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Burlington Girls Head to School with NO Makeup

The hot topic lately in town has been bullying. We’ve seen videos and we’ve all heard the stories and now a group of parents and students have come together to try and make a difference. They haven’t come up with a name for their group, but they met for the second time last night. As people proposed ideas to solving the bullying issue, it was an emotional topic for some of the girls… “I got made fun of. Continue Reading

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Text Message Causes Lock Down in Fort Madison

The Fort Madison High School has been on lock down this afternoon. According to Fort Madison Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer, high school officials were notified of a strange text message sent to a student from another student. ¬†As a precaution, the high school was placed on lock down. The student who had sent the text message was located, but was not at school. Students are being questioned about the meaning behind the odd message. Continue Reading

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BHS Teachers Caught Talking About Students

Two Burlington teachers are on administrative leave after a conversation between them was discovered on a computer at the school, and made public through Facebook. In the conversation the teachers allegedly talked back and forth, calling students names and complaining about a rambunctious class. One of the teachers used the phrase “gonna smack some kids”. Superintendent Jane Evans wouldn’t comment much on the situation. She called it a personnel issue and says it’s under investigation. Continue Reading

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Iowa Receives Solar Power Grant

The state has won a federal Department of Energy grant of just over one-million-dollars as part of what’s called the “Rooftop Solar Challenge Two.” Iowa Department of Economic Development Authority spokesperson, Tina Hoffman, says the goal is to increase the use of solar energy… “We’re going to be able to help make it easier for Iowans to learn about solar and help reduce the soft costs, making it more affordable.” The first step is developing ways to promote the use of sun power. “We are going to help first educate and increase the awareness around solar energy and how it really can be a viable alternative,” Hoffman explains. Continue Reading

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Mediapolis 12-Year-Old Dies From Gunshot Wound

An update from the Des Moines County Sheriffs Office regarding the 12-year-old who suffered a gunshot wound Tuesday. Authorities have confirmed that the child did die from his injury. Investigators are saying it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound and no foul play was involved. The victim is Kyler Schnedler of Mediapolis. Schnedler was transported to GRMC and then flown to Iowa City where he died yesterday. Continue Reading

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Another Burlington Fight Caught on Camera

It’s now the second time this week a fight has been recorded and police have been called. Burlington officers were notified yesterday of a video being passed around in Burlington High School of a fight that had taken place on Marshall Street in Burlington. It was the same fight that officers were called to on Monday, but when they got to the scene, those involved dispersed. Officials have described it as a “street fight”; four people vs. another group of four. Continue Reading

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Fleming, Scott, Shockley Win Burlington CC Seats

BOB FLEMING WILL STAY…AND TIM SCOTT & BECKY SHOCKLEY WILL JOIN HIM ON THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL. THE RESULTS ARE IN AND THEY SHOW FLEMING WITH 1-THOUSAND-427 VOTES…FOLLOWED BY SCOTT, A FORMER MAYOR, WITH 1-THOUSAND-364…AND SHOCKLEY, WHO HAS NEVER HELD POLITICAL OFFICE BEFORE…WITH 1-THOUSAND-288. WITH A CITYWIDE TURNOUT OF 14.7 PERCENT, CURRENT MAYOR JIM DAVIDSON FINISHED FOURTH WITH 1-THOUSAND-243 VOTES…CURRENT COUNCILMAN CHRIS REED CAME IN 5TH WITH 964…AND FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER MIKE CAMPBELL PLACED SIXTH WITH 748 VOTES. THERE WERE 74 WRITE-INS. IN WEST BURLINGTON, MAYOR HANS TROUSIL RAN UNOPPOSED AND GOT 156 VOTES…OR JUST UNDER 92 PERCENT…AND THERE WERE 14 WRITE-INS. Continue Reading

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Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

It’s official, Illinois has now become the largest state in the Heartland to legalize gay marriage. It’s a hot topic in most states but one by one bills are getting approved. Illinois is now the 15th state in the United States to allow marriage between the same sex. All that’s needed now is a signature from Governor Pat Quinn, who says he supports it. Continue Reading

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4 Burlington Students Charged Due to Bullying Video

The Burlington students involved in the bullying video that’s gone viral on Facebook are facing the consequences. Burlington Police charged the three 13-year-old students who were pushing and hitting another student with Serious Assault and Disorderly Conduct. The individual, who is 12-years-old and video taped the entire incident, has also been charged with Disorderly Conduct for her involvement. All four individuals have been taken into custody and transported to the Lee County Juvenile Detention Facility to await a future court appearance. The incident took place in Perkins Park in Burlington, next to the school’s administration building. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Holds Family at B-B Gun Point

A Burlington man will face false imprisonment charges after he allegedly held the occupants of a south-side home at the point of a B-B gun last night. Police got a call around 7:20pm from a pizza delivery driver who interrupted the crime and reported it. When authorities arrived, they arrested 44-year-old Larry Durbin, who the victims say was wearing a mask and had forced his way in at gunpoint, using a child’s toy that looked like a fully-functioning firearm. No one was hurt and Durbin was also charged with second-degree burglary.   Continue Reading