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School Bus Rollover in Louisa County

At around 7:45 this morning, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a school bus rollover accident on County Road X61 near the intersection of Avenue H.

According to a press release, the bus contained ten elementary and high school students from the Louisa-Muscatine School District, eight which were transported by ambulance to Trinity Hospital in Muscatine for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the bus was 58-year-old Ricky Hines. Hines lost control of the bus and exited the roadway to the right, which led to a rollover. The incident is still under investigation. Continue Reading

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Mepo Marauder Caught?

Is it the one we’ve come to know as “The Mediapolis Marauder?” It could be.   Des Moines County deputies reportedly stopped a burglary in progress overnight and emergency radio traffic…along with informed sources…are pointing to the suspect as a person who may have committed dozens of break-ins and thefts in the Mediapolis area earlier this year. We’ll have more information as it becomes available. Continue Reading

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At Least One Dead in Early Morning DMCo Collision

The collision we told you about early this(Thur) morning at Mediapolis Road and 220th Avenue involved a fatality. First reports from the scene…just after 6:35 am…indicated that a semi collided with a car and the car then caught fire. No other details have been released yet by the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department nor the District-15 Iowa State Patrol in Mt. Pleasant, which is handling the investigation. Continue Reading

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Chris Christie to Join Branstad, Reynolds in Burlington

Governor Terry Branstad will be back in the area later this week and he’ll have some well-known company with him. In addition to Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join Branstad Thursday night at 7 at the Winegard Companies on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington. Branstad and Reynolds are calling the stop part of their “Building Iowa’s Future Tour.” Continue Reading

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Chris Reed Wants Back on the Burlington Council

Another former member has filed nominating petitions to run for an empty seat on the Burlington City Council. Chris Reed turned in his papers today(Fri) and will join former Councilmen and Mayors Jim Davidson and John Sandell, along with newcomers Tracey Watts and Dan Wischmeier on the December 2nd primary ballot. That election will narrow the field to two and they’ll then face off to determine a winner on December 30th. Whoever gets the most votes will serve the remainder of Becky Shockley’s term, about three years. Continue Reading

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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