UPDATED: City Council Has a Budget Agreement

The Burlington City Council has a budget and it includes a property tax increase. It was put forward by Councilman Tim Scott, who says he wants to spread the pain over more departments and also increase some fees. Administrative Services Director, Stephanie Stuecker, says the increase will be 28-cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. The council voted 3-2 to set aside $100,000 dollars less than planned toward the city’s debt, a move City Manager Jim Ferneau doesn’t care for. Councilman Tim Scott, who came up with the idea, says it’s just for a year. Continue Reading

WIU Graduate is New Burlington Bees Announcer

It may still be freezing cold outside, but maybe a reminder that baseball season is just around the corner will warm you up. The Burlington Bees have announced their new radio broadcaster for the 2014 season. Michael Broskowski, who graduated from Western Illinois University last May, feels his experience will serve the Bees well. “I spent the last two seasons in the Northwoods League up in Minnesota for the Rochester Honkers. I’ve also done women’s basketball at Western Illinois University. Continue Reading


US Senate Candidate Sam Clovis in Burl. Tomorrow

He’s running for U.S. Senate and making his way to Burlington tomorrow. Sam Clovis says the Republican Party needs a clear choice in terms of who to vote for… “There’s probably no one who will be more consistently conservative than me. I think when we run against Bruce Braley, that will also be a very clear choice. He’s not very conservative at all. Continue Reading


CNN’s “Hero of the Year” in Keokuk Tomorrow

CNN’s Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke, will be in Keokuk Thursday. Most in our area know Pregracke best for his MIssissippi River Clean-Up efforts during the summer. He’s the founder of Living Lands & Waters, located in the Quad Cities. It’s the only industrial strength river clean-up organization in America. Thursday Greater Keokuk Young Professionals will host a dinner and speech from Pregrake at Lake Cooper Event Center starting with a social hour at 5:30pm. Continue Reading


More Movies Announced for Capitol Theater

Downtown Burlington’s Capitol Theater is announcing the next two movies in it’s independent film series, shown every Tuesday night.  

The first one, entitled “Next Goal Wins”, is scheduled for next Tuesday, the 18th. It tells the story of the American Samoa Soccer Team, which hasn’t won a game in four years and lost to an Australian squad 31 to nothing. New coach Thomas Rongen (of the Netherlands)is given a month to turn the ramshackle team in winners. The second offering on the 25th, is “The Forgotten Kingdom”. Continue Reading


Warmer Weather on it’s Way

At least three Iowa cities broke or matched 115 year old weather records this morning. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Lee says it was especially cold over the eastern half of the state. “The Quad Cities, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids set or tied record lows for this date. Waterloo hit 24-below zero, Moline 22-below and Cedar Rapids 21-below.” Those temperatures haven’t been recorded at this time of year since one of the most spectacular cold waves to strike Iowa and much of the rest of the country back in 1899. Continue Reading


Fertilizer Plant Writes $15,000 Check to FM YMCA

Thanks to the new Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever, the Fort Madison YMCA has already reached more than half of their $23,000 goal through a match donation program. The plant will present the $15,000 check at a press conference this Friday at 9am at the Fort Madison YMCA. The money raised will be allocated to improvements and updates to the facility, including new flooring. The fertilizer plant is a $1.8 billion project and will employ more than 165 permanent employees, once construction is complete late next year. Continue Reading


$5 Movie Tuesdays at Westland Theatre

You may want to start moving that date night to Tuesdays. Starting next week, the Westland Theatre in West Burlington is offering $5 Movie Tuesdays, according to theater manager Tim Burcham… “It’s all day $5 Tuesday. Any movie we have playing that day is only $5. The only exception would be if it’s a 3D movie, then you have to add an extra $2.25 to that.” Continue Reading


Lee County Meth Arrests

Lee County’s Narcotic Task Force has arrested two more residents on meth charges. 25-year-old Britani Cote of 1401 Avenue E in Fort Madison could get up to 35 years in prison, if she’s convicted of conspiracy to make more than five grams of the substance in the presence of a minor and within 1,000 feet of a school. 21-year-old Zach Boecker of 116 1/2 South 10th Street in Keokuk is facing similar charged, but in an unrelated case; he could face more than 32 years in prison. Continue Reading


BCSD Agrees to Sell Property for New Church

Where there was once an Elementary School, will now sit a church. The Burlington School Board agreed to sell the empty 3.63 acre lot to Crossroads Community Church for $105,000. Board President Marlis Robberts says she’s heard only one complaint from citizens about the deal…. “I have received an e-mail or two expressing concerns from some citizens. They want to make sure it’s going to be a developed use of the property and that we are maximizing future tax dollars. Continue Reading