Stark contrasts

Stark contrasts

Whether harsh reality or ‘scare tactic,’ school budget offers tough choices   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Late last week, the Burlington Area School District sent out a press release, outlining four different budget scenarios – at one end, extensive cuts under a zero-percent tax increase levy; and at the […]


School Board race likely to drive local turnout

Robust interest seen in Tuesday’s election By Ed Nadolski Editor in chief If recent history is any indication, upwards of 40 percent of local voters will likely turnout for Tuesday’s spring election. Enticed by a hotly contested local School Board election and the Republican Presidential Preference Primary, Burlington voters have […]


Saturday’s Easter egg hunt features food drive

Participants in the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Burlington High School March 31 will not only have a chance to find sweet prizes inside brightly colored eggs, but their families will also have an opportunity to contribute to a local food pantry. The fifth annual egg hunt, organized and hosted […]


City officer who faces charges resigns

Brierly charged with disorderly conduct following domestic dispute   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer After being suspended pending an internal investigation following a domestic incident in December, City of Burlington Police Officer Andrew Brierly has officially tendered his resignation. City Police Chief Peter Nimmer confirmed the resignation Tuesday. “Officer Brierly […]


Easy money or more debt?

Council debates merits of accelerating projects while financing is a bargain   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer With interest rates at an all-time low, the City of Burlington is considering accelerating its road repair program and other capital improvements over the next two years. However, with the city needing to […]


City plans to double your Independence Day fun

City plans to double your Independence Day fun

But even at $10,000 fireworks display is meager by comparison   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Two weeks after discussing at length the cost for City of Burlington-sponsored fireworks on the Fourth of July, the City Council on Tuesday voted to double the amount it spends on the annual display […]


All part of the plan

All part of the plan

BASD officials say insurance decision was based on long-term goals   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer In the aftermath of last fall’s first annual meeting for the Burlington Area School District – with accusations against the school district of raising taxes without good reason – one simple question was raised. […]


Back from the brink

Back from the brink

Emergency plan helps clinic staff save life of local man   By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer In a world full of cold, hard facts, there is one that Julee Scherrer learned recently while working at Aurora Burlington Clinic. “I understood from ER personnel that only 16 percent of people survive […]


‘Grease’ is the word

Sandy Dumbrowski (played by Madison Gruman, second from left) tells Frenchie (Lexie Baker) about her summer love as Patty Simcox (Laura Christoph) and Rizzo (Kasey Lane Cragg) look on. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Musical revives and fun and frailties of the 50s By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer The classic Broadway musical of a good girl falling for the school’s bad boy – and the trials of teenage life in the 1950s – come to the Burlington High School stage starting tonight in the […]


UPDATE: SWAT incident ends in tragedy

Man dies of self-inflicted injuries following  standoff By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief A 53-year-old Kansasville man is dead from what authorities describe as self-inflicted injuries following a March 15 domestic incident that evolved into a full-blown standoff and had SWAT team members descending on a Town of Burlington neighborhood. […]


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