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Deery Brothers Nominated for Prestigious Award

A West Burlington car dealership is getting some nationwide recognition. Deery Brothers in West Burlington has been nominated for the “2014 TIME Dealer of the Year Award”. Deery’s is one of a select 57 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 97th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans in January. Recipients, such as owner of Deery Brothers, Brad Deery, are considered some of nation’s most successful auto dealers and demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Deery was nominated for the TIME dealer of the year award by Bruce Anderson, President of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association. Continue Reading

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GE Employees Not Backing Down

General Electric employees and supporters had one message tonight for the company, and that was to “KEEP YOUR PROMISE”. Three years ago, GE threatened to close down the West Burlington manufacturing plant if workers didn’t agree to nearly $8-million in cuts. Besides that, West Burlington, the state of Iowa, and Des Moines County threw in $2.4-million in tax incentives to keep the plant open for another 3-5 years. It’s been 3 years, and the public is wondering where all the money went. Cherie Mortice is with the Iowa CCI Action Fund…. Continue Reading

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Tour of Forgotten Basements in Burlington

This Saturday is a chance for people to get a deeper look at Burlington history by going underground. A tour hosted by Executive Director of Downtown Partners, Steve Frevert, will take people into long forgotten basements of Downtown Burlington. One basement that will be shown was once a morgue… “River Park Place use to be Mercy Hospital, and what is now Smith Engineering’s Lab Testing offices in the basement, was originally the morgue area. But you know, they’ve taken out all the tables and cabinets where they use to keep the bodies. Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Burlington Trailer Park Shooting

Burlington Police are searching for a blue 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport, with a license plate of BGG773. A person in the vehicle was allegedly involved in an early morning shooting at Congers Mobile Home Park, the 2400 block of Division Street. When authorities arrived at the scene they found 37-year-old Charles Campbell of Robbins, Illinois with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was transported to Great River Medical Center and then airlifted to Iowa City Hospitals. If you have any information on the shooting please contact Burlington Police. Continue Reading

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Hydro-Power Still Possible for Lock and Dam 18

A hydro-power installation on the dam in Quincy was once a possibility, but was voted down by their city council. Now it may be a possibility for Burlington’s Lock and Dam 18. Burlington’s Renewable Energy Committee met today and discussed where the city is with the potential project. Board Chairman Jerry Parks, says what the city needs to do now is obtain a license… “So we have this three year period to apply for a license to do a project at Lock and Dam 18. Continue Reading

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Convicted Felon Arrested for Stolen Weapons in Burlington

A 22-year-old man from Chicago was arrested yesterday in Burlington after authorities found stolen firearms, items taken from a burglary over the weekend, and an offensive weapon, at 1409 Jefferson Street, #2. 22-year-old Anthony Herron, has been charged with harassment, second degree burglary, two counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and possession of an offensive weapon.   Continue Reading

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Enrollment Up at WB; Year-Round-Schooling Still Being Discussed

Enrollment numbers are in, and the West Burlington School District is looking good. Superintendent David Schmitt says the increase in students is manageable growth… “We’re up a total of 25 students. 9 resident students and 15-16 open enrolled students.” There is one student, a BHS freshman Megan French, who’s enrollment application was tabled and will be voted on next school board meeting. Continue Reading

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“More Women are Needed in Government” -Tom Courtney

These days it’s pretty common to see women in government and taking on political roles, however when talking with Iowa Senator Tom Courtney this morning, he feels there should be more… “I recruit for my caucus. When I recruit, I always recruit women. Women don’t think they have a place in government but they do, and it’s an important place. In Iowa we’re not very good. Continue Reading

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Ft. Madison Mayoral Candidate Feels Forum is Unfair

She’s still running for Mayor of Fort Madison, but she won’t be attending the candidate forum tomorrow night. Businesswoman Donna Amandus, who owns Yuppy Puppy Pet Parlor in Fort Madison, feels that the forum being hosted by the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is unfair because the candidates aren’t given the questions ahead of time… “I’ve been in forums before. I ran for State Senate last year. They always supply the questions so you can research and have informed answers. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Hit By His Truck

A Burlington man had to be airlifted to Iowa City today after he was run over by his own truck. 45-year-old Bradley Shipley was driving westbound on Highway 16, about 1/2 mile west of the Highway 61 Junction, when a piece of construction equipment he was towing came loose while driving up the incline on the highway. Shipley got out of the truck, attempting to stop the piece of equipment, failed to put his vehicle in park, and was run over by the truck. Shipley received multiple injuries. Continue Reading