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Bluff Road Opens for South Bound Traffic

It’s been somewhat of an inconvenience for many who travel along it. Part of Highway 99 in Burlington, known as Bluff Road, has been closed since the beginning of August. ¬†According to City Engineer Steve Hartman, beginning later today or tomorrow the city hopes to have one lane open for south bound traffic. The project has consisted of reconstructing about 1/2 mile of Bluff Road. Continue Reading

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All Burlington Residents Will Have Smoke Alarms

The Burlington Fire Department and Burlington’s Elk Lodge #84 are combining efforts to ensure that every Burlington home has smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector. Beginning this Saturday, members of the departments will be going door to door to verify that all homes have at least one of each. If a resident doesn’t have one, firefighters will install it for free. The Elk’s Lodge applied for and received a $2,000 Beacon Grant which can be used to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The Lodge also added an additional $1,000 for alarms through donations and fundraising. Residents who need a smoke detector or would like a home fire safety inspection should call the Burlington Fire Department during business hours. Continue Reading


Emerald Ash Borer Found Again in Eastern Iowa

The emerald ash borer has been confirmed in a fourth location in the state after a resident of Mechanicsville in Cedar County called to report a tree that didn’t look right. Department of Agriculture state entomologist, Robin Pruisner, says it’s evident the emerald ash borer population has now grown enough that it has become easier to find. The bug kills all species of ash trees was first found in May of 2010 in Allamakee County in northeast Iowa. Confirmed cases where then found in 2012 in Des Moines County in July and Jefferson County in August. Pruisner says the Cedar County infestation has them rethinking the plan to try and control the bug… Continue Reading


Octoberfest This Weekend in Burlington

Burlington’s German Heritage is coming alive this Saturday down at the Port of Burlington. Octoberfest, a fundraiser for the Burlington Noon Lions Club, starts at 4pm with live music. Karen Thei, president of the club, says even if the weather isn’t ideal, there will be nothing to worry about… “We’re inside. We can put the rolling doors down. Continue Reading


Iowa Program Helps Pay for Breast Cancer Screenings

You’ll be seeing more than yellow, orange, and red in October. This month will also be filled with pinks, to promote breast cancer awareness. Iowa’s PR Manager for the American Cancer Society, Chuck Reed¬†notes that breast cancer screenings can be costly, but that there is an Iowa program that can help… “It’s put on by the Iowa Department of Public Heath. We’re trying to eliminate obstacles as far as allowing people to get the screenings they need. Continue Reading


Iowa Gas Prices Keep Dropping

Gasoline prices are steadily falling across Iowa. The statewide average price is three-34, which has slid more than 30 cents a gallon in the past month. The national average gas price has dropped for more than 30 days in a row, the longest consecutive decline in more than a year. Gail Weinholzer, at Triple-A-Iowa, says several factors are coming into play, bringing us cheaper trips to fill the tank… “One is an abundant gasoline supply because, of course, we are past the end of the summer driving season, kids are back in school and fewer auto trips are being taken,” Weinholzer says. Continue Reading


WB Business Makes Unique Box For Material Science Company

A New York company that’s focused on changing traditional plastic packaging and insulation into eco-friendly packaging material, has been working with a West Burlington company. Ecovative has created biodegradable insulation and packaging materials, and now needs a box to ship their product in. They’ve been working with Heartland Packaging in West Burlington, a company that specializes in corrugated boxes. Mike Evans, an owner of Heartland Packaging, explains what they’re creating for the material science company… “We’re building a unique bin box that we are licensed to sell. Continue Reading


Jim Ferneau Named Manager of the Year

Burlington’s City Manager, Jim Ferneau has been named 2013 Manager of the Year by the Iowa City/County Management Association. According to a press release from the Iowa League of Cities, at the awards banquet which took place last Thursday, Ferneau was introduced as a “dedicated public servant who is highly committed to the city management profession”. His accomplishments in Burlington were also highlighted at the awards banquet in Dubuque. Continue Reading


Missing Eastern Iowa Man Found

After 36 hours of searching, the man who’s truck was found in a ditch along County Road X43 in Letts, Iowa, has been found. Kevin Bunch was located this morning near the railroad tracks, southwest of Letts on 180th street. He was alive and conscious but had to be air lifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The incident occurred Sunday evening when authorities received the call of a damaged truck in the ditch. When they arrived at the scene, deputies were unable to locate the driver of the vehicle but suspected it was Kevin Bunch. Continue Reading