Easter is almost here, and with that, brings a number of Easter egg hunting opportunities for kids. For some children though, specifically those with disabilities, hunting for eggs may be a challenge. At Community Field in Burlington this Saturday, there’s a one of a kind opportunity for those individuals. Pastor of Journey Church and Organizer of the “Special Egg Stravaganza” Joe Chancellor, says there will be 4 different egg hunts…. There will also be a regular hunt and a magnetized hunt. Continue Reading
The Lee County Narcotics Task Force has been extremely busy lately busting people for drugs. We asked Task Force Commander Stacy Weber why there’s so much meth, in particular, in Lee County…..
Weber says many tips come from others who have been using and were arrested but a few others come from the public. Weber says his agents put the criminals in jail as quickly as they can, but the nature of addiction is such, that many of the users serve their time, get out and do it again. If you’d like to report meth use, you may call Weber at 319-376-1084. Continue Reading
Southeastern Community College has released its graduation numbers for next month. As of right now, there are 490 eligible graduates at the West Burlington Campus, which is down 66 students from 2013. 195 are eligible to graduate at the Keokuk campus and 214 for GED. SCC’s Graduation Day for West Burlington is May 15th at 7pm at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium. Keokuk graduates will have their ceremony the day before, which is May 14th at 7pm at the Grand Theater. Continue Reading
According to Lee County Emergency Management, the burn ban that was put into place last week could be lifted Monday, April 21st. According to a press release, the ban will only be lifted if there are no changes to the weather forecast. We’ll keep you up to date. For more information you can call Lee County Emergency Management at 319-372-4124. Continue Reading
It’s been a busy day so far for Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force. The first arrest reported today was a Keokuk man on drug charges,
24-year-old Austin Schuelka of Keokuk was arrested at his home this morning and charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana while in Possession of a Firearm, a Drug Tax Stamp Violation, Maintaining a Drug House, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, he could face a little over 17 years in prison.
Also arrested, in an unrelated case, was an Argyle woman on misdemeanor drug charges. 23-year-old Addison McFerren has been charged with three counts of Prohibited Acts. Continue Reading
A portion of Mt. Pleasant Street in West Burlington by F&M Bank is blocked off due to a large sink hole. Officials say it was caused by a water main break. The side of the road that the large, deep hole is located on, technically belongs to Burlington, but West Burlington is helping out. There were no injuries. Continue Reading
Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator, Gina Hardin, announce this morning that the county’s outdoor burning ban will remain in effect through this coming weekend, at least. The burn ban for Lee County remains in effect until further notice as well. Continue Reading
Good news on the unemployment front for Lee County. According to Iowa Workforce Development’s latest unemployment reports, which are from February, Lee County’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.1%. This is down from 8.2% in January and 8.8% of February 2013. However, if you’re still without work, Temp Associates is having a job fair in Fort Madison tomorrow morning according to Jan Atkins… Atkins, who is with Temp Associates, says they’re primarily interviewing for the Fort Madison area. Continue Reading
Iowa Congressman Dave Lobesack made a stop in West Burlington this afternoon to tour their junior high and high school building. Lobesack told us that one of the reasons for touring schools in the area is to talk with school officials about the No Child Left Behind legislation…. He also discussed the major issues with No Child Left Behind… Lobesack says there are growth models that have been put into place at some schools, but it’s not everywhere, which is what he wants to see changed. He also toured the Fort Madison Hospital today. Continue Reading
The Burlington School Board welcomed a former Burlington graduate back to their district last night. Tim Goodwin was working in the Muscatine School District but will now be an Associate Principal and Activities Director for Burlington High School. Goodwin spoke to the board at last night’s meeting to express his gratitude… Goodwin is replacing Tom Plein who is retiring. He will start July 1st making 99,000.00. Continue Reading