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Burlington School Officals take on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We challenged them, and they accepted. //

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a trend right now on social media sites. People are dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease. During lunch today at Burlington High School, Superintendent Pat Coen, who was challenged by our own Savanna Evans yesterday, joined Athletic Director Tim Goodwin and Principal Tom Messinger to take the ice bucket challenge… Because they took on the challenge, they are not required to give money to ALS, although Coen says they plan to donate anyway, which is what the majority of people have done… Continue Reading

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Stolen Truck Fully Engulfed in Henry County

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fully engulfed vehicle fire early yesterday morning. The Dodge Dakota was sitting in a driveway on fire, and upon further investigation, it was determined that the truck was reported stolen from Mount Pleasant. 33-year-old Lucas Blint of Mount Pleasant was charged with 2nd Degree Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Failure to Maintain Control. Continue Reading

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Illinois Colleges go Smoke-Free

Illinois’ public colleges are going smoke-free — indoors and out — starting next summer. Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s signed a law that bans indoor and outdoor smoking at all state-supported colleges and universities. The bill makes exceptions for smoking inside privately owned vehicles traveling through campus and some activities under the federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Another
bill signed by Quinn also allows smoking on campus inside parked, non-state-owned vehicles. Quinn says the measure will protect students’ health and help nonsmokers avoid unwanted smoke. Continue Reading

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WB Talks Sex Offender Policy Tonight

The West Burlington School Board will begin their meeting tonight at 6:30 with a facilities tour. The regular meeting will begin after the tour. On tonight’s agenda is further discussion of a sex offender policy. Andy Ferguson with the Department of Corrections will be speaking in relation to that. Also, because their former Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, Tim Kesterke, who has been with the district for 20 years, accepted a position with the Burlington School District, the board will look to approve Nate Prickett to replace him. Continue Reading

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Fire Pit Discussion Continues Today

The talk continues tonight about recreational fire pits within the city limits of Burlington. The city council will have a second reading tonight and could possibly approve the ordinance. If approved, residents will be able to have fire pits as large as 3 feet wide and 2 feet high. They must also be 15 feet from any structure. That meeting tonight begins at 5:30pm. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man gets 100 Months in Prison

A Burlington man was sentenced to 100 months in prison on Thursday. 23-year-old Anthony Herron was sentenced after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release. Last October Harron was arrested after he burglarized a home in Burlington. When officers searched his home, they found him in possession of a couple stolen handguns among other stolen electronic items.

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Lee County Drug Arrests

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force made two, unrelated, drugs arrests these past couple days. On Thursday, 44-year-old David Pennington of Alexandria, Missouri was arrested in Keokuk on felony drug charges. Pennington was charged with Receipt of a Precursor for Unlawful Purpose, Second or Subsequent Offense. If convicted he could get 15 years in prison. The second drug arrest was Friday. Continue Reading

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Loebsack Receives Award in West Burlington

Congressman Dave Loebsack stopped in West Burlington today at the Community Health Center, the same stop Senator Tom Harkin made on Wednesday. At this meeting however, Loebsack was presented with the award by the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award. CFO of the health center, Rod Ramsey, brought up one issue that they are struggling with right now, and that’s funding for Behavioral Health.. Loebsack assured Ramsey he was on his side, and that there is bipartisan support for a solution in Congress, but Behavioral Health is something that needs to be made better aware of and it’s an issue that people need to start opening up about… After the award ceremony, we asked him about how his campaign was coming and about the recent poll that showed he and his opponent, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, are neck-and-neck in the race… Continue Reading

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Burlington Crack Cocaine Dealer Convicted Again

A Des Moines County jury yesterday found a convicted Burlington drug dealer guilty again of Possession and Sale of Crack Cocaine. Bennie Lenoir was convicted of four counts of Delivery, one count of Possession with Intent to Deliver, and a violation of the Tax Stamp code. And because he had been convicted of selling “crack” in 2002, Iowa law allows the judge to tack more time onto his sentence. He could receive up to 120 years on the Delivery convictions, up to 75 years on the Possession with Intent to Deliver, and up to five years on the Tax Stamp conviction. Continue Reading

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Symphonic Blast Returns Tomorrow

The Symphonic Blast that had to be rescheduled due to rain this summer, will take place tomorrow night at the Crapo Park Band Shell. The concert will begin at 7:45 and as always, will conclude with Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and a fireworks display. Everyone is welcome to attend for free, but there is always an opportunity to make a free-will donation to the orchestra. Continue Reading