Pagan Pride Day in Burlington Saturday

A religious group that many people consider controversial is getting together at Burlington’s Crapo Park this weekend, and is inviting the public to come learn what they truly believe and how they worship. Pagan Pride Day will feature rituals, workshops, food, music and more this Saturday from 10am-4pm. Organizer of the event, Jane Edwards, says she’s aware of the negative connotations associated with Pagan Pride… “When I say I’m Pagan, many people react by saying you’re going to hell. I say, well first, I’d have to believe in the place and I don’t. Continue Reading


Railroad Bar Thief Convicted

A Dallas City, Illinois man accused of taking railroad bars from the BNSF rail yard in Burlington in May has been found guilty after a two day jury trial. 49-year-old Gary Stewart was found guilty of 2nd degree Theft as a Habitual Offender. Stewart had been convicted of two prior felonies at the time of his arrest which implicated the habitual offender sentencing enhancement. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 8th. Continue Reading

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SCC Volleyball Season Suspended

The Southeastern Community College volleyball program has been suspended for the 2014-2015 season because they are still without a head coach. The college has conducted a number of interviews but have not found the right fit. According to an SCC press release, SCC’s Women Athletic Director, Melissa Flores, said that since they haven’t had a coach since February, the Blackhawks have basically missed out on an entire recruiting season. College officials hope to have a new coach by December. Continue Reading


Neighborhood Watch Info Meeting next Thursday

The Burlington Police Department is reminding citizens that there will be an informational meeting next Thursday about how to begin creating a Neighborhood Watch Group in your neighborhood. Representatives from local law enforcement and current neighborhood watch groups will be on hand to answer questions. The meeting should last about an hour and begins at 6pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in downtown Burlington. Questions can be directed to Major Darren Grimshaw at the Burlington Police Department. Continue Reading


Pat Quinn gets Credit for ALS Challenge

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting a hand from someone with a familiar name to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease. The governor’s office says the Democrat will appear Wednesday in Chicago with Pat Quinn of Yonkers, New York. The other Quinn is credited with helping jumpstart the so-called “ice bucket challenge” to raise money for the disease also known as ALS. He was diagnosed last year. The challenge asks those willing to douse themselves with ice water to challenge others to do the same. Continue Reading


ISU Housing Shortage this Year

Iowa State University has turned away more than 200 applications for on-campus living due to a housing shortage. The Des Moines Register reports that nearly 12,500 students signed up to live on campus this fall. University officials are now planning to build another residence hall due to the record number of housing applications. More than 400 students will temporarily live in makeshift dorm rooms set up in the common spaces of residence halls. The university also leased space in several apartment buildings to house over 1,000 students. Continue Reading


WB Principal Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Burlington school officials weren’t the only ones that got a face full of ice water today to raise awareness of ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  

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Post by Newsradio 1490 KBUR. Just across town, West Burlington High School Principal Bruce Snodgrass got a face full of water after being challenged by radio personality Joe Bates on Monday, whose wife is a teacher at West Burlington. About 10 minutes before school let out, junior high and high school students gathered on the bleachers by the football field to watch their principal get drenched… After getting soaked, Snodgrass challenged a few people himself…. Continue Reading


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