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Bigger Plant Means More Hires: Shearer Foods

More ground was broken yesterday(Tues) for a 60,000 square foot expansion to the former Lance plant…now Shearer’s Foods…on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington.  

Steve Ruh is Shearer’s Director of Operations and says the new space and equipment…$33,000,000 of it…will pave the way for a new line of crackers and about 150 new employee, whose starting salaries will range from $11 an hour to $19. There’s a lot of talk these days about would-be workers needing extra training before they start a new job…but Ruh says that won’t be necessary at Shearer’s.   Continue Reading

FM City Council Fills Ranks

The Ft. Madison City Council has a new member.  

Chad Cangas will represent the 5th Ward, a position that opened up when Councilman Mark Lair moved to the 4th Ward and so had to resign. The Ft. Madison Council agreed to appoint…rather than let the people elect…someone to fill out Lair’s term until January, 2016. Continue Reading

Stabbing Involves Fishing Friends

A Warsaw, Illinois man was stabbed and one of his fishing buddies is accused of doing it, according to Hancock County authorities.  

The victim…40-year old Brial Cleer…was flown Monday night to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. 67-year old Dorrance Smysor of Elmwood, Illinois, was arrested early yesterday(Tues) morning and taken to the Hancock County jail. Continue Reading

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Burlington City Council Election Headed for a Primary First

Get ready for another election — there’ll be a primary…in Burlington…on December 2nd.  

Des Moines County Auditor Carol Copeland says those running…so far…for Becky Shockley’s old city council seat are former Councilman and Mayor Jim Davidson…Tracey Watts…and Dan Wischmeier. Would-be candidates have until the end of business November 7th to file their nominating petitions with the Auditor’s office. The special election…once the field has been narrowed to two…is December 30th, and Copeland says between the primary and special elections, they should cost the taxpayers about $10,000. Continue Reading

Popular Route West of Mediapolis Open, Almost Finished

Des Moines County’s Secondary Roads Department says Mediapolis Road…between 160th Avenue and the west bridge of the double bridges…has been reopened. A word of caution, however — the contractor still has some dirt-work to finish as conditions dry out, so you’re urged to pay close attention in the area. Meanwhile, in the City of Burlington, Harrison Street…from Main to Summer…may be reduced to one lane today(Tue) and tomorrow(Wed), so the Street Department can safely do some repairs. Continue Reading

Downtown Partners Has Downtown Parking on its Mind

Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau announced at the end of last(Mon) night’s Council meeting that Downtown Partners has two downtown parking irons in the fire — looking at some alterations to the current policy…and recommending that a comprehensive parking study be done. In other business, the Council approved a change in curfew hours, requiring kids and young teens to be home earlier…$4,000 in Starker Trust funds will be spent to help buy some land in Bonn’s Hollow…and the Council will talk some more about snow removal and parking procedures during its November 24th meeting. City Clerk Kathleen Salisbury was recognized for 35 years of public service. Continue Reading

Council Okays Earlier Curfew Hours as Last-Minute Objections are Voiced

The Burlington City Council voted 3-1 last(Mon) night to make curfew time for kids and young teens a little earlier. There hadn’t been much feedback on the issue for the past few months…as the change made its way through the public hearing process…but last(Mon) night frequent city spending critic Leon Shahan objected to the proposal, saying the new hours are akin to putting kids under “house arrest.” Mayor Shane McCampbell cast the only “no” vote, agreeing that a 9 pm curfew on school nights was just too early. Continue Reading

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SCC Groundbreaking Done; New Bids for Health Ctr. are Next Task

Southeastern Community College officials and others symbolically broke ground yesterday(Mon) for a new, $10,000,000 health professions center.  

“Symbolically,” because construction won’t actually begin til spring…assuming the bids come in lower than they did the first time, when the Board of Trustees threw them out. School President Michael Ash says he’s optimistic and determined. Greater Burlington Partnership CEO Jason Hutcheson told the crowd that economic development is no longer based mainly on bricks, mortar and property, but a well-trained, skilled workforce. Ash says the 38,000 square foot center should be operational by the Spring of 2016. Continue Reading

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Water Main Breaks in Hamilton

The City of Hamilton’s Water Department has issued a boil order for all of Westview Drive.  

A “main” has broken…causing a drop in pressure…and the boil order will remain in effect until Wednesday at noon. Again, that’s all of Westview Drive in Hamilton. Continue Reading