Branstad Interested in Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

Governor Terry Branstad is giving his first indication that he would be open to signing a limited medical marijuana bill into law this legislative session. Branstad recently met with parents who want to use an oil derived from marijuana to help their children who have seizures. Branstad, a Republican, says he’s talked with the governor of Utah, who approved such a law… “One of our big problems today is people abusing prescription drugs that are meant for somebody else. We don’t want to create more problems –we don’t want unintended consequences, but, it looks like we could end up with something that is very limited in focus like was passed recently in Utah and Alabama. Continue Reading


West Burlington Searching for New Football Coach

The West Burlington School District is on the hunt for a new head football coach. At Monday night’s board meeting, Jeff Housel’s resignation as head football coach was accepted. Superintendent Dave Schmitt says they’ve already started looking for someone to replace him and hope to make their decision soon…..  

The position is being advertised on the Teach Iowa website, and they have currently received 7 applications. Housel has been with West Burlington for 8 years now, and will continue to teach math courses and serve as the district’s athletic director. Continue Reading


Keokuk Woman Arrested for Drug House

Another drug related arrest has been made in Keokuk by Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force. 32-year-old Amanda Bollin of 3806 Main Street in Keokuk was arrested at her home and charged with Maintaining a Drug House and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of both charges she faces a little more than 2 years in prison. Continue Reading


WB School Approves Budget and Lowers Levy

The West Burlington School District approved their budget at last night’s board meeting and reduced their overall levy by $2.00. Superintendent Dave Schmitt says a big reason they were able to reduce it, is due to the reduced debt service obligation… Schmitt also told us they haven’t had to make budget cuts in 4 years… Schmitt also wants West Burlington taxpayers to know that even though they reduced their overall levy by $2.00 this year, it may not always stay that way… Continue Reading


Robbery and Shooting at Lincolnville Motel

The owner of the Lincolnville Motel on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington was shot in the leg this morning at around 4 o’clock. The owner told authorities that three men requested a room and then forced their way in when he opened the door. He also says the men beat him up before they shot him and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center where he remains. Continue Reading


Young Galesburg Person Injured While Drunk Driving

One Galesburg person was injured in a car accident Friday in Warren County. 21-year-old Tanner Adams was eastbound on 180th Avenue when he crossed over the center line and entered the south ditch. When his car hit the ditch, it rolled several times, struck a power pole, and came to rest on it’s top in an open field. Adams was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to OSF St. Continue Reading


Last Week for Leaf Pickup

The last week to get your leafs bagged up and put on the curb begins tomorrow. Remember that leaf collection is the work day after your trash collection day. For instance, if you trash was picked up Friday, make sure your leaves are put out by 7am this Monday. If your trash is picked up Monday, your leaves will be picked up Tuesday, and so on. There is a 50-pound weight limit per bag and if the bags has tape or staples, it will not be collected. Continue Reading


Tri-State Rodeo Announces Lineup

Fort Madison’s Tri-State Rodeo Spokesman last night announced the musical entertainment for the 67th annual event. General Chairman Bob Huffman says Lee Brice is coming Friday night and Saturday will be Easton Corbin. He also mentioned that they’re building a permanent stage on the ground this year.. “In the past we’ve always had to pull out the stage after the rodeo performance, and there’s a little downtime there. This will allow that time to be reduced between the rodeo and when the national entertainment starts. Continue Reading


Eight Hancock County Meth Arrests

Eight people were arrested in Hancock County yesterday on meth related charges. The first two arrested were 31-year-old Willie Boyer of Niota and 27-year-old Jared Schiedel of Donnellson. Both were charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth. They are expected to make their first court appearance Monday. Deputies also arrested 37-year-old Rodney Monroe of Niota at 507 Arbor Street Niota. Continue Reading


One Arrest Made in Mediapolis Burglary

One arrest was made for a burglary in Mediapolis yesterday. The Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office reports 16-year-old Andrew Rumley of Burlington was arrested and charged with Third Degree Burglary for one of the residential burglaries that had taken place in Mediapolis. This and other burglaries in the Mediapolis area in recent weeks remain under investigation. Continue Reading