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


WB Hopes to Promote Positive Image w/ SRO

No action was taken at tonight’s work session, but the West Burlington School Board hopes to have a decision on whether or not to hire a school resource officer by their next board meeting. If the district approves an officer, they would split the cost with the city and pay 65%. It would cost the district close to $49,000 for an officer that would work 8 hour days and 180 days a year. One factor that was stressed by several board members tonight was the schools image if they decide to move forward with hiring an officer. Board member Nate Prickett.. Continue Reading


Closings and Delays for Tuesday

As of 3:38pm Monday.. **************************************************
Message: 2-HOUR DELAY
Holy Trinity Schools (Ft. Madison) 2 hour late start Tue 1/7
Morning Sun Schools (Morning Sun) 1/7/13
Burlington CSD (Burlington) 2 hr delay 1/7. No AM pre-school. NO EARLY OUT ON WED 1/8
Notre Dame Catholic School (Burlington) 1/7 NO EARLY OUT ON 1/8
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Footprints Help Find Burl. Burglars

The snow may have caused a lot of problems for people in the area, but it also helped solve a burglary yesterday in Burlington. The resident at 538 Summer Street called authorities after she heard a loud crash and discovered her flat screen television missing. After searching the home, authorities tracked fresh footprints that lead them to 558-2 South Central, where they arrested 19-year-old Andrew Brosman of Burlington and 25-year-old Jordan Breeding of Mediapolis. After conducting interviews with the two men, detectives were able to locate the stolen TV, as well as other stolen electronic equipment. Both are in jail. Continue Reading


Homeless Man Receives Hotel Room Thanks to Burl. Taco Bell

Life threatening cold hit the area yesterday, and the employees of Burlington’s Taco Bell went out of their way to see to it that one of their regulars, who happens to be homeless, had a warm place to stay. Yesterday evening the owner of the Quality Inn in Burlington, Dan Patel, received a phone call… “He didn’t have anything. The manager knows me very well, as a business person. She told me all the employees at Taco Bell wanted to contribute something to pay for a hotel room. Continue Reading


Breathalyzer Couldn’t Measure Iowa Mans BAC

A 28-year-old Iowa man made national news this weekend when his blood alcohol level couldn’t even be read by a breathalyzer. Levi Carter was found in his basement at around 2am Friday by police, after a witness alleged he was speeding and crashed into a street sign in Iowa City. Carter told authorities he only had two beers, but wasn’t able to stand to take a physical sobriety test. When police tested him with a breathalyzer, the machine first read .467 (which is almost six times the legal limit), but then immediately changed to the word “HI”. Carter was charged with driving while intoxicated. Continue Reading


Monday School Closings


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Dallas City Elementary District (Dallas City) No school Monday, 1/6/14. Danville Community Schools (Danville) Mon 1/6
Great River Christian (Burlington) No school Monday, 1/6/14. Hamilton Schools (Hamilton) Mon 1/6
LaHarpe Elementary District (LaHarpe) No school Monday, 1/6/14. Notre Dame (Burlington) No school Monday, 1/6/14. Waco Schools (Waco) Mon 1/6
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Local Man to Enter Iowa R&R Hall of Fame

The 2014 inductees into the Iowa Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame are being announced while the induction ceremony is scheduled for Labor Day weekend in northwest Iowa. Jenna Hardy Pedersen, executive director of the Iowa Rock-n-Roll Music Association, says this will mark the 18th year of inductions into the hall and there will be plenty of fantastic live music. Some of those to be inducted are:  Bob Saar of Burlington, Instant Blues Machine from Sioux City, Tom Gilman and Ronnie Meek from Sioux City and the band Silver Laughter from Davenport. Individual musicians selected for induction into the Hall of Fame include: Michael Cutsforth of Waterloo, Mick Staebell of Waterloo, Cliff Berinobis of Waterloo, Steve Streit of Milford, Rich Webster of Des Moines, and Del “Saxman” Jones of Des Moines. Continue Reading