Word of the Burlington Fire Department’s financial woes has now, evidently, spread nationwide. Chief Matt Trexel announced today that his staff took delivery of 960 rolls of toilet paper, a year’s supply, courtesy of the Charmin Company. One department in each state received the tissue, and Trexel says he was told that his department was “in-need”, although he declined to elaborate. Continue Reading
The West Burlington School Board approved a decrease in the overall levy by $2.00, which most West Burlington tax payers are probably pretty happy about…. “We’re asking for $18.81 per thousand which is a drop of exactly $2.00 from this years levy. We’re very pleased that we are able to reduce it.” That’s according to Superintendent Dave Schmitt. The budget hearing is set for April 7th at 7pm in the board room. Continue Reading
Prisoners from the Fort Madison State Penitentiary were supposed to be moving to the new prison this month, but the date keeps getting pushed back. Warden, Nick Ludwick, says there’s still some important construction that needs to be finished before the big move…. “We’re working on the Industries Building. They’re still building individual work areas, and in the process of setting it up, they’ve run into a couple areas where they have had to add things here and there. That’s resulted in a delay to our initial plans.” Continue Reading
IT (TUES) WAS PRIMARY DAY IN ILLINOIS AND HENDERSON COUNTY VOTERS AGAIN CHOSE STEVE HAYNES AS THEIR SHERIFF. THE FIRST-TERM STRONGHURST DEMOCRAT GOT 73 PERCENT OF THE VOTE…DEFEATING DEPUTY STEVE HENSHAW OF OQUAWKA, WITH 20 PERCENT…AND COUNTY SUPERVISOR DAVID HINSHAW, ALSO FROM OQUAWKA, WHO RECEIVED ABOUT SEVEN PERCENT. SHERIFF HAYNES…KNOWN AS A MAN OF FEW WORDS…SAYS HE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE COUNTY’S DRUG-RELATED PROBLEMS DURING HIS SECOND TERM. NO REPUBLICANS RAN FOR THE JOB. (FOUR YEARS AGO, HAYNES EASILY BEAT HENSHAW AND RETIRED STATE TROOPER TODD MILLER TO WIN HIS FIRST TERM. Continue Reading
Burlington Police have made a few arrests in the car burglaries that had taken place at the Comfort Inn & Suites parking lot in Burlington a few days ago. After multiple interviews, detectives were able to trace the stolen items to three Burlington residents. 27-year-old Monroe Walton, 25-year-old Nia Davis, and 42-year-old Gerald Terry were all arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Property. They are being held in the Des Moines County Jail on $5,000 bond pending a court appearance. Continue Reading
What’s most often a fairly quiet portion of Burlington School Board Meetings, was not last night. During the public comments section, several teachers spoke out about the professional dress code policy for teachers that the board was looking to move forward with last night. One teacher, Melissa Carlson, said there’s no proof that wearing jeans will prevent her from doing her job… “I was hired by this district to do a job and educate students. Everyday I come into the classroom and do my job and do good things for students. Continue Reading
Most of last night’s Burlington City Council meeting was turned over to neighbors of the old Perkins School on Dodge Street. They voiced concerns with Developer Lloyd Thola’s plans to turn the building and it’s surrounding land into apartments and duplexes. Amy Martin spoke first for the group, 269 of whom have signed a petition against the proposal… “I do have three statements from neighborhood residents who are elderly and were not able to make it down here. I also have the petition here that we started and have acquired many more signatures.” Continue Reading
MOST OF LAST(MON) NITE’S BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING WAS TURNED OVER TO NEIGHBORS OF THE OLD PERKINS SCHOOL ON DODGE STREET, WHO ARE CONCERNED WITH DEVELOPER LLOYD THOLA’S PLANS TO TURN THE BUILDING AND ITS SURROUNDING LAND INTO APARTMENTS AND DUPLEXES.
AMY MARTIN SPOKE FIRST FOR THE GROUP, 269 OF WHOM HAVE SIGNED A PETITION AGAINST THE PROPOSAL. CONCERNS VOICED BY MARTIN ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP INCLUDED MORE SEWER BACKUPS…DENSITY…TRAFFIC…LOW-INCOME RENTERS…CRIME…AND THE LEGITIMACY OF THE CONTRACTOR. LATER IN THE TESTIMONY, THO, LOCAL CHURCH PASTOR BRAD CRANSTON VOUCHED FOR THOLA’S CHARACTER AND TALENT. LAST(MON) NITE’S HEARING & VOTE WERE JUST THE FIRST-OF-THREE. Continue Reading
BURLINGTON POLICE MADE SEVERAL ARRESTS YESTERDAY(MON) AND LAST(MON) NITE…BUT THEY SAY NONE WERE ALCOHOL-RELATED, IN SPITE OF THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY INFLUENCE.
27-YEAR OLD MONROE WALTON, 25-YEAR OLD NIA DAVIS AND 42-YEAR OLD GERALD TERRY, ALL OF BURLINGTON, WERE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY IN CONNECTION WITH SEVERAL CAR BREAK-INS EARLIER THIS WEEK AT THE COMFORT INN & SUITES.
IN A SEPARATE CASE, 19-YEAR OLD IVAN SINEY OF BURLINGTON WAS ARRESTED FOR THIRD DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE, FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING A 14-YEAR OLD GIRL. Continue Reading