Braley & Ernst Look for Votes in S.E. Iowa

Bruce Braley’s in the area today(Thur), meeting with various union members in Burlington…Montrose…Keokuk…and Ottumwa.  

The Democrats’ candidate for Iowa’s U-S Senate seat is talking about his plans for middle class tax cuts…not tax breaks for millionaires.  

Braley’s opponent…State Senator Joni Ernst…plans a campaign stop in Ft. Madison next Wednesday afternoon. She’ll make an appearance at the Comfort Inn & Suites, Highways 2 and 61, at 2:15 that day. Continue Reading

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Jeep Crashes South of Macomb; Three Dead

Three young-people were killed…a fourth seriously injured…early this(Thur) morning in a one-car crash south of Macomb. The victims have been identified as the 21-year old driver…Gabrielle Yocum…and two of her passengers…Cassie Roberts, also 21…and 23-year old Cedric Huffman. A third passenger…23-year old Justin Beer…was taken to OSF Hospital in Peoria. Illinois State Police say they don’t know where any of the victims are from.  
Troopers say the 2010 Jeep was headed west on North 900th Road…just west of East 1000th Road…shortly after 2 o’clock this(Thur) morning when the SUV left the roadway on the north side…drove more than 200 feet through a ditch…and struck a tree, then an embankment. Continue Reading

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Davidson Files Paperwork to Run for Vacant City Council Seat

There are now two official candidates for an empty Burlington City Council seat. Tracey Watts of 10-03 Court Street filed his signed nominating petitions first…and now former Councilman and Mayor Jim Davidson of 20-08 South 12th turned his papers in to the Des Moines County Auditor’s office, which other candidates have until November 7th to do.  

If one more person files, though, there’ll be a primary election December 2nd…and whether there is or isn’t, the regular election to fill Becky Shockley’s seat on the Council will be December 30th. Continue Reading

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MidAmerican Energy Chooses Wind Power and Siemens Again

MidAmerican Energy Company says it plans to develop a wind farm in southwest Iowa,¬†expand another operation in northwest Iowa and invest in 67 new turbines, all to be made at the Siemens plant at Ft. Madison. The Des Moines-based company announced Friday it plans to build the wind farm in Adams County and expand an existing farm in O’Brien County. MidAmerican estimates the developments would cost up to $280 million and result in 67 new turbines. If approved by the Iowa Utilities Board, the utility expects construction could begin next summer and be completed in 2015. Continue Reading

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WB Elementary Open Today Despite Fire, Smoke

West Burlington Fire Chief Mike Heim got a 2 o’clock wakeup call this(Mon) morning to West Burlington’s elementary school, where a heater motor in Room 213 had caught fire. The flames went out by themselves, but Heim says smoke filled the whole wing. Just one room…213…is not being used today(Mon). Those students were moved to the teachers’ work room. No one was hurt fighting the fire and the chief says without the automatic alarm system, the school could’ve gone up in flames. Continue Reading

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Bald Bluff Home Being Rehabbed Catches Fire

A Henderson County man and his girlfriend had to rely on the local Red Cross chapter this(Fri) morning, when their house caught fire at 1600 Bald Bluff Road and they were left without a safe place to live. Oquawka Fire Department spokesman Troy Jern says the call for help came in just before 7:15 and crews from Gladstone, Biggsville and Keithsburg (with Seaton on standby) had the flames under control in about an hour. A preliminary investigation by the state fire marshal’s office revealed some smoldering construction materials improperly disposed of…and the fire was ruled accidental. Austin Chandler told authorities he had been making improvements to the home and that’s when the 2-story A-frame began to burn. No one was hurt. Continue Reading


First-Half Tax Payments Due Tomorrow in Des Moines County

If you own property in Des Moines County, your first-half payment is due tomorrow(Tues). You can pay in person at the Treasurer’s Office in the courthouse until 4:30 tomorrow afternoon or on-line at “” until 11:59 tomorrow night. There are fees for on-line payments. If you’d like to mail your payment, be sure it’s postmarked no later than September 30th; 1 1/2% per month interest will be added to your bill beginning Wednesday. Continue Reading


School District Official Response to Matt Murray Resignation

He’d wanted to be a school administrator, but after achieving his goal, Matt Murray has resigned after only a few weeks. Murray…a former member of the city council and for the past 17 years a history & sociology teacher at Burlington High School…just started his new job as Assistant Principal of Aldo Leopold Middle School at the beginning of the school year. He’s been accused of violating the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics. A statement issued late this(Fri) morning through the Human Resources office says Murray made the district aware of some personal issues that did not involve any students. Following several meetings with district officials, he determined that it was in his best interest to resign and pursue other opportunities available to him. Continue Reading