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Lee County Burn Ban Could be Lifted Monday

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

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Keokuk and Argyle Resident Arrested for Drugs

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

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Large Sink Hole Stops Traffic in West Burlington

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

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Burn Ban Continues for Des Moines County

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

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Job Fair Tomorrow in Fort Madison

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

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Lobesack Tours West Burlington Schools

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

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Burlington Schools Hire New Activities Director

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

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Skies Clear for Last Night’s Blood Moon

This photo was taken by KBUR fan Paul Votaw from Peoria at around 2:30am. With rainy and snowy conditions yesterday in southeast Iowa, many residents were beginning to give up hope that they would see the first lunar eclipse of 2014. Fortunately, the skies cleared up and the “blood moon” was captured by many residents on their cameras. The effect lasted about 3.5 hours.   Continue Reading

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Wacky Iowa Weather Continues

It was a wild weather weekend for many Iowans, with a little something for everyone, including near-record high temperatures, thunderstorms, flooding, high winds, hail and snow. A tornado touched down around 6 P-M Sunday near Lone Tree in eastern Iowa’s Johnson County, but no damage was reported. Meteorologist Craig Cogil, at the National Weather Service, says it went from balmy to frigid pretty quickly. “On Saturday, we saw highs in the state well into the 70s and up into the mid 80s, since that time, it’s been downhill to where temperatures in the state this morning are anywhere from the mid 30s in the southeast to mid 20s in the northwest, so a good 50-degree drop in some locations.” Some Iowans up north awoke today to see their newly-sprouted green grass and tulip leaves covered with a white blanket of snow. Continue Reading

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4 Shot and Killed in Chicago After a Warm Weekend

Chicago’s warmest weekend of the year was also its most violent. Four people were shot and killed between Friday afternoon and Sunday night on the city’s South and West sides — the first a 17-year-old girl on the city’s South Side on Friday afternoon — and more than 30 were wounded. The other homicide victims include a 32-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 34-year-old man. Among those most seriously wounded is a 24-year-old mother of two who was shot twice in the head. The number of shootings typically increases when the temperatures climb and more people are outside. Continue Reading