaign, Miller-Meeks called Washington a “dysfunctional mess” that needs someone with her experience to bring people together. She also criticized the Affordable Care Act. Continue Reading

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Rash of Break-Ins in Fort Madison

Fort Madison Police are investigating (what could be described as) a rash of break-ins and thefts. Areas hit over the weekend include the 1500 block of 18th Street, 1400 block of 39th, 1200 block of 35th, 600 block of Avenue G, 500 and 2300 blocks of Avenue E, 2200 block of H, and 2300 block of Avenue J.

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OBITS for Monday Feb. 24th, 2014

Robert Leroy Hand, 70, of Burlington, died at 1:20 AM Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Marco Island, FL. Born January 19, 1944, in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Kenneth Leroy and Alberta Edna Warner Hand. On December 31, 1986, he married Sally Jo Schwerin in McAllen, TX. Bob worked at Winegard Company for 47 years and retired as the purchasing manager. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #579, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Burlington Aerie 150, and the Carthage Lake Club. Continue Reading

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Hundreds of Animals Saved from SE Iowa Hoarder

A nonprofit animal group says it’s assisting authorities in the recovery of hundreds of animals from a small southeast Iowa city. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa said yesterday that nearly 300 living animals and more than 50 dead animals have been taken from Drakesville in Davis County. Many are barn animals and include 30 different species. Stephanie Filer with the rescue league tells The Des Moines Register that the situation appears to be in connection to a hoarder. Additional information was not released. Continue Reading

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DCI Agent from Catfish Bend Shooting is Cleared

The Des Moines County Attorney has cleared a D-C-I agent of any wrongdoing in a shooting at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. Special Agent James Jenkins fired three shots at a car after the driver drove toward him while Jenkins was investigating a report of vehicle break-ins at the garage of the casino on February 12th. The report says Jenkins was justified in firing his gun as he was trying to protect himself. The three shots hit the car, but the driver, 40-yearly David Cross, was not injured and got away. Cross was later arrested and charged with interference with official acts, assault on a peace officer and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Continue Reading

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Mississippi River Spring Flooding Outlook is Positive

We’ve had plenty of snow this winter, and we’ll probably see more before the season is over. With all the precipitation, it’s got some people thinking ahead about summer flooding. Hydrologist Maren Stoflet at the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities said they just released their first spring flood outlook a couple days ago… “Right now we’re looking at the spring flood potential to be near to just slightly elevated for the Mississippi River. That includes upstream and downstream for our neck of the woods.” Continue Reading

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Sexual Abuse of a Child Arrest Made in Burlington

A 48-year-old man from Poweshiek County, who was being investigated for sexual abuse of child, recently relocated to Burlington and was arrested today. Poweshiek County investigators learned of the recent move, teamed up with the Burlington Police Department, conducted interviews, which then led to an arrest warrant for Frank Mixell of South 3rd Street in Burlington. He’s been charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse. Mixell is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond and has been transported back to Poweshiek County. Continue Reading