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Hearing on School Bd. Budget

The Burlington School Board meets tonight(Mon) at 7 and will hold a public hearing on…before adopting…its budget, which shows a 21-cent increase in the tax rate.  

The Board is also expected to hire BHS alum Tim Goodwin as an Associate Principal and Activities Director there.   Members will also consider a $20 increase in the high school textbook fee and a continuation of the joint athletic agreement with Notre Dame for swimming. Continue Reading

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Developer Rebates on Burlington Council Agenda Again

The Burlington City Council will hold a 4:30 work session today(Mon) and there’s plenty to talk about,

 

including additional tax abatements for residential developers…the Fire Department’s annual report…and the use of air guns in the city and internships at City Hall.   Also up for possible discussion…in preparation for next week’s regular meeting…are this year’s (hot-mix-asphalt) street resurfacing program…the upcoming final adoption of the rezoning request by Dial Realty (of Omaha) for the former Flint Hills Manor property…and a number of proposed fee increases.  

This(Mon) afternoon’s meeting is open to the public and…since it’s a work session…no formal action can be taken. Continue Reading

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Keokuk House Fire

The flames were contained to the kitchen and a wall above it…but there was smoke damage throughout a house at 22-44 River Road in Keokuk yesterday(Sun) morning.  

No one was hurt.  Keokuk firefighters got the initial call at 9:35…and when they arrived, they were told that the fire was just off the kitchen in the rear of the house.  

A crew stayed on the scene for about three hours and they’re still investigating to try and find what caused the blaze. Continue Reading

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DM, LeeCo Burn Bans Continue

Des Moines and Lee Counties remain under burn bans.  

Conditions within both counties are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property.  

Both outdoor burning bans…for Des Moines and Lee Counties…are in effect until further notice. Continue Reading

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New London Dedicates Vets’ Park

It took several years to finish…but there’s now a memorial park to veterans in New London.  

Local vets and many other residents gathered yesterday(Sat) to dedicate the new spot, whose visitors will eventually be greeted by granite statues of two soldiers…one male and one female, both from New London…now being made in China.  

What’s already there are six granite tablets, which will be engraved with the names of more than 300 New London veterans…living & dead…a gold brick & concrete sign…red & gold paving stones in the ground…several flag poles in a circle…and a bronze statue in the middle, consisting of a helmet on top of a rifle, standing between two boots…and representing a fallen soldier. Continue Reading

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DCI Chief Has Doubts About Violent Crimes Connection

They’re not certain yet…but Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Lt. Jeff Klein says he doubts that yesterday’s(Thur) beating and attempted armed robbery is related to a pair of early-Monday-morning beatings, stabbings and robberies.  

Burlington police yesterday(Thur) apprehended two Chicago men and two young Burlington residents…all in connection with the home invasion and armed robbery of a man in his apartment at 306 Elm Street. In yesterday’s incident, the intruders hit the victim in the head with a handgun and demanded property, but he fought them off and chased them to the Maple Hills Apartments at 300 Angular Street.  

As officers were checking the complex, they heard sounds coming from the attic, which runs the length of six apartments. In it, they found the two men identified as being involved in the attack…and learned that two residents of Apartment-10 had reportedly helped the pair hide. Continue Reading

Co. Atty. Jackson on Sick Leave

Des Moines County Attorney Pat Jackson didn’t attend this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting…and questions about his absence have now been answered.  

A story in today’s(Sat) Hawk Eye…a local newspaper…says Jackson has taken an indefinite, paid, medical leave. Reporters’ attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful, but the county auditor’s office is quoted as saying it received a letter saying that Jackson will be on medical leave until further notice and under a doctor’s care for an undetermined amount of time.  
Jackson’s absence coincides with a newspaper article last week revealing the use of inaccurate numbers of prosecutions to justify the need for higher budgets in his office.  
Jackson announced several months ago that he’d be retiring at the end of his current term. Continue Reading

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Des Moines Co. Issues Burn Ban

Des Moines County is now under a burn ban.  

A release from Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin and Assistant Mediapolis Fire Chief Andy Kerr says all open burning is prohibited until further notice, effective at 8 am today(Sat). Conditions within the county are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property.  

Des Moines and Lee Counties are now both under outdoor burn bans until further notice. Continue Reading