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DMCo Supervisors Back Gas-Tax Hike

THE DES MOINES COUNTY BOARD GAVE ITS FORMAL SUPPORT YESTERDAY(TUE) MORNING TO A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A 10-CENT INCREASE IN THE STATE’S FUEL TAX. 
CHAIRMAN BOB BECK WENT ON TO CRITICIZE A BILL THAT RAISES IN-STATE REGISTRATION & LICENSE FEES, WITHOUT ASKING ANY MORE FROM OUT-OF-STATE DRIVERS. BECK…AND SUPERVISORS TOM BROEKER AND JIM CARY…ALL VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE RESOLUTION. Continue Reading

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FM Prison Transfer Set for March: Warden

Iowa State Penitentiary inmates will be moving to the new facility in March.  

But, according to the Warden, Nick Ludwick, not all the inmates are thrilled with the new living conditions.   Ludwick has said that moving day will be swift, silent, and secure. This isn’t the first time he’s done it.  

 

It hasn’t been decided yet what will become of the old penitentiary. Continue Reading

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Progress Made Since Viral Bullying Video Was Released

The crowd wasn’t what it was back in the fall, but the Burlington Community met again tonight for a Bullying Prevention Discussion at Grimes Elementary, which was hosted by the Burlington School District and South Hill Neighborhood Association. Superintendent Jane Evans told us that tonight’s small crowd spoke a lot about the bullying situation in the district…. “I think that we have things stabilized. People know that we have Olweus Bullying Prevention Training going on for all our staff and we are having meetings so kids can talk. I think there’s a reassurance that things are being handled.” Continue Reading

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Moving FM Inmates will be “Swift, Silent, and Secure”

In just a couple months, inmates at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison will be moving to a new home. Moving day is one of many circumstances staff is training for, according to Warden Nick Ludwick… “I continue to tell people we will move swiftly, silently, and securely. Moving day takes an awful lot of prior planning and we are right in the midst of that, and have been for sometime. It’s like ground traffic control. Continue Reading

Fed. Gov. Requests Demolition of Old Armory Building

The manager of the Southeast Iowa Regional Airport in Burlington gave her annual report to the city council last night. Mary Beaird talked once again about that former armory building across the street from the airport. She stated that the Federal Government has decided that it’s too close for comfort, should someone overshoot the runway. The bottom line is that it should be torn down. No action has been taken. Continue Reading

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New Criteria for Cancelling School

You can’t please everyone, that was Burlington School Board President Marlis Robberts’s message when talking about the district’s decisions with the recent weather cancellations and delays. They’ve received many phone calls from parents upset that school was canceled, and some upset that it wasn’t canceled. With the extremely cold, windy conditions lately, it’s been hard for the Burlington School District to decide whether to delay school, cancel it, or do nothing at all. Superintendent Jane Evans explains… “In the past years, we’ve had late starts or cancelled school for ice, snow, fog and other hazardous road conditions. Continue Reading

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Budget and Riverfront Plan Capture Burlington Council’s Attention

AS EXPECTED, NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET TOOK UP THE LION’S SHARE OF LAST(MON) NITE’S BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  

BUT BEFORE THEY GOT TO THAT, MEMBERS HEARD FROM CHARLEY WALSH OF THE RIVERFRONT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WHICH HAS DECIDED TO RECOMMEND A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT APPROACH IN ITS PROPOSED TALKS WITH BURLINGTON-NORTHERN/SANTA FE ABOUT TURNING MORE OF THE RIVERFRONT SOUTH OF THE AUDITORIUM INTO PARK SPACE.  GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR JASON HUTCHESON NOW SEEMS SATISFIED THAT THE COMMITTEE UNDERSTANDS THE DUAL INTERESTS INVOLVED. BOB FLEMING WILL REPRESENT THE COUNCIL IN TALKS WITH THE RAILROAD AND CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU REMINDED EVERYONE THAT THE CITY HAS NO MONEY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROPOSED, 10-ACRE REDEVELOPMENT. Continue Reading

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Burlington Residents Sentenced to Prison for Cocaine

Two Burlington residents were sentenced to prison Friday for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine. The two men are 28-year-old Akeem Eison and 36-year-old Zachary Shullaw. Beginning in March of 2012 and continuing until April of last year, Eison and Shullaw conspired with other people to distribute cocaine in Burlington. Shullaw, specifically, sold cocaine in ounce quantities to undercover law enforcement personnel. Eison distributed cocaine as well, including providing co-defendant Shane Culbertson with a multi-ounce quantity of drugs, which Culbertson then arranged to sell to undercover law enforcement. Continue Reading

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Eastern Iowa Cop is a Contestant on Survivor

An eastern Iowa cop will be a contestant on the upcoming season of the popular reality TV game show “Survivor.” Twenty-nine-year-old Sarah Lacina is a police officer in Cedar Rapids… “I’m a huge fan of the show. It’s an awesome concept and I get to be part of it.” Contestants are not allowed to speak publicly about “Survivor,” but short videos about each of this year’s “castaways” were released on CBS.com. Continue Reading