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A Race to Cross the Bridge

Hundreds of people will be making their way across Burlington’s Great River Bridge on foot tomorrow.  

When we talked to Organizer Brad Selby, he said there were around 300 people already registered for the 19th Annual Great River Bridge Race, and it’s not too late to join if you aren’t signed up… Selby explains the route the runners will be taking… All proceeds go to three different charities. Selby says the racers get to decide whether they want their $25 to go to the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, Young House Family Services, or the Dankwardt Pool Improvement Fund. Continue Reading

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Oquawka 18-year-olds Busted After Morning Chase

Henderson County deputies and Oquawka police arrested two 18-year olds early this morning after a 20-minute chase that wound its way through Gladstone and Oquawka Townships and the Villages of Gladstone and Oquawka. During the pursuit, the vehicle containing the suspects hit the Sheriff’s Department patrol car, but the deputy was not injured. Sheriff Steve Haynes says Alex Stanley of Oquawka, who was driving and ran off when the car was stopped, has been charged with at least two felonies — Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding a Police Officer and Criminal Damage to Government-Supported Property. Stanley was also charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, Possession of Less than 2 1/2 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Going 80 in a 55-Mile-Per-Hour Zone, Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and Improper Lane Usage. Stanley’s passenger, Devin Hainds, also of Oquawka, remained in the car and will face counts of Marijuana Possession, Less than 2 1/2 Grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading

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Firearms Training this Weekend at Big Hollow

Des Moines County Conservation Director Chris Lee says there is still room available for this weekend’s Firearms Training. It’s a two day course that will be offered at the Big Hollow shooting range near Sperry. The class meets the carry license training requirements for many states including Iowa, Illinois, Florida and Arizona. After you complete the course this Saturday and Sunday you’ll qualify to apply for carry permits in your state of residence. For more information on this weekend’s Firearm Training you can go to the Des Moines County Conservation Website or call 319-572-1564. Continue Reading

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Ready for Hillary Day of Action Party in Burlington

She hasn’t announced that she’s running for President yet, but that hasn’t stopped millions of Hillary Clinton supporters from holding parties and purchasing “Ready for Hillary 2016″ bumper stickers. Saturday there’s a Day of Action House Party for Hillary supporters at 5pm at the home of Burlington resident, Elaine Baxter…. The Ready for Hillary Day of Action House Party is from 5-7pm at 1016 North 4th Street in Burlington. For other day of action parties in your own community, go to readyforhillary.com. Continue Reading

DNR Rules Prompt WB to Hike Sewer Rates

Nothing’s official yet, but it appears likely that West Burlington will soon be raising its sewer rates.  

Facing the prospect of new legal mandates from the state Department of Natural Resources, the West Burlington City Council held a work session this week and tentatively agreed to raise the $4 rate to $4.68-per-month…and the $4.07 rate to $5.11-a-month.  

The Council won’t take a formal vote until its next meeting, this coming Wednesday. Continue Reading

Local Teens’ Car Strikes HendCo Squad, Chase Ensues…Busted

Henderson County deputies and Oquawka police arrested two 18-year olds early this(Fri) morning after a 20-minute chase that wound its way through Gladstone and Oquawka Townships and the Villages of Gladstone and Oquawka.  

During the pursuit, the vehicle containing the suspects hit the Sheriff’s Department patrol car…but the deputy was not injured. Sheriff Steve Haynes says Alex Stanley of Oquawka…who was driving and ran off when the car was stopped (at 2nd & Putnam Streets in Oquawka)…has been charged with at least two felonies — Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding a Police Officer and Criminal Damage to Government-Supported Property…plus Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, Possession of Less than 2 1/2 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Going 80 in a 55-Mile-Per-Hour Zone, Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and Improper Lane Useage.  

Stanley’s passenger…Devin Hainds, also of Oquawka…remained in the car and will face counts of Marijuana Possession, Less than 2 1/2 Grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading

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One Door Closes While Another Opens: Local Jobs

In the wake of DuPont-Pioneer’s announcement that it’s closing its Mt. Pleasant seed production plant, a western Iowa-based company says it’s opening a large-scale facility in the Monmouth area.  

The DuPont-Pioneer move will idle about 50 employees, but the Cloverleaf Cold Storage news, to be officially announced today, will bring an estimated 150 jobs to Warren County, Illinois.  

In fact, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will travel to west-central Illinois today to discuss the project and campaign on behalf of Illinois’ economy. Continue Reading

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Natural Gas Smell from Former Hub Town House

The situation could have been much worse.  

Burlington firefighters and an Alliant Energy crew were called to the former Hub Town House (at 112 North Main) shortly before 9 o’clock this morning, when a passerby reported smelling natural gas in the area. An investigation revealed that someone who bought appliances at last Saturday’s public auction were supposed to cap the energy source, but didn’t. Emergency responders spent about an-hour-and-10-minutes on the scene. No one was hurt. Continue Reading

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DuPont Pioneer in Mount Pleasant Closing

A large company in Mt. Pleasant shut it’s doors today. Pioneer DuPont informed their employees this morning about the closure. They are ceasing production today, which will affect 50 people. Jane Slusark, who is a spokesperson for the company, gave us this quote today… “Over the past several years, we have added capacity through growing capabilities, capital, and process improvement. Continue Reading