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Miller-Meeks to Campaign in WB, Mt. Pleasant Wednesday

MARIANNETTE MILLER-MEEKS IS HOPING THE THIRD TIME IS A CHARM. THE OTTUMWA OPTHAMOLOGIST AND FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS DECIDED TO SEEK THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR CONGRESS FROM IOWA’S SECOND DISTRICT…AND, IF SHE WINS, TO FACE INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT DAVE LOEBSACK…JUST AS SHE DID IN 2008 AND AGAIN IN 2010. MILLER-MEEKS WILL MEET WITH SUPPORTERS TOMORROW(WEDS) MORNING FROM 7:30 TO 8:30 AT THE IVY BAKE SHOPPE IN WEST BURLINGTON…THAT’S AT SHOTTENKIRK’S…AND THEN AT 9:15 IN THE MT. PLEASANT HY-VEE.  

SHE’S THE SECOND REPUBLICAN TO ANNOUNCE FOR THE SEAT; THE OTHER IS STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK LOFGREN OF MUSCATINE. Continue Reading

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BHS May move Graduation to SCC Gym

There wasn’t much to report at tonight’s Burlington School Board Meeting, but Superintendent Jane Evans did mention a possible venue change for BHS Graduation. Normally, if the weather is nice, graduation takes place at Bracewell Stadium. If it rains, they move it to the Burlington High School Gym, which can be uncomfortable on a hot, muggy summer day when there is no air conditioning. Evans informed the board tonight of possibly moving graduation to Southeastern Community College’s Gym…. “This year, depending upon future board action, we might be in the beginning stages of the press box construction on Sunday, May 25th.” Continue Reading

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Dead Animals Found in Van of Southeast Iowa Man

A Drakesville man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the discovery of more than 20 animals in a van. 45-year-old Roger Blew entered his plea Friday in Wapello County district court. He was charged with improperly confining animals and three counts of animal cruelty after an officer responding to a complaint found the animals in the van owned by Blew. One animal in the van was dead, one died while police were inspecting the vehicle and another had to be euthanized. The animals prompted police to check Blew’s home, where they found at least 100 goats, pigs, mice, turtles and other animals living inside. Continue Reading

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What the Spray Paint on Your Ash Tree Means

One by one, Ash Trees around Burlington are being cut down due to the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer. If you’ve noticed colored markings on a tree near your sidewalk, chances are you have an Ash Tree. Administrative Assistant for Burlington’s Parks Department, Tabetha Miller, says it’s part of a tagging system the city has started since the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Burlington this past summer… “If you have an orange or red mark on your tree, which could just be a dot, an “X”, or an “R”, it means that tree will be coming down this year. If you have a blue marking on your tree, which should just be a dot, it will be treated. Continue Reading

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Rash of Break-Ins in Fort Madison

Fort Madison Police are investigating (what could be described as) a rash of break-ins and thefts. Areas hit over the weekend include the 1500 block of 18th Street, 1400 block of 39th, 1200 block of 35th, 600 block of Avenue G, 500 and 2300 blocks of Avenue E, 2200 block of H, and 2300 block of Avenue J.

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Developers’ Tax Credits to be Scrutinized by City Council

TAX ABATEMENTS FOR DEVELOPERS WAS ON THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL’S “CONSENT” AGENDA LAST WEEK…BUT AT LEAST ONE PERSON DIDN’T FEEL IT’S ROUTINE BUSINESS…AND LEON SHAHAN  SAID SO AT THE MEETING.  

THE COUNCIL THIS(MON) AFTERNOON WILL ALSO DISCUSS AN UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE REGARDING THE EMERALD ASH BORER…THE MONTHLY TREASURER’S REPORT…AND STREET PARKING WHEN IT SNOWS. TODAY’S(MON) MEETING STARTS AT 4:30.  

THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONITE(MON) AT 7 AND WILL HOLD A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE SALE OF THE FORMER WASHINGTON SCHOOL PROPERTY AT AGENCY & CURRAN. THE DISTRICT FAILED TO GET NOTICE FOR THE FIRST HEARING TO THE NEWSPAPER. Continue Reading

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Former Local Man Goes to Federal Lockup

A former Burlington man will be spending the next 90 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm as a felon.  

22-year-old Julian Collins was arrested back in June for having a handgun, after a prior felony drug conviction. When determining how long Collins should be in prison, the court found he had two prior convictions for crimes of violence and possesed a firearm in connection with another felony offense.  

Collins was sentenced on the 19th of February. Continue Reading

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Henry County Fire Victims I-D’ed

THE TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN THAT FIRE LAST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON EAST OF SALEM HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 74-YEAR OLD JOHN- AND 72-YEAR OLD BARBARA LOYD.  

THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS THE COUPLE DIED OF BLAST & THERMAL INJURIES WHEN THEIR MOBILE HOME AT 32-07 JAMES AVENUE EXPLODED AND BURST INTO FLAMES.   THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED. Continue Reading

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Fire Hits Starr Street Home; Closest Hydrant Not Working

NO ONE WAS HOME WHEN FIRE GUTTED THE 1 1/2-STORY HOUSE AT 1135 SOUTH STARR STREET IN BURLINGTON LAST NIGHT. 

OWNER RON LIMKEMANN GOT HOME AND CALLED IT IN JUST BEFORE 7:45, AND WHEN BURLINGTON & WEST BURLINGTON CREWS ARRIVED, THEY SAW SMOKE COMING FROM THE WOOD-FRAME BUILDING, FLAMES SHOOTING OUT THE BACK END, AND A FIRE NEAR THE CENTER OF THE FIRST FLOOR.   THEY HAD TROUBLE FINDING A HYDRANT THAT WORKED, BUT ONCE THEY DID, THEY KNOCKED IT DOWN IN ABOUT AN HOUR.  

DAMAGE HAS BEEN ESTIMATED AT 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE STRUCTURE AND 25-THOUSAND MORE TO ITS CONTENTS, BUT IT IS INSURED.   BURLINGTON POLICE, CITY FIRE MARSHAL MARK CROOKS, AND THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE ARE INVESTIGATING, TO TRY AND FIND A CAUSE. THEY SAY IT’S NOT CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS. Continue Reading

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Hundreds of Animals Saved from SE Iowa Hoarder

A nonprofit animal group says it’s assisting authorities in the recovery of hundreds of animals from a small southeast Iowa city. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa said yesterday that nearly 300 living animals and more than 50 dead animals have been taken from Drakesville in Davis County. Many are barn animals and include 30 different species. Stephanie Filer with the rescue league tells The Des Moines Register that the situation appears to be in connection to a hoarder. Additional information was not released. Continue Reading