Local Man Crashes, Flown to UI

A 32-year old Burlington man broke his leg last(Sat) night around 8:20, when he rode his motorcycle into a utility pole near the corner of Sunnyside Avenue and Bittersweet Place, on the west edge of Burlington Golf Club. Police say Jim Andrews was first taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center, but later airlifted to the University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Continue Reading

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Branstad Spends Day in Mt. Pleasant

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad spent a good chunk of his day in Mt. Pleasant yesterday, as his tour of all 99 Iowa counties wrapped up. His first stop in the Henry County town was at West Liberty Foods for a tour. He then went to Old Threshers, and eventually made his way to Union Block, which is where we caught up with him for the ribbon cutting… We asked the governor after his speech how the campaign was going… Continue Reading

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Environmental Group Warns of Dirty Iowa Waters

The group called “Citizens for a Healthy Iowa,” has issued a warning that many of the state’s beaches are not recommended for swimming this weekend because of high E. Coli levels. Not so much in our corner of Iowa, where Geode Lake Beach…Lacey-Keosauqua Beach…Lake Darling…Lake Wapello…and Honey Creek Beach are all okay…..and several local beaches…at Big Hollow, Pollmiller Park and Fairfield Waterworks Park are not rated, which means no information is posted about them.  

Call your local conservation department if you have questions about them. Continue Reading

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Young Mepo Man Busted for Drugs

A 20-year old Mediapolis man will face a felony drug charge, after Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force agents found marijuana, packaging materials and several guns in his house. Branden Crawford of 916 Main Street was apprehended and taken to the Des Moines County jail, accused of one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver. Continue Reading

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Play-by-Play Man Mason Sees Increased Optimism Among BHS Players

Iowa’s high school football season begins tomorrow(Friday) night and our man in the press-box…Scott Mason…says he can sense a new spirit among a group of the senior Burlington players.  

Interestingly, he feels only part of the reason for the excitement…and the optimism…is the “new-and- improved” Bracewell Stadium. Tomorrow(Fri) night, the Grayhounds host Davenport Central and Mason hesitated when asked about the impact of the new lights, scoreboard, press box and other amenities on the team itself.  Upon further reflection, Mason said he thought the stadium improvements and anticipated capacity crowd could be worth an additional touchdown for BHS. The Bracewell field surface won’t be replaced in time for this season. Continue Reading

Harlan Likeness Unveiled This Afternoon at IWC

The unveiling of a statue that was previously placed at the U.S. Capitol will take place today(Thur) on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. The statue of U.S. Senator James Harlan was replaced in Washington, D.C. earlier this year by a statue of Iowa-born crop scientist and Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug.  Harlan became president of Iowa Wesleyan in 1853 before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1855. His statue had stood at the U.S. Capitol since 1910. Nellie Walker created the eight-foot tall bronze statue of Harlan. Continue Reading

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Loebsack: Federal Grant Assured for Leopold Recreation Area

The money’s not in-hand yet, but Des Moines County Conservation Department Director Chris Lee says he’s been assured by local Congressman Dave Loebsack that the County is getting a $150,000 federal grant to purchase 235 acres of land just north of Burlington. Conservation Director Chris Lee says the government’s wheels turn slowly, but he hopes to close on the land in time for the fall hunting seasons…hunting being just one of many uses the property will have.   It also includes land needed for a stretch of the Flint River Trail, and Lee says the levee along Flint Creek will eventually come down, so when the creek floods, it’ll take its natural path as part of a flood-plain. The property will be called the Leopold Recreation Area, named for famed conservationist and Burlington native Aldo Leopold. Continue Reading

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Neighborhood Watch “How to Start” Meeting Tomorrow Night

Burlington police and others with experience in forming neighborhood watch groups will hold a “how-to” meeting tomorrow(Thur) night at City Hall. There’ll be information on becoming a block captain and printed handouts for those interested in helping to stop crime before it starts. For more information ahead of time, call Major Darren Grimshaw at the Burlington Police Department — 753-8352. Continue Reading

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Balanced School Calendar Subject of Joint Meeting Tonight in WB

The West Burlington City Council and School Board will hold a joint meeting tonight(Weds) to discuss the ramifications of instituting a so-called “balanced calendar” in the school system. Tonight’s(Weds) meeting is at 6:30 at West Burlington City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.  

***By the way, West Burlington Supt. Dave Schmitt will be our guest on “The Talk Show,” tomorrow morning at 10. Continue Reading