SCC Announces Top Alums

Southeastern Community College has named this year’s “Distinguished Alumni,” for the West Burlington and Keokuk campuses.  

Author Linda Murphy graduated from the south campus in 1995 and went on to the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She’s written a number of books…many for young adults…including “Reaper,” “A Reason to Stay,” “Neighbors,” and “Firestorm,” among them. She’ll deliver the commencement address at the Keokuk campus later this month. Continue Reading


DON’T BE ALARMED: Simulation Test in WB Tomorrow

If you’re driving past Southeastern Community College or the Great River Medical Center Friday, don’t panic. Gina Hardin with Des Moines County Emergency Management says they will be conducting simulation tests with local emergency responders… They will also set up a decontamination unit and be moving equipment. This exercise will also include the college… Hardin says the purpose is to be ready for any kind of disaster that might occur.. Continue Reading

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Gun Scare in Dallas City

The initial 9-1-1 call came in just before 9:30 this(Thur) morning as “shots fired at the Dallas City Elementary School,”


and when Hancock County Deputies, followed by Dallas City, Hamilton and Illinois State Police arrived, they locked down the building & grounds…students & staff…and conducted a search. A short time later, authorities determined the school was safe and that no one had been in any danger throughout the process, which ended shortly after 11 am.  

Deputies and State Troopers continue their investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office (at 217-357-2115.) Continue Reading

DMCo Bd. Okays Money and Hope Haven, HenryCo Partnership for Crisis Center

The Des Moines County Board agreed this week to spend about $43,000 toward a Burlington-based crisis intervention center.  

The County’s Central Point of Coordination Director Ken Hyndman told supervisors how the system works now, when someone is having a mental health emergency, and how it would work under the new system.  Hyndman says this alternative…using five of the apartments at 910 Cottonwood Court…and partnering with Hope Haven and Henry County…will be a better, less expensive alternative than taking the person to a hospital emergency room…across the state to an empty bed, for in-patient treatment if needed…or finding them in jail, which often happens as well.  The shared concept also fits with the state’s new regional approach to mental health care.  

Hyndman reminded the supervisors that there will be close to $86,000 in startup costs…to be split between Des Moines and Henry Counties. Continue Reading


Culvert Work Closes 195th Ave.

Des Moines County Engineer Brian Carter says 195th Avenue…between 240th and 250th Streets…will be closed for a few days for culvert work.  

Again, that’s 195th Avenue, from 240th to 250th Streets. Continue Reading


Burlington Middle Schoolers Caught Cooking with Marijuana

According to a press release from the Burlington Police Department, four 13-year-olds at Edward Stone Middle School were caught delivering and receiving marijuana. Authorities were called by staff members who were notified by concerned students that marijuana was being utilized as a cooking ingredient in Home Economics classes while baking cookies. After an investigation, it was determined that the pot was being delivered between students on their bus ride to school in the morning, as well as between classes. 13-year-olds Anthony Kennedy and Kevon Luckett, both of Burlington, have been charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance. 13-year-olds Stone Graham and Daniel Scott, both of Burlington, were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Continue Reading


Meth in Oakville

Louisa County authorities busted an Oakville couple earlier this week on meth charges — 45-year old Tony and 44-year old Tina Sill (of 210 3rd St.). Tony will face a felony count of manufacturing more than five grams, while Tina is accused of simple possession, a serious misdemeanor. If Mr. Sill is convicted, he could go to prison for up to 25 years and his wife is looking at a possible two-year sentence. Continue Reading


Another Area Telephone Scam

Another telephone scam has emerged, according to the Lee County Sheriff Office Facebook page. People are receiving cell phone calls saying that if they pay for a $500 Dollar General or Dollar Tree gift card, they will win a car and/or $7.5-million. The sheriff’s office is reminding people yet again, that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. They also ask that you call people who may not have heard about this scam yet. Continue Reading

IA Cannabis Oil Bill Slowly Making its Way Through Legislature

A Republican-led committee in the Iowa House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would let patients with “intractable” epilepsy go out-of-state and come back with 32 ounces of cannabis oil as a treatment for their condition.  

Republican Representative Clel Baudler of Greenfield has been a long-time opponent of legalizing marijuana for general medical purposes, but he urged the committee to pass this bill.  The bill passed the House Public Safety Committee on a 13 to five vote and Baudler was one of the “yes” votes. Representative Jarad Klein, a Republican from Washington, says this bill sends a “good message” to Iowans that the two political parties can “work together” to address problems.

Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale who is a pharmacist, estimates about 100 patients in Iowa who are currently taking powerful prescription drugs that, ultimately, reduce their lifespan, will be able to get a recommendation from a neurologist for cannabis oil. Karen Sales of Ankeny has an 11-year-old son with a chromosome abnormality that has caused his intractable epilepsy. Continue Reading