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


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


Hit and Run Leaves Bicyclist In a Ditch Near West Point

A West Point woman was arrested Friday night after hitting a man on a bike with her car and leaving the scene without contacting authorities. 49-year-old Tammy Yates was traveling ¬†about one mile east of West Point on 400 North, and struck 33-year-old Jason Newberry of Carthage who was riding a Mongoose bike. Newberry was found lying in the ditch 20 minutes after the crash and had to be flown to Blessing Hospital. Yates was arrested later at her home for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury and Driving Under the Influence. She was taken to the Hancock County Jail where her bail was set at $50,000. Continue Reading


Pair Arrested in Burlington on Drug Charges

Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force investigators found marijuana, packaging materials, and a large amount of money at a Burlington home on Higbee Street. During the course of the search warrant, detectives encountered 25-year-old Reginald Elliot of Burlington. Elliot was found to be wanted in another county in Iowa on charges of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. A short distance from the residence, officers also found 31-year-old William Trotter, who also goes by the name “Dizzy” of Burlington. Trotter was arrested for three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Continue Reading


Rash of Catalytic Converter Thefts

Police in Burlington, West Burlington, and Henderson County are investigating a rash of catalytic converter thefts from cars. All nine of them were stolen during the day yesterday and were from Chevy Cavaliers. Two of the units were stolen from the Lowe’s Parking lot, one from Comfort Suites in Burlington, two from the Great River Medical Center Property, and one from 411 West Agency in West Burlington. There were also three cut out of cars parked at West Central High School near Biggsville. West Burlington Police Chief, Frank Newberry, says they have surveillance video of what appears to be a green vehicle at the scene of at least one of the thefts. Continue Reading


Deery Brothers Nominated for Prestigious Award

A West Burlington car dealership is getting some nationwide recognition. Deery Brothers in West Burlington has been nominated for the “2014 TIME Dealer of the Year Award”. Deery’s is one of a select 57 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 97th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans in January. Recipients, such as owner of Deery Brothers, Brad Deery, are considered some of nation’s most successful auto dealers and demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Deery was nominated for the TIME dealer of the year award by Bruce Anderson, President of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association. Continue Reading


GE Employees Not Backing Down

General Electric employees and supporters had one message tonight for the company, and that was to “KEEP YOUR PROMISE”. Three years ago, GE threatened to close down the West Burlington manufacturing plant if workers didn’t agree to nearly $8-million in cuts. Besides that, West Burlington, the state of Iowa, and Des Moines County threw in $2.4-million in tax incentives to keep the plant open for another 3-5 years. It’s been 3 years, and the public is wondering where all the money went. Cherie Mortice is with the Iowa CCI Action Fund…. Continue Reading


Tour of Forgotten Basements in Burlington

This Saturday is a chance for people to get a deeper look at Burlington history by going underground. A tour hosted by Executive Director of Downtown Partners, Steve Frevert, will take people into long forgotten basements of Downtown Burlington. One basement that will be shown was once a morgue… “River Park Place use to be Mercy Hospital, and what is now Smith Engineering’s Lab Testing offices in the basement, was originally the morgue area. But you know, they’ve taken out all the tables and cabinets where they use to keep the bodies. Continue Reading


UPDATE: Burlington Trailer Park Shooting

Burlington Police are searching for a blue 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport, with a license plate of BGG773. A person in the vehicle was allegedly involved in an early morning shooting at Congers Mobile Home Park, the 2400 block of Division Street. When authorities arrived at the scene they found 37-year-old Charles Campbell of Robbins, Illinois with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was transported to Great River Medical Center and then airlifted to Iowa City Hospitals. If you have any information on the shooting please contact Burlington Police. Continue Reading