On the Burlington School Board agenda tonight is the approval of 3 new hires. They will first look to approve the new Director of Curriculum, Sharon Dentlinger at an annual salary of $100,000. Dentlinger has been responsible for curriculum and instruction development in 16 different districts. According to the agenda, she holds a Masters in Education from Drake University, she has a Superintendent Endorsement, and is working on her Doctorate in Education. The second person they are looking to hire tonight is Tim Kesterke as their new Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. Continue Reading
Summer will be winding down soon and kids will be back in school. Burlington continue’s school registration this week. In the Burlington District, they have already wrapped up elementary registration, but if you missed it, Director of Special services, Kim Harmon says there is still time to get it done. You can stop by the elementary building your child will be attending and get registered. If your child is new to the district, Harmon says you need to remember to bring a copy of their birth certificate and an immunization record. Continue Reading
The Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new Executive Director. She’s 25-year old Chelsea Tolle, a native of Webster City, a lifelong Iowan and a graduate of the Leisure, Youth & Human Services program at the University of Northern Iowa. Tolle, who succeeds Beth Nickel in the Greater Burlington Partnership position, says Greater Burlington has become a hub for sporting events and as she put it, “I think there’s even more potential to build on that sector.” She says she plans to continue aggressively marketing Greater Burlington as a family-friendly destination. Tolle is looking for a place to live and will begin her new job August 1st. Continue Reading
Governor Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Louisa County, for flooding and severe weather that began June 26th. The Louisa County proclamation means that households with incomes of up to 200% of the federal poverty level (or a maximum of $39, 580 for a family of three) are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs…replacement of clothing or food…and for the expense of temporary housing, due to storm recovery including flooding. Applications are available on the Iowa Dept. of Human Services website and original receipts are required for anyone seeking reimbursement. Continue Reading
BRIGHTON, Iowa (AP) — Lake Darling State Park has reopened after around six years of restoration work in Washington County. The $16 million project began in 2008 and included draining the 300-acre lake and replacing a dam. The park now has new roads, handicapped-accessible fishing piers and a lodge. The refilling of the lake began in February and was completed earlier than expect. A group campsite remains to be finished. Continue Reading
A Wapello man is dead. The Iowa State Patrol says 56-year old Guy Smith was killed when his motorcycle left Highway x37 headed east from Columbus City around 6 last night and crashed into the east ditch. Smith was thrown off and died from his injuries. His body was taken to the Dudgeon Funeral Home. Continue Reading
The Burlington City Council is going back to the drawing board with its proposed replica gun ordinance. It would cover BB and pellet guns, paintball guns, and any others that look like real weapons. Mayor Shane McCampbell began his comments at Monday night’s council meeting by saying groups like the Iowa Gun Owners Association are spreading misinformation about what the City is discussing. But one man who spoke at the public hearing says REAL guns now come in all kinds of TOY colors and Police Chief Doug Beaird explained why he feels an ordinance regulating how the toy guns are carried is needed. The Council decided to send the proposal back for more discussion among the city and county attorneys’ offices and the police department. Continue Reading
Henry County authorities wrapped up a year-long investigation into area marijuana sales yesterday(Wed), with the arrest of a Winfield man.
58-year old Jerry Brown of 301 Maple Street, Trailer-7, will face felony charges of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and a drug tax-stamp violation. He was taken to the county jail in Mt. Pleasant.