The stage is now set as women from across the state gather in Iowa City today for the crowning of Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2014. State Director Judy Hoit says the goal is to bring more visibility to those with disabilities and she explains that it’s not a beauty pageant… “The contestants are judged on their achievments and accomplishments since the onset of their disability. Once they are crowed in Iowa, they go on to compete in the ‘Ms. Wheelchair America Pagent’. The Ms. Wheelchair America pageant will take place in August in Long Beach, California. Continue Reading
Even though it seems it’s been a snowy winter, a new report says Iowa is below normal for precipitation this year. An Iowa Department of Natural Resources update says the state received an average of 2.2 inches instead of the normal 2.6 inches of precipitation between Jan. 1 and March 12. The wettest area of the state is southeast Iowa which has received 5 inches, and the driest areas are portions of the I-29 corridor in western Iowa where only about an inch has been measured. Stream flows are normal except in the Iowa River watersheds, which are above normal. Continue Reading
Another new attraction has opened at FunCity here in Burlington. Just in time for spring, a brand new indoor water center has opened where the old indoor water park use to be. The new feature includes a channel river, swimming pool, wading pool and a 12-person hot tub. It’s open every day and hotel guests receive free admission. The Pzazz Entertainment complex also opened two new attractions, Ballocity and SkyTrail, back in November last year. Continue Reading
West Central Illinois’s Drug Task Force and Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested an Oquawka area man on meth charges. 49-year-old Marvin Kaywood Jr. will face counts of Aggravated Unlawful Participation in Meth Production, Possession of Meth Manufacturing Materials, and Unlawful Possession of Meth. He was taken to the county jail in Oquawka. Continue Reading
A young Gladstone man was injured in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Division and Roosevelt in Burlington. 16-year-old Brayton Seitz was hit by David Wilkins. Seitz’s truck then spun, rolled over onto it’s top, with him still inside. When we were at the scene, Seitz seemed to be conscious. He was put in a neck brace and then taken to the hospital. Continue Reading
THE SEARCH TOOK ALMOST TWO YEARS, BUT SOUTHEASTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS HIRED A NEW VICE-PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS. DR. CAROLE RICHARDSON WILL BEGIN HER DUTIES JUNE SECOND. ACCORDING TO A RELEASE FROM SCC, RICHARDSON HAS 15 YEARS OF HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE, MOST RECENTLY AS VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AT NORTH COUNTRY COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN SARANAC LAKE, NEW YORK. BEFORE THAT, SHE WORKED AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY…HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE…AMERICAN UNIVERSITY…AND SAGINAW CHIPPEWA TRIBAL COLLEGE.
SCC PRESIDENT MICHAEL ASH SAYS THE SEARCH FOR A SUCCESSOR TO FORMER V-P OF TEACHING & LEARNING…PHIL THOMAS…TOOK SO LONG BECAUSE PREVIOUS CANDIDATES DIDN’T HAVE THE DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE OR DEMONSTRATED SUCCESS THE COLLEGE NEEDS. Continue Reading
Burlington Police are investigating at least five car break-ins that happened overnight. All were at the Comfort Inn & Suites on the south side of town. Anyone who’s seen anything suspicious is asked to call 753-8371. Continue Reading
A small outbreak of the Measles has been confirmed in this area. The report comes from McDonough County in Illinois, the home of Western Illinois University. Symptoms include a cough, high fever, runny nose and a rash that appears a week or two after exposure. The Measles Virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air. Continue Reading
If winter has made you miss the color green, there will be plenty of it in Crapo Park this Saturday for the Shamrock Shuffle in Burlington. Coordinator Melissa Jones says it’s an un-timed event… “You can run, walk, jog, a combination of all three. We just want you to come out and have fun. It’s really about the color, the after school program and getting out to get some fresh air.” Continue Reading
The dropout rate in the Burlington Community School District has dropped to it’s lowest point in 7 years. Burlington’s most recent rate is 3.49%, which is a big change from the 2008-2009 school year, when their dropout rate was 8.54%. Superintendent Jane Evans is thrilled with the news…. “We’re no longer anywhere near the highest dropout rate in the state. I’m just so grateful to our teachers, counselors, social workers and principals who have worked so hard to bring our students back to school.” Continue Reading
Russian forces kill 6 suspected militants in North Caucasus
MOSCOW: Russia's counterterrorism agency says its forces have killed six suspected militants in the North Caucasus. The Anti-Terrorist Committee said today that the suspects were blocked in an apartment in the city of Nalchik, the regional capital of ...