With all the snow and freezing temperatures we’ve had this winter, several people have risked their lives attempting to walk across the Mississippi River in Burlington. A couple months ago, authorities were called about a man walking on the ice in Downtown Burlington, and now a video has emerged on Facebook of 3 young boys filming themselves, attempting to do the same thing. Burlington’s Police Chief, Doug Beaird, says if you fall through the ice, it will be hard to save you… “That weak point, depending on where the current is at the time, could be 5 feet from the bank, let alone in the middle of the river. As we know, if you were to fall through the ice, and there’s current underneath the ice, it will be a very difficult situation to perform a rescue.” Continue Reading
A West Point man was arrested on felony drugs charges Friday. 38-year-old Gregory Beach of 119 5th Street was arrested at his home and charged with Possession of Precursors with Intent to Manufacture Meth. If convicted, he faces 5 years in prison. Beach’s arrest stems from allegations and an investigation. During a search conducted by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force, items supporting the charges were discovered. Continue Reading
The Southeastern Community College Mens Basketball Team will not participate in the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament. The qualifiers, which this year include four at large schools, were named yesterday, and SCC is not one of them. The Blackhawks were ranked 17th nationwide in their division when the regular season ended. The teams that made the at-large list were #3 Columbia State, #4 Harcum, #5 South Plains, and #8 Trinity Valley. The Blackhawk’s arch-rival, Indian Hills of Ottumwa, will represent this area as the regional and district champion. Continue Reading
Governor Terry Branstad is warning there are too many “unintended consequences” to legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa. Branstad met recently with the mothers of children who suffer from a severe form of epilepsy — mothers who say an oil derived from marijuana is a treatment that’s working for epileptics in other states… “I think we have to be careful about drafting our laws just for a few people that have a particular problem or ailment.” The governor says medical marijuana — in whatever form — can easily fall into the hands of “people that don’t have prescriptions.”… “Already the biggest increase in drug abuse has been where you have unauthorized people using other people’s prescriptions. Continue Reading
THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD ONE OF ITS EVERY-OTHER-WEEK WORK SESSIONS TODAY(MON) AND PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR STEVE HOAMBRECKER WILL PRESENT HIS 5-YEAR STREET PLAN.
AFTER THAT, POLICE CHIEF DOUG BEAIRD WILL GIVE HIS DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL REPORT. THIS(MON) AFTERNOON’S MEETING GETS UNDERWAY AT 4:30 AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME. THE WEST BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL WILL ALSO HOLD A WORK SESSION TONITE(MON) AT 6, TO TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET AND A PUBLISHED, 74-CENT PROPERTY TAX HIKE.
THE SOUTHEASTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TODAY(MON) AT 5 AND WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING…BEFORE VOTING…ON NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET, WHICH INCLUDES A SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE LEVY RATE AND HIGHER VALUATIONS DISTRICT-WIDE. Continue Reading
Many of us may find themselves dragging this morning (Monday) after the change to Daylight Saving Time over the weekend.
Mike Gremmer of Des Moines, a regional vice president for the staffing service Robert Half, says we spring ahead and fall back every year, but it’s always tough for some people to lose an hour of sleep… “Eat a good breakfast, coffee is great,” Gremmer says. “I would encourage you to not eat a lot of sugary foods and maybe stock up more on protein and whole grains instead and stay hydrated.” Studies find that productivity in most lines of work can suffer for several days after a time change. Continue Reading
This weekend marks the beginning of daylight saving time, which means losing an hour of sleep. Iowa Sleep Disorder Center founder, Steven Zorn, says it’s hard for some people to recover from the loss of sleep… “Well if they’re already sleep deprived adding another hour of sleep certainly doesn’t help. And that can be an issue in coordination and reaction times. People often feel like they don’t get back to their normal self for about a week.”
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on Sunday March 9th, and ends at 2am on November. Continue Reading
The Notre Dame High School girls basketball team won the 1A State Championship in Des Moines last night. The girls played Newell-Fonda at the Wells Fargo Arena and won 57-54. It’s the first state championship the Nike girls have ever won and they are heading home today to celebrate. Festivites start at 1:45pm at Casey’s General Store in Middletown where they will then be escorted by police to the Notre Dame School, where they will continue to celebrate. Continue Reading
A Burlington teenager was arrested today and charged with Third Degree Sex Abuse. 19-year-old Keyon D’Nore Parks was taken into custody after an investigation revealed he was having sex with a 14-year-old female. The incident was reported to the Burlington Police Department on February 20th. Parks is being held at the Des Moines County Jail until his initial appearance on $10,000 bond. Continue Reading
Burlington Municipal Waterworks revealed some good news late this morning. The “main” that broke last week under Flint Creek has been fixed and the missing pipe has been found… “We’ve got about 100 feet of new pipeline installed and we’ve got it filled with water. We’re going to let it soak over the weekend,” Borden says. Waterworks Director Allen Borden says he’s unsure how much the project will end up costing them, but hopes to find out by the middle or end of next week. Continue Reading