Galesburg Teachers on Strike

Galesburg teachers are on strike a day before school is scheduled to start. (From WGIL)

He says he wishes he could give the members of the Galesburg Education Association everything they want, but Galesburg School District Superintendent Bart Arthur says he just can’t. Arthur joins the G-E-A in hoping that the strike is resolved soon, and that he’s ready to sit down with union representatives, quote, “when the union decides they want to.” But Arthur told our sister station WGIL today that the state has lost two-point-eight million dollars in state aid over the last four years, which means they can’t give any more than a five-percent increase in salary over the next three years. Arthur says he believes he’s tried to operate, in his words, “with integrity.” Continue Reading


Senator Tom Harkin Stopping in Burlington Toady

Senator Tom Harkin is continuing his “legacy” tour today with a stop in Burlington to highlight his work on Community Health Centers. “It’s something I’ve devoted a lot of my efforts to over the years in my committee — both Health Committee and my appropriations committee — and that’s building more community health centers,” Harkin says. “When I started in 1989 we had two in Iowa. Now we have 14.” Community Health Centers are non-profit clinics staffed with doctors and nurses who provide primary care to uninsured and under-insured clients. Continue Reading


SCC Offers Online Bachelor Programs through CMU

Beginning this fall, students at Southeastern Community College will have the opportunity to complete several bachelor degree programs online. According to a press release, SCC partnered with Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri which will allow students to now transfer readily into CMU’s online bachelor degree programs in Accounting, Applied Behavior Analysis, Business, Child Development, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Health Professions, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. CMU has a tuiton rate of $240 per credit hour. Continue Reading


Iowa Gas Prices could Jump

Fuels analysts fear gasoline prices in Iowa could be about to jump following recent problems at three refineries in the Midwest region. That comes after more than two months of steady gas price declines in the state. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says there was a big fire at a major refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas, on July 29th… “Repairs are expected to take about four weeks. Also, there’s some reported problems at a refinery in Whiting, Indiana, as well as one in El Dorado, Kansas.” Continue Reading


Free Concert at Capitol Postponed Due to Accident

On the local entertainment front, the Capitol Theater benefit show this Thursday night has been cancelled. Theater Manager Colleen Smith says Scott Helmer was loading some equipment into his truck, dropped it on his hand, and broke his hand. As you might imagine, it’s tough to play the guitar with a broken hand, but Smith says Helmer’s “Support Your Cause” tour will make a stop later in downtown Burlington. When Helmer is able to play at the Capitol, concert-goers may make free-will donations to the theater. Other than that, the music will be free. Continue Reading


Father of Jack Hatch Dies

Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch says his father has died at age 95 in Massachusetts. Hatch says in a statement his father, Frank Hatch, died Sunday at a care center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Hatch, a state senator from Des Moines, says he last saw his father in June. Funeral arrangements are pending, but Hatch says his family expects to bury his father at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. He says Frank Hatch served in World War II and retired from active duty as a captain in the 87th Airborne Division. Continue Reading


Bracewell Stadium Updates

The Burlington School Board received an update last night from the Purple and Gray Foundation about the Bracewell Stadium renovation. Kevin Mueller with the foundation said that when it comes to the LED lighting being installed, Burlington has something to brag about… After the Bracewell updates, the board approved Broken Centrifuge Productions to film the 2014 football games and operate the new scoreboard for $3,500. They noted that this might be something they create a class for in the near future, and train students to operate cameras and create replays, but it’s too close to the first football season to get that organized… That’s Burlington’s new Superintendent, Pat Coen, who is extremely excited about the new, huge scoreboard. Continue Reading


Alleged Stabber Strikes Again after Posting Bond

46-year-old Elmer Donaldson of Burlington was arrested again this afternoon after posting bond at the county jail. Donaldson posted bail at 12:40am today. He was arrested yesterday in connection with a stabbing and threats with a gun near the 800 block of S. 9th in Burlington. He was again apprehended this afternoon at around 12:40pm in the 500 block of Vine Street. He had went to the 800 block of S. 9th Street, where he was arrested yesterday, and began threatening occupants regarding retaliation for his previous arrest. Continue Reading

road construction

Ramp Closures along Highway 34 in Burlington

Beginning next Monday (August 18) you can expect some ramp closures along Highway 34 through Burlington. The Iowa DOT announced today that they’ll be starting a maintenance project which includes hot-mix asphalt patching, shoulder paving, and subdrain repairs. Interchanges affected include Mount Pleasant Street, Gear Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue, and Curran Street. However, not all on/off ramps will be closed at the same time. This section of the construction project is expected to be finished by late October. Continue Reading