Possible Open Enrollment Cap in WB School’s Future

Open enrollment in the West Burlington School District has been increasing for at least the past four years, an issue that is positive, yet a concern. Superintendent Dave Schmitt said at tonight’s board meeting, that it’s great enrollment is increasing, but they may have to do something about it in the future.. “The board is going to look at maybe capping open enrollment. So as we look at trends and also buildings that we are proposing to possibly work on, that might have an impact on what that cap could be.” As of right now, West Burlington’s open enrollment is at a manageable stage… Continue Reading


Montrose Woman to Fight Perjury Charge

A former Iowa felon charged with illegally voting is expected to fight the charge Tuesday at the first jury trial stemming from a statewide crackdown on election-related crimes. Kelli Jo Griffin of Montrose is scheduled to stand trial for perjury in Lee County. Prosecutors say that she signed an affidavit falsely claiming that she was not an ineligible felon when she voted in the Nov. 5 municipal election. Prosecutors say she remained on probation for a 2008 felony drug conviction and didn’t have voting rights then. Continue Reading

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Edward Stone May Require New, Strict Dress Code

One of Burlington’s Middle Schools is looking into a standardized dress code. Edward Stone Middle School Principal, Brian Johnson, says he wouldn’t call it a “uniform”…. “Typically a uniform would be like, Notre Dame for example, ¬†khaki pants and a blue shirt. Where as we’re saying, you can wear khaki pants or basically any type of dress pants with a collared shirt.” The school hasn’t made an official decision yet, and is asking for feedback from parents and people in the community through a survey. Continue Reading


Slick Hancock County Roads Claim One Life

The slick snow covered roads yesterday claimed the life of an Illinois man in Hancock County. According to a press release, 59-year-old Daniel Johnson of Belvidere was driving north on Illinois Route 96 , just south of Nauvoo, when he lost control on the slick roadway and slide off the right side of the street. He then struck a tree, veered back across both lanes, and drove off the left side of the road, and over an embankment. Johnson died from his injuries. The investigation also reveled that he was not wearing his seat belt. Continue Reading


Burlington Water Main Break Woes Continue

Nothing’s official yet, but the man in charge of keeping Burlington’s water flowing says it appears that a 16-foot section of the “main” that went down two weekends ago is missing from it’s usual spot under Flint Creek. Waterworks Director Allen Borden didn’t want to speculate as to what may have happened, but he told us he hopes to have more information by tonight or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, the city’s water continues to be re-routed through a backup “main” that runs parallel to the other one.   Continue Reading


Record Lows This Morning, Warm-up Coming!

After a February that was one of the coldest and snowiest in Iowa history, March is starting off much the same way as more record cold is gripping the state and more snow will soon be falling. Several Iowa cities report record or near-record low temperatures this morning according to meteorologist Brad Fillbach, at the National Weather Service… “In our area that we cover, we had five new record lows. Des Moines was 7-below, Waterloo 19-below, Ottumwa was 9-below, Lamoni 8-below and Mason City 15-below.” He says some of the low temperature records that were shattered go back decades — and more. Continue Reading


FM Prison Documentary Could Win Oscar Tonight

Fort Madison prison officials will be closely watching the Academy Awards ceremony tonight. A short documentary film shot in 2006 at the prison is up for an Oscar. “Prison Terminal” by director Edgar Barens focuses on the hospice care given by inmates to fellow prisoners in their final days. The 42-minute long film is a nominee in the Best Documentary Short category. “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” was produced in association with HBO and will premiere on the network March 31st. Continue Reading


Burlington Man Arrested for Selling Meth

A 29-year-old Burlington man was arrested today on meth related charges. The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force had received information about meth production occurring at a home in rural Des Moines County. Tyler Lees of 6529 115th Avenue in Burlington, was taken to the Des Moines County Jail after authorities found items consistent with meth production and sales in the home. During their investigation they determined that Lees was allegedly actively seeking meth precursors in exchange for finished narcotics product. Lees is being held on $100,000 bond, pending a court appearance. Continue Reading


A Taste of New Orleans in Burlington Friday

It may be cold here, but tomorrow at the Art Center Gallery in Downtown Burlington, you can at least pretend to be somewhere warm, like New Orleans. President of the Art Guild Board of Directors, Tammy McCoy, says it will even taste like the Mardi Gras city… “We’re going to give you a taste of New Orleans food and drinks. There will be kings cake for dessert, and we’ll have live jazz and blues music.” The funds raised will go to the art center… Continue Reading


Pot Holes Galore in Burlington

It’s a problem most people in the Midwest have to endure during the winter seasons: large pot holes. Chris Clements with Burlington’s Public Works Department says this year they’re filling more holes than last year due to the amount of snow we’ve had. He says there’s no telling how much money the city will have to spend… “I couldn’t really put a good number on it. Like this year, it’ll be much higher than last winter, with the little snow and fewer freeze cycles [last year]. Continue Reading