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Burlington Council Says Yes to Backyard Recreational Fires

Two more readings and residents of Burlington will be able to enjoy recreational fires in their backyards. The City Council saw to it last(Mon) night, after hearing a couple of concerns passed along by member Becky Shockley. In the case of a neighbor’s breathing problems, the police or fire department can require the flames to be put out. At one point, Mayor Shane McCampbell suggested that the ordinance be enacted on a 90-day trial basis, but Dave Myers, the driving force behind the change, told the council that wouldn’t be fair. The vote was 4-1 with McCampbell making up the minority. Continue Reading

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Illinois Man Accused of Shooting Another at Local Campground

A Champaign, Illinois man will face an Attempted Murder charge, in the wake of an early-morning shooting yesterday(Mon) at the Pollmiller Park campgrounds near West Point, Iowa.  

Lee County deputies say 28-year old Cedric Cook and 23-year old Shawn Fox of Beardstown, Illinois were arguing about a woman, when Cook left…came back with a handgun…and shot Fox in the chest. Fox was taken to Ft. Madison Community Hospital, where he was treated and released. Authorities arrested Cook and took him to the Lee County jail. Continue Reading

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Messiah Lutheran Church to Host National Night Out Block Party

Dozens of communities across Iowa…including Burlington… will be taking part in this (Tuesday) evening’s National Night Out. Matt Paskin is a spokesman for the 31st annual event which brings people together in their neighborhoods to unite in fighting crime. Nationwide, some 16-thousand communities will be participating in the National Night Out. Burlington’s observance will be at Messiah Lutheran Church, 24-11 West Avenue. Continue Reading

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140 Burlington Area Rathbun Customers Lose Water Service

A spokeswoman for Rathbun Regional Water in Centerville says about 140 of its Burlington-area customers were without service for a good part of yesterday(Sun) morning.  

Mindy Payne told us this(Mon) morning that a “main” broke around 5:45 am…the company’s automated calling system kicked in about 8:30…and most, if not all, customers had their water back on by noon. Continue Reading

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Two Women Injured in Weekend Accident North of Mediapolis

The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of those involved in a serious, two-vehicle collision north of Mediapolis on Saturday night.  

Injured in the accident were 42-year old Jennifer Haley of Middletown and 19-year old Rachel Wince of Davenport. Troopers say Haley’s van was headed south on Highway 61 when Wince’s eastbound Ford Taurus pulled out from 260th Avenue into the van’s path and was struck on the driver’s side.  

Haley was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center (in West Burlington) and Wince had to be airlifted to the University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Wince will face a charge of failing to obey a stop sign. Continue Reading

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Loebsack Launches Back-to-Work Tour

Local Congressman Dave Loebsck will bring his “Getting Iowans Back to Work” Tour to the main campus of Southeastern Community College this(Mon) afternoon at 1 o’clock.  

He says the gathering of businesses, labor groups, local stakeholders and education & training professionals will hear more about his SECTORS bill. Loebsack says he’ll also hold forums in Keokuk, Muscatine, Ottumwa, Davenport, Newton and Osceola. Continue Reading

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Council to Consider Fire Pits

The Burlington City Council meets today(Mon) at 5:30 and will hold several public hearings —

One on a new ordinance that would allow recreational fire pits under certain conditions, another that would change the zoning of four blocks in the Brooks-Osborn Street area from light manufacturing to residential, and a third that would allow schools, churches and other institutions to install signs up to 12-feet high. Members will also be asked to support the Case plant’s applications for tax credits that would allow the company to add 50 new jobs, and the Council will vote on a change that would allow certain advisory boards to include some members who don’t live in the city. The public is welcome at tonight’s meeting. Continue Reading

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FM Officer Shoots and Kills Man Holding Knife

One man is dead after being shot by a Fort Madison Police Officer. At around 1:45am this morning, the Fort Madison Police Department┬áreceived a call of a man slashing car tires in the Fort Madison area. According to the news station KCCI, when officials arrived, they found 27-year-old Ryan Swearingen who then ran from the officers. They chased Swearingen to a home where he confronted police with a knife. After waving the knife at police, an officer shot him. Continue Reading

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Hatch, Vernon Preach to Choir in Burlington, Ft. Madison

Des Moines County’s Democratic party faithful got a chance yesterday(Sat) to meet and listen to the man and woman at the top of the ticket.  

State Senator Jack Hatch told a crowd at the new Democratic headquarters…across from The Hungry Bear…that the party has an opportunity to take back the Governor’s office from Terry Branstad, who’s seeking his 6th term. Hatch’s running mate is Monica Vernon…who was elected to the Cedar Rapids city Council six months before the flood of 2008. ┬áVernon also addressed a crowd of Lee County Democrats at a dinner in Ft. Madison. Continue Reading