5 Dogs Die in Mount Pleasant House Fire

Mt. Pleasant firefighters say a blaze that started in the kitchen at 907 West King Drive early last night took a crew of 10 and two engines to knock down. No dollar estimate was placed on the flame damage, which was limited to the kitchen, or the damage from smoke, which permeated the whole house. No humans were injured, but authorities say five dogs died in the fire. Continue Reading


Two Fort Madison Residents Busted

Two Ft. Madison residents will face felony and misdemeanor drug charges, after being arrested by Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force. 54-year old Kevin Shavers and Penny Flores, of 102 18th Street, both face counts of Possessing Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Drug House. Shavers will face additional counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Second or Subsequent Offense, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine Within 1,000 Feet of a School, 2nd or Subsequent Offense. If convicted, Shavers could be sentenced to more than 52 years in prison while Flores could spend more than three years behind bars. Continue Reading


Ames, Iowa = Best College Town in the Nation

An online publication has named Ames, Iowa as the best college town in the nation. The operators of Livability dot com note Ames provides affordable housing and a variety of restaurants, cultural attractions, and parks. Director of Communications at the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Lauren Frandsen, says Ames encourages students to make the city their home. Director of the Campustown Action Association in Ames, Kim Hanna, is thrilled to hear about the rating. She attributes the success of the city to the relationship between the university and local businesses. Continue Reading


Burlington School Officals take on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We challenged them, and they accepted. //

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a trend right now on social media sites. People are dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease. During lunch today at Burlington High School, Superintendent Pat Coen, who was challenged by our own Savanna Evans yesterday, joined Athletic Director Tim Goodwin and Principal Tom Messinger to take the ice bucket challenge… Because they took on the challenge, they are not required to give money to ALS, although Coen says they plan to donate anyway, which is what the majority of people have done… Continue Reading


Stolen Truck Fully Engulfed in Henry County

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fully engulfed vehicle fire early yesterday morning. The Dodge Dakota was sitting in a driveway on fire, and upon further investigation, it was determined that the truck was reported stolen from Mount Pleasant. 33-year-old Lucas Blint of Mount Pleasant was charged with 2nd Degree Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Failure to Maintain Control. Continue Reading


Illinois Colleges go Smoke-Free

Illinois’ public colleges are going smoke-free — indoors and out — starting next summer. Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s signed a law that bans indoor and outdoor smoking at all state-supported colleges and universities. The bill makes exceptions for smoking inside privately owned vehicles traveling through campus and some activities under the federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Another
bill signed by Quinn also allows smoking on campus inside parked, non-state-owned vehicles. Quinn says the measure will protect students’ health and help nonsmokers avoid unwanted smoke. Continue Reading


WB Talks Sex Offender Policy Tonight

The West Burlington School Board will begin their meeting tonight at 6:30 with a facilities tour. The regular meeting will begin after the tour. On tonight’s agenda is further discussion of a sex offender policy. Andy Ferguson with the Department of Corrections will be speaking in relation to that. Also, because their former Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, Tim Kesterke, who has been with the district for 20 years, accepted a position with the Burlington School District, the board will look to approve Nate Prickett to replace him. Continue Reading


Fire Pit Discussion Continues Today

The talk continues tonight about recreational fire pits within the city limits of Burlington. The city council will have a second reading tonight and could possibly approve the ordinance. If approved, residents will be able to have fire pits as large as 3 feet wide and 2 feet high. They must also be 15 feet from any structure. That meeting tonight begins at 5:30pm. Continue Reading


Burlington Man gets 100 Months in Prison

A Burlington man was sentenced to 100 months in prison on Thursday. 23-year-old Anthony Herron was sentenced after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release. Last October Harron was arrested after he burglarized a home in Burlington. When officers searched his home, they found him in possession of a couple stolen handguns among other stolen electronic items.

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Lee County Drug Arrests

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force made two, unrelated, drugs arrests these past couple days. On Thursday, 44-year-old David Pennington of Alexandria, Missouri was arrested in Keokuk on felony drug charges. Pennington was charged with Receipt of a Precursor for Unlawful Purpose, Second or Subsequent Offense. If convicted he could get 15 years in prison. The second drug arrest was Friday. Continue Reading