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Gravel-Covered County Roads Suffering During Snow Melt

Country Roads in Des Moines County are in bad shape. Especially right now. County Engineer Brian Carter says that the recent snow melt has seriously affected gravel-covered county roads. “I don’t think there is a gravel road out there that isn’t soft,” Carter said, “Some are worse than others.” During a Tuesday morning board of supervisors meeting, long time rural Des Moines County resident Richard Smith asked the council to use some of the anticipated $400,000 in additional road use funds to pave Irish Ridge Road. Continue Reading →

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PPG Industries To Close Burlington Plant

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A Burlington glass manufacturer has told employees the plant will close its doors May 1, leaving the eastern Iowa city with about 30 fewer jobs. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports that the PPG Industries plant announced the impending closure on Friday. Employees were told of the plan Thursday. The 29 employees affected will be given an opportunity to transfer to PPG manufacturing plants in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Wichita Falls, Texas. The Burlington plant, which began operations in 1988 in the former Trane building, manufactures tempered flat glass and custom, cutsize annealed glass for the residential, solar and appliance markets. Continue Reading →

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