A long-time electronics store chain is announcing widespread closings, no news yet on whether the one in West Burlington will be affected. Radio Shack says it will close at least a thousand under performing stores out of 52-hundred nationwide in an effort to become more competitive. The chain has 68 stores in Iowa but has NOT said yet where any of the doomed stores are located. No deadlines were set and there was no estimate on the number of impacted employees. Radio Shack reported loses of 191-million dollars in the fourth quarter and last year, lost 400-million. Continue Reading
The West Burlington School District may be teaming up with one of it’s rivals to promote their sports programs over the internet. West Burlington Board Member, Jay Day, invited owner of the Mediapolis Newspaper, Danny Davis, to the board meeting Monday night to talk about the online streaming the Mediapolis Newspaper offers. What really made the offer stand out, was when Davis mentioned it wouldn’t cost the school any money…. “I think they [West Burlington] have a history of sports and a dedicated fan base. And not just them, but any school who would like to do this should contact us. Continue Reading
There’s another likely meth bust on the horizon in Burlington. Last night at around 7, police got a call about suspicious activity in the home at 1310 Jefferson Street. What they found were some of the ingredients and equipment used to make meth, but no one was home. At that point, authorities called in the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Fire Department to gather evidence and get things decontaminated. The investigation continues. Continue Reading
OQUAWKA’S VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS GOTTEN A SHOWER AND IT’S OFFERING TO LET THOSE WITH FROZEN WATER PIPES IN THEIR HOMES USE IT.
IT’S LOCATED AT THE OQUAWKA FIRE STATION AND IS HANDICAPPED ASSESSIBLE. THE FIRE STATION WILL BE MANNED FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM EACH DAY FOR SHOWERS, BUT USERS ARE ASKED TO BRING SHOWER ESSENTIALS WITH THEM — THINGS LIKE SOAP, SHAMPOO, WASHCLOTHS AND TOWELS. Continue Reading
Two state senators had a heated exchange today during debate of a bill that eventually passed without a dissenting vote.
Senator Mark Chelgren, a Republican from Ottumwa, and Democratic Senator Tom Courtney of Burlington each accused the other of ignoring the interests of constituents. Chelgren got things started with this:
Courtney then accused Chelgren of ignoring phone messages. Chelgren started yelling and Courtney yelled right back. As the two men were called away from the microphones to talk privately in the center of the senate, Courtney called Chelgren a “lying son of a gun” and Chelgren shot back with similar complaints. Continue Reading
Dozens of communities across Iowa have seen water main breaks over the extremely cold winter, but one expert says we need to prepare for even more breaks when the warm weather arrives. Greg Huff, C-E-O of the Iowa Rural Water Association, says the rollercoaster temperatures can be very hard on water pipes… “With these repeated cold snaps, the frost levels are lower than they’ve been in recent years due to the cold and that causes these breaks to occur.” Huff says the problem with water main breaks won’t be ending when spring arrives… “What we’re really concerned with is what happens when it starts warming up. Continue Reading
For the second straight year, “Site Selection” Magazine has named Greater Burlington one of the top micropolitan areas in the county for economic development projects. Last year, Burlington was raked number 30 and this year it’s number 41. It’s also number 5 out of 34 on the list of metropolitan areas on the Mississippi River. The magazine also rates the state, and Iowa is number 6 in terms of those best suited for economic expansion. Continue Reading
NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET…APPROVED BY THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL LAST(MON) NITE…INCLUDES A 13-CENT PROPERTY-TAX HIKE. IT ALSO MEANS A NUMBER OF FEES ARE GOING UP. NEXT YEAR’S SPENDING PLAN ALSO CUTS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS REQUIRED PER SHIFT FROM 10 TO NINE…A MOVE UNION LOCAL-301 REP. BRANDON HOWARD SEES AS DANGEROUS…AND NOT JUST TO THE PUBLIC.
BUT IN THE END, THE COUNCIL STUCK WITH ITS PLAN TO CUT 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S OVERTIME BUDGET AND TO ALLOW AS FEW AS NINE FIREFIGHTERS-PER-SHIFT. Continue Reading
Open enrollment in the West Burlington School District has been increasing for at least the past four years, an issue that is positive, yet a concern. Superintendent Dave Schmitt said at tonight’s board meeting, that it’s great enrollment is increasing, but they may have to do something about it in the future.. “The board is going to look at maybe capping open enrollment. So as we look at trends and also buildings that we are proposing to possibly work on, that might have an impact on what that cap could be.” As of right now, West Burlington’s open enrollment is at a manageable stage… Continue Reading
A former Iowa felon charged with illegally voting is expected to fight the charge Tuesday at the first jury trial stemming from a statewide crackdown on election-related crimes. Kelli Jo Griffin of Montrose is scheduled to stand trial for perjury in Lee County. Prosecutors say that she signed an affidavit falsely claiming that she was not an ineligible felon when she voted in the Nov. 5 municipal election. Prosecutors say she remained on probation for a 2008 felony drug conviction and didn’t have voting rights then. Continue Reading