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


Burlington Firefighter Grant to be Voted on Monday

Burlington’s Firefighter Union is urging residents to attend the city council meeting this coming Monday. They’re hoping that if there’s a large turnout, the council will accept a $493,000 Federal Grant to hire three new firefighters. Burlington’s Fire Chief, Matt Trexel says some communities have turned the grant down… “A lot of them don’t like the idea that we take on extra personnel, and then in two years, if we’re not going to be able to afford them, we’ll have to lay them off. No one likes to layoff firefighters.” Continue Reading


Keokuk Woman Could Face 53 Years in Prison

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Keokuk woman on charges involving two different illegal-to-sell substances. 28-year-old Kristine Forsythe faces counts of Possession of Meth, Conspiracy to Manufacture more than 5 Grams of Meth in the Presence of a Minor, and within 1,000 Feet of a Public Park, Possession of Hydrocodone with Intent to Deliver withing 1,000 Feet of a Park, Maintaining a Drug House, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, she could be sentenced to more than 53 years in prison. Continue Reading

New Iowa Law Regarding Juvenile Sex Convictions

A bill meant to stop the release of sexually violent predators has been signed into law. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill today. The law allows those convicted of a violent sexual offense as a juvenile to be sent to a civil containment unit for sexually violent predators upon release from prison. Officials didn’t previously consider such juvenile convictions when making adult release decisions. Lawmakers say those who commit sexually violent crimes as juveniles could be dangerous as adults. Continue Reading


Campgrounds Open in Des Moines County

It may not feel like spring, but that hasn’t stopped people from taking advantage of Des Moines County Campgrounds. Conservation Director Chris Lee says they’ve already had their first camper at Big Hollow. The Campgrounds opened April 1st, with the exception of a couple, according to Lee… He says they made an improvement to Big Hollow last year that not many people got to take advantage of… Just recently they started taking reservations for their new primitive cabin at Big Hollow… Continue Reading


Talking Dog Visits Burlington Library

A very popular yellow dog made a stop at Burlington’s Public Library yesterday to surprise her fans. “Martha Speaks” is a popular children show on Iowa Public Television. Our own Savanna Evans asked 7-year-old Riley Villont to tell her about the tv show… Villont also told us what she likes most about the show… Dozens of young kids got the chance to hug, take pictures, and play rock paper scissors with the beloved talking dog. Continue Reading


Tri-State Rodeo Kick-Off Party Friday

The 67th annual Tri-State Rodeo is coming up in September but a kick-off for the event is scheduled for this Friday (April 4th). They’ll be announcing this year’s entertainment, including the specialty and national musical acts. The party starts at 6pm at Kinnick South in Fort Madison. The 2014 Tri-State Rodeo is set for September 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. Continue Reading


Area Drug Busts

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has busted a northeast Missouri woman on felony drugs charges. 20-year-old Candy Weddle (featured in picture) of Wayland faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of Possession of a Schedule-2 Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver within 1,000 feet of a school. In Des Moines County, authorities picked up 50-year-old Bill Tisor of Burlington on a Muscatine County warrant for buying too much Pseudophedrine, one of the ingredients used to make meth.   Continue Reading