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Lighthouse Memorial Stalled Due to Weather

The project keeps getting pushed back, and you can blame mother nature. Last year, the River Rat Safety Awareness Organization was able to purchase a lighthouse in memory of the four young Southeast Iowa adults who lost their lives in a 2012 boating accident. Louise Butherus, is the Vice President of the River Rat Group, and is also the mother of Matt House, one of the young adults who died in the accident. She says the organization has had the lighthouse for months now, but can’t catch a break with the weather… “We have the lighthouse and it’s ready to be set up. Continue Reading

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Final Decision Tonight on SRO in WB Schools

Tonight is the night that the West Burlington School Board decides to move forward, or scrap the idea of a School Resource Officer. Superintendent Dave Schmitt included a list of proactive measures the district has already taken to secure their buildings. A few examples include a “buzz-in” system, a surveillance system, and are currently working to install panic hardware. The board will first meet behind a closed door at 6:30pm to discuss negotiating strategy. The regular meeting begins at 7pm. Continue Reading

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Miss Burlington Crowned

22-year-old Abby Curtis is the new “Miss Burlington”. She was crowned yesterday at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Burlington. The Muscatine area woman won the talent competition with a song by country singer Martina McBride. She walked away with a $600 scholarship, which she plans to use at St. Ambrose University. Continue Reading

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Budget, Tree and Riverfront Talk at Tonight’s Burlington City Council Meeting

THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL WILL TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET SOME MORE AT TONITE’S(MON) MEETING.  

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER FINAL ADOPTION OF NEW REGULATIONS IN THE TREE ORDINANCE, REQUIRING A CITY PERMIT TO TREAT FOR THE EMERALD ASH BORER AND SPECIFYING WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT MAY BE USED. THE COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD AUTHORIZE THE RIVERFRONT ADVISORY COMMITTEE…ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COUNCIL, GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP AND A RIVERFRONT BUSINESS OWNER…TO TALK TO THE BURLINGTON-NORTHERN/SANTA FE RAILROAD ABOUT TURNING ADDITIONAL LAND SOUTH OF THE AUDITORIUM INTO PARK SPACE. AND THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE BURLINGTON APARTMENTS FOR 42 PARKING SPACES IN THE LOT AT MAIN AND VALLEY. TONITE’S(MON) MEETING IS AT 6:30 AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME. Continue Reading

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A Weekend of House Fires

IT WAS A NITE OF FIRES THROUGHOUT OUR LISTENING AREA. ABOUT 4 O’CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING, BURLINGTON AND WEST BURLINGTON CREWS WERE CALLED TO 18-16 AMELIA STREET IN THE CENTER OF TOWN FOR WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A CHIMNEY FIRE….. AROUND 3:30 SUNDAY MORNING, OQUAWKA, KEITHSBURG, BIGGSVILLE,GLADSTONE,JOY…AND THE MEDIA-STRONGHURST-TERRE HAUTE DEPARTMENTS BEGAN BATTLING A HOUSE FIRE AT KEITHSBURG & BALD BLUFF ROADS IN HENDERSON COUNTY….. AND FROM ABOUT 9:15 SATURDAY NITE TIL ALMOST ONE O’CLOCK THIS(SUN) MORNING, WAPELLO…COLUMBUS JUNCTION…GRANDVIEW…AND FRUITLAND FIREFIGHTERS KNOCKED DOWN ANOTHER HOUSE FIRE, THIS ONE AT 176-95 COUNTY ROAD G-44X IN LOUISA COUNTY. ON SATURDAY MORNING, EIGHT PETS (5 DOGS & 3 CATS) DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE AT 15-34 AVENUE F IN FORT MADISON. Continue Reading

Saturday Marked by Two Area Fatalities

A MEDIAPOLIS MAN WAS KILLED…ANOTHER WAS CRITICALLY INJURED…EARLY SATURDAY MORNING…WHEN THEIR SUV LEFT HIWAY-61, JUST NORTH OF MEMORIAL PARK ROAD…AND CRASHED THRU THE FORK OF A TREE. THE DRIVER…DAN MILLER…WAS TAKEN TO THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS IN IOWA CITY. HIS PASSENGER…MICHAEL BUTLER…WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. AUTHORITIES SAY THE WEATHER MAY’VE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE ACCIDENT AND ALCOHOL PROBABLY DID AS WELL…AND THE INVESTIGATION BY THE DES MOINES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONTINUES. DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE SCENE, ALONG WITH BURLINGTON & WEST BURLINGTON POLICE, THE BURLINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT & AMBULANCE AND A MEDICAL EXAMINER. Continue Reading

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Local Area Sees 5.5 to 8 Inches of Snow

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS WE GOT 5 1/2 INCHES OF SNOW NORTHWEST OF BURLINGTON UP UNTIL EARLY LAST(SAT) NITE. SIX INCHES FELL IN THE KEOKUK AREA…AND ON THE ILLINOIS SIDE, 7.8 INCHES OF SNOW WERE RECORDED NEAR PRAIRIE CITY IN MCDONOUGH COUNTY. THE PLOWS HAVE BEEN OUT AND THE CITY OF BURLINGTON’S AUTOMATIC PARKING PROHIBITION WAS CANCELLED AS OF 10:30 LAST(SAT) NITE. Continue Reading

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Branstad’s Office Moves to Ease Propane Shortage

GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD FRIDAY DECLARED A PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER AND ENERGY EMERGENCY, DUE TO THE RECORD HIGH DEMAND FOR PROPANE THROUGHOUT THE UPPER MIDWEST. IN ADDITION, THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN & HEALTH SERVICES HAS RELEASED A SECOND LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM(LI-HEAP)APPROPRIATION OF 7.4-MILLION DOLLARS TO THE STATE OF IOWA, TO HELP FAMILIES HEAT THEIR HOMES DURING THE COLD WEATHER. BRANSTAD AND LT. GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS ALSO LAUNCHED THE PROPANE SHORTAGE & HEATING ASSISTANCE WEBPAGE. Continue Reading

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Thomas & Parks Receive 2014 “Emmys”

JERRY PARKS AND THE LATE GARRY THOMAS ARE THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS YEAR’S BURLINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE “EMMY” AWARDS. THEY WERE RECOGNIZED AT THE GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP’S ANNUAL DINNER LAST(FRI) NITE AT THE COMFORT INN & SUITES. THE EMMYS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED EVERY YEAR SINCE 1965 TO THOSE…IN THE WORDS OF THE AWARD…WHO HAVE BY SOME DEED, ACTION OR CONTINUED YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE, HELPED THE COMMUNITY AND ARE NOT NORMALLY RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ACTIONS. ALSO PRESENTED LAST NITE WERE THE COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD, TO GARRETT’S PATH…THE YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD, TO MELISSA JONES…THE BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD, TO CRAIG UPTON…THE PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD, TO THE SHAMROCK SHUFFLE & THE GREATER BURLINGTON LEADERSHIP CLASS…THE BEST RENOVATION TO A FACILITY AWARD, TO FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH…AND THE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD TO JIM CARTER. JEFF BURKHART OF FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK WILL BE THE 2014 CHAMBER CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. Continue Reading