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


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