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New London Dedicates Vets’ Park

It took several years to finish…but there’s now a memorial park to veterans in New London.  

Local vets and many other residents gathered yesterday(Sat) to dedicate the new spot, whose visitors will eventually be greeted by granite statues of two soldiers…one male and one female, both from New London…now being made in China.  

What’s already there are six granite tablets, which will be engraved with the names of more than 300 New London veterans…living & dead…a gold brick & concrete sign…red & gold paving stones in the ground…several flag poles in a circle…and a bronze statue in the middle, consisting of a helmet on top of a rifle, standing between two boots…and representing a fallen soldier. Continue Reading

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DCI Chief Has Doubts About Violent Crimes Connection

They’re not certain yet…but Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Lt. Jeff Klein says he doubts that yesterday’s(Thur) beating and attempted armed robbery is related to a pair of early-Monday-morning beatings, stabbings and robberies.  

Burlington police yesterday(Thur) apprehended two Chicago men and two young Burlington residents…all in connection with the home invasion and armed robbery of a man in his apartment at 306 Elm Street. In yesterday’s incident, the intruders hit the victim in the head with a handgun and demanded property, but he fought them off and chased them to the Maple Hills Apartments at 300 Angular Street.  

As officers were checking the complex, they heard sounds coming from the attic, which runs the length of six apartments. In it, they found the two men identified as being involved in the attack…and learned that two residents of Apartment-10 had reportedly helped the pair hide. Continue Reading

Co. Atty. Jackson on Sick Leave

Des Moines County Attorney Pat Jackson didn’t attend this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting…and questions about his absence have now been answered.  

A story in today’s(Sat) Hawk Eye…a local newspaper…says Jackson has taken an indefinite, paid, medical leave. Reporters’ attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful, but the county auditor’s office is quoted as saying it received a letter saying that Jackson will be on medical leave until further notice and under a doctor’s care for an undetermined amount of time.  
Jackson’s absence coincides with a newspaper article last week revealing the use of inaccurate numbers of prosecutions to justify the need for higher budgets in his office.  
Jackson announced several months ago that he’d be retiring at the end of his current term. Continue Reading

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Des Moines Co. Issues Burn Ban

Des Moines County is now under a burn ban.  

A release from Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin and Assistant Mediapolis Fire Chief Andy Kerr says all open burning is prohibited until further notice, effective at 8 am today(Sat). Conditions within the county are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property.  

Des Moines and Lee Counties are now both under outdoor burn bans until further notice. Continue Reading

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BPD Catches Robbers; M-O Similar to Monday Crimes

They don’t know yet if the case is related to a pair of early-Monday-morning beatings, stabbings and robberies…but Burlington police yesterday(Thur) apprehended two Chicago men and two young Burlington residents…all in connection with the home invasion and armed robbery of a man in his apartment at 306 Elm Street. In yesterday’s incident, the intruders hit the victim in the head with a handgun and demanded property, but he fought them off and chased them to the Maple Hills Apartments at 300 Angular Street. As officers were checking the complex, they heard sounds coming from the attic, which runs the length of six apartments. In it, they found the two men identified as being involved in the attack…and learned that two residents of Apartment-10 had reportedly helped the pair hide. 20-year old Ryan Cornell and 21-year old Devon Young…both of Chicago…were charged with First-Degree Robbery. Continue Reading

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Siemens Celebrates 10,000 Wind Turbine Blades

Employees of the Siemens plant in Ft. Madison today celebrated the manufacture of their 10-thousandth wind-turbine blade. A company news release says Siemens management marked the occasion with a meal for the workers, and some words of praise by Plant Manager Tony McDowell, who’s quoted as saying the company’s success is all due to the employees’ hard work and dedication. The celebration for the first Siemens blade milestone was celebrated in 2007. The Fort Madison facility produces wind blades to customers in the USA, Canada, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. Continue Reading

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Burlington Schools Awarded Almost $900,000 Grant

The Iowa Department of Education has awarded the Burlington Community School District an almost $900,000 grant. The money will go to before and after-school programs as well as summer school at three sites- Aldo Leopold Middle School, Edward Stone Middle School, and North Hill Elementary. Curriculum Director Laurie Noll, says the programs have proven to be very successful for students… The funding is for 3 years.   9 school districts in Iowa received this 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Continue Reading

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Earlier Council Start Time? McCampbell

Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell has proposed starting regular City Council meetings at 5:30…instead of 6:30.  

Councilman Tim Scott is against the idea, saying it would decrease public involvement in the process.   It’ll be subject to a public hearing on April 21. McCampbell’s proposal would not affect the time of the every-other-Monday work sessions, which start at 4:30. Continue Reading