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Oquawkans Offered Firehouse Showers

OQUAWKA’S VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS GOTTEN A SHOWER AND IT’S OFFERING TO LET THOSE WITH FROZEN WATER PIPES IN THEIR HOMES USE IT.  

IT’S LOCATED AT THE OQUAWKA FIRE STATION AND IS HANDICAPPED ASSESSIBLE.   THE FIRE STATION WILL BE MANNED FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM EACH DAY FOR SHOWERS, BUT USERS ARE ASKED TO BRING SHOWER ESSENTIALS WITH THEM — THINGS LIKE SOAP, SHAMPOO, WASHCLOTHS AND TOWELS. Continue Reading

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Burlington Named One of Top Micropolitan Areas

For the second straight year, “Site Selection” Magazine has named Greater Burlington one of the top micropolitan areas in the county for economic development projects. Last year, Burlington was raked number 30 and this year it’s number 41. It’s also number 5 out of 34 on the list of metropolitan areas on the Mississippi River. The magazine also rates the state, and Iowa is number 6 in terms of those best suited for economic expansion.   Continue Reading

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Burlington Council Reluctantly Approves Budget

NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET…APPROVED BY THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL LAST(MON) NITE…INCLUDES A 13-CENT PROPERTY-TAX HIKE. IT ALSO MEANS A NUMBER OF FEES ARE GOING UP. NEXT YEAR’S SPENDING PLAN ALSO CUTS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS REQUIRED PER SHIFT FROM 10 TO NINE…A MOVE UNION LOCAL-301 REP. BRANDON HOWARD SEES AS DANGEROUS…AND NOT JUST TO THE PUBLIC.  

BUT IN THE END, THE COUNCIL STUCK WITH ITS PLAN TO CUT 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S OVERTIME BUDGET AND TO ALLOW AS FEW AS NINE FIREFIGHTERS-PER-SHIFT. Continue Reading

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Possible Open Enrollment Cap in WB School’s Future

Open enrollment in the West Burlington School District has been increasing for at least the past four years, an issue that is positive, yet a concern. Superintendent Dave Schmitt said at tonight’s board meeting, that it’s great enrollment is increasing, but they may have to do something about it in the future.. “The board is going to look at maybe capping open enrollment. So as we look at trends and also buildings that we are proposing to possibly work on, that might have an impact on what that cap could be.” As of right now, West Burlington’s open enrollment is at a manageable stage… Continue Reading

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Edward Stone May Require New, Strict Dress Code

One of Burlington’s Middle Schools is looking into a standardized dress code. Edward Stone Middle School Principal, Brian Johnson, says he wouldn’t call it a “uniform”…. “Typically a uniform would be like, Notre Dame for example,  khaki pants and a blue shirt. Where as we’re saying, you can wear khaki pants or basically any type of dress pants with a collared shirt.” The school hasn’t made an official decision yet, and is asking for feedback from parents and people in the community through a survey. Continue Reading

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Burlington Water Main Break Woes Continue

Nothing’s official yet, but the man in charge of keeping Burlington’s water flowing says it appears that a 16-foot section of the “main” that went down two weekends ago is missing from it’s usual spot under Flint Creek. Waterworks Director Allen Borden didn’t want to speculate as to what may have happened, but he told us he hopes to have more information by tonight or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, the city’s water continues to be re-routed through a backup “main” that runs parallel to the other one.   Continue Reading

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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