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Burlington Gets 75-Grand for JCPenney’s Project

Fourteen communities across the state…including Burlington…were awarded grants Tuesday to complete downtown or main street business projects. Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) spokesperson Tina Hoffman says the Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants will cover a wide variety of improvements. The 14 projects awarded grants are estimated to carry a combined cost of more than $3.6 million.  

In Burlington…$75,000 of the $641,000 needed to turn the old JC Penney building on Jefferson Street into a restaurant. Each project must provide at least a dollar-for-dollar cash match. Continue Reading

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Deal Close; DMCo Atty. Headed to Bank

STILL NO LEASE BETWEEN DES MOINES COUNTY AND A DOWNTOWN FINANCIAL INSTITUTION FOR NEW COUNTY ATTORNEY HEADQUARTERS. BUT…FOR THE FIRST TIME…SUPERVISOR TOM BROEKER REVEALED WHO HE’S DEALING WITH — U-S BANK. RIGHT NOW, PAT JACKSON’S OFFICES ARE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE BURLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT, A BUILDING THAT HAS STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS. ON ANOTHER FRONT, BUDGET DIRECTOR CHERYL MCVEY ANNOUNCED THAT THE COUNTY HAS LOST CLOSE TO A-MILLION DOLLARS IN VALUATION FROM THE CLOSED K-MART STORE. Continue Reading

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SCC Looking at Major Renovations and Additions

Southeastern Community College may soon get a major face-lift. President of the college, Michael Ash said at tonight’s forum, that there are a number of things that need to be done to the facility to make it more attractive and to expand educational opportunities. Just a few of the areas mentioned were moving all health programs to one location, updating science labs, building more residence halls, creating more space for the auto-tech program, adding a wellness center, and creating a “more noticeable” main entrance. Dr. Ash stated that there is no question students will get a quality education at SCC, but younger students straight out of high school can sometimes be persuaded to go where there are “exciting” facilities… “The older students who come, they are just thrilled to be in school. Continue Reading

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Fertilizer Plant Donates $6,420 to Fort Mad. United Way

The Iowa Fertilizer Plant made it’s first corporate donation to the Fort Madison Area United Way. The fertilizer employees pledged $3,210 through payroll deductions and cash donations. The company matched the employee contributions for a total donation of $6,420 to the United Way. The Fort Madison Area United Way, through donations, have recently supported hundreds of families in need of shelter and employment, community activities for children, coupons for the winterization of homes, and local news sources for the hearing impaired. Continue Reading

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City Helps Hope Haven, Okays Fee Increases, Passes New Rules for Emerald Ash Borer Treatments

THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL AGREED LAST(MON) NITE TO ACT AS A CONDUIT FOR HOPE HAVEN, TO HELP IT GET AN 800-THOUSAND DOLLAR STATE GRANT TO BUILD A NEW SECOND-HAND STORE…HOPEFULLY YOURS…AT 617 JEFFERSON STREET.  

SPOKESMAN JULIE ANDERSON SAYS THE NEW BUILDING’S EXPECTED TO COST 1.6-MILLION DOLLARS, OF WHICH 200-THOUSAND HAS BEEN RAISED LOCALLY  SO FAR.  

IN OTHER BUSINESS, ERIC TYSLAND CAME UP WITH SOME NEW RULES FOR DEALING WITH A NEW ENEMY…THE EMERALD ASH BORER…AND BURLINGTON’S PLANNING & PARKS DIRECTOR SAYS THE CHANGES ARE DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE CITY AND ITS RESIDENTS.   THE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE NEW REGULATIONS LAST(MON) NITE.  

THE BURLINGTON COUNCIL APPROVED A NUMBER OF FEE INCREASES LAST(MON) NITE…BUT NOT BEFORE MEMBER TIM SCOTT HAD HIS SAY. Continue Reading

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Western IL Weather Claims Aledo Man

Searchers found the body of an Aledo man hours after a passerby reported seeing him walking from his stranded vehicle east of Andover, Illinois. WQAD-TV says Deputies were sent to the area of Route 81 and 900 E just before 9:30 p.m. last Friday, to investigate a report that a man was seen walking west toward Andover after the man’s Chevy Tahoe became stranded.   When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle but could not find the man, later identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Young of Aledo.   The Knox County snowmobile team was called to help with the search.  They arrived at about midnight, and found Young’s body about two hours later in the creek bottom of Camp Creek, north of Route 81, about 1/3 mile east of the Osco Blacktop. Continue Reading

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DMCo Survey Results Revealed; Little Input

DES MOINES COUNTY CONSERVATION DIRECTOR CHRIS LEE YESTERDAY(MON) RELEASED THE INITIAL RESULTS OF AN ON-LINE SURVEY THE COUNTY DID, TO SEE WHAT THE PUBLIC THINKS IS MOST IMPORTANT AND WHAT’S LEAST. LEE SAYS THEY DIDN’T GET A LOT OF INPUT — JUST 59 RESPONSES.  

THE COUNTY FAIR GOT THE LOWEST MARKS FOR IMPORTANCE FROM THOSE WHO TOOK THE SURVEY, WHOSE RESULTS WILL PLAY INTO THE COUNTY’S BUDGET PROCESS, BEGINNING…IN EARNEST…NEXT MONDAY. Continue Reading

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WB Hopes to Promote Positive Image w/ SRO

No action was taken at tonight’s work session, but the West Burlington School Board hopes to have a decision on whether or not to hire a school resource officer by their next board meeting. If the district approves an officer, they would split the cost with the city and pay 65%. It would cost the district close to $49,000 for an officer that would work 8 hour days and 180 days a year. One factor that was stressed by several board members tonight was the schools image if they decide to move forward with hiring an officer. Board member Nate Prickett.. Continue Reading

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Closings and Delays for Tuesday

As of 3:38pm Monday.. **************************************************
Message: 2-HOUR DELAY
Holy Trinity Schools (Ft. Madison) 2 hour late start Tue 1/7
Morning Sun Schools (Morning Sun) 1/7/13
Burlington CSD (Burlington) 2 hr delay 1/7. No AM pre-school. NO EARLY OUT ON WED 1/8
Notre Dame Catholic School (Burlington) 1/7 NO EARLY OUT ON 1/8
Winfield / Mt. Continue Reading