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Meth in Oakville

Louisa County authorities busted an Oakville couple earlier this week on meth charges — 45-year old Tony and 44-year old Tina Sill (of 210 3rd St.). Tony will face a felony count of manufacturing more than five grams, while Tina is accused of simple possession, a serious misdemeanor. If Mr. Sill is convicted, he could go to prison for up to 25 years and his wife is looking at a possible two-year sentence. Continue Reading

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Another Area Telephone Scam

Another telephone scam has emerged, according to the Lee County Sheriff Office Facebook page. People are receiving cell phone calls saying that if they pay for a $500 Dollar General or Dollar Tree gift card, they will win a car and/or $7.5-million. The sheriff’s office is reminding people yet again, that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. They also ask that you call people who may not have heard about this scam yet. Continue Reading

IA Cannabis Oil Bill Slowly Making its Way Through Legislature

A Republican-led committee in the Iowa House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would let patients with “intractable” epilepsy go out-of-state and come back with 32 ounces of cannabis oil as a treatment for their condition.  

Republican Representative Clel Baudler of Greenfield has been a long-time opponent of legalizing marijuana for general medical purposes, but he urged the committee to pass this bill.  The bill passed the House Public Safety Committee on a 13 to five vote and Baudler was one of the “yes” votes. Representative Jarad Klein, a Republican from Washington, says this bill sends a “good message” to Iowans that the two political parties can “work together” to address problems.

Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale who is a pharmacist, estimates about 100 patients in Iowa who are currently taking powerful prescription drugs that, ultimately, reduce their lifespan, will be able to get a recommendation from a neurologist for cannabis oil. Karen Sales of Ankeny has an 11-year-old son with a chromosome abnormality that has caused his intractable epilepsy. Continue Reading

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Acting Co. Atty. to Fill 1 Opening

Acting Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers told the Board of Supervisors yesterday(Tues) that she needs to fill one empty position in her office, but not the other. Jennifer Bailey resigned recently to become a Public Defender and Beavers says that chair needs to have someone in it. As for County Attorney Pat Jackson…who’s on indefinite medical leave…Beavers says “no”. Continue Reading

Oakville Pair Faces Meth Charges

Louisa County authorities busted an Oakville couple earlier this week on meth charges.  

45-year old Tony and 44-year old Tina Sill (of 210 3rd St.).   Tony will face a felony count of manufacturing more than five grams, while Tina is accused of simple possession, a serious misdemeanor. If Mr. Sill is convicted, he could go to prison for up to 25 years and his wife is looking at a possible two-year sentence. Continue Reading

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Jazzman Manard Remembered

Visitation for the host of KBUR’s Jazz Brunch (on Sunday mornings) begins today(Weds) at noon at the Elliott Chapel in New London.  

Masonic rites for Jim Manard are at 5 o’clock and the family will then greet friends until 7 tonight. Funeral services for Jim will be tomorrow(Thur) morning at 10 at the Elliott Chapel.  

Manard passed away Sunday; he was 84. Continue Reading

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Lightning Causes Major Damage to Lee Co. Conservation Office

Employees at the Lee County Conservation Office are moving temporarily to the north Lee County office building’s conference room due to large amounts of damage done to the facility over the weekend. Lightning hit the building, and according to Lee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ernie Schiller, there’s no way anyone can work there right now.. And the list goes on. Schiller says he’s not sure how much it will cost to repair because every contractor he’s talked to is swamped…. Since it happened over the weekend, no one was injured. Continue Reading

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Iowa’s Doodle 4 Google Winner a BHS Senior

Every holiday or special occasion, the search engine “Google” displays a different logo. Since 1998 there have been more than 2,000 different doodles displayed, and each year a student in the U.S. is selected to create one. It’s a national competition titled “Doodle 4 Google”, and each state has a finalist. Iowa’s just happens to be from Burlington this year, and today two Google representatives were at BHS to make the big announcement…. If you couldn’t understand that, the winner was Amy Carlson. Continue Reading

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Bakery Once on the Brink Now Expanding

Some good news on the local business and jobs front:

Baker’s Pride in downtown Burlington…which lost its biggest customer and almost had to close… is on the verge of expanding, thanks to a state-sponsored tax incentive program. The Greater Burlington Partnership’s David Toyer told the City Council last(Mon) night that the planned growth will mean 62 new jobs, with 27 of them covered under the tax incentive program. The first question on everyone’s mind is, how much will the new jobs pay…specifically the ones made possible by the state program.  Toyer told the council that $17.09 an hour is the minimum. Continue Reading