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Facebook Turns 10, Local Businesses Benefit

It’s been 10 years today since the popular social media site “Facebook” was launched. The site had around 1 million members by the end of its first year, and now has more than 1.2 billion monthly users. One of those billion users is the PAW Animal Shelter located in Fort Madison. Without the use of social media like Facebook, Director Sandy Brown says adoption numbers wouldn’t be what they are today…

“It’s been amazing. We have almost 5,000 likes from all over the United State. Continue Reading

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Here Comes the Snow

Forecasters say much of Iowa is seeing snowflakes fly today while south-central Iowa could get as much as eight or nine inches of snow by Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Jim Lee at the National Weather Service says there will be snow off-and-on much of the day, with heavier snow late this afternoon. By this evening, he says the big problem will be the winds whipping up the new-fallen flakes… “We’re looking for increasing northwest-to-north winds tonight, particularly after sunset, reaching speeds of 15 to 25 miles an hour with higher gusts tonight,” Lee says. “We’re not expecting blizzard conditions but we will see some blowing and drifting of snow that will primarily effect travel.” Continue Reading

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Part Time SRO Approved by WB School Board

The decision has been made. The West Burlington School Board will look to hire a school resource officer. However, Superintendent David Schmitt says it will only be part time… “When we set out on this, the board was interested in a part time position. We started having discussions with the city, and they started favoring a full time position. Continue Reading

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Lighthouse Memorial Stalled Due to Weather

The project keeps getting pushed back, and you can blame mother nature. Last year, the River Rat Safety Awareness Organization was able to purchase a lighthouse in memory of the four young Southeast Iowa adults who lost their lives in a 2012 boating accident. Louise Butherus, is the Vice President of the River Rat Group, and is also the mother of Matt House, one of the young adults who died in the accident. She says the organization has had the lighthouse for months now, but can’t catch a break with the weather… “We have the lighthouse and it’s ready to be set up. Continue Reading

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School Shooting Numbers Unchanged

An Associated Press analysis finds there’s been no real reduction in the number of U.S. school shootings despite increased security put in place after the rampage at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. There have been at least 11 school shootings this academic year alone, in addition to other cases of gun violence, in school parking lots and elsewhere on campus, when classes were not in session. Experts say the rate of school shootings is statistically unchanged since the mid- to late-1990s. Continue Reading

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Final Decision Tonight on SRO in WB Schools

Tonight is the night that the West Burlington School Board decides to move forward, or scrap the idea of a School Resource Officer. Superintendent Dave Schmitt included a list of proactive measures the district has already taken to secure their buildings. A few examples include a “buzz-in” system, a surveillance system, and are currently working to install panic hardware. The board will first meet behind a closed door at 6:30pm to discuss negotiating strategy. The regular meeting begins at 7pm. Continue Reading

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Miss Burlington Crowned

22-year-old Abby Curtis is the new “Miss Burlington”. She was crowned yesterday at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Burlington. The Muscatine area woman won the talent competition with a song by country singer Martina McBride. She walked away with a $600 scholarship, which she plans to use at St. Ambrose University. Continue Reading

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A Weekend of House Fires

IT WAS A NITE OF FIRES THROUGHOUT OUR LISTENING AREA. ABOUT 4 O’CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING, BURLINGTON AND WEST BURLINGTON CREWS WERE CALLED TO 18-16 AMELIA STREET IN THE CENTER OF TOWN FOR WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A CHIMNEY FIRE….. AROUND 3:30 SUNDAY MORNING, OQUAWKA, KEITHSBURG, BIGGSVILLE,GLADSTONE,JOY…AND THE MEDIA-STRONGHURST-TERRE HAUTE DEPARTMENTS BEGAN BATTLING A HOUSE FIRE AT KEITHSBURG & BALD BLUFF ROADS IN HENDERSON COUNTY….. AND FROM ABOUT 9:15 SATURDAY NITE TIL ALMOST ONE O’CLOCK THIS(SUN) MORNING, WAPELLO…COLUMBUS JUNCTION…GRANDVIEW…AND FRUITLAND FIREFIGHTERS KNOCKED DOWN ANOTHER HOUSE FIRE, THIS ONE AT 176-95 COUNTY ROAD G-44X IN LOUISA COUNTY. ON SATURDAY MORNING, EIGHT PETS (5 DOGS & 3 CATS) DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE AT 15-34 AVENUE F IN FORT MADISON. Continue Reading

Saturday Marked by Two Area Fatalities

A MEDIAPOLIS MAN WAS KILLED…ANOTHER WAS CRITICALLY INJURED…EARLY SATURDAY MORNING…WHEN THEIR SUV LEFT HIWAY-61, JUST NORTH OF MEMORIAL PARK ROAD…AND CRASHED THRU THE FORK OF A TREE. THE DRIVER…DAN MILLER…WAS TAKEN TO THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS IN IOWA CITY. HIS PASSENGER…MICHAEL BUTLER…WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. AUTHORITIES SAY THE WEATHER MAY’VE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE ACCIDENT AND ALCOHOL PROBABLY DID AS WELL…AND THE INVESTIGATION BY THE DES MOINES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONTINUES. DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE SCENE, ALONG WITH BURLINGTON & WEST BURLINGTON POLICE, THE BURLINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT & AMBULANCE AND A MEDICAL EXAMINER. Continue Reading

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Local Area Sees 5.5 to 8 Inches of Snow

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS WE GOT 5 1/2 INCHES OF SNOW NORTHWEST OF BURLINGTON UP UNTIL EARLY LAST(SAT) NITE. SIX INCHES FELL IN THE KEOKUK AREA…AND ON THE ILLINOIS SIDE, 7.8 INCHES OF SNOW WERE RECORDED NEAR PRAIRIE CITY IN MCDONOUGH COUNTY. THE PLOWS HAVE BEEN OUT AND THE CITY OF BURLINGTON’S AUTOMATIC PARKING PROHIBITION WAS CANCELLED AS OF 10:30 LAST(SAT) NITE. Continue Reading