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WB Business Makes Unique Box For Material Science Company

A New York company that’s focused on changing traditional plastic packaging and insulation into eco-friendly packaging material, has been working with a West Burlington company. Ecovative has created biodegradable insulation and packaging materials, and now needs a box to ship their product in. They’ve been working with Heartland Packaging in West Burlington, a company that specializes in corrugated boxes. Mike Evans, an owner of Heartland Packaging, explains what they’re creating for the material science company… “We’re building a unique bin box that we are licensed to sell. Continue Reading

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Jim Ferneau Named Manager of the Year

Burlington’s City Manager, Jim Ferneau has been named 2013 Manager of the Year by the Iowa City/County Management Association. According to a press release from the Iowa League of Cities, at the awards banquet which took place last Thursday, Ferneau was introduced as a “dedicated public servant who is highly committed to the city management profession”. His accomplishments in Burlington were also highlighted at the awards banquet in Dubuque. Continue Reading

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Missing Eastern Iowa Man Found

After 36 hours of searching, the man who’s truck was found in a ditch along County Road X43 in Letts, Iowa, has been found. Kevin Bunch was located this morning near the railroad tracks, southwest of Letts on 180th street. He was alive and conscious but had to be air lifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The incident occurred Sunday evening when authorities received the call of a damaged truck in the ditch. When they arrived at the scene, deputies were unable to locate the driver of the vehicle but suspected it was Kevin Bunch. Continue Reading

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Criminal Charges Against Doug Metcalf in Fatal, 2012 Jon-Boat Collision Dismissed

BREAKING NEWS THIS AFTERNOON FROM THE DES MOINES COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE:

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY PAT JACKSON TODAY(TUE) MOVED TO DISMISS CHARGES AGAINST DOUG METCALF, THE SECOND-OF-TWO OPERATORS IN THE FATAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER JON-BOAT COLLISION ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ON MAY 19TH OF LAST YEAR. A RELEASE FROM JACKSON’S OFFICE SAYS THE DISMISSAL OF THE CRIMINAL COUNTS AGAINST METCALF AND…EARLIER…AGAINST JOE SCHIER JUNIOR ARE THE RESULT OF INFORMATION LEARNED BY THE PROSECUTION SUBSEQUENT TO THE FILING OF CHARGES. BASED UPON THE EVIDENCE AS IT IS NOW KNOWN TO THE STATE OF IOWA, THE PROSECUTION CANNOT PROVE THE CHARGES AGAINST MR. METCALF BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. THE RELEASE GOES ON TO SAY…THEREFORE…THAT IT’S INCUMBENT UPON THE STATE TO DISMISS.   THE PRE-DAWN COLLISION CLAIMED THE LIVES OF CAITLYN ATCHLEY…JACOB BOYD…BLAKE EAKINS…AND MATTHEW HOUSE. Continue Reading

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Another Keokuk Meth Maker Arrested

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested another Keokuk man on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. 21-year-old Tyler Hedger of 1417 Exchange Street, was picked up at his home yesterday on counts of conspiracy to make more than five grams of meth in the presence of a minor, and possession of a controlled substance, Xanax. If convicted, Hedger could go to prison for up to 31 years. Continue Reading

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Homecoming Week for Local High Schools

It’s homecoming week for Burlington High School. Yesterday was a “Zombie Apocalypse” themed day. Today is “Tacky Tourists Day”. Other events going on this week include a homecoming parade on Thursday starting at 6pm on West Ave, followed by a carnival at 7:15 in the BHS cafeteria. The pep assembly will start at 8 followed by a bonfire in the BHS parking lot. Continue Reading

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No Decision Yet on VenuWorks Deal

THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL HAS TABLED…FOR THE FOURTH TIME…A VOTE ON HIRING AN OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR TO MANAGE THE AUDITORIUM AND THE PORT. CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU SAYS THE FORMAL DECISION TO LET VENU-WORKS RUN THE FACILITIES IS BEING DELAYED BY TALKS BETWEEN THE AMES COMPANY AND BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS…AND THE MATTER COULD BE SETTLED ON THE 14TH OR THE 21ST. ONE COUNCILMAN…SHANE MCCAMPBELL…QUESTIONS WHY THE CITY WOULD GIVE VENU-WORKS A 5-YEAR COMMITMENT WITH A 3-YEAR “OUT”…RATHER THAN THREE YEARS AND ONE. FERNEAU ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE BUDGET…A LIST OF POTENTIAL CUTS AND PROPERTY-TAX HIKES NEEDED TO GET SOME STREET WORK DONE IN A FEW YEARS AND TO GET TO A 10 PERCENT RESERVE FUND…AND HOW IT WILL TAKE ANOTHER 225-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CUTS PER YEAR FOR FOUR YEARS, TO GET TO A 15 PERCENT RESERVE FUND…THE AMOUNT THE CITY’S BOND-RATING SERVICE RECOMMENDS. AFTER HEARING THE ALTERNATIVES, COUNCILMAN BOB FLEMING SAID IT’S CRYSTAL CLEAR IN HIS MIND THAT THE CITY NEEDS MORE REVENUE. Continue Reading

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Iowa Cancer Patient Arrested for Growing Pot

A cancer patient from the Davenport area is charged with growing marijuana. Phil Roberts reports:

“Scott County prosecutors say 47-year-old Benton Mackenzie is a drug dealer. They say he had 71 marijuana plants in his parents’ house. But the Quad-City Times reports Mackenzie has terminal cancer and says he relies on marijuana to help him cope with his illness. A court will decide his fate next month. Continue Reading

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More Candidate Forums Coming Up

Get ready for another round of city council candidates forums.

The Greater Burlington Partnership’s Government Affairs Committee will question the six Burlington council wanna-be’s left after next week’s primary election. The forum will be Tuesday, October 29th, at 6:30, at City Hall. The following night, Wednesday the 30th also at 6:30, the committee will grill those trying to win seats on the West Burlington Council. That forum will be held at West Burlington City Hall on Broadway and will also be open to the public.   Continue Reading

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Manufacturing Jobs Available, No One To Fill Them

An Iowa business group is working with the state’s community colleges, like Southeastern Community College,  to boost programs that develop work skills, like welding, that are in short supply. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds has been leading state government efforts to boost enrollment in science, technology, engineering and math courses. “Not only is there existing need, but we have a lot of business and industry tell us they are at a place where they can really expand. Again, it comes back to that skills gap in order to find the skilled worker they need in order to expand.” Some community colleges are retooling their classrooms with the latest advanced manufacturing gadgets. Continue Reading