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5:21 pm
Sun April 29, 2012

Six Candidates So Far for FM Vacancy

Fort Madison City Council

The field of candidates for a vacant seat on the Fort Madison City Council continues to grow.

The opening was created by the resignation of Alderman At-Large Brad Randolph upon his appointment as Mayor.  He replaced Steve Ireland, who passed away last month.

Six men have applied for the position, including two former aldermen.



Former alderman Neil Boeding feels his experience on the city council would be a value as the panel continues to move the city in what he describes as a “positive direction.”

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More programs possible
4:00 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Day Camp for Children with Autism

McDonough County children with autism might get more recreational opportunities if a pilot day camp is successful.

The Special Recreation Association will offer the camp August 6-10. It's open to children from kindergarten through third-grade who have autism.

Program Coordinator Nikki Gray says the staff will tailor the camp to meet the unique needs of the children The staff  will meet with each child and their parents or caregivers.

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Document To Be Finished By November
7:29 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Burlington Updating Comprehensive Plan

Burlington residents still have plenty of opportunities to weigh in on a new “blue-print” for the city.

Development and Parks Director Eric Tysland says it has been at least 15 years since Burlington updated its comprehensive plan.  He says this type of document is crucial to future planning and development.

“It looks at all aspects of the city,” says Tysland, “from land-use to streets to infrastructure and public services (police & fire).  Basically every aspect of the city is addressed in the plan in one way or another.”

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Pay Raises in Each Deal
12:20 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Two Schools Finalize Teacher Contracts


The Burlington School District has wrapped up contract negotiations with its teachers.

The school board and the Burlington Education Association have each ratified a new one-year contract for the 2012-2013 school year.

The agreement calls for a $1,006 increase in the base pay.  The result is that entry-level teachers will start out at around $31,000/year.

Teachers are also in line for pay raises based on their experience and education.

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Prison is next step
2:34 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Drug Court Offers Offenders Last Chance

McDonough County courthouse

The McDonough County Drug Court has begun operation. It's goal is to keep habitual drug users from going to prison by offering intense monitoring and support to help them beat their addiction.

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