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GrandView Drive-In May Close; Asking for Help

One of only four drive-in movie theaters left in Iowa may have to throw in the towel, unless they can come up with $75,000 by April 1st. Owner of the GrandView Drive-In, Kelly Daniels, says according to movie companies like Disney and Paramount, they are required to purchase a digital projector… “The reason they’re doing it, is that they say it costs them $2,000-$2,500 to make just one 35-millimeter print. The shipping on them is also very pricey. So they have decided to do this because these CD’s are easy to make and shipping is a lot cheaper.” Continue Reading

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City Says “NO” to Part Time SRO for WB Schools

It looks like the idea of a school resource officer patrolling the halls in West Burlington is dead, or at least on life-support. The City Council didn’t take any action on the matter last night, and in so doing, killed it for now. Mayor Hans Trousil says it’s simply not financially feasible… “I said from the beginning that, in order for it to work, it’ll have to be a full time position. We don’t have the personnel to split up into another 5-2 shift. Continue Reading

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Stolen Vehicle and Shots Fired at Catfish Bend Casino

Burlington Police have taken a suspect into custody in connection with an incident last night at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. At around 9:10 last night, the Division of Criminal Investigation’s Special Enforcement Operations Bureau at the Casino recieved a report of someone breaking into vehicles in the casino’s parking garage. The subject was described as a black male wearing a heavy overcoat and stocking hat. A DCI agent responded to the location and was almost hit by the man who had stolen an employee’s vehicle. The agent moved out of the way and fired 3 shots at the vehicle. Continue Reading

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UPDATED: City Council Has a Budget Agreement

The Burlington City Council has a budget and it includes a property tax increase. It was put forward by Councilman Tim Scott, who says he wants to spread the pain over more departments and also increase some fees. Administrative Services Director, Stephanie Stuecker, says the increase will be 28-cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. The council voted 3-2 to set aside $100,000 dollars less than planned toward the city’s debt, a move City Manager Jim Ferneau doesn’t care for. Councilman Tim Scott, who came up with the idea, says it’s just for a year. Continue Reading

WIU Graduate is New Burlington Bees Announcer

It may still be freezing cold outside, but maybe a reminder that baseball season is just around the corner will warm you up. The Burlington Bees have announced their new radio broadcaster for the 2014 season. Michael Broskowski, who graduated from Western Illinois University last May, feels his experience will serve the Bees well. “I spent the last two seasons in the Northwoods League up in Minnesota for the Rochester Honkers. I’ve also done women’s basketball at Western Illinois University. Continue Reading

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US Senate Candidate Sam Clovis in Burl. Tomorrow

He’s running for U.S. Senate and making his way to Burlington tomorrow. Sam Clovis says the Republican Party needs a clear choice in terms of who to vote for… “There’s probably no one who will be more consistently conservative than me. I think when we run against Bruce Braley, that will also be a very clear choice. He’s not very conservative at all. Continue Reading

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CNN’s “Hero of the Year” in Keokuk Tomorrow

CNN’s Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke, will be in Keokuk Thursday. Most in our area know Pregracke best for his MIssissippi River Clean-Up efforts during the summer. He’s the founder of Living Lands & Waters, located in the Quad Cities. It’s the only industrial strength river clean-up organization in America. Thursday Greater Keokuk Young Professionals will host a dinner and speech from Pregrake at Lake Cooper Event Center starting with a social hour at 5:30pm. Continue Reading

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More Movies Announced for Capitol Theater

Downtown Burlington’s Capitol Theater is announcing the next two movies in it’s independent film series, shown every Tuesday night.  

The first one, entitled “Next Goal Wins”, is scheduled for next Tuesday, the 18th. It tells the story of the American Samoa Soccer Team, which hasn’t won a game in four years and lost to an Australian squad 31 to nothing. New coach Thomas Rongen (of the Netherlands)is given a month to turn the ramshackle team in winners. The second offering on the 25th, is “The Forgotten Kingdom”. Continue Reading

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Warmer Weather on it’s Way

At least three Iowa cities broke or matched 115 year old weather records this morning. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Lee says it was especially cold over the eastern half of the state. “The Quad Cities, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids set or tied record lows for this date. Waterloo hit 24-below zero, Moline 22-below and Cedar Rapids 21-below.” Those temperatures haven’t been recorded at this time of year since one of the most spectacular cold waves to strike Iowa and much of the rest of the country back in 1899. Continue Reading

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Fertilizer Plant Writes $15,000 Check to FM YMCA

Thanks to the new Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever, the Fort Madison YMCA has already reached more than half of their $23,000 goal through a match donation program. The plant will present the $15,000 check at a press conference this Friday at 9am at the Fort Madison YMCA. The money raised will be allocated to improvements and updates to the facility, including new flooring. The fertilizer plant is a $1.8 billion project and will employ more than 165 permanent employees, once construction is complete late next year. Continue Reading