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Olesons Win Community Basket Day Big Prize

And the winner of yesterday’s Community Basket Day grand prize is….. Micah and Kelli Oleson, who were not at the game, but Micah got there quickly, once he found out they had won. The family received cash and prizes worth more than $18,000. Sarini Mapalagama of Burlington took home a check for $1,000 for attending the game and getting a raffle ticket. Our Savanna Evans emceed the annual wiener dog parade and announced that one of the entrants, “Big Red”, has found a permanent home away from the shelter. Continue Reading

City Mgr. to be Evaluated Tonight; WB Skl. Bd. to Vote on New Coach

There could be more talk tonight(Mon) at Burlington City Hall about residential developers’ desires for a city-wide expansion of the property-tax abatement program. During an on-air interview last week, City Manager Jim Ferneau said the results of such programs are mixed. Ferneau, himself, will be under a microscope tonight(Mon) — the Council will evaluate him behind closed doors, which is allowed by state code. Also on the agenda is a presentation by the Purple and Gray Foundation, regarding funding for the Bracewell Stadium renovation…the awarding of a contract for this year’s hot-mix-asphalt street resurfacing program…and a final vote on an ordinance that would change the starting times of regular council meetings to 5:30. Tonight’s(Mon) meeting is at 6:30 and the public is welcome. Continue Reading

IL Senate Votes to Name Stretch of U-S 67 for WarrenCo Deputy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has voted to name a stretch of highway in honor of a Warren County sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty. George Darnell was shot and killed after responding to a call of suspicious activity in December 1981. The 61-year-old was a World War Two veteran. He was survived by his wife, who died in 2012, and seven children. Continue Reading

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Mini-Lighthouse Dedicated Near Burlington Marina

There were tears and there was laughter at yesterday’s (sat) Lighthouse Memorial Ceremony at the Gazebo, on the riverfront, in Burlington.  

A crowd of people gathered for the Lighthouse Dedication Ceremony to honor the lives that were lost in a Jon boat accident in 2012. Mayor and local pastor Shane McCambell officiated the ceremony.  

Carlos Capdevila with the RiverRat Safety Awareness Organization said the American flag that’s located next to the lighthouse was also a dedication to someone who had lost their life to the river, so it’s fitting that they sit right next to each other.  

Cody Atchely, father of Caitlyn Atchley who lost her life in the tragic accident, spoke about losing his daughter and the struggle of getting out the door each day. Continue Reading

Nat’l Safe Boating Week Underway

With the Memorial Day holiday nearing, many Iowans are getting their boats ready for launch and National Safe Boating Week starts this weekend.  

Susan Stocker is the boating law administrator and education coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Stocker says the numbers of boating-related arrests, injuries and deaths were all down in Iowa last year compared with 2012.  In 2012, there were 95 B-W-I arrests, 21 personal injuries and 10 fatalities.  

Stocker says all boaters need to follow the rules and regulations while enjoying the water. Continue Reading

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New Lighthouse Shines in Memory of Boat Accident Victims

 

There were tears and there was laughter at today’s Lighthouse Memorial Ceremony down at the Gazebo in Burlington. A crowd of people gathered for the Lighthouse Dedication Ceremony to honor the lives that were lost in a Jon Boat accident in 2012. Mayor Shane McCambell officiated the ceremony… We also talked to a member of the crowd Marilyn Champign who use to be a water safety instructor, and said it was a tragic accident that could have been prevented… Carlos Capdevila with the RiverRat Safety Awareness Organization, said the American flag that’s located next to the lighthouse was also a dedication to someone who had lost their life to the river, so it’s fitting that they sit right next to each other… Continue Reading

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Purple and Gray Surpass Fundraising Goal for Bracewell

The Purple and Gray Foundation had a big surprise for their crowd last night at the Bracewell Stadium Renovation Pep Rally. That surprise was that they had surpassed their original fundraising goal of $3.5-million and raised $4.1-million through private donations and a $1-million pledge from the Burlington Community School District for the stadium updates. We asked Purple and Gray Foundation President Kevin Mueller, what those extra dollars will be used for… The first phase of the project is the pressbox with new restrooms, consession stand and additional parking, with construction starting right away… In the renovation plans is also updated locker rooms, a reconstructed field, a new scoreboard and sound system, a reconditioned and relocated victory bell and plaza, a new lighting system, repaired walls and other updates to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Continue Reading

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A Race to Cross the Bridge

Hundreds of people will be making their way across Burlington’s Great River Bridge on foot tomorrow.  

When we talked to Organizer Brad Selby, he said there were around 300 people already registered for the 19th Annual Great River Bridge Race, and it’s not too late to join if you aren’t signed up… Selby explains the route the runners will be taking… All proceeds go to three different charities. Selby says the racers get to decide whether they want their $25 to go to the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, Young House Family Services, or the Dankwardt Pool Improvement Fund. Continue Reading

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Oquawka 18-year-olds Busted After Morning Chase

Henderson County deputies and Oquawka police arrested two 18-year olds early this morning after a 20-minute chase that wound its way through Gladstone and Oquawka Townships and the Villages of Gladstone and Oquawka. During the pursuit, the vehicle containing the suspects hit the Sheriff’s Department patrol car, but the deputy was not injured. Sheriff Steve Haynes says Alex Stanley of Oquawka, who was driving and ran off when the car was stopped, has been charged with at least two felonies — Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding a Police Officer and Criminal Damage to Government-Supported Property. Stanley was also charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, Possession of Less than 2 1/2 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Going 80 in a 55-Mile-Per-Hour Zone, Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and Improper Lane Usage. Stanley’s passenger, Devin Hainds, also of Oquawka, remained in the car and will face counts of Marijuana Possession, Less than 2 1/2 Grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading