The Caravan of Politicians Continues

More politicians will be hitting the area this week, as we count the days til November 4th. Tomorrow(Weds) morning at 11:30, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly will make a stop at Democratic headquarters in Burlington on behalf of Congressman Bruce Braley, who’s running for the U-S Senate. At 12:45, Donnelly will swing by the headquarters in Ft. Madison…and at 2:30 he’s due at the Keokuk office. On Thursday night at 7, Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will pay a visit to the Winegard Companies on Mt. Continue Reading

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Frevert Voices Need for Downtown Parking Changes

No action was taken at yesterday’s(Mon) work session…but the Burlington City Council heard from Downtown Partners Director Steve Frevert about the need for some new parking rules downtown. The DPI Board is recommending increased parking hours and new…and more…parking signage, to let people know where the city lots are. Mayor Shane McCampbell called it a step in the right direction.  

On another front, the Council will be asked to consider the elimination of Saturday bus service. There’ll be a publc hearing on the question November 17th. Continue Reading

Local Woman Rolls Car

A 22-year old Burlington woman was injured a little after 4 o’clock yesterday(Mon) afternoon, when she rolled her car on 130th Street…just west of Highway 34…near Danville.  

Paige Johnson was alone at the time and her vehicle landed on its roof. She was taken to Great River Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Continue Reading

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Gladstone Man Killed on IL-94

An 84-year old Gladstone man was killed last(Mon) night when his car was hit by a semi on Illinois-94 in Henderson County. State police say Lawrence Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver…54-year old Phillip Butler of Stronghurst…was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center with minor injuries. Troopers say it was shortly after 7:15 and Anderson’s northbound Buick had stopped in the southbound lane at County Road 13-50-North. Butler says he tried to avoid the car by swerving into the northbound lane…but at the same time, Anderson swerved back into that same lane…and the Peterbilt Tractor struck the car in the driver’s door, pushing it about 75 feet. Continue Reading

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Chris Christie to Join Branstad, Reynolds in Burlington

Governor Terry Branstad will be back in the area later this week and he’ll have some well-known company with him. In addition to Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join Branstad Thursday night at 7 at the Winegard Companies on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington. Branstad and Reynolds are calling the stop part of their “Building Iowa’s Future Tour.” Continue Reading

DMCo Board Cands. to Debate

The Greater Burlington Partnership will host a Des Moines County Board candidates debate tomorrow(Tues) night at 6 o’clock at West Burlington City Hall. The two candidates for one open seat are incumbent Republican Tom Broeker and Democratic challenger Ann Distelhorst. Jerry Krause will be the moderator…the public is invited…you can watch it on community access cable channel 81 and you can listen to it on KBUR. Continue Reading

Fire Damages W. Point Home

Fire damaged a one-story house at 312 Avenue F in West Point early this(Mon) morning. The first call for help came in about 3:35…it was reported as a kitchen fire…and firefighters could see smoke coming from the roof as they pulled in to set up a command post. The residents of the home got out safely before the flames and smoke spread from the kitchen to other areas of the house and no one was hurt. Continue Reading

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Burlington Council to Talk Downtown Parking

The Burlington City Council holds one of its every-other-week work sessions today(Mon) and will talk about downtown parking and the possible elimination of Saturday bus service. The Downtown Partners Board is recommending that all one-hour parking limits on Jefferson Street be increased to two hours…that all time limits on all other downtown streets be changed to at least four hours…and that the City review the need for existing 10-minute spaces and change as necessary. In addition, Downtown Partners would like the City to provide directional signage to public, off-street lots…to provide entry signage for public, off-street lots…and to remove prohibitory signage regarding biking and skateboarding. Today’s(Mon) meeting is at 4:30 and the public is invited. Continue Reading

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Ernst Enlists McCain in U-S Senate Run

U-S Senate candidate Joni Ernst will make two appearances in our area this Wednesday and her campaign says she’ll have Arizona Senator John McCain in tow. Wednesday at 1 o’clock, Ernst & McCain will stop in the Ivy Bake Shoppe at the Shottenkirk auto dealership in West Burlington. Then at 2:15, Ernst will be at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Ft. Madison. Both events are open to the public. Continue Reading