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Burlington Council to Consider VenuWorks Deal

IT’S WORK-SESSION WEEK FOR THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL…BUT MEMBERS WILL MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION FIRST…TODAY(MON) AT 4:30…TO CONSIDER A CONTRACT WITH VENU-WORKS OF AMES TO MANAGE THE AUDITORIUM AND PORT. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND.   ON THE AGENDA FOR THE WORK SESSION AFTERWARDS IS FURTHER DISCUSSION OF THIS YEAR’S BUDGET…A REPORT BY DIRECTOR BETH NICKEL ON THE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU’S ACTIVITIES…AN UPDATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MANOR PROJECT…AND A PROPOSED AGREEMENT WITH BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS FOR OPERATION OF THE PORT BUILDING. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO LOOK AT A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD ABOLISH THE 2-HOUR PARKING LIMIT IN THE 500 BLOCK OF NORTH 4TH STREET. THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONITE(MON) AND WILL CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR SO-CALLED “ALLOWABLE GROWTH” AND “SUPPLEMENTAL AID” FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION FUND, WHICH IS MORE THAN A-MILLION DOLLARS IN DEFICIT. TONITE’S(MON) MEETING IS AT 7 O’CLOCK AND WILL BE HELD IN THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 14-29 WEST AVENUE. Continue Reading

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WB Man Wins Notre Dame Blue & Gold Jackpot

GEORGE MACANS OF WEST BURLINGTON IS THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF $100,000 IN THIS YEAR’S NOTRE DAME SCHOOLS’ POT O’ BLUE & GOLD. HE TOLD RADIO HOST STEVE HEXOM AT BURLINGTON’S PZAZZ EVENT & CONVENTION CENTER LAST(SUN) NITE THAT HE’S BEEN BUYING TICKETS FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS…AND THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME HE’S WON SOMETHING; LAST YEAR HE TOOK HOME $500.  MACANS SAYS HE’LL USE HIS NEW-FOUND WEALTH TO GET OUT OF DEBT AND, MAYBE, TAKE A VACATION OR TWO.  

THE OTHER BIG WINNERS OF THIS YEAR’S POT O’ BLUE & GOLD ARE KATHY SCHMIDT($10,000)…PHIL & NATALIE GOOD(5-THOUSAND)…THE DICK MELLINGER FAMILY(25-HUNDRED)…AND KIM & LARRY SCHEITLIN (15-HUNDRED). Continue Reading

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Ft. Madison Pursuit Ends in Ravine

A man was flown to Blessing Hospital with injuries yesterday after driving his car into a ravine just two miles north of Niota. A Fort Madison officer observed a car driving erratically around the 600 block of avenue H in Fort Madison yesterday. The car also swerved through the lawn at Fort Madison Bank and Trust and then headed eastbound, still driving all over the road. The officer activated police lights and continued to follow him across the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Bridge. The pursuit ended when the vehicle drove through a soybean field and into a ravine. Continue Reading

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Numerous Drug Arrests in Keokuk

Four Keokuk men and two Keokuk women have been arrested on drug charges, in separate busts this week. Derek Westwater tried to run from police, but was caught in the 1000 block of Main Street. He was served with a number of warrants for buying more than the legal limit of pseudophedrine, one of the ingredients used to make meth, and a parole violation from Missouri. He could get up to two years in prison. In another incident, Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force arrested 24-year-old Trent Kindhart, 30-year-old Virginia Kruse, and 23-year-old Brandon James, all of 950 Johnson Street Road Apartment A1. Continue Reading

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Chico Newman Denied a New Trial

Chico Newman’s request for a new trial was denied this afternoon. The reason behind the request comes from a juror, Jim Holtkamp, who felt guilty about the verdict. Holtkamp felt he was pressured by other jurors to make the decision he did. Judge John Linn’s reason for denying the request today… “It’s simply improper to impeach a verdict after the fact, based on second thoughts.” Continue Reading

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3 Arrested in Connection With Ft. Madison Shooting

Three Burlington residents were arrested in connection with the Fort Madison shooting on Monday. 23-year-old Heather Mears and 20-year-old Terrell Wilson have been charged with Aiding and Abetting and 1st Degree Robbery. 22-year-old Paul Wilkins Jr. has been charged with Attempt to Commit Murder and 1st Degree Robbery. Witnesses say they saw a silver car leave the area after hearing a gunshot. The shooting occurred Monday afternoon in an alley of the 1400 block between Ave. Continue Reading

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“Clean-Up Time” for Mississippi in Burlington

It’s no secret that the Mississippi River is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. That’s why the environmental organization Living Lands and Waters out of East Moline, travels close to 9 months a year on a barge, cleaning up rivers, among other things, to help our environment. The barge they travel on has been docked in Downtown Burlington for a good week now and is ready for the Mississippi River Cleanup this Saturday. Bill Pillger helps organize the Burlington Cleanup and says this event wouldn’t be what it is today without Chad Pregracke, who established Living Lands and Waters… “About 1999, he was clammer. Continue Reading

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Future of Cascade Bridge Looks Bleak

It’s been a question residents have asked the Burlington City Council for years now… When are you going to fix Cascade Bridge? Current Mayor Jim Davidson, who is running again for council, said at Tuesday night’s Candidates Forum, that it’s not going to happen anytime soon… “Seems like 6 years ago when I was sitting here they were asking, what are you going to do with Cascade Bridge? The answer is nothing right now, because we can’t. Continue Reading

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Newman’s Atty. Seeks New Murder Trial

IT WAS NOT UNEXPECTED AND NOW IT’S OFFICIAL — CHICO NEWMAN WANTS A NEW TRIAL. THE 38-YEAR OLD BURLINGTON MAN WAS CONVICTED RECENTLY OF KILLING HIS WIFE CRYSTAL WITH A SINGLE GUNSHOT TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO…AND A DES MOINES COUNTY JURY FOUND HIM GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER. NOW, HIS LAWYER…CURTIS DIAL…SAYS ONE OF THE JURORS (JIM HOLTKAMP) TOLD HIM HE WAS PRESSURED BY OTHER MEMBERS TO RETURN THE MURDER VERDICT, RATHER THAN STICK WITH HIS OWN OPINION THAT NEWMAN WAS GUILTY OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, A LESS SERIOUS CHARGE.  

JUDGE JOHN LINN WILL HEAR THE ARGUMENTS TOMORROW(FRI) AFTERNOON. IF HE DENIES THE MOTION, NEWMAN IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED NEXT MONDAY. Continue Reading