SCC Approves Plan to Renovate

Southeastern Community College can now move forward with their renovations to the West Burlington and Keokuk campus. The board of trustees approved the master plan concept tonight that President Ash presented. Ash explains the next step of the process… “We’ll be in touch with our architect and let them know that they have been tentatively approved by our board. Then we will begin negotiations on the actual fee structure.” Continue Reading


Fire Destroys Home on Sullivan Slough Rd.

A home at 4801 Sullivan Slough Road, just south of Burlington, was destroyed by fire early this afternoon. Fire Chief Matt Trexel says it appears to have started in an outdoor wood-burner and spread to the inside of the home… “When we arrived at the scene we found it engulfed in fire. It’s been an exterior fire attack since we have been here. There is only one person who lives here and he wasn’t home at the time. Continue Reading


USDA Report Will Not Affect Food Prices

Most assume the prices of corn and soybeans will affect the price of your food. Associate Professor of Economics at Iowa State University, Chad Hart, says that’s not the case… “When you look at the relationship between the grocery store prices and the corn and soybean prices, it’s actually a very small relationship. I like to point out cornflakes. You pay more for the cardboard, than the corn in the box. Continue Reading


Illinois Concealed Carry Already Changing

Illinois residents have just begun applying for licenses to carry concealed weapons. But lawmakers have already begun tinkering with the new law. The Daily Herald reported today that legislators have introduced bills to increase penalties for carrying guns where they’re not allowed; punish instructors who don’t carry out training; and lower the legal age for carrying. Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry last July. It allows anyone with 16 hours of training to pay a $150 fee to get a license. Continue Reading


Triple Murder in SE Iowa SOLVED

After a recent review of D-N-A evidence, a man who was put to death in MIssouri for the 1987 murder of an Ottumwa woman has been identified as the person who beat three other people to death in southeast Iowa in 1984. Mike Buchanan covered yesterdays announcement in Ottumwa and filed this report… Special DCI Agent Mike Motsinger identified Andrew Six as the person behind the murders. “The evidence suggests or points to one person and that’s Mr. Six,” Motsinger says. “…We know for sure that he is responsible for Tina Lade and Sara Link’s murders.” Continue Reading

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Meth Production Causes Burlington Fire

The cause of a Burlington house fire at 1105 South 10th Street back in December, can now be blamed on the production of methamphetamine. Detectives were called to investigate the fire after it was deemed suspicious. While conducting their survey, they found several items consistent with the manufacture of meth. They also confirmed that chemicals and components of meth were present at the origin of the fire. The tenant of the room, where the fire started, is 37-year-old Wilson Porter. Continue Reading


Burlington’s Gravel Roads Turned to Ice

We’ve just received word from Des Moines County Engineer, Brian Carter, that if you will be traveling along a gravel road today, be extremely cautious… “What’s happened is that the rain that came through this afternoon basically froze when it hit the gravel roads. The paved roads are fine, but the gravel roads turned to a sheet of ice. We have motor graders out doing their best. Since it didn’t start til this afternoon, we won’t get a whole lot of territory covered today. Continue Reading


Donnellson Man Arrested for Horse Neglect

A Donnellson man has been arrested and charged with three counts of Livestock Neglect. Authorities conducted investigations at two properties owned by 55-year-old Jeffery Graber. The results revealed one dead horse, along with a number of others on the verge of dying. According to Iowa Code, a person can be charged with one serious misdemeanor when care and sustenance are not provided to livestock, which then results in the death of the animal. Graber was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor Neglect for surviving animals and one more misdemeanor for the improper disposal of a dead body. Continue Reading


SCC Looking at Major Renovations and Additions

Southeastern Community College may soon get a major face-lift. President of the college, Michael Ash said at tonight’s forum, that there are a number of things that need to be done to the facility to make it more attractive and to expand educational opportunities. Just a few of the areas mentioned were moving all health programs to one location, updating science labs, building more residence halls, creating more space for the auto-tech program, adding a wellness center, and creating a “more noticeable” main entrance. Dr. Ash stated that there is no question students will get a quality education at SCC, but younger students straight out of high school can sometimes be persuaded to go where there are “exciting” facilities… “The older students who come, they are just thrilled to be in school. Continue Reading


Fertilizer Plant Donates $6,420 to Fort Mad. United Way

The Iowa Fertilizer Plant made it’s first corporate donation to the Fort Madison Area United Way. The fertilizer employees pledged $3,210 through payroll deductions and cash donations. The company matched the employee contributions for a total donation of $6,420 to the United Way. The Fort Madison Area United Way, through donations, have recently supported hundreds of families in need of shelter and employment, community activities for children, coupons for the winterization of homes, and local news sources for the hearing impaired. Continue Reading