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School District Official Response to Matt Murray Resignation

He’d wanted to be a school administrator, but after achieving his goal, Matt Murray has resigned after only a few weeks. Murray…a former member of the city council and for the past 17 years a history & sociology teacher at Burlington High School…just started his new job as Assistant Principal of Aldo Leopold Middle School at the beginning of the school year. He’s been accused of violating the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics. A statement issued late this(Fri) morning through the Human Resources office says Murray made the district aware of some personal issues that did not involve any students. Following several meetings with district officials, he determined that it was in his best interest to resign and pursue other opportunities available to him. Continue Reading

Murray Quits Associate Principal Post; Accused of Conduct, Ethics Code

He’d wanted to be a school administrator, but after achieving his goal, Matt Murray has resigned after only a few weeks. Murray…a former member of the city council and for the past 16 years a history & sociology teacher at Burlington High School…just started his new job as Associate Principal of Aldo Leopold Middle School at the beginning of the school year.  

He’s been accused of violating more than one part of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics. The school board’s expected to officially accept his resignation Monday night. Continue Reading

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Turn In Unused Pills, Patches

Southeast Iowa’s Narcotics Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will conduct another prescription drug take-back this Saturday.  

From 10 to 2, you’re encouraged to bring your unwanted pills and patches to Slumberland…next to HyVee…on Agency…and they’ll be safely disposed of, no questions asked. The service is free and anonymous. Continue Reading

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UW Campaign Rolls Along

The Burlington-West Burlington Area United Way Campaign has now received pledges totaling just over 60% of its goal. In raw numbers, that’s $368, 984 of the just over $612,000 target.  

One division…F.I.R.E….is already over 80% of its goal. Another division…Residential…is over 75%. Two others…Construction and Utilities & Communications…are over 70%. Continue Reading

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Branstad-Hatch Debate Focuses on Fertilizer Plant, Tax Incentives

The fertilizer plant under construction in Lee County was a major point of contention during Saturday evening’s debate between the two major party candidates for Iowa governor. The incumbent, Republican Terry Branstad, defended his administration’s decision to award 110-million dollars worth of state incentives to the Egyptian company that’s building the plant south of Wever.  Democratic challenger Jack Hatch says the state incentives are worth 700-thousand dollars per job and that’s a “bad deal” for taxpayers. The debate was held in Burlington — about 14 miles away from the construction site in neighboring Lee County.  Branstad called it a “great deal” and, over time, Branstad said local governments will reap millions. Continue Reading

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Weekend Accident Review

On Saturday morning, a few minutes before 8:30, 46-year old Richard Godwin of Burlington lost control of his motorcycle on Highway 34 near the Beaverdale Road overpass and crashed into the center median. Some passing motorists saw what happened and stopped to help him out until deputies and Burlington paramedics got there. An AirEvac helicopter then flew him to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. The State Patrol and West Burlington police assisted at the scene. A Montrose teen died late last week from injuries she sustained in a 2-vehicle collision at Highways 61 and 218 Thursday morning. Continue Reading

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Burlington Reserve Officer Program Now Underway

Burlington police are now accepting applications for the new Reserve Officer program. The forms can be picked up at the police station, 424 North 3rd Street,and they must be filled out and returned by October 15th. Any questions about the program and the process will be answered by Major Darren Grimshaw at 753-8352. Continue Reading

Mepo Road Rollover; Copter Called

A local man had to be airlifted to the university hospital in Iowa City yesterday(Sun) morning, after he rolled his vehicle on Mediapolis Road near Highway 99.  

A Mediapolis ambulance crew treated Hunter Hogberg at the scene before a MedForce helicopter arrived to pick him up. Des Moines County deputies say Hogberg had apparently been eastbound and left the roadway, losing control while going into the ditch. His vehicle rolled several times…throwing him out into a grassy field.  

It all happened shortly after 7 o’clock yesterday(Sun) morning. Continue Reading

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Burlington Gubernatorial Debate Tomorrow Night; KBUR Will Air

The second of three face-to-face debates between the two major party candidates for governor is set for tomorrow(Sat) night at Edward Stone Middle School in Burlington. The latest poll shows Democrat Jack Hatch trailing Republican Governor Terry Branstad by 23 points and with 46 days left in the campaign, Hatch doesn’t have much time to close that sizable gap. Saturday’s debate will focus on economic issues and Hatch plans to criticize the state incentives Branstad approved for the Iowa Fertilizer Plant south of Wever. Hatch says it boils down to a 700-thousand dollars per job investment. Branstad plans to tout the deal during tomorrow’s(Sat) debate, but Hatch says Branstad is benefitting from the work former Governor Tom Vilsack did to expand the financial services and renewable energy sectors of the economy. Continue Reading