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No Venu-Works News at Council Meeting

Nothing new on the Venu-Works and Burlington Steamboat Days front at last night’s City Council Meeting… “Last I knew, there were still like one or two sentences. We are down to very few details to make sure everyone is still on the same page. Hopefully we can have that for the next meeting, but I’ve been saying that for a few months now.” That’s City Manager Jim Ferneau. Continue Reading

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Des Moines County Cleanup Time

It’s time for Des Moines County’s Rural Cleanup. Now through December 9th, or until the funds are gone, a whole list of items will be accepted at the landfill at no charge. You must be able to show proof of residency. Items should be separated into three categories. The first category is metal items, such as lawn mowers, bikes, tin roofing, metal cabinets, bed springs & rails, swing sets, and metal fencing. Continue Reading

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Pot Legalization in Colorado Effects Iowa

A doctor who runs a drug treatment clinic for youth in Colorado says legalizing marijuana has led to many problems in his state and also carried over into Iowa. Dr. Christian Thurstone recently met with drug prevention groups in Iowa. “We’ve seen referrals to substance treatment, to adolescent substance treatment skyrocket — they’ve quadrupled in the last couple of years. We’ve seen used rates, prevalence of use among teenagers — go up significantly, pre-post,”

He says there are other problems created by marijuana. “We’ve seen a doubling in traffic fatalities, with a driver who is positive for marijuana, double since 2006. Continue Reading

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Washington, IL Twister an EF-4

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) _ National Weather Service says a tornado that struck the central Illinois community of Washington had winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour. The meteorologists say that the storm had a preliminary rating of an EF-4.   The Tazewell County storm killed one person and injured dozens of others during Sunday’s severe weather. Meanwhile, a tornado that touched down in southern Illinois near New Minden, about 45 miles southeast of St. Louis, also had a preliminary rating of an EF-4.   A northern Illinois tornado near Coal City had wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour, making it an EF-2. Continue Reading

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WB Skl. Board Wants to Hear Your Opinions

THE WEST BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONITE(MON) AT 7 AND IS LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON IMPLEMENTING A SO-CALLED “INNOVATIVE” CALENDAR… SOMETHING NEW THE IOWA LEGISLATURE HAS COME UP WITH, TO LET DISTRICTS COUNT HOURS…INSTEAD OF DAYS…TO MEET THE MINIMUM, STATE-REQUIRED CLASS-TIME. THE WEST BURLINGTON BOARD MEETS IN THE BUILDING AT 607 RAMSEY.  

((( LATER THIS SCHOOL YEAR, THE BOARD MAY DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL. ))) Continue Reading

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Fast-Moving Storm Hits Burlington…Meep Meep!

IT LEFT A MANGLED SIGN AT THE CRAZY COYOTE ON MT. PLEASANT STREET…AND I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THAT YESTERDAY’S(SUN) STORM CAME THRU BURLINGTON LIKE THE ROADRUNNER. ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT SPOTS WAS RANDALL BROWN’S HOUSE AT 529 SOUTH 10TH STREET IN BURLINGTON. HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO WORK AT DOMINO’S PIZZA WHEN THE WINDS CAME UP. HE TRIED TO CALL HIS WIFE MARY…SHE DIDN’T ANSWER…SO HE CALLED ONE OF HIS SONS AND TOLD HIM TO GET DOWNSTAIRS AND TURN ON THE WEATHER. Continue Reading

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Tina Salamone to Leave Capitol Theater

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DOWNTOWN BURLINGTON’S CAPITOL THEATER HAS GIVEN HER TWO-WEEKS NOTICE.  

TINA SALAMONE RESIGNED THIS(FRI) MORNING IN AN E-MAIL TO THE CAPITOL BOARD MEMBERS AND ANNOUNCED THAT SHE’LL BE LEAVING THE PRIVATELY-RUN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DECEMBER SECOND. SHE’S ACCEPTED ANOTHER POSITION IN THE THEATRICAL & TEACHING FIELD WITH THE CITY OF BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS.  

CAPITOL BOARD PRESIDENT FLORENCE PATERNO SAYS SALAMONE HAS DONE OF WONDERFUL JOB OF GETTING THINGS ORGANIZED IN THE WAKE OF PREVIOUS DIRECTOR JOHN SPEER’S DEPARTURE. THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO MEET NEXT WEEK TO CONFIRM THE RESIGNATION AND DECIDE HOW TO PROCEED IN FINDING A SUCCESSOR. Continue Reading

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Heinz to Close Plants in South, North & West, but Not in Muscatine

(AP) – H.J. Heinz Co. is closing three plants in North America and cutting 1,350 jobs in an effort to operate more efficiently. The plants are in South Carolina, Idaho and Canada.  The good news is that Heinz says it’ll shift production from these locations to other existing facilities in the U.S. and Canada, adding 470 postions in those factories, including its Muscatine operation.  

Heinz was acquired and taken private by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital earlier this year. Continue Reading

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Reed to Hit Code, Nuisance Violations Hard Before Term Ends

EVEN THO HE LOST HIS RE-ELECTION BID, BURLINGTON CITY COUNCILMAN CHRIS REED IS NOT ABOUT TO GIVE UP ON HIS “PET” PROJECT — CLEANING UP BURLINGTON BY CRACKING DOWN ON NUISANCE & CODE VIOLATIONS.  

REED HAS DONE SOME RESEARCH AND SAYS OTHER CITIES HAVE TAKEN ACTION, WITH SOME SUCCESS, BY INCREASING FINES 10-FOLD.   REED SAYS MOST VIOLATORS ARE ABSENTEE LANDLORDS AND HE CONCEDES THAT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY RULE…THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH LIMITED INCOMES.   REED AND COUNCILMAN BOB FLEMING BOTH LIKE THE IDEA OF TAKING THE MORE SERIOUS CASES TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU MAY CONTACT COUNCILMAN REED AT 208-9449. Continue Reading

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Central IA Robbery Suspects Caught Here

BURLINGTON POLICE HELPED OUT THEIR COLLEAGUES IN ALTOONA THIS WEEK, APPREHENDING TWO MEN WANTED FOR AN ARMED ROBBERY MONDAY AT A CONVENIENCE STORE. 23-YEAR OLD DAN GREGG AND 22-YEAR OLD JORDAN CONWELL…BOTH OF ALTOONA…WERE ARRESTED DURING A TRAFFIC STOP LOCAL AUTHORITIES INITIATED AT CENTRAL & DIVISION IN BURLINGTON, AFTER ALTOONA POLICE PROVIDED INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUSPECTS…THEIR VEHICLE…AND POSSIBLE LOCATIONS.  

CONWELL AND GREGG WERE BOOKED ON ROBBERY CHARGES AND TAKEN TO THE POLK COUNTY JAIL.   Continue Reading