Burlington Drive-By Interrupts Sabbath

A resident of 117 North Garfield in Burlington told police around 12:45 yesterday(Sun) afternoon that someone fired what sounded like a shotgun at his house

…and when he came outside to check, there were holes in the siding. The victim said he knew who the shooter was…and authorities reportedly arrested someone later in the day. We’ll have more information as it’s released by Burlington police. Continue Reading

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Danville Grain Bin Reignites

A grain-bin fire that broke out last Friday at 211-47 Agency Road near Danville rekindled yesterday(Sun). Firefighters, tankers and a ladder truck from West Burlington…Danville…New London…Yarmouth…and Denmark spent several hours on the scene Friday morning and afternoon, trying to dampen 27,000 bushels of corn in the 40-foot-tall structure. The owner speculated that the cause may have been electrical. No one was hurt. Continue Reading

The new prison's interior

No Completion Date in Sight Yet for Fort Madison Prison

The state’s top prison official says legal action is likely against the designers blamed for months of delays in opening a new state prison. Iowa Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin says he still can’t say when the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison will open. The facility’s smoke system needs certification. Baldwin says once the project is complete, it will be up to the attorney general to decide whether to seek compensation for the design flaws. The cost of fixing the geothermal system and other problems may reach five-million dollars ($5 million), according to Baldwin. Continue Reading

“Soft” Groundbreaking for SCC-South Industrial Training Building

Southeastern Community College officials conducted another symbolic groundbreaking Friday, this time at the south campus in Keokuk. School President Dr. Michael Ash says the construction of a new Industrial Technologies Training Center is an important step in the life of the college, and training is not the only thing the new construction will accomplish — it’ll create more space for other programs once the facility is built.

Ash says SCC is heading in a new direction…one that’ll go hand-in-hand with the area’s economic development efforts. ┬áDave Rector is director of SCC’s Industrial Operation Maintenance Skills program and he says there’s a crying need in southeast Iowa for trained Industrial Maintenance people. Ash says the actual groundbreaking will take place in the spring, just before construction begins on the new, $4.2-million training center. Continue Reading

Consultants’ Flood Mitigation Presentation to City Council Today

The Burlington City Council is expecting a final recommendation later today(Mon) from two consultants it hired to come up with flood mitigation plans for the downtown riverfront. They include flood walls…both removable and permanent…less concrete and asphalt…more green space…and possibly even a splash-pad…and a riverfront hotel, where the former post office is. All of these proposals are leading up to an application for a grant the City will be seeking from the state, to help pay for the improvements. This afternoon’s meeting is at 4:30 and the public is invited. Continue Reading

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2 Years After the Storm — Local Airport Begins Work on 5 New Hangars

The Southeast Iowa Regional Airport Board cut a ribbon this(Fri) morning to mark the beginning of construction of five new hangars at the south-side Burlington facility. Airport Manager Mary Beaird says the bigger hangars will allow the airport to serve some bigger planes. The Board would also like the City to rezone a 3-acre parcel next to the airport, a move many of the neighbors don’t favor…but Beaird says she’s confident that something can be worked out. The airport leases the land to Floyd’s E-Z Way Container Service, a company that some of the adjacent neighbors say contaminates the environment. Continue Reading

Burlington’s Peterson Bldg. Allowed to Reopen Late Last Night

A correction to a story you may have read today(Fri). The Peterson building on North 4th Street…which had been evacuated and declared unsafe Wednesday afternoon due to high levels of carbon monoxide…did not re-open yesterday(Thur), as reported in the Hawk Eye…a local newspaper. City Inspector Larry Caston says the building didn’t test safe until last(Thur) night and was allowed to reopen at 9 pm. Continue Reading

Danville Residents Hurt

Two Danville residents were injured early yesterday(Thur) morning when their vehicle crashed into the ditch at Danville and Mediapolis Roads. Driver Bryan Long was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center with minor injuries. His passenger, Jacob Long, was also taken to GRMC, but later airlifted to Iowa City for further treatment. (Des Moines County deputies were at the scene, along with crews from the Mediapolis, Yarmouth and Danville Fire Departments.) Continue Reading

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Early Votes Now Possible

The absentee ballots have arrived. So, if you live in the City of Burlington or the West Burlington School District, you may now vote early for the December 2nd Burlington City primary election or the West Burlington Schools 3-part bond referendum and board election. You may vote ahead of time at the Des Moines County Auditor’s office…on the second floor of the courthouse…in downtown Burlington…during regular business hours — 8 am to 4:30 pm…until December 1st at 5 pm. If you mail it in, the ballot must be postmarked by Monday, December 1st…and if you deliver it in person, you may do so until 8 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, December 2nd. (Call the Auditor’s office at 753-8232 for more information.) Continue Reading