Dingman Wins State Award

Two Iowans and two businesses were honored yesterday (Wednesday) for their work to overcome challenges in finding work, barriers like physical or intellectual disabilities, mental illness and homelessness. In a video for the Iowa Job Honor Awards, Burlington repair shop owner David Dingman says he couldn’t be a mechanic fulltime due to a workplace injury, so he hired recovering alcoholics, ex-cons, and people with little experience. Dingman and his shop, T & D Repair, are among those being honored at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Conference, underway in Cedar Rapids. The other employer being honored is Winnebago Industries in Forest City. It’s the first year for the awards. Continue Reading


22 Years of Painting Houses for Those in Need

Local volunteers will be grabbing their paint brushes and paint cans soon for the 22nd Annual Paint-A-Thon in Burlington. Jim O’Neal with Two Rivers Bank & Trust says they have painted 441 houses to date, and hope to paint another 15 this year… Tom Richert with Community Action at today’s press conference, said that painting these houses has made a huge difference for the homeowners. Last year they painted a house for a 93 year-old man who is now deceased… All paint and materials are supplied by Diamond Vogel Paint. Continue Reading


DMC Board Makes it Tougher to get Fireworks Permit

There have been some complaints, so the Des Moines County Board has decided to make it a little tougher to get a permit to shoot off fireworks. Acting County Attorney Amy Beavers is following Iowa State Code…… In a related matter, a current permit request (by Rickey Gletty) has been tabled til an upcoming meeting. Continue Reading


Gov, Hatch to Have Local Debate

Republican Governor Terry Branstad, seeking his sixth term, has accepted invitations to participate in three debates with his Democratic opponent before the November election — without checking with his opponent first. 

State Senator Jack Hatch, Branstad’s Democratic opponent, has agreed to take part as well and he’s also calling for six additional debates, plus one between the two candidates for Lt. Governor.   One of the forums, on Saturday, September 20 in Burlington, will focus on jobs and the economy, while the other two will cover any-and-all topics.  

The Branstad campaign’s spokesman is calling Hatch “tacky and desperate” to suggest six more debates. The campaign also points out Branstad participated in just three debates in his 2010 campaign against Democratic Governor Chet Culver. Continue Reading


Highway 34 Coalition Meeting to Talk About 4-Lane

Slowly but surely, a portion of the two lane highway from Burlington to Monmouth is getting wider. However, a large portion remains unfunded, according to Highway 34 Coalition Representative Michele Schnicker…. At a rally cry meeting tomorrow, Schnicker will tell her story and speak about the importance of getting the 4-lane highway finished…. Her husband was killed when a semi crossed the center line and was hit head on. The meeting begins at 9:30am tomorrow at the West Central Elementary School Cafeteria in Biggsville. Continue Reading


UPDATED: Chris Young in a Cast; Still Coming to SBD

There’s been a lot of talk about this Thursday night’s main stage act at Burlington Steamboat Days. County music artist Chris Young accidentally cut himself with a kitchen knife while making a late-night snack at home after attending his 13th annual fan club party aboard the General Jackson showboat in Nashville. The 28-year-old underwent two surgeries, including one to repair damaged tendons. Young will be in a cast for a while, and it has people curious if he will be performing this Thursday at Steamboat Days. According to a Steamboat Days official, they told us he will be here. Continue Reading


Tax Abatement Talk Resumes; Should Relief Go to Home Buyer or Developer?

The Burlington City Council agreed by consensus last(Mon) night to seek more public input on whether to let developers offer their customers a 10-year property-tax abatement on new construction.  Economic Development Director David Toyer (of the Greater Burlington Partnership) says Burlington is growing…albeit slowly…for the first time in almost 40 years…and he pleaded with the Council to help keep the momentum going. Toyer says potential employees are much more likely these days to take a job based on a city’s housing stock and other life-quality amenities than just for the position itself. The Council will schedule a public hearing on the abatement matter. Continue Reading


Tuition at SCC Increased $8 More Per Credit Hour

Just like many other community colleges and universities, tuition at Southeastern Community College is going up. One reason for the increase is declining enrollment, which can be attributed to a number of things like the economy, or as President Michael Ash mentioned at tonight’s board meeting, the Fertilizer Plant in Wever is offering around $22 an hour for construction work, so some students have dropped out. Ash does mention, that although tuition is being increased $8 per credit hour, it’s still a better deal vs. going to a university… Tuition was $145 per credit hour and will now be $153 for the upcoming fall semester. Continue Reading

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It’s Not Winter, So It’s Construction Season

Several street & road-repair projects to report today….. Burlington Municipal Waterworks says you should avoid…through Thursday…Howard Road, between West Avenue and Bauer Lane, while they install a new system at 34-60 Augusta Road. In addition, the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington will be narrowed to one lane in each direction through Wednesday, so some surface repairs can be done. In the county, 78th Avenue should still be closed through this(Mon) afternoon, north of its intersection with 260th Street, so a crew can finish up some culvert work. Continue Reading