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WB School Board Votes to Put Bond Issues on December 2 Ballot

The district says it received more-than-enough petition signatures, so the West Burlington School Board voted last(Mon) night to put two bond issues on a December 2nd special election ballot —

one for $6.75-million to renovate the elementary and high schools…and another to raise the physical plant & equipment levy to $1.34 per thousand dollars of assessed value. A third question will ask West Burlington voters who they want to represent them on the school board, which is short a member. The polls will be open from noon to 8 pm on December 2nd. Continue Reading

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Anderson Changes Vote, Agrees to End-of-Year Election

It was a 2-2 deadlock…but Burlington City Councilwoman Becky Anderson changed her vote last(Mon) night, paving the way for a special election at the end of the year to replace Becky Shockley, and give the Council five members again. Former Mayor John Sandell…who spearheaded a campaign to kill the proposed franchise fee…implied that if the Council decided to appoint someone on its own…he might do the same thing again. So, the people of Burlington will decide in a special election December 30th who their fifth council member will be. City officials say the election will cost between $10,000 and $15,000, more if there’s a primary.   If more than three people file for candidacy, a primary will be held December 2nd. Continue Reading

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To Appoint or Elect? That is the Question

The Burlington City Council meets this(Mon) afternoon at 5:30 and will be asked to decide whether to appoint…or elect…someone to fill Councilwoman Becky Shockley’s empty seat. Shockley resigned September 8th…leaving four other members…and right now there’s a 2-2 tie as to which method would be best to use. The Southeastern Community College Board meets in special session today(Mon) at 5 and the trustees will be asked to reject all bids for the new Health Sciences Building. The West Burlington School board will also hold a special meeting this(Mon) evening at 6 to further discuss and vote on a potential December 2nd referendum and…possibly…take action on the petition signatures for the $6.75-million bond issue. The public is welcome to attend. Continue Reading

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Bald Bluff Home Being Rehabbed Catches Fire

A Henderson County man and his girlfriend had to rely on the local Red Cross chapter this(Fri) morning, when their house caught fire at 1600 Bald Bluff Road and they were left without a safe place to live. Oquawka Fire Department spokesman Troy Jern says the call for help came in just before 7:15 and crews from Gladstone, Biggsville and Keithsburg (with Seaton on standby) had the flames under control in about an hour. A preliminary investigation by the state fire marshal’s office revealed some smoldering construction materials improperly disposed of…and the fire was ruled accidental. Austin Chandler told authorities he had been making improvements to the home and that’s when the 2-story A-frame began to burn. No one was hurt. Continue Reading

Burlington Lions’ Fundraiser Oktoberfest to be Held at Notre Dame

It’s that time of year…but the Burlington Noon Lions Club’s annual Oktoberfest celebration has moved. Organizer Rod “Doc” Kellogg says it won’t be held at the Port of Burlington on the downtown riverfront; this year’s homage to all things German is in the Notre Dame High School gym on South Roosevelt.

Everything else remains the same — it’s tomorrow(Sat) from 4 – 10 pm…tickets are $7 in advance from Lions Club members and local financial institutions; they’re $10 at the door. Another “fest” in the area…in the morning tomorrow(Sat)…is the Louisa County Bacon Festival at the Wapello Flea Market; that’s the old auction barn.  Alliant Energy customers in Lee County can get big discounts on landscaping trees for their yards, tomorrow(Sat) morning. Operation Re-Leaf is from 9 to 11 at the fairgrounds north of Donnellson. Continue Reading

Dooleys Sue VB Deputy Tharp Over 2012 Shooting Death

The family of a Brighton man fatally shot by a Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputy about two years ago, is suing deputy Jon Tharp for wrongful death. A story in today’s(Fri) Hawk Eye…a local newspaper…says the deputy shot 59-year old Michael Dooley in the head, as Dooley was complying with an order to drop his rifle, which turned out to be a replica BB gun. Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation cleared Tharp of wrongdoing in the death, saying he acted in defense of himself and others, and performed within the scope of his employment as a deputy. Continue Reading

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Geographic List of IL Medical Marijuana License Apps Released by State

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has released a list of where applications for medical marijuana cultivation center licenses came from. In State Police District-14…which includes Henderson, Hancock, Warren, McDonough and Fulton Counties…three applications were received. In District-7…which includes Mercer, Henry, Knox and Rock Island Counties, six applications were turned in. In our area, the state plans to issue one license per district. A different Illinois department…Financial & Professional Regulation…has released its list of where the proposed medical marijuana dispensaries want to locate. Continue Reading

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BPD Reserve Fund to Benefit from South Hill Activities Tomorrow

If you need a haircut, tomorrow(Fri) from 11 to 6 at the HyVee on Angular in Burlington may be the place to go. For a free will donation, you can get styled and all the money you donate will go to the Burlington Police Reserve Fund. In addition to the haircuts, Mid-Continent Bottlers soft drinks and Sterzings Potato Chips & Popcorn will all be available at the tent, with all proceeds going to the fund…..HyVee on Angular, Kempker’s True Value, Circle K on Maple and Subway on Division are all matching sales at the tent…..and Schupick Automotive on Division and Meineke on Roosevelt will donate $3 for every oil change that’s done this week. BPD Chief Doug Beaird says it costs about $5,000 to put one reserve officer on the street.   Continue Reading

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HenryCo Deputies Solicit Calls from Vehicle Break-In Victims

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents of the Olds and Mt. Pleasant areas to contact the appropriate authorities if they’ve had anything stolen from their vehicles.  

Police last weekend arrested 19-year olds Justin Olson of Mt. Pleasant and Jessie Rios of Fairfield for allegedly breaking into a vehicle in Olds…and they now think the pair may have committed some other burglaries in Mt. Pleasant. Continue Reading