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Man Arrested in Connection with Hit and Run

A 57-year-old West Point man has been arrested in connection with one of the three hit and runs in Lee County over the past few days. Randolph Andrews was charged yesterday with leaving the scene of an injury accident, a serious misdemeanor, for allegedly striking 21-year-old William Londrie of Montrose last Sunday on County Road 103, northwest of Ft. Madison. Sheriff Jim Sholl says Londrie was walking near the road when he was hit by Andrew’s red Grand Am, which left some parts and debris in it’s wake as Andrews drove home without stopping. Sholl put out a request to the public for help identifying the vehicle, and it was that response which led deputies to Andrews. Continue Reading

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Governor Speaks at New Iowa State Penitentiary in FM

Today was an opportunity for people to get a look at the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. The prison is located off 330th Avenue, which is somewhat outside of town, unlike the current penitentiary that sits next to a put-putt golf attraction. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds spoke at the Open House ceremony this morning. Branstad mentioned the eco-friendliness of the new prison… “The new facility has achieved the leadership in energy and environmental designs “gold status”. Continue Reading

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Humane Society Earns $1,000

With the help of social media, the Des Moines County Humane Society won $1,000 for the online “Shelter Challenge”. Co-President of the Shelter Board, Kelli Taeger explains… “We won the shelter challenge. It’s a contest that’s put out quarterly by the animal rescue site. We’ve consistently won. Continue Reading

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Pets May Be In Danger- Coyotes Spotted in Town

They look like small dogs with big bushy tails, and they’ve been spotted in town a lot recently. Burlington resident Dana Hunter lives on Starr Street and said her dogs chased a pair out of her yard Monday night…. “My dogs chased something out of my landscaping and I was like, wow, that’s a really big raccoon. When they were running back, they flushed something else out. It ran into the alley where there’s a security light. Continue Reading

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Burlington Schools Enrollment Down by 50

Enrollment in the Burlington Community School District is down. According to Superintendent Jane Evans, the enrollment dropped by about 50 students this year, however that number isn’t set in stone. Evans thinks the decrease in numbers is due to kindergarten… “I think the main reason is because we had 78 fewer kindergarten students this year.” Overall the district has 4,632 students. Continue Reading

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Teen Walking on Highway Struck By Vehicle in Lee Co.

It’s now the third time within the last few days that a pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle along a highway in our area. Last night at around 11:30, a caller reported a person walking in the middle of the northbound lanes in the 3400 block of Highway 218. Deputies searched the area but found nobody. Shortly after midnight, another call to police reported that a vehicle struck a male pedestrian walking near that same location. After investigating, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office revealed that 41-year-old Lesli Deguzman of Keokuk struck 19-year-old Harley Price of Montrose. Continue Reading

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Person Found in Ditch After Hit and Run

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a hit and run that occurred early Sunday morning about 2 miles west of Fort Madison. The victim of the incident, who’s name has not been released, was found lying in a ditch by a passing motorist. The subject was airlifted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Apparently, the victim was walking along County Road 103 between the hours of 1am and 5am Sunday, when he/she was struck by a vehicle. Part of the vehicle remained and law enforcement is suspecting the debris belongs to a red 2001-2005 Pontiac Grand Am. Continue Reading

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Fertilizer Plant Partners with SCC to Train Students

Once the Fertilizer Plant in Wever opens, they hope to hire local people to help run it. OCI Iowa Fertilizer has partnered with Southeastern Community College to teach the skills people will need to fill the open positions at the plant. With Southeast Iowa having the highest unemployment rate in the state, SCC President Michael Ash feels the fertilizer plant is the start of a new beginning. He also notes there are two parts to this training… “There is a distinction. Continue Reading

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Two House Fires, Both Blamed on Space Heaters

A Hamilton woman and her three kids were driven from their home on Oak Street by a fire early Friday morning. ¬†Sharlyne Rael says the family now needs clothing and furniture. The Red Cross was called in to make other living arrangements. The fire is being blamed on a space heater. An Oquawka area woman escaped from her home around 3 o’clock Saturday when fire struck. Continue Reading

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Candidate Forums for Burlington and WB This Week

There are two city council candidate forums this week. Tomorrow night the Greater Burlington Partnership’s Government Relations Committee will ask questions to the six remaining candidates running for Burlington City Council. That forum begins at 6:30 in the Council Chambers at Burlington’s City Hall. Wednesday night the West Burlington candidates will answer questions at 6:30 at West Burlington City Hall. Both forums are open to the public. Continue Reading