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Soon Okay to Burn Leaves in Burlington, WB

If you live in the city of Burlington or West Burlington and your leaves are beginning to pile up, you can start burning them as of 10 o’clock this morning.  

That word from Fire Chiefs Matt Trexel and Mike Heim, respectively, who say you do have to follow the city codes when doing so. All other restrictions imposed by the Des Moines County open burning ban remain in effect til further notice in the rural areas. Gina Hardin with Des Moines County Emergency Management says it’s still very dry out there.  Hardin says the burn ban will remain in effect for at least another week and they’ll discuss what to do after the rain we are supposed to get Thursday. Continue Reading

LeeCo Seat(s) Citizen Committee Gets Supervisors’ Approval

The Lee County Board voted 3-2 yesterday(Tues) to recognize a citizens committee, formed to study the feasibility of one county seat versus two…an issue that’s been debated for decades.  

The panel is the brainchild of Mary Van Pelt, who organized an information meeting last month to talk about the options available. The County Board’s lukewarm blessing gives the committee access to help from the county’s department heads and…in the words of board Chairman Ernie Schiller…to everything it needs. The members of the committee right now are H.B. Calvert…Larry Haynes…Larry Kruse…Bill Smith…John Wright…Dustin Wellman…Pat Marshall…Bob Woodruff…and Van Pelt, who says she hopes to have meetings all over the county, with the first one tentatively scheduled for April 29th, which is next Tuesday.  

For the record, yesterday’s(Tue) vote to recognize the committee was 3-2, with Supervisors Schiller, Ron Fedler and Rick Larkin in support and Matt Pflug(floog) and Gary Folluo(FOH-lee-oh) against the idea. Continue Reading

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Picketer Upset with Klein Center

If you drove by the Great River Medical Center today you probably saw a man with a couple picket signs. Paul Ganakes is upset with the Klein Center where his mother is currently staying. His picket signs featured pictures of the 93-year-old woman with black eyes and scratches on her face. Ganakes says this is the second time she’s fallen, and this time no one was around to help her…. We contacted CEO Mark Richardson about the situation. Continue Reading

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Parent Upset that WB Allows Teacher to Coach Football for West Central

It’s not too often someone speaks up during the public comments portion at the West Burlington School Board Meetings, but last night one parent expressed a couple concerns. Michelle Murphy first spoke about how she felt it wasn’t right for former head football coach Jeff Housel to keep teaching at West Burlington and coach football for another school… Housel will continue to serve as West Burlington’s Athletic Director but has recently been hired to coach football for West Central High School. Murphy also expressed concern about open enrollment and wants to know if the school plans to hire more teachers to keep up with their increased enrollment… Superintendent Dave Schmitt suggested she make an appointment with him so they can discuss the issues one-on-one. Continue Reading

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Biggsville Area and Henry County Issue Burn Ban

You can add the Biggsville Fire Protection District and Henry County Iowa to the list of areas with outdoor burning bans in effect until further notice. “Ditto” for Des Moines and Lee Counties. Gina Hardin with Des Moines County Emergency Management says that the amount of rain we are supposed to get this week, won’t be enough. Hardin says the burn ban will remain in effect for at least another week and they’ll discuss what to do after the rain we are supposed to get Thursday.  

Lee County also remains under a burn ban, with the exception of recreational fires within the city limits of Ft. Continue Reading

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Burn Ban Remains in Effect for Des Moines Co. This Week

Due to the number of fires over the weekend, Des Moines County will remain under a burn ban until further notice. Gina Hardin with Des Moines County Emergency Management says that the amount of rain we are suppose to get today, won’t be enough. Hardin says the burn ban will remain in effect for at least another week and they’ll discuss what to do after the rain we are suppose to get Thursday. Lee County will also remain under a burn ban, with the exception of recreational fires within city limits. Continue Reading

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Manor Land Rezoning Up Tonight

The Burlington City Council meets tonight(Mon) and is expected to give final approval to a rezoning request for the former Flint Hills Manor property near the corner of Roosevelt and Agency.  

Developer Bob Welstead of Omaha-based Dial Realty has plans for a restaurant, several retail stores, senior housing and a hotel, among other things. Also up for public hearings tonight(Mon) are this year’s proposed (hot-mix-asphalt) street resurfacing program and a recommendation by Mayor Shane McCampbell that regular council meetings start at 5:30, instead of 6:30 pm. On the “action” agenda for tonight are several proposed fee increases, including those charged for trash tags, solid waste, sewer use, septic hauling and storm water drainage.  

Tonight’s(Mon) meeting is at 6:30 and the public is welcome. Continue Reading

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Sperry Man Charged with Pet Shooting

SPERRY, Iowa (AP) — A 21-year-old Sperry man is accused of shooting a neighboring family’s dog while the animal was playing near a 10-year-old boy.  

The Burlington Hawk Eye, a local newspaper, reports that Cody Trails Warth was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of felony criminal mischief, animal abuse and shooting a rifle across a roadway.  

Janice Hine says her 10-year-old son has been traumatized by the shooting. She says the hunting dog, named Marlow, was on his family’s property and was about 15 yards away from her son when he was shot in a hind leg. The dog underwent surgery and is expected to recover. Continue Reading

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Smith New Capitol Theater Manager

You may have gotten your tickets from her at the Capitol Theater box office, heard her voice on the phone, announcing the upcoming shows, or seen her pointing volunteers in the right direction.  

She’s done it all, but Colleen Smith will now get paid for it.  The Capitol’s board of directors has named Smith the local performing arts center’s new Manager.  

The setup will be a little different than it was when Tina Salamone was running things; Salamone was the Executive Director and, as such, was responsible for virtually everything.   As Manager, Smith is in charge of the Capitol’s day-to-day operations, while various board members, including Terry Arellano, will handle booking & marketing the various acts. Continue Reading