Burlington’s City Wide Cleanup Has Begun

Burlington’s annual city-wide cleanup is underway, with items picked up according to your trash route. The good news, is that if you forgot to put out your throw-aways by 7 o’clock this morning, it usually takes the crews three or four days to cover an entire route. Tuesday’s route will begin next week, Tuesday, the 22nd. Wednesday’s on April 30th, Thursday’s collection will start May 8th, and Friday’s on May 16th. There’s a whole list of things that WON’T be picked up, so check the City web site or call Sandy Levine at 753-8157 for more information. Continue Reading


Where to Hunt for Eggs Saturday…

It may not be Easter yet, but it will feel like it this Saturday in southeast Iowa. Several communities will be having their annual Easter Egg Hunts. In Burlington, there’s the Beaster Bunny 5K that starts at 8am with an egg hunt at the Rec Plex. For more info go to Also in Burlington, at the HyVee on Agency, there will be around 5,000 eggs to pursue starting at noon. Continue Reading


Siemens Celebrates 10,000 Wind Turbine Blades

Employees of the Siemens plant in Ft. Madison today celebrated the manufacture of their 10-thousandth wind-turbine blade. A company news release says Siemens management marked the occasion with a meal for the workers, and some words of praise by Plant Manager Tony McDowell, who’s quoted as saying the company’s success is all due to the employees’ hard work and dedication. The celebration for the first Siemens blade milestone was celebrated in 2007. The Fort Madison facility produces wind blades to customers in the USA, Canada, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. Continue Reading


Burn Ban Issued for Lee County Due to Numerous Grass Fires

It was a long day for area fire fighters yesterday battling numerous grass fires. Those fires are continuing today. Due to the number of incidents, Lee County is now under a burn ban that will take effect at 1pm today until further notice. Yesterday the National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning”, meaning that ¬†fire weather conditions were occurring because of a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures. Today grass fires are continuing, so the burn ban is in place. Continue Reading


Burlington Schools Awarded Almost $900,000 Grant

The Iowa Department of Education has awarded the Burlington Community School District an almost $900,000 grant. The money will go to before and after-school programs as well as summer school at three sites- Aldo Leopold Middle School, Edward Stone Middle School, and North Hill Elementary. Curriculum Director Laurie Noll, says the programs have proven to be very successful for students… The funding is for 3 years. ¬† 9 school districts in Iowa received this 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Continue Reading


Veishea Celebration Cut Short Due to Violence

This year’s Veishea celebration at Iowa State University has been cut short following overnight violence in Ames. That’s the decision from Iowa State University President Steven Leath after students and others flipped over cars and threw rocks and beer cans at police in Campustown. One student was badly injured when a light pole was knocked over on top of him. “It’s with mixed feelings and a heavy heart that I’ve decided to suspend the remainder of this Veishea starting at 5 o’clock tonight,” Leath said at a news conference. “So, it’s done.” Continue Reading


Burlington’s First Drive-Thru Subway Set to Open in June

Many have probably noticed the building going up in the middle of the old Fairway Center parking lot in Burlington. What it will be is a new Subway Restaurant that will replace the current one in that area, but it will include something new, a drive thru. Owner of the Burlington Subway’s, Bob Dowell, told us that of the 15 stores he owns in Iowa, this will be his first drive-thru. Unlike other fast food pick-ups, you won’t have to talk to a person to place your order… They hope to have the establishment open by mid-June. Continue Reading


Keokuk Teens Flown to Hospital After Crash

Two teenagers from Keokuk were both seriously injured in a car crash Monday night in Hancock County. The driver, 18-year-old Casey Icenogle lost control on County Road 96 and hit a gas meter attached to a house as well as a mailbox. The passenger was 18-year-old Darren Bradley. They were both airlifted to hospitals in Quincy and Iowa City. The Hancock County Sheriff says one was released from the hospital today. Continue Reading


“Red Flag Warning” Issued for Our Area

The National Weather Service has issued a rare “Red Flag Warning,” for the Iowa portions of our listening area, until 7 o’clock tonight. That means critical fire weather conditions are occurring because of a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures. Burlington Fire Marshal Mark Crooks tells us what kind of grass and brush-fire season it’s been so far….. Crooks advises against burning anything outdoors in this kind of weather, and partly because many brush and field fires can be difficult to fight. Continue Reading