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Record Lows This Morning, Warm-up Coming!

After a February that was one of the coldest and snowiest in Iowa history, March is starting off much the same way as more record cold is gripping the state and more snow will soon be falling. Several Iowa cities report record or near-record low temperatures this morning according to meteorologist Brad Fillbach, at the National Weather Service… “In our area that we cover, we had five new record lows. Des Moines was 7-below, Waterloo 19-below, Ottumwa was 9-below, Lamoni 8-below and Mason City 15-below.” He says some of the low temperature records that were shattered go back decades — and more. Continue Reading

Shockleys File for Bankruptcy: Hawk Eye

YOU CAN DECIDE FOR YOURSELF WHETHER IT’S GERMAINE OR NOT, BUT A REPORT IN TODAY’S(MON) HAWK EYE…A LOCAL NEWSPAPER…SAYS BURLINGTON CITY COUNCILWOMAN BECKY SHOCKLEY AND HER HUSBAND HAVE FILED FOR CHAPTER-7 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION.  

TOM & BECKY SHOCKLEY OWN SEVERAL PROPERTIES, INCLUDING THE FORMER TOM’S MARKET & MEATS ON DIVISION STREET…AND THEY LIST ASSETS OF JUST OVER 543-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND LIABILITIES  OF JUST OVER 5.7-MILLION. Continue Reading

Lady Nikes Leave Town in Style for State Tourney

THE BURLINGTON NOTRE DAME COMMUNITY SAID GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK TO THE LADY NIKES BASKETBALL TEAM YESTERDAY(SUN), AS THEY HEADED TO DES MOINES AND THE STATE TOURNAMENT.  

COACH KOLLIN ALFRED SAID IT’S BEEN AN UP-AND-DOWN YEAR.  PRINCIPAL RON GLASGOW…WHO WAS GIVEN A SPECIAL AWARD FOR HIS SUPPORT…IS RETIRING AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND SAYS  HE NEVER THOUGHT HE’D STAY AS LONG AS HE DID (7 YEARS), AFTER 35 YEARS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. NOTRE DAME ENGLISH TEACHER MARY-JO MILLER GAVE HER TRADITIONAL SALUTE TO THE NIKES, IN POETRY FORM, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. THE LADY NIKES PLAY ADAIR-CASEY THIS(MON) AFTERNOON AT 3:15 AND YOU CAN HEAR IT ALL ON KBUR. Continue Reading

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FM Prison Documentary Could Win Oscar Tonight

Fort Madison prison officials will be closely watching the Academy Awards ceremony tonight. A short documentary film shot in 2006 at the prison is up for an Oscar. “Prison Terminal” by director Edgar Barens focuses on the hospice care given by inmates to fellow prisoners in their final days. The 42-minute long film is a nominee in the Best Documentary Short category. “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” was produced in association with HBO and will premiere on the network March 31st. Continue Reading

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Roosevelt Ave. Accident Vics’ Names Revealed

AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE THREE PEOPLE INJURED FRIDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN THEIR MINI-VAN COLLIDED WITH A GRAIN-TRUCK IN FRONT OF THE CATFISH BEND CASINO ON ROOSEVELT AVENUE. 42-YEAR OLD KATHIE…19-YEAR OLD SAMANTHA…AND 18-YEAR OLD TRISTAN KORESKO, ALL OF BURLINGTON…WERE TAKEN TO GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER.   THE DRIVER OF THE VAN…20-YEAR OLD RYAN ABNEY OF BURLINGTON…WAS NOT HURT, BUT HE WAS TICKETED FOR NOT YIELDING WHILE ENTERING A HIWAY.  

THE GRAIN-TRUCK DRIVER ESCAPED INJURY AS WELL. Continue Reading

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6th Snowiest Winter in Iowa History; 9th Coldest

Many Iowans are looking forward to spring and warmer weather as March begins.  

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says it appears the statewide average temperature for the month of February was around 12.8 degrees.   The normal average temperature for February in Iowa is around 24. Although February has been the coldest month of this winter, Hillaker says December and January also had well below normal temperatures. The three months combined make this the ninth coldest winter in Iowa history. Continue Reading

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FM Prison Documentary Could Meet Oscar

Fort Madison prison officials will be closely watching the Academy Awards ceremony tonight. A short documentary film shot in 2006 at the prison is up for an Oscar. “Prison Terminal” by director Edgar Barens focuses on the hospice care given by inmates to fellow prisoners in their final days.  The 42-minute long film is a nominee in the Best Documentary Short category. “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” was produced in association with HBO and will premiere on the network March 31st. Continue Reading

Four Hurt in Grain Truck Vs. Van Crash

FOUR PEOPLE WERE INJURED EARLY YESTERDAY(FRI) AFTERNOON WHEN THEIR MINI-VAN COLLIDED WITH A GRAIN TRUCK, AT THE ROOSEVELT AVENUE ENTRANCE TO CATFISH BEND CASINO.  

ALL FOUR WERE TAKEN TO GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER…THREE BY AMBULANCE AND ONE BY PRIVATE VEHICLE…BUT NO NAMES NOR CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN RELEASED BY BURLINGTON POLICE.   AUTHORITIES SAY WITNESSES TOLD THEM THAT THE VAN HAD STOPPED AT THE STOP SIGN, BUT THEN PULLED OUT ONTO ROOSEVELT AND HIT THE TRUCK’S TRAILER…WHICH RAN OVER THE FRONT OF THE VAN AND KNOCKED IT OVER.  

THE TRUCKER WAS NOT HURT. Continue Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Burlington Bonds Not Downgraded

BURLINGTON’S BOND RATING WILL STAY THE SAME.  

THAT WORD FROM MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE, WHICH HAS GIVEN THE CITY AN A2 RATING ON THE 3.9-MILLION DOLLARS IN GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS AND THE 1.4-MILLION IN CORPORATE PURPOSE BONDS TO BE SOLD MARCH 10TH. PROCEEDS FROM THE 3.9-MILLION DOLLAR ISSUE WILL BE USED TO FINANCE STREET & SEWER IMPROVEMENTS, WHILE THE 1.4-MILLION DOLLAR SALE WILL REFINANCE…AT LOWER INTEREST RATES…BONDS ISSUED IN 2005 AND 2008. MOODY’S SAYS THE A2 RATING REFLECTS THE CITY’S RECENTLY-IMPROVED…THO STILL LIMITED…FINANCIAL POSITION. (EXAMPLES OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL POSITION INCLUDE: MUCH SMALLER-THAN-PREFERRED RESERVE FUNDS, BUT IMPLEMENTATION OF A PLAN TO REBUILD THOSE RESERVES AND OTHERWISE MANAGE THE CITY’S FINANCES…A STABLE ECONOMY, BUT WITH BELOW-AVERAGE INCOMES…AND AN ELEVATED DEBT BURDEN. Continue Reading