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Recommendation Made to Remove Stop Lights in Downtown Burl.

The Burlington City Council heard from its Alternative Energy Committee last night and later talked about one of the group’s money-saving ideas which is to replace more of the downtown traffic lights with stop signs. The advisory body is recommending that the signals on Main Street, at Washington, Valley and Angular at Central and Valley, and at selected intersections on Jefferson, be removed. Downtown Partners Executive Director Steve Frevert says the local business owners are all for it….. No action was taken last night. Continue Reading


Danville Museum, Library Wants 50-K from County

A group in Danville is trying to rub together enough nickels to build a library and museum, and spokesman Bob Hesler says it’ll cost about $750,000. He went before the Des Moines County Board yesterday(Tues), hat-in-hand, but the request for a donation wasn’t considered because the item wasn’t on the agenda.  Hesler says the organization is also trying to qualify for a “Vision Iowa” state grant, which is a competitive process. He told supervisors that in the small building they use now…an old fire station…there’s a “pen pal” letter from Anne Frank to a local woman, when she was little. He says they’ve had visitors from 25 states and three other countries. Continue Reading


Developers’ Request for “Fairness” Lives On

A proposal to give Burlington developers who build houses outside the central city, expanded property tax abatements…like their downtown counterparts…is still alive, following last(Tues) night’s City Council work session. The Council agreed by consensus to 10 years…the breaks given to those who re-development within a 110-square-block area, including downtown and South Hill……and those who put up mainly-new homes in the outlying areas would like a similar advantage. The Greater Burlington Partnership is behind the idea and a survey it did says there’s a real need for new, affordable single-family housing in the area.  Councilman Tim Scott…who has favored the concept all along…proposed having someone from the Partnership come back before the Council and make a presentation about how the expanded tax break would help the city. If last(Tues) night’s Council work session is an indication, Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau will be getting a 5% raise and $50 more per month in his fuel allowance. Continue Reading


BHS Culinary Classroom Construction Postponed

The plans for Burlington High School’s culinary classroom have been put on the back burner for now. The total budget for the classroom was set at around $420,000. After only hearing from 2 bidders, their lowest bid was not what they had in mind, according to Byron Whittlesey who is in charge of maintenance… The total cost of the project was bid by SG Construction at $591,772. The board rejected all bids tonight for being over budget and decided to re-bid at a later date. Continue Reading


Sunday Night Stabbing and Report of Shots Fired

Burlington Police now say an incident Sunday morning at 2645 Newbury Circle, that’s part of the Newbury Village complex, involved some of the same people that were arrested recently at “Studio B” on Washington Road, on drug and other charges. Authorities say two people were stabbed and treated in the emergency room at Great River Medical Center, early Sunday morning, following a report of multiple shots fired and a fight, around 3:15 am, just east of Cottonwood Park. Lt. Jeff Klein of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division says he knows some of the people who were at the gathering, but not the man they really want to talk to….. None of the bullets that were fired hit anyone Continue Reading


Henderson County Roll Over Injuries Man and 6 Children

A Michigan man and six children were injured late Saturday afternoon when their SUV went out of control in southern Henderson County and rolled into a ditch. The driver…44-year old Jeff McCarty…was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospital. All eight kids in the Chevy Suburban were taken by Lomax and Hancock County ambulances to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. Six of them were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and the other two were not hurt.  

Illinois State Police say McCarty was driving west on Illinois-9, just east of First Street in Dallas City, when two of the wheels left the road. Continue Reading


Big Crowd for Burlington Memorial Day Ceremony

Frances Bartholomew of the Burlington Area Veterans Council, read the “Eternal Honor Roll,” of deceased local veterans at yesterday’s Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Auditorium. 

The list from last Memorial Day to yesterday(Mon) included 54 from World War II alone. Featured speaker Mike McCullough says we all need to remember what the day is all about, and he told a packed house in the auditorium basement that it’s our obligation to keep the memories of our dead military veterans alive for the next generation. Continue Reading

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BPD Now Says “Studio B Crowd” Involved in Newbury Village Melee

Burlington police now say an incident Sunday morning at 26-45 Newbury Circle…that’s part of the Newbury Village complex…involved some of the same people that were arrested recently at “Studio B” on Washington Road, on drug- and other charges. Authorities say two people were stabbed and treated in the emergency room at Great River Medical Center, early yesterday(Sun) morning, following a report of multiple shots fired and a fight, around 3:15 am, just east of Cottonwood Park. Authorities are questioning people who may have either been involved in the incident or saw something.  

We’ll have more details as they become available. Continue Reading


Many Memorial Day Observances Tomorrow

A variety of events are scheduled throughout the state for this Memorial Day.  

Tomorrow(Mon) morning at 10 is the annual Veterans Council ceremony in the basement of Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium…Nauvoo will host a community picnic tomorrow(Mon) from 10 – 1:30 at City Park…there’ll be a service tomorrow(Mon) at 1:30 at the new Veteran Memorial Park in New London…and the Joppa Lodge in Montrose will host a breakfast tomorrow(Mon) morning at 7, followed by two Memorial Day concerts, at 9 and 11, at St. Barnabas Church.  

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs executive director, Robert King, says the official state events begin at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.  The Iowa Goldstar Museum at Camp Dodge also has special events happening on Monday. Continue Reading