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4-Lane From Burl. to Monmouth, “GET IT DONE”

The overall message at last night’s Highway 34 Coalition meeting was pretty clear, and is similar to a line comedian Larry the Cable Guy often uses…. “Get it Done”. If you’ve driven through the village of Biggsville lately you may have seen the work that’s begun on the new bypass. A time frame for the completion of the entire project was proposed by Tri-State Development Summit Steering Committee leader Dan Wiedmeier… “This has to be done. Continue Reading

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Library Budget to be Cut Soon

The Burlington City Council is almost certain to cut the public library budget again. Library Director Rhonda Frevert says the library board is waiting for the final decision from the council before they start deciding what areas will be affected. Luckily the library has a non-profit organization called Friends of the Burlington Public Library Foundation, that helps with certain funds… “I can go to and ask for funds for capital projects and equipment. They have an endowment fund.” Continue Reading

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Burlington Probationer Arrested for Meth Production Items

During a probation check ┬áconducted by the Iowa Department of Corrections High Risk Unit, a Burlington man was taken into custody. During the check, at the home of 32-year-old Loran Cheely on South 10th Street, HRU officers found several items consistent with methamphetamine production. The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force obtained a warrant and executed a search at about 2pm. They found packaging materials, pseudoephdrine tablets, lithium batteries, filter materials, generators, and “one pot” methamphetamine cooking devices. Cheely was taken into custody and is being held without bond on a probation violation. Continue Reading

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Muscatine Traffic Cameras Bringing in Good Money

Many who travel through the city of Muscatine are probably aware of the traffic cameras at the intersections, especially if you’ve gotten a speeding ticket in the mail. As for the five automated traffic cameras, the Muscatine City Council is considering whether to continue to use them. A decision will be made tomorrow. The use of such cameras has been a hot topic throughout Iowa, with supporters saying the cameras reduce crashes, and opponents arguing they’re largely a money-maker for local governments. The Iowa Department of Transportation has proposed rules limiting use of the cameras on state highways. Continue Reading

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Number of Burlington Road Work Projects

Several more street-work projects are being undertaken in Burlington this week. Southbound main Street, between High and Valley is being reduced to one lane today so the street department can do asphalt repairs. Southbound Harrison, between 12th and 13th, is closed today for asphalt repairs. Beginning tomorrow, there will be restricted parking on the east side of the 300 block of North 4th Street so a private contractor can work safely on the adjacent property. Also, a reminder that a contractor is working on handicapped-accessible pedestrian ramps along Mt. Continue Reading

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Fundraiser at Wendys for SE Iowa Deployed Troops

A local group that sends care packages to deployed southeast Iowa troops is having a fundraiser tomorrow evening at Wendys in Burlington. S.O.F.T, which stands for Supporting Our Families and Troops, will receive a portion of the food sales that will go towards care package expenses. Linda Long is the leader of the group and says the items inside the packages vary… “The main thing that we still ask for is beef jerky, that’s at the top of the list, and nuts are always good. It really depends where they are while deployed. Continue Reading

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Parents Upset with Bullies at BHS

Three parents voiced their concerns about bullying in the Burlington School District at last night’s school board meeting. One mother said her daughter was bullied so harshly, that she tried to commit suicide…. “She tired to take her life again by smashing a mirror over her face. She’s in Peoria, Illinois in a special unit for kids that have been severely bullied. Staff and doctors are saying Megan is there due to bullying. Continue Reading

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GED Testers at SCC Need to Finish Test THIS YEAR

Southeastern Community College is planning to change it’s GED testing system next year. What this means for people hoping to get their high school equivalency diploma, is that you have until the end of this year to finish your GED tests, or else you will have to start completely over. The current version of the GED test is known as the 2002 Series GED test and it will be discontinued in December. More than 1,200 individuals who have started, but not completed the test program since 2002 at SCC, could be affected. Again, you have until the end the year to complete it or else you will be forced to start over. Continue Reading

Burlington Klein Center Receives State Recognition

Two Great River Health System employees were recognized statewide for their achievements. The Klein Center took three top honors at the Iowa Health Care Association’s Quality Awards for Long-Term Care Excellence. They received Administrator of the Year, which is Ann Abolt, Activity Specialist of the Year-Dianna Rounds, and Life Enrichment Program of the Year-Klein University. \

The association represents more than 650 nursing homes and care facilities in Iowa Continue Reading

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Purer Meth Being Made in Iowa

Lately, larger quantities of purer methamphetamine produced by Mexican drug cartels and trafficking groups have been reported in Iowa, according to the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Lt. Jeff Klein with the Burlington Police Department says although they haven’t seen any yet, it’s doesn’t mean it’s not in Burlington… “We haven’t seen anything of that nature in Burlington yet. That’s not to say it’s not here and it just hasn’t materialized. However, as far as personal contact with law enforcement, we in this area have not.” Continue Reading