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Grimes Student is Iowa’s School Safety Patroller of the Year

A Grimes Elementary School 5th grader got a nice surprise at today’s end of the school year award ceremony. Steve Musson, AAA Field Manager for Iowa City and Bettendorf, made the trip down to Burlington today to announce that Landon Steemer is AAA Iowa’s School Safety Patroller of the Year….. The award was based on leadership skills, good citizenship, school improvement and application of safety skills. We talked to Steemer after the ceremony who told us he was extremely surprised…. Steemer’s mother was just as shocked and said that she new he was nominated but was told nothing else. Continue Reading

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12 Arrested for Illegal Documents in Wever

Twelve workers at the Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever were arrested today for using fake documents to get their jobs at the plant. No names have been released yet. The Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies made the arrest after they received a tip last night. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer was also called in to help the deputies translate. Eleven were charged with possession of illegally obtained documents. Continue Reading

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Burlington Schools Making Their Own Bread, Cookies and Pizza

Almost 3 years ago, the Burlington School District did a little experimenting, and developed their own bread for their school lunches that meet all the child nutrition law requirements. Their bakery is located in the old James Madison Middle School. A couple years ago, the school district found that it was going to be cheaper to produce their own product after going through their annual bidding process. Food Service Director Alan Mehaffy, says now that they have perfected their bread, they have also created a cookie that meets the standards… They’ve also been experimenting with pizzas made from the same dough they use to make their bread. Continue Reading

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12 Locals Busted for Underage Drinking

Des Moines County deputies have released the names of a dozen area young-people, all facing charges of underage alcohol possession. They are 20-year olds Jacob Falls, Jon Gates, Davion Lewis, Briana Lindstrom and Keely Potratz…all of Burlington…Hanna Reu of Ft. Madison and Emma Shipley of West Burlington…19-year olds Austin Boyd, Gabriel Golly, Miles Peck and Leonard Shipley…all of Burlington…and 18-year old Matt Seabold, also of Burlington. All 12 were issued citations last Saturday in the Starr’s Cave area. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Has Charges Added, Bond Increased

Des Moines County authorities have filed an additional felony drug charge against a Burlington man. 37-year old Wilson Porter Jr. is already at the county jail on counts of arson, manufacturing meth, possession of lithium, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving a fake I-D, and a probation violation. He’s now also charged with another count of meth-making. If convicted of everything, Porter could to prison for up to 45 years. His bond had been set at $160,000. Continue Reading

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Giant Vessels Coming Soon to Iowa Fertilizer Plant Site

Beginning next month, a western Tennessee company will start delivering some mammoth pieces of equipment to the Iowa Fertilizer Company site in Lee County. Sheriff Jim Sholl says some of the huge vessels will be brought in on land, but others are so big they have to be delivered by water…and authorities have to ensure the safety of those who want to watch. Sholl says there’s one local business that has concerns as well — the Wever Elevator.  Sholl says he doesn’t know yet from which direction, north or south, the humongous equipment will arrive, but its delivery when it reaches land could affect the traffic to-and-from the elevator. Barnhart, Crane & Riggings of Memphis is in charge of deliveries and has posted a $1,900,000 bond, to cover any damages that may occur between June and the end of August. Continue Reading

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Recommendation Made to Remove Stop Lights in Downtown Burl.

The Burlington City Council heard from its Alternative Energy Committee last night and later talked about one of the group’s money-saving ideas which is to replace more of the downtown traffic lights with stop signs. The advisory body is recommending that the signals on Main Street, at Washington, Valley and Angular at Central and Valley, and at selected intersections on Jefferson, be removed. Downtown Partners Executive Director Steve Frevert says the local business owners are all for it….. No action was taken last night. Continue Reading

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Danville Museum, Library Wants 50-K from County

A group in Danville is trying to rub together enough nickels to build a library and museum, and spokesman Bob Hesler says it’ll cost about $750,000. He went before the Des Moines County Board yesterday(Tues), hat-in-hand, but the request for a donation wasn’t considered because the item wasn’t on the agenda.  Hesler says the organization is also trying to qualify for a “Vision Iowa” state grant, which is a competitive process. He told supervisors that in the small building they use now…an old fire station…there’s a “pen pal” letter from Anne Frank to a local woman, when she was little. He says they’ve had visitors from 25 states and three other countries. Continue Reading

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Developers’ Request for “Fairness” Lives On

A proposal to give Burlington developers who build houses outside the central city, expanded property tax abatements…like their downtown counterparts…is still alive, following last(Tues) night’s City Council work session. The Council agreed by consensus to extend..to 10 years…the breaks given to those who re-development within a 110-square-block area, including downtown and South Hill……and those who put up mainly-new homes in the outlying areas would like a similar advantage. The Greater Burlington Partnership is behind the idea and a survey it did says there’s a real need for new, affordable single-family housing in the area.  Councilman Tim Scott…who has favored the concept all along…proposed having someone from the Partnership come back before the Council and make a presentation about how the expanded tax break would help the city. If last(Tues) night’s Council work session is an indication, Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau will be getting a 5% raise and $50 more per month in his fuel allowance. Continue Reading