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GrandView Drive-In May Close; Asking for Help

One of only four drive-in movie theaters left in Iowa may have to throw in the towel, unless they can come up with $75,000 by April 1st. Owner of the GrandView Drive-In, Kelly Daniels, says according to movie companies like Disney and Paramount, they are required to purchase a digital projector… “The reason they’re doing it, is that they say it costs them $2,000-$2,500 to make just one 35-millimeter print. The shipping on them is also very pricey. So they have decided to do this because these CD’s are easy to make and shipping is a lot cheaper.” Continue Reading

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City Says “NO” to Part Time SRO for WB Schools

It looks like the idea of a school resource officer patrolling the halls in West Burlington is dead, or at least on life-support. The City Council didn’t take any action on the matter last night, and in so doing, killed it for now. Mayor Hans Trousil says it’s simply not financially feasible… “I said from the beginning that, in order for it to work, it’ll have to be a full time position. We don’t have the personnel to split up into another 5-2 shift. Continue Reading

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Stolen Vehicle and Shots Fired at Catfish Bend Casino

Burlington Police have taken a suspect into custody in connection with an incident last night at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. At around 9:10 last night, the Division of Criminal Investigation’s Special Enforcement Operations Bureau at the Casino recieved a report of someone breaking into vehicles in the casino’s parking garage. The subject was described as a black male wearing a heavy overcoat and stocking hat. A DCI agent responded to the location and was almost hit by the man who had stolen an employee’s vehicle. The agent moved out of the way and fired 3 shots at the vehicle. Continue Reading

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WB City Council Nixes School Officer for Now

IT LOOKS LIKE THE IDEA OF A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PATROLLING THE HALLS IN WEST BURLINGTON IS DEAD…OR AT LEAST ON LIFE-SUPPORT.  

THE CITY COUNCIL DIDN’T TAKE ANY ACTION ON THE MATTER LAST(WED) NITE…AND IN SO DOING, KILLED IT FOR NOW.   MAYOR HANS TROUSIL SAYS IT’S SIMPLY NOT FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE.   SO FOR NOW, POLICE CHIEF FRANK NEWBERRY SAYS COVERAGE WILL REMAIN STATUS QUO. NEWBERRY ALSO TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE TYPICAL COST-SHARE FOR SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT IS 75 PERCENT SCHOOL AND 25 PERCENT CITY. Continue Reading

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Capitol Theater Announces Upcoming Films

DOWNTOWN BURLINGTON’S CAPITOL THEATER IS ANNOUNCING THE NEXT TWO MOVIES IN ITS INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES, SHOWN EVERY TUESDAY NITE.  

THE FIRST ONE…ENTITLED “NEXT GOAL WINS”…IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TUESDAY, THE 18TH. IT TELLS THE STORY OF THE AMERICAN SAMOA SOCCER TEAM…WHICH HADN’T WON A GAME IN FOUR YEARS…AND LOST TO AN AUSTRALIAN SQUAD 31 TO NOTHING. NEW COACH THOMAS RONGEN (OF THE NETHERLANDS) IS GIVEN A MONTH TO TURN THE RAMSHACKLE TEAM INTO WINNERS. THE SECOND OFFERING…ON THE 25TH…IS “THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM”…IS ABOUT A MAN WHO HAS LEFT HIS HOMELAND…A REMOTE AFRICAN VILLAGE…BUT HAS TO RETURN TO BURY HIS ESTRANGED FATHER. Continue Reading

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Shooting at Catfish Bend; Police Question Suspect

IOWA DCI SPECIAL AGENT JEFF UHLMEYER SAYS THEY’RE NOW TALKING TO A PERSON-OF-INTEREST, IN CONNECTION WITH LAST(WED) NITE’S SHOOTING IN THE CATFISH BEND CASINO PARKING GARAGE.  

NO ONE WAS HIT, BUT A DCI AGENT FIRED THREE SHOTS AT A FLEEING CAR THIEF SHORTLY AFTER 9 LAST(WED) NITE, WHEN THE MAN STOLE AN EMPLOYEE’S VEHICLE AND TRIED TO RUN THE AGENT DOWN.   THE SUSPECT…DESCRIBED BY AUTHORITIES AS A BLACK MAN WEARING A HEAVY OVERCOAT AND A STOCKING CAP…HIT THE AGENT’S CAR AND THEN SPED OFF.  THE STOLEN VEHICLE WAS FOUND A SHORT TIME LATER AND IS BEING PROCESSED FOR EVIDENCE.  

BURLINGTON POLICE AND THE STATE’S DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ARE BOTH ON THE CASE AND ANYONE WITH MORE INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL 753-8371. Continue Reading

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UPDATED: City Council Has a Budget Agreement

The Burlington City Council has a budget and it includes a property tax increase. It was put forward by Councilman Tim Scott, who says he wants to spread the pain over more departments and also increase some fees. Administrative Services Director, Stephanie Stuecker, says the increase will be 28-cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. The council voted 3-2 to set aside $100,000 dollars less than planned toward the city’s debt, a move City Manager Jim Ferneau doesn’t care for. Councilman Tim Scott, who came up with the idea, says it’s just for a year. Continue Reading

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WIU Graduate is New Burlington Bees Announcer

It may still be freezing cold outside, but maybe a reminder that baseball season is just around the corner will warm you up. The Burlington Bees have announced their new radio broadcaster for the 2014 season. Michael Broskowski, who graduated from Western Illinois University last May, feels his experience will serve the Bees well. “I spent the last two seasons in the Northwoods League up in Minnesota for the Rochester Honkers. I’ve also done women’s basketball at Western Illinois University. Continue Reading

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US Senate Candidate Sam Clovis in Burl. Tomorrow

He’s running for U.S. Senate and making his way to Burlington tomorrow. Sam Clovis says the Republican Party needs a clear choice in terms of who to vote for… “There’s probably no one who will be more consistently conservative than me. I think when we run against Bruce Braley, that will also be a very clear choice. He’s not very conservative at all. Continue Reading