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


New Tax Credit for First-Time Home Buyers

The Iowa Finance Authority is now offering some first-time Iowa home buyers a tax credit of up to two-thousand dollars a year, for the life of their 30-year mortgage. Twenty years ago congress passed a law allowing states to set up this kind of a program and Iowa is doing it for the first time in 2014. Iowa Finance Authority director Dave Jamison says his agency will issue a certificate for that tax credit on mortgages that are handled by a lender participating in the program… “One important note is that the Mortgage Credit Certificate funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are expended.” Home sales that closed after February 3rd of this year are eligible. Continue Reading


Mediacom Offers Home Security From the Future

Who would have thought that someday, you could shut your lights off, turn up the heat, and control other household devices from your cell phone? It’s becoming the latest technology trend and Mediacom is getting in on it. Phyllis Peters with Mediacom says it all starts with a small control panel… “You can check to see which windows have opened and closed and check the cameras. From that [home control] panel, a person can control what ever is important to them. Continue Reading


Recreational Pot Hurting Colorado’s Image?

A new poll suggests Colorado voters believe the law they passed legalizing recreational marijuana is hurting the state’s image. Fifty-one percent of Colorado voters in a new Quinnipiac ¬†University Poll say legal pot is bad for the state’s reputation. Only 38 percent said it is helping. Young voters see the measure as a net positive, while older voters view it negatively. A majority of respondents, however, still support both the measure and how Gov. John Hickenlooper is implementing it. Continue Reading