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Bluff Road Opens for South Bound Traffic

It’s been somewhat of an inconvenience for many who travel along it. Part of Highway 99 in Burlington, known as Bluff Road, has been closed since the beginning of August.  According to City Engineer Steve Hartman, beginning later today or tomorrow the city hopes to have one lane open for south bound traffic. The project has consisted of reconstructing about 1/2 mile of Bluff Road. Continue Reading

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Civil Suit Filed in Fatal Jon Boat Collision

THE CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE DROPPED EARLIER THIS WEEK, BUT NOW THE FIRST OF WHAT COULD BE SEVERAL CIVIL LAWSUITS HAS BEEN FILED IN CONNECTION WITH THAT FATAL JON-BOAT COLLISION LAST YEAR ON THE O’CONNELL SLOUGH. A REPORT IN THE HAWK EYE…A BURLINGTON NEWSPAPER…SAYS THE PARENTS OF BLAKE EAKINS…ONE OF THE FOUR LOCAL YOUNG-PEOPLE KILLED IN THE PRE-DAWN CRASH…ARE SUING THE TWO BOAT OPERATORS…DOUG METCALF AND JOE SCHIER(SHEER) JUNIOR…CLAIMING THE TWO MEN WERE NEGLIGENT BY DRIVING THEIR BOATS WITHOUT LITES, IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW. TAMMY AND LEE EAKINS…BLAKE’S PARENTS…SEEK UNSPECIFIED MONETARY DAMAGES “FOR THE LOSS OF CONSORTIUM,” THE FAMILY HAS & WILL EXPERIENCE DUE TO THE LOSS OF THEIR SON…AND THEY’VE REQUESTED A TRIAL BY JURY.  

THE PUBLISHED REPORT SAYS THE DEFENDANTS HAVE NOT YET RESPONDED TO THE SUIT AND NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET. Continue Reading

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All Burlington Residents Will Have Smoke Alarms

The Burlington Fire Department and Burlington’s Elk Lodge #84 are combining efforts to ensure that every Burlington home has smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector. Beginning this Saturday, members of the departments will be going door to door to verify that all homes have at least one of each. If a resident doesn’t have one, firefighters will install it for free. The Elk’s Lodge applied for and received a $2,000 Beacon Grant which can be used to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The Lodge also added an additional $1,000 for alarms through donations and fundraising. Residents who need a smoke detector or would like a home fire safety inspection should call the Burlington Fire Department during business hours. Continue Reading

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Emerald Ash Borer Found Again in Eastern Iowa

The emerald ash borer has been confirmed in a fourth location in the state after a resident of Mechanicsville in Cedar County called to report a tree that didn’t look right. Department of Agriculture state entomologist, Robin Pruisner, says it’s evident the emerald ash borer population has now grown enough that it has become easier to find. The bug kills all species of ash trees was first found in May of 2010 in Allamakee County in northeast Iowa. Confirmed cases where then found in 2012 in Des Moines County in July and Jefferson County in August. Pruisner says the Cedar County infestation has them rethinking the plan to try and control the bug… Continue Reading

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Octoberfest This Weekend in Burlington

Burlington’s German Heritage is coming alive this Saturday down at the Port of Burlington. Octoberfest, a fundraiser for the Burlington Noon Lions Club, starts at 4pm with live music. Karen Thei, president of the club, says even if the weather isn’t ideal, there will be nothing to worry about… “We’re inside. We can put the rolling doors down. Continue Reading

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SE Iowa Laborshed Study On-Tap

IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER “LABOR-SHED” EMPLOYMENT STUDY OF SOUTHEAST IOWA. THE GREAT RIVER REGION PARTNERSHIP AND IOWA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COMBINE FORCES TO ESTIMATE…EVERY TWO YEARS…THE POTENTIAL LABOR FORCE AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES OPERATING IN DES MOINES…LEE…HENRY…AND LOUISA COUNTIES. THE SO-CALLED “LABOR-SHED” HELPS NEW AND EXISTING EMPLOYERS ASSESS THE SIZE AND SKILLS OF THE AREA LABOR FORCE…BASED ON COMMUTING PATTERNS AND REGARDLESS OF COUNTY OR STATE LINES.  

HERE’S HOW IT’LL BE DONE: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WILL MAIL SURVEYS TO AREA BUSINESSES, ASKING THEM TO LIST THE NUMBER OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AND EACH ONE’S ZIP CODE. THE INFORMATION WILL BE USED TO DEFINE THE REGION’S “LABOR-SHED” BOUNDARIES. Continue Reading

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Another Fatal Tour-Bus Crash; Trailways Donates Vehicle to WBFD for Extrication Training

WE’VE ALL HEARD ABOUT THE NUMEROUS TOUR-AND-CHURCH-BUS ACCIDENTS LATELY…INCLUDING ONE NEAR DANDRIDGE, TENNESSEE YESTERDAY(WED) THAT CLAIMED EIGHT LIVES…AND THE LOCAL TRAILWAYS WANTED TO HELP. THEY’VE DONATED A USED BUS TO THE WEST BURLINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND CHIEF MIKE HEIM SAYS IT’LL BE A GOOD (EXTRICATION) TRAINING TOOL.  WHEN THEY’RE DONE WITH IT, HEIM SAYS THEY’LL SELL THE SCRAP TO HELP PAY FOR SOME NEEDED EQUIPMENT. POLICE CHIEF FRANK NEWBERRY ANNOUNCED AT LAST(WED) NITE’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING THAT TWO OF HIS MEN CONDUCTED THE FIRST “ALICE” EMERGENCY TRAINING SESSION FOR TEACHERS YESTERDAY(WED). ON OTHER FRONTS, THE COUNCIL GAVE VALLEY DISTRIBUTION A 3-YEAR TAX ABATEMENT FOR AN 18-THOUSAND DOLLAR BUILDING IMPROVEMENT THE COMPANY MADE…AND STEVE RIPPENKROGER WILL BE THE NEW LIASISON BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE BURLINGTON LIBRARY, REPLACING COUNCILMAN DAN WEST, WHO’S NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION.  WEST BURLINGTON MAYOR HANS TROUSIL LAST(WED) NITE PROCLAIMED OCTOBER 23RD THRU THE 31ST, “RED RIBBON WEEK” IN THE CITY….. THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL TRY AGAIN TO STOP A LEAK IN THE SEWER SYSTEM IN THE 200 BLOCK OF LEFFLER STREET…AND THERE’LL BE AN OCTOBER 16TH PUBLIC HEARING IN WEST BURLINGTON ON THE CITY’S DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH…AND TAX INCREMENT PAYMENT TO…THE GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP. Continue Reading

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Iowa Program Helps Pay for Breast Cancer Screenings

You’ll be seeing more than yellow, orange, and red in October. This month will also be filled with pinks, to promote breast cancer awareness. Iowa’s PR Manager for the American Cancer Society, Chuck Reed notes that breast cancer screenings can be costly, but that there is an Iowa program that can help… “It’s put on by the Iowa Department of Public Heath. We’re trying to eliminate obstacles as far as allowing people to get the screenings they need. Continue Reading

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Iowa Gas Prices Keep Dropping

Gasoline prices are steadily falling across Iowa. The statewide average price is three-34, which has slid more than 30 cents a gallon in the past month. The national average gas price has dropped for more than 30 days in a row, the longest consecutive decline in more than a year. Gail Weinholzer, at Triple-A-Iowa, says several factors are coming into play, bringing us cheaper trips to fill the tank… “One is an abundant gasoline supply because, of course, we are past the end of the summer driving season, kids are back in school and fewer auto trips are being taken,” Weinholzer says. Continue Reading