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Edward Stone May Require New, Strict Dress Code

One of Burlington’s Middle Schools is looking into a standardized dress code. Edward Stone Middle School Principal, Brian Johnson, says he wouldn’t call it a “uniform”…. “Typically a uniform would be like, Notre Dame for example,  khaki pants and a blue shirt. Where as we’re saying, you can wear khaki pants or basically any type of dress pants with a collared shirt.” The school hasn’t made an official decision yet, and is asking for feedback from parents and people in the community through a survey. Continue Reading

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Slick Hancock County Roads Claim One Life

The slick snow covered roads yesterday claimed the life of an Illinois man in Hancock County. According to a press release, 59-year-old Daniel Johnson of Belvidere was driving north on Illinois Route 96 , just south of Nauvoo, when he lost control on the slick roadway and slide off the right side of the street. He then struck a tree, veered back across both lanes, and drove off the left side of the road, and over an embankment. Johnson died from his injuries. The investigation also reveled that he was not wearing his seat belt. Continue Reading

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Burlington Water Main Break Woes Continue

Nothing’s official yet, but the man in charge of keeping Burlington’s water flowing says it appears that a 16-foot section of the “main” that went down two weekends ago is missing from it’s usual spot under Flint Creek. Waterworks Director Allen Borden didn’t want to speculate as to what may have happened, but he told us he hopes to have more information by tonight or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, the city’s water continues to be re-routed through a backup “main” that runs parallel to the other one.   Continue Reading

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Record Lows This Morning, Warm-up Coming!

After a February that was one of the coldest and snowiest in Iowa history, March is starting off much the same way as more record cold is gripping the state and more snow will soon be falling. Several Iowa cities report record or near-record low temperatures this morning according to meteorologist Brad Fillbach, at the National Weather Service… “In our area that we cover, we had five new record lows. Des Moines was 7-below, Waterloo 19-below, Ottumwa was 9-below, Lamoni 8-below and Mason City 15-below.” He says some of the low temperature records that were shattered go back decades — and more. Continue Reading

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FM Prison Documentary Could Win Oscar Tonight

Fort Madison prison officials will be closely watching the Academy Awards ceremony tonight. A short documentary film shot in 2006 at the prison is up for an Oscar. “Prison Terminal” by director Edgar Barens focuses on the hospice care given by inmates to fellow prisoners in their final days. The 42-minute long film is a nominee in the Best Documentary Short category. “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” was produced in association with HBO and will premiere on the network March 31st. Continue Reading

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March Comes in Like a Lion

(AP) — Iowans hoping that March would usher in warmer, spring-like weather following what has been a brutal winter were no doubt disappointed Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the state for Saturday overnight into Sunday. Parts of the state are expected to get about half-a-foot of snow, although northeast Iowa should get only 2 to 3 inches.  Locally, we averaged 3 inches-plus. Along with the snow will be more bitter cold. Continue Reading

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MidAmerican Energy Granted $135.5-Mil. Rate Hike

The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a 135-and-a-half million dollar rate increase for MidAmerican Energy customers.  

Rob Hillesland, a spokesman for the board, says regulators agreed to the increase due to a “wide range of factors,” including increased operating costs. The increase is to be phased-in over three years, however last August the board gave MidAmerican the go-ahead to temporarily start boosting utility bills, by an average of about two-dollars-and-73 cents a month. Increases in years two and three will be in the same range. The deal is not yet final. Continue Reading

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Roosevelt Ave. Accident Vics’ Names Revealed

AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE THREE PEOPLE INJURED FRIDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN THEIR MINI-VAN COLLIDED WITH A GRAIN-TRUCK IN FRONT OF THE CATFISH BEND CASINO ON ROOSEVELT AVENUE. 42-YEAR OLD KATHIE…19-YEAR OLD SAMANTHA…AND 18-YEAR OLD TRISTAN KORESKO, ALL OF BURLINGTON…WERE TAKEN TO GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER.   THE DRIVER OF THE VAN…20-YEAR OLD RYAN ABNEY OF BURLINGTON…WAS NOT HURT, BUT HE WAS TICKETED FOR NOT YIELDING WHILE ENTERING A HIWAY.  

THE GRAIN-TRUCK DRIVER ESCAPED INJURY AS WELL. Continue Reading

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6th Snowiest Winter in Iowa History; 9th Coldest

Many Iowans are looking forward to spring and warmer weather as March begins.  

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says it appears the statewide average temperature for the month of February was around 12.8 degrees.   The normal average temperature for February in Iowa is around 24. Although February has been the coldest month of this winter, Hillaker says December and January also had well below normal temperatures. The three months combined make this the ninth coldest winter in Iowa history. Continue Reading

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FM Prison Documentary Could Meet Oscar

Fort Madison prison officials will be closely watching the Academy Awards ceremony tonight. A short documentary film shot in 2006 at the prison is up for an Oscar. “Prison Terminal” by director Edgar Barens focuses on the hospice care given by inmates to fellow prisoners in their final days.  The 42-minute long film is a nominee in the Best Documentary Short category. “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” was produced in association with HBO and will premiere on the network March 31st. Continue Reading