Sunset Drive Brush Fire Stops RR Traffic

Even though the burn ban was lifted last week, there are still dry areas out there…  

and that was in evidence yesterday(Sat) afternoon, when a good-sized brush & grass fire along the railroad tracks on the far west side of West Burlington prompted authorities to shut down train traffic for more than an hour.  

No one was hurt, but the smoke got fairly heavy…and a Burlington crew helped West Burlington put out the flames with a second brush truck. Continue Reading

Gov. Names Locals to Mental Health, Human Rights Panels

Governor Branstad’s office has announced a number of statewide board and commission appointments and two of the appointees are from this area.  

Tom Broeker of Burlington will serve on the Mental Health Disability Services Commission…and Sal Alaniz of Mt. Pleasant has been named to the Iowa Human Rights Board. Continue Reading

Area Preps Get IFB Dollars

High school students from Wever, Winfield, Lockridge and Keokuk County are getting first-time scholarships from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.  

Zach Bobb(of Wever)…Erica Robison(of Winfield)…and Ashley Loving(of Lockridge) will each receive $1,000 to help them pay for their college educations in agriculture.  

Kelsi Sieren of Keokuk County is a $500 Daniel Johnson Memorial Scholarship recipient, as a student from southeast Iowa. Continue Reading


Capitol Presents “Toying with Science”

“Toying with Science” will be the featured performance at Burlington’s Capitol Theater this Sunday.  

Garry Krinsky’s show combines circus skills, mime and original music to delve into the imaginations of scientists and explore the principles of gravity…leverage…fulcrums…and simple machines. He brings his science toys to life with motion, music, humor and insight.  

Tickets for the Sunday afternoon performance are eight dollars for students and 12 for adults. The Capitol doors open at 1 o’clock and the curtain goes up at 2. Continue Reading


Volunteers Needed for Tree-Planting

Burlington’s Forestry Department is hosting its spring tree planting today(Sat) and lots of volunteers are needed.  

The City and the local Trees Forever group are focusing this year on replacing dead-or-damaged trees within the right-of-way. The goal is 200 trees planted in the South Hill neighborhood…from Angular to Central and from South Street to South 5th.  

If you’d like to help, please go to the Armory at 2500 Summer Street by 9 am. Continue Reading


Epic Iowa Road Trip is Heading Our Way

Who says you have to leave the state to have a fun vacation? That’s the idea behind the Epic Iowa Road Trip which is coming to Burlington this weekend. Beth Nickel with Greater Burlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the purpose behind the road trip is to promote traveling in Iowa… One of the people who will be on the giant colorful bus is Scott Siepker and his film crew. Siepker is the host of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Outdoors” program and he’s also known as Iowa’s “nice guy”. Continue Reading


LeeCo Tea Partiers to Rally

Lee County’s Tea Party political chapter will hold what they’re calling a “Kick-off Rally,” this Sunday at 2 o’clock at Tolmie Park in Keokuk. There’ll be a number of speakers at the rally, including Sara Haldeman of the “Convention of the States Project”…GOP Republican candidate for governor Tom Hoefling…U-S Senate hopeful Sam Clovis, also running as a Republican…and state representative candidate Mark Cisneros of Muscatine.  

The Tea Party has only been around for a few years and rally organizer Richard Gates says they’ve become more sophisticated since the beginning. ¬†¬†Again, the Lee County Tea Party rally is set for Sunday at 2 o’clock at Keokuk’s Tolmie Park. If you’re travelling from a distance, that’s at 29-38 Plank Road. Continue Reading


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