Des Moines County Attorney’s Office to Expand

The Des Moines County Attorney’s Office will be expanding the space in their current downtown Burlington location. The office will take advantage of 2,030 square feet of unused space adjacent to the current offices in the US Bank Building downtown. Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers says that the space will mostly be used to expand the victim services division. “The space we’re currently in really wasn’t meant for us to be there permanently, [but] it’s great space,” Beavers said, “When we moved in there, it was very tight. Our victim services division is extremely tight, I’d like more space there to better serve our victims. Right now we only have a little circle table right in our reception area…it’s not a private space.” Continue Reading

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Officials Looking at Zoning, Sign Codes to Keep Bracewell Stadium Sign Legal

Burlington officials are still looking for a way to fully legalize a sign on the newly-renovated Bracewell Stadium Property that is currently out of compliance. The city council is already likely to change the stadium’s zoning area to C-1 commercial zoning from R-4 residential in order to allow the sign, which bears an advertisement for Universal Therapy and is considered a billboard. But Mayor Shane McCampbell and Councilman Bob Fleming said during a Monday night Work Session that they were concerned that changing the sign code to allow sponsored signs with no other requirements would lead to a huge number of billboards popping up all over town. “Inside the stadium, you can put signs all over the place, but when you put it on school property, there is something about that that bothers me,” said Fleming. To get around that issue, Councilman Tim Scott proposed creating a new zone specifically for institutions like schools and other public buildings. Continue Reading

Carly Fiorina mingles with voters.

2016 Candidate Carly Fiorina Looks to Stand Out from the Crowd

Republicans in Lee County gathered on Saturday to hear from one of the 16 Republicans hoping to become the next President of the United States. Former HP Tech Executive and Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina joined Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds to headline the 2016 Lee County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. Fiorina is the only female candidate on the Republican side of the aisle. A former tech executive and advisor to the CIA, she hopes her outsider status will help her stand out in the polls. “I’ve been standing out since I started. Continue Reading

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Suspicious Activity Report Turns into Meth Investigation

A report of suspicious activity led Burlington Police to a one-pot meth lab operation on Friday. Officers were initially dispatched to the 100 block of Front Street in response to a complaint of three unknown individuals entering and exiting a building near the riverfront, and that two of the individuals just left in a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found and arrested 57 year old Larry Dwight Andries, who was in possession of a one-pot “Shake and Bake” style meth lab. Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force personnel were able to neutralize the lab. Andries is charged with Manufacture and Possession of Methamphetamine, both felonies. Continue Reading

Lee Co. Republicans to Host Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, 2016 Candidate Carly Fiorina

Lee County Republicans will be hosting two prominent female politicians during their gathering Saturday at the Comfort Inn and Suites. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and 2016 presidential hopeful and former HP executive Carly Fiorina will speak at 6:00pm Saturday to a gathering of Republicans with the Lee County GOP. Tickets for the dinner are $25. They can be purchased at leecountyrepublicans.org. Continue Reading