The overall message at last night’s Highway 34 Coalition meeting was pretty clear, and is similar to a line comedian Larry the Cable Guy often uses…. “Get it Done”. If you’ve driven through the village of Biggsville lately you may have seen the work that’s begun on the new bypass. A time frame for the completion of the entire project was proposed by Tri-State Development Summit Steering Committee leader Dan Wiedmeier… “This has to be done. Continue Reading
The Burlington City Council is almost certain to cut the public library budget again. Library Director Rhonda Frevert says the library board is waiting for the final decision from the council before they start deciding what areas will be affected. Luckily the library has a non-profit organization called Friends of the Burlington Public Library Foundation, that helps with certain funds… “I can go to and ask for funds for capital projects and equipment. They have an endowment fund.” Continue Reading
The name of the man who was killed in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon on Illinois Highway 96 has been identified as 26-year-old Ryan Jenkins of Nauvoo, Illinois. Jenkins hit the back of a trailer and combine head that was being pulled by a truck driven by 59-year-old Mark Turner of Nauvoo. Jenkin’s was killed when his truck spun around, crashed head-on into a grain truck, and caught fire. The grain truck was driven by 64-year-old Artchie Kirby of Warsaw, Illinois who was taken to the Fort Madison Community Hospital with serious injuries. Turner, who was pulling the trailer, was uninjured. Continue Reading
During a probation check conducted by the Iowa Department of Corrections High Risk Unit, a Burlington man was taken into custody. During the check, at the home of 32-year-old Loran Cheely on South 10th Street, HRU officers found several items consistent with methamphetamine production. The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force obtained a warrant and executed a search at about 2pm. They found packaging materials, pseudoephdrine tablets, lithium batteries, filter materials, generators, and “one pot” methamphetamine cooking devices. Cheely was taken into custody and is being held without bond on a probation violation. Continue Reading
Many who travel through the city of Muscatine are probably aware of the traffic cameras at the intersections, especially if you’ve gotten a speeding ticket in the mail. As for the five automated traffic cameras, the Muscatine City Council is considering whether to continue to use them. A decision will be made tomorrow. The use of such cameras has been a hot topic throughout Iowa, with supporters saying the cameras reduce crashes, and opponents arguing they’re largely a money-maker for local governments. The Iowa Department of Transportation has proposed rules limiting use of the cameras on state highways. Continue Reading
Several more street-work projects are being undertaken in Burlington this week. Southbound main Street, between High and Valley is being reduced to one lane today so the street department can do asphalt repairs. Southbound Harrison, between 12th and 13th, is closed today for asphalt repairs. Beginning tomorrow, there will be restricted parking on the east side of the 300 block of North 4th Street so a private contractor can work safely on the adjacent property. Also, a reminder that a contractor is working on handicapped-accessible pedestrian ramps along Mt. Continue Reading
IF YOU LIVE ON THE ILLINOIS SIDE OF THE RIVER AND NEED TO KNOW HOW TO ENROLL IN THE NEW HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE, TONITE(WED) IS A GOOD TIME TO FIND OUT. THERE ARE THREE PUBLIC INFORMATION WORKSHOPS FROM 6 TO 7 THIS(WEDS) EVENING AT THE HENDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY IN BIGGSVILLE…THE WARREN COUNTY LIBRARY IN MONMOUTH…AND THE MERCER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN ALEDO.
APPLICATION COUNSELORS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL THREE SITES TO EXPLAIN HOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WORKS. Continue Reading
A local group that sends care packages to deployed southeast Iowa troops is having a fundraiser tomorrow evening at Wendys in Burlington. S.O.F.T, which stands for Supporting Our Families and Troops, will receive a portion of the food sales that will go towards care package expenses. Linda Long is the leader of the group and says the items inside the packages vary… “The main thing that we still ask for is beef jerky, that’s at the top of the list, and nuts are always good. It really depends where they are while deployed. Continue Reading
Three parents voiced their concerns about bullying in the Burlington School District at last night’s school board meeting. One mother said her daughter was bullied so harshly, that she tried to commit suicide…. “She tired to take her life again by smashing a mirror over her face. She’s in Peoria, Illinois in a special unit for kids that have been severely bullied. Staff and doctors are saying Megan is there due to bullying. Continue Reading
Southeastern Community College is planning to change it’s GED testing system next year. What this means for people hoping to get their high school equivalency diploma, is that you have until the end of this year to finish your GED tests, or else you will have to start completely over. The current version of the GED test is known as the 2002 Series GED test and it will be discontinued in December. More than 1,200 individuals who have started, but not completed the test program since 2002 at SCC, could be affected. Again, you have until the end the year to complete it or else you will be forced to start over. Continue Reading
Fears of upsurge in violence following death of Palestinian infant
Another day and another young life lost as medical officials confirmed the death of a Palestinian teenager near the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip, shot by Israeli soldiers.