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


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


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


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


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

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Upcoming Road Work in Burlington

The Burlington Public Works Directors Office has announced that beginning tomorrow at 7am, reconstruction will start on the ADA Pedestrian Ramps along Mt. Pleasant Street from Cook to Chalfant. Traffic may be restricted at various locations. Work is expected to take 6 weeks, weather permitting. Also, a revised news release reports that beginning immediately, Winegard Drive, north of the Pzazz, will be closed to traffic between the Highway 61 frontage road and Cottonwood Court. Continue Reading


15-Year-Old Killed in HWY 34 Accident

A New London girl has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident Saturday night on Highway 34, near Jimtown Road. 15-year-old Emma Ritchey was killed when the SUV her mother was driving rear-ended an auger being pulled by a westbound tractor. Des Moines County deputies say Ritchey was pronounced dead shortly after the crash. Her mother, 38-year-old Bonnie Cooper was injured, but not badly enough to be taken to the hospital. The man driving the tractor, 27-year-old Dan Burnett of Hull, Illinois, was not hurt. Continue Reading


Out of State Workers Recieve Ft. Madison Prison Construction Work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New information shows that nearly half of the construction jobs created by a new $132 million state prison at Fort Madison went to out-of-state workers. The Des Moines Register reports that data it obtained shows little more than half of the 888,691 hours worked on the project was done by Iowa construction workers. The new prison is tentatively set to open in March, and most of the construction is finished. Scott Norvell, president and chief executive of Master Builders of Iowa, says that if state officials had enforced Iowa’s reciprocal preference law, at least 90 percent of the workforce of the Chicago-based company that built the prison would have been Iowa workers. Under the law, Iowa firms hired for Illinois public works projects also must use mostly Illinois workers. Continue Reading