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Library Facing Another Potential Budget Cut

It wasn’t too long ago that the Burlington Public Library’s budget was cut, and it could happen again. No decisions have been made, but there has been talk from the city council of a potential $140,000 cut. Library Director, Rhonda Frevert… “I know that the city is facing difficult decisions in difficult times. All the departments are begin effected. Continue Reading

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Ruhl & Ruhl CEO Pled Guilty to Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

59-year-old Charles Ruhl Jr. who is Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Company president and CEO, has pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Ruhl and Ruhl residential realtors are not associated with the Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Company what so ever. Between 2008 and 2012, Ruhl unlawfully withdrew funds from several companies that he managed, a total of 1.3-million-dollars. He then spent the money on Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial expenses and personal expenses. He was able to pull this off by directing his chief financial officers to exclude his withdrawals from financial statements. Continue Reading

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Tombstone Found on HS Football Field

Someone dug up a gravestone from the Oakland Cemetery in Warsaw and dumped it on the High School Football Field yesterday morning. The cemetery board is offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. If you know anything, you’re asked to call Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger at 217-357-2115.   Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

A 35-year-old Burlington man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge during his attempted murder trial. Jermaine Carr was also ordered by Judge John Linn to make restitution to his two victims and to pay a $1,000 fine. Police say Carr shot 25-year-old Maurice Brown last October, after an outdoor argument near the corner of 10th and Walnut. The second victim, Vicki Watson, who was standing in her rear doorway when Brown pushed his way in, was hit by a piece of a second bullet, that pierced her door as she locked it. If he had been convicted of attempted murder instead of aiding & abetting a man identified as “Sean Williams”, Carr could have gone to prison for up to 25 years. Continue Reading

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Minimum Wage Increase a Goal for Governor Candidate

He hopes to go from senator to governor in 2014. Senator Jack Hatch, a democrat, made several stops in Southeast Iowa today, announcing his campaign for Governor. Hatch spoke at Big Muddy’s in Burlington… “Understand very clearly that the first job of the democratic candidate, myself and my two opponents, is to convince you that a Democrat can win and beat Terry Branstad.” Hatch spoke about many things he would focus on if elected as governor, one being the increase of minimum wage… Continue Reading

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Early Registration Almost Over for Garrett Brockway 5K Run/Walk

You’ve probably seen the signs around town, but the Garrett Brockway 5K Run/Walk is next weekend. Bruce Brockway, the father of 10-year-old Garrett who passed away earlier this year, encourages people to sign up now because the registration fee goes up $10 after Friday… “Anything after Friday, we can’t guarantee a t-shirt because it’s just getting too close to the race. But to register you can either go to garrettspath.org or go to getmeregistered.com.” The money raised will go to Garrett’s Foundation which helps raise organ donation awareness. Continue Reading

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Major Road Work along U.S. 34 in Burlington

Motorist should use caution when driving through Burlington on U.S. 34 for the next few months. Today the Iowa Department of Transportation began a few road work projects. The construction consists of shoulder widening and pavement patching so there will be lane restrictions. There may also be some lane and ramp closures. Construction work is also expected on the Central Avenue bridge that crosses U.S. 34. Continue Reading

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Stretch of 61 Past Fert-Plant Site Now 55 mph

HIWAY-61 TRAVELERS, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU:

THE SPEED LIMIT IS BEING REDUCED ON A STRETCH OF THE ROAD NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE NEW FERTILIZER PLANT, JUST SOUTH OF WEVER. EFFECTIVE AS SOON AS ALL THE SIGNS ARE INSTALLED, 61 WILL BE 55 MILES-PER-HOUR BETWEEN 3-THOUSAND FEET SOUTH OF 180TH STREET TO 3-THOUSAND FEET NORTH. Continue Reading

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Gov. Signs Largest Tax Cut in Iowa History

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed the largest tax cut in Iowa history. The signing ceremony was today in Hiawatha at Hawkeye Ready Mix Concrete. Branstad said today that the tax relief bill will put more money in the pockets of Iowa families, and make it easier for Iowa businesses to invest and grow in the state. Over 10 years, the bill will provide an estimated $4.4-billion in property tax relief to Iowa’s hardworking taxpayers. Also according to a press release from the governors office, every class of property will see permanent property tax relief. Continue Reading

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Oldest Person Died Today

Jiroemon Kimura of Tokyo, died today at age 116. He was born in 1897 and hold’s the record for the world’s oldest person. An Iowa woman was the current holder of the world record, but was passed by Kimura last December. He has been battling pneumonia since last month. On his 115th birthday, Kimura told reporters he was keeping his mind fit by learning English. Continue Reading