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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Criminal Charges Against Doug Metcalf in Fatal, 2012 Jon-Boat Collision Dismissed

BREAKING NEWS THIS AFTERNOON FROM THE DES MOINES COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE:

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY PAT JACKSON TODAY(TUE) MOVED TO DISMISS CHARGES AGAINST DOUG METCALF, THE SECOND-OF-TWO OPERATORS IN THE FATAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER JON-BOAT COLLISION ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ON MAY 19TH OF LAST YEAR. A RELEASE FROM JACKSON’S OFFICE SAYS THE DISMISSAL OF THE CRIMINAL COUNTS AGAINST METCALF AND…EARLIER…AGAINST JOE SCHIER JUNIOR ARE THE RESULT OF INFORMATION LEARNED BY THE PROSECUTION SUBSEQUENT TO THE FILING OF CHARGES. BASED UPON THE EVIDENCE AS IT IS NOW KNOWN TO THE STATE OF IOWA, THE PROSECUTION CANNOT PROVE THE CHARGES AGAINST MR. METCALF BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. THE RELEASE GOES ON TO SAY…THEREFORE…THAT IT’S INCUMBENT UPON THE STATE TO DISMISS. ¬† THE PRE-DAWN COLLISION CLAIMED THE LIVES OF CAITLYN ATCHLEY…JACOB BOYD…BLAKE EAKINS…AND MATTHEW HOUSE. Continue Reading

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Another Keokuk Meth Maker Arrested

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested another Keokuk man on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. 21-year-old Tyler Hedger of 1417 Exchange Street, was picked up at his home yesterday on counts of conspiracy to make more than five grams of meth in the presence of a minor, and possession of a controlled substance, Xanax. If convicted, Hedger could go to prison for up to 31 years. Continue Reading

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Homecoming Week for Local High Schools

It’s homecoming week for Burlington High School. Yesterday was a “Zombie Apocalypse” themed day. Today is “Tacky Tourists Day”. Other events going on this week include a homecoming parade on Thursday starting at 6pm on West Ave, followed by a carnival at 7:15 in the BHS cafeteria. The pep assembly will start at 8 followed by a bonfire in the BHS parking lot. Continue Reading

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Iowa Cancer Patient Arrested for Growing Pot

A cancer patient from the Davenport area is charged with growing marijuana. Phil Roberts reports:

“Scott County prosecutors say 47-year-old Benton Mackenzie is a drug dealer. They say he had 71 marijuana plants in his parents’ house. But the Quad-City Times reports Mackenzie has terminal cancer and says he relies on marijuana to help him cope with his illness. A court will decide his fate next month. Continue Reading