Investigation Cites 2 Burl. Clerks Selling Tobacco to Minors

After a special investigation conducted by the Burlington Police Department, only 2 of 27 business in Burlington were cited for selling tobacco to underage youths. A 16 and 17-year-old working with the Department entered stores yesterday that hold licenses to sell tobacco. The two businesses that did not check the ID’s of the youths, were BS Mini Mart, located at 1900 Summer Street and the Walgreens on South Central. The two clerks cited with supplying tobacco to minors were 65-year-old Francis Crockrell and 24-year-old Stephanie Moore, both of Burlington. Continue Reading


Nutrition Facts Label will be Bigger

After 20 years, the nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover. Knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s, and the Food and Drug Administration says the labels need to reflect that. Nutritionists and other health experts have their own wish list for label changes. The number of calories should be more prominent, they say, and the amount of added sugar and percentage of whole wheat in the food should be included. They also want more clarity on serving sizes. Continue Reading

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“Invent an Event” for Burlington

When it comes to Burlington’s Tourism numbers, October through March seems to be a slower time for visitors coming to our area. This is why the Greater Burlington Convention and Visitors Bureau is initiating “Invent an Event”. Executive Director Beth Nickel, says non-profit and for-profit businesses and organizations in Des Moines County are encouraged to come up with an event that will attract people from far distances to Greater Burlington during those slower months…. “It could be anything from a winter time festival, a performance, or anything that would bring a lot of people into our area for overnight stays. Day time travelers are important, but we really want something that’s going to have the appeal that will drive traffic from a greater distance, where they’ll need to stay the night.” Continue Reading


3 FM Residents Arrested for Meth

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force arrested three Fort Madison residents on multiple drug charges. The three arrested were 28-year-old LeeAnn Wiegand, 41-year-old Johnny Ashburn, and 48-year-old Bill Briley. They were all living at 507 14th Street. Investigators estimate over 100 manufactures have taken place at the residence. Wiegand is charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth in Excess of Five Grams within the presence of minors and within 1000 feet of a school, and Maintaining a Drug House. Continue Reading


Tom Courtney Pushing for Iowa Min. Wage Increase

We caught up with State Senator Tom Courtney at last night’s Des Moines County Democratic Caucus and asked him what the future looks like for his minimum wage-bill hike.. “I plan to move it in my caucus. I plan to move it out of the Senate. Now, the speaker of the house says he has voted for it before, he might be interested in it. The governor has voted for it before too. Continue Reading


Republicans and Democrats Caucus in Des Moines County

Last night was just the beginning of the 2014 election year, although it’s an “off-year” in terms of the presidential election. At last night’s Republican caucus at the Burlington High School Library, local central committee members were picked, and last night one of them was Burlington High School Senior, Kayla Mace. Although she votes as a Republican, she stated last night that she doesn’t agree 100% with some of the republican values… “I strongly agree with a lot of the things the Republicans do. There are two major things I disagree with though. Continue Reading


Burlington Man Sentenced to Prison for Cocaine

A 29-year-old Burlington man will spend 2 1/2 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on a conviction for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine. Shane Culbertson and three other men were arrested last April, following a federal investigation. The others, 27-year-old Akeem Eison and 35-year-old Zach Shullaw, will be sentenced in five days. 28-year-old Corey Keys will learn his fate March 7th. Continue Reading


Iowa Caucuses Tonight; Schaben Hopes to Advance

Tonight is the night of the 2014 Iowa Caucuses. Unfortunately this year, they haven’t grabbed national attention because it’s an “off-year” for the presidential election. Iowa Candidate for US Senate, Scott Schaben, joined us in studio yesterday and said it’s still important to get out of the house tonight and let your voice be heard… “It could decide who your next lieutenant governor candidate is for the state of Iowa. It could very well be the deciding night for who your United States Senate Candidate is. Continue Reading


Students Now Able to Transfer Seamlessly from SCC to IWC

The Cooperative Enrollment Agreement was officially signed this morning by Southeastern Community College and Iowa Wesleyan College Presidents. SCC’s President, Michael Ash, explains that the purpose of this new document is to benefit the students. It will allow students to transfer from SCC to IWC more seamlessly… “It’s going to make it easier, but it’s also going to allow students to take courses there that will count here, while they are students here and vise-versa. It will also give students the opportunity to get involved with activities at either college.” Continue Reading


Burlington’s NAACP Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

He had a dream, and for 25 years now, Burlington’s Branch of the NAACP has celebrated that dream at the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington. At tonight’s Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner, several members of the city council spoke, including newly elected mayor Shane McCampbell…. “Some of the history isn’t always good, but there is a good part of the history as well. When you think back to Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad, a lot of the help she had to make that successful for so many years, was through white friends.” Police Chief Doug Beaird also wanted to point out the changes regarding diversity in the Burlington Police Department. Continue Reading