WB-ND Softball Travels to Fort Dodge

The West Burlington-Notre Dame girls softball team is in Ft. Dodge, preparing mentally to face defending 3A state champion Bondurant-Farrar at 1 o’clock today. At yesterday afternoon’s send-off, WB Athletic Director Jeff Housel spoke first….. Head Coach Jim Oleson talked about the Falcons’ competition….. The Lady Falcons are 23-12. Continue Reading


RAGBRAI Riders Feeling the Heat Today

Air conditioners will be running full blast across much of Iowa the next few days as a heat advisory is posted from noon today through 7 o’clock on Tuesday night for more than 70 counties across western and central Iowa. Meteorologist Miles Schumacher, at the National Weather Service, says we will be in for some of the hottest weather of the season so far… “It’s going to be a typical real hot and humid Iowa summer,” Schumacher says. “Looks like we’ll see heat indices in the 100- to 110-degree range, at least for the next couple of days.” In Burlington tomorrow, we’ll see temperatures in the mid 90’s. Continue Reading


WB Woman Killed at Lee. Co. Speedway

A West Burlington woman was killed Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson. 70-year old Chong Cha Mathias was taken to Ft. Madison Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead after being hit by a push-truck in the pits. According to the Donnellson Police Chief, it appeared to be an accident and no charges have been filed. As of this morning, the accident remains under investigation as they continue to gather information. Continue Reading

Obits for 7/21/14

Mary Elizabeth Barngrover, 89, of West Burlington, died at  Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born January 29, 1925, in Winfield, IA, she was the daughter of Merle F. and Dorothy Opal McCandless Heldt. Survivors include son, Terry (Roberta) Barngrover of Burlington; one daughter, Virginia Thompson of Albuquerque, NM; three grandchildren, Jason (Renee) Barngrover of Des Moines, Ryan (Stephanie) Barngrover of Burlington, and Wendee Thompson of Albuquerque, NM; and two great-grandchildren, Miya Barngrover and Mason Barngrover both of Burlington. She was preceded in death by her parents. Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory. Continue Reading

Market street Lift Station Trial Start-Up Today

Flood cleanup in Downtown Burlington is underway and has reached a point where a decision has been made to perform a trial start-up of the individual sewage pumps at the Market Street Lift Station, as well as the mechanical bar rake which normally screens solids from the sewage. The trial start-up will begin today at 11am. If it goes well, the station will be put on-line and the sewage within the Valley Street/Hawkeye Seperated Sanitary Sewer System, and the basements of those customers connected to that system, should begin draining to the station. If everything works, or if there are issues today, nothing will be completely back to normal until they receive the replacement actuator, which needs to be installed for the station to function properly. It could be until the first week in August until the part arrives and is connected. Continue Reading


3 Sent to Hospital after Warren Co. Rollover

Three people were involved in a vehicle rollover yesterday in Warren County on US 34. 33-year-old Eddy Ino of Galesburg was westbound when he over-corrected while going around a curve and lost control of the vehicle. It then traveled into the grassy median, struck an embankment and overturned, resting on it’s roof. Ino and his two passengers, 29-year-old Guellord Kiniangi and 27-year-old Mpangay Mpangayalain both of Galesburg, were all wearing seatbelts and were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Galesburg with non-life threatening injuries. Continue Reading


Council could Censure Tim Scott

The Burlington City Council will be asked Monday to approve a resolution to censure member Tim Scott for some recent comments he made. The comments they are referring to include one he made to local media regarding the race of the youth involved in recent altercations with the Burlington Police, also his comments at a recent council meeting in which he referred in derogatory terms to certain youth in the community, and the combination of the two incidents, which gave the impression that certain races or ages of people may not be welcome in Burlington. In addition, the censure resolution refers to the fact that Scott threw some papers at fellow Council member Becky Anderson, an action described as intimidating and disrespectful. The dictionary defines “censure” as to severely criticize, disapprove of, or condemn publicly. Continue Reading


GE Announces 50 New Jobs

G.E.’s West Burlington plant celebrated the news with a picnic yesterday and a special visit. The company’s C-E-O of Industrial Solutions, Bob Gilligan, made the announcement right after lunch: 30 new jobs brought in from Chicago. That was a development G.E. management and employees had been working on for awhile. But that wasn’t all Gilligan had to say….. The West Burlington community has had its challenges with the huge corporation over the last few years. Continue Reading


WB Schools Creating Sex Offender Policy

After the uproar about a sex offender attending the West Burlington Graduation this year, the school board is trying to work out a policy that would involve them in the decision process. Superintendent Dave Schmitt… The board talked about a possible policy that would require a 4-6 week notice before the school function and then board approval. Most board members were in agreement that if they do create a policy they would take it case by case… Superintendent Dave Schmitt told the board he will talk with their attorney, call other schools in the area and see if they have similar policies, and then present the board with some options at their August board meeting. Continue Reading


Henry County Scam Alert

Henry County Sheriff’s deputies say there’s another phone scam being reported in the area. In this one, a man with a foreign accent calls, saying he’s with the federal government and that whoever answers is receiving a $7,000 grant. Before they can get the money, though, the caller will need some personal information. If you receive such a call, contact the local authorities. Continue Reading