Burlington Middle Schoolers Caught Cooking with Marijuana

According to a press release from the Burlington Police Department, four 13-year-olds at Edward Stone Middle School were caught delivering and receiving marijuana. Authorities were called by staff members who were notified by concerned students that marijuana was being utilized as a cooking ingredient in Home Economics classes while baking cookies. After an investigation, it was determined that the pot was being delivered between students on their bus ride to school in the morning, as well as between classes. 13-year-olds Anthony Kennedy and Kevon Luckett, both of Burlington, have been charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance. 13-year-olds Stone Graham and Daniel Scott, both of Burlington, were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Continue Reading


One Dead After Motorcycle Crash Friday in Fort Madison

The motorcycle accident that occurred last Friday night on Highway 61 near Fort Madison has claimed one life. 48-year-old Cheryl Bachman of Fort Madison passed away on Monday at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. 42-year-old Edward Gutting, also of Fort Madison, was driving and hit a deer causing both people to be thrown onto the pavement. Gutting suffered serious head injuries and was flown to Iowa City. The family of Bachman will meet with friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson. Continue Reading


Meth in Oakville

Louisa County authorities busted an Oakville couple earlier this week on meth charges — 45-year old Tony and 44-year old Tina Sill (of 210 3rd St.). Tony will face a felony count of manufacturing more than five grams, while Tina is accused of simple possession, a serious misdemeanor. If Mr. Sill is convicted, he could go to prison for up to 25 years and his wife is looking at a possible two-year sentence. Continue Reading


Another Area Telephone Scam

Another telephone scam has emerged, according to the Lee County Sheriff Office Facebook page. People are receiving cell phone calls saying that if they pay for a $500 Dollar General or Dollar Tree gift card, they will win a car and/or $7.5-million. The sheriff’s office is reminding people yet again, that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. They also ask that you call people who may not have heard about this scam yet. Continue Reading


Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill

Senate Republicans have blocked an election-year bill by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin that would have raised the federal minimum wage. Harkin is a Democrat and he chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He says his bill would gradually raise the wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.00 over a period of 30 months. In addition to raising the wage nearly three dollars an hour, Harkin’s measure also calls for automatic annual increases in the wage to offset inflation. Harkin says if the wage hike was approved, it would have given consumers another 35-billion dollars to spend at local businesses, helping boost jobs and production. Continue Reading


Lightning Causes Major Damage to Lee Co. Conservation Office

Employees at the Lee County Conservation Office are moving temporarily to the north Lee County office building’s conference room due to large amounts of damage done to the facility over the weekend. Lightning hit the building, and according to Lee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ernie Schiller, there’s no way anyone can work there right now.. And the list goes on. Schiller says he’s not sure how much it will cost to repair because every contractor he’s talked to is swamped…. Since it happened over the weekend, no one was injured. Continue Reading


Iowa’s Doodle 4 Google Winner a BHS Senior

Every holiday or special occasion, the search engine “Google” displays a different logo. Since 1998 there have been more than 2,000 different doodles displayed, and each year a student in the U.S. is selected to create one. It’s a national competition titled “Doodle 4 Google”, and each state has a finalist. Iowa’s just happens to be from Burlington this year, and today two Google representatives were at BHS to make the big announcement…. If you couldn’t understand that, the winner was Amy Carlson. Continue Reading


Illinois State Police Cracking Down on Western Illinois

During the month of May, which is only a couple days away, the Illinois State Police will conduct alcohol Countermeasure enforcement patrols in McDonough County. The purpose is to prevent and enforce violations associated with impaired driving. Across the county, an average of one alcohol related death occurs every 51 minutes. Continue Reading


Rain Prevent Farmers from Planting

The U-S-D-A crop report says the rains have kept farmers out of the fields, but improved the soil moisture in most areas. Soil temperatures remain a concern for farmers planting in northern Iowa. The report says 15-percent of the projected state corn crop has been planted — which is 13-percent ahead of last year — but 18-percent behind the five year average. Some corn has started to emerge. Soybean planting has yet to fully take off as there were just scattered reports of beans being planted last week. Continue Reading


One Dead After Head on Collision in Niota, Illinois

One person is dead after a head on collision today in Niota, Illinois. 63-year-old Frank Palm of Niota was west bound on IL. Route 9/96 in Hancock County when he attempted to turn left in front of 33-year-old Amber Armitage of Dallas City who was east bound. They collided head on. Both vehicles came to a rest in the intersection. Continue Reading