There’s a video out there, it’s on Facebook, and it shows several middle school aged boys teasing, pushing, and hitting another boy at Perkins Park, and stealing his hat. It’s relatively tame, but it’s gone viral. With all the focus lately on bullying, it’s drawn the attention of the school district and law enforcement… “I think it’s criminal, and we’ll pursue it as such until we’re told differently. Just want everyone to know that the department is aware of it and we will address it”
-Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird at last night’s City Council Meeting. Continue Reading
IT’S ELECTION DAY IN IOWA…AND IN BURLINGTON THAT MEANS VOTERS HAVE UNTIL 8 O’CLOCK TONITE(TUE) TO CHOOSE FROM AMONG SIX CANDIDATES FOR THREE SEATS ON THE CITY COUNCIL. THOSE RUNNING ARE INCUMBENT MAYOR JIM DAVIDSON…MAYOR PRO TEM CHRIS REED…COUNCILMAN BOB FLEMING…FORMER COUNCILMAN MIKE CAMPBELL…FORMER MAYOR TIM SCOTT…AND POLITICAL NEWCOMER BECKY SHOCKLEY. BURLINGTON’S POLLING PLACES HAVE BEEN CONSOLIDATED, SO THOSE WHO LIVE IN PRECINCTS ONE, TWO AND THREE SHOULD GO TO THE OAK STREET BAPTIST CHURCH AT 13-03 OAK. FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN PRECINCTS FOUR, FIVE AND NINE, MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH IS THE PLACE TO VOTE; THAT’S 24-11 WEST AVENUE. AND BURLINGTON VOTERS IN PRECINCTS SIX, SEVEN AND EIGHT CAN CAST THEIR BALLOTS AT BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 25-15 MADISON AVENUE. Continue Reading
A 57-year-old West Point man has been arrested in connection with one of the three hit and runs in Lee County over the past few days. Randolph Andrews was charged yesterday with leaving the scene of an injury accident, a serious misdemeanor, for allegedly striking 21-year-old William Londrie of Montrose last Sunday on County Road 103, northwest of Ft. Madison. Sheriff Jim Sholl says Londrie was walking near the road when he was hit by Andrew’s red Grand Am, which left some parts and debris in it’s wake as Andrews drove home without stopping. Sholl put out a request to the public for help identifying the vehicle, and it was that response which led deputies to Andrews. Continue Reading
Today was an opportunity for people to get a look at the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. The prison is located off 330th Avenue, which is somewhat outside of town, unlike the current penitentiary that sits next to a put-putt golf attraction. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds spoke at the Open House ceremony this morning. Branstad mentioned the eco-friendliness of the new prison… “The new facility has achieved the leadership in energy and environmental designs “gold status”. Continue Reading
With the help of social media, the Des Moines County Humane Society won $1,000 for the online “Shelter Challenge”. Co-President of the Shelter Board, Kelli Taeger explains… “We won the shelter challenge. It’s a contest that’s put out quarterly by the animal rescue site. We’ve consistently won. Continue Reading
They look like small dogs with big bushy tails, and they’ve been spotted in town a lot recently. Burlington resident Dana Hunter lives on Starr Street and said her dogs chased a pair out of her yard Monday night…. “My dogs chased something out of my landscaping and I was like, wow, that’s a really big raccoon. When they were running back, they flushed something else out. It ran into the alley where there’s a security light. Continue Reading
Enrollment in the Burlington Community School District is down. According to Superintendent Jane Evans, the enrollment dropped by about 50 students this year, however that number isn’t set in stone. Evans thinks the decrease in numbers is due to kindergarten… “I think the main reason is because we had 78 fewer kindergarten students this year.” Overall the district has 4,632 students. Continue Reading
It’s now the third time within the last few days that a pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle along a highway in our area. Last night at around 11:30, a caller reported a person walking in the middle of the northbound lanes in the 3400 block of Highway 218. Deputies searched the area but found nobody. Shortly after midnight, another call to police reported that a vehicle struck a male pedestrian walking near that same location. After investigating, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office revealed that 41-year-old Lesli Deguzman of Keokuk struck 19-year-old Harley Price of Montrose. Continue Reading
“IT’S US OR THEM,” APPEARS TO BE THE MESSAGE VENU-WORKS IS SENDING TO THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL, IN LITE OF THE ONGOING…BUT LARGELY UN-PRODUCTIVE…TALKS THE AMES-BASED MANAGEMENT COMPANY HAS BEEN HAVING WITH BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS OFFICIALS. CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU REFLECTED SOME OF THAT FRUSTRATION AT LAST(MON) NITE’S COUNCIL WORK SESSION, SAYING VENUWORKS FEELS THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY UNRESOLVED ISSUES REMAINING BETWEEN THEM AND BSD’S BOARD, TO REACH AN AGREEMENT IN A TIMELY FASHION.
AS FOR COUNCILMAN SHANE MCCAMPBELL’S PROPOSAL TO CLOSE THE AUDITORIUM FOR THREE YEARS AND USE THE SAVINGS TO HELP BUY A NEW POLICE STATION, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR STEVE HOAMBRECKER SAYS SUCH A PLAN WOULD SAVE THE CITY ABOUT 103-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
THE COUNCIL INFORMALLY DIRECTED FERNEAU TO CONTACT VENUWORKS AND GET NEGOTIATIONS STARTED AGAIN. Continue Reading