Collision North of Mediapolis Sends Both Drivers to Hospitals

Two women in separate vehicles were seriously injured late last(Sat) night when they collided north of Mediapolis. Des Moines County Sheriff’s deputies say a van was headed south on Highway 61, when a westbound passenger car on 260th Street pulled out onto the Highway and they struck each other, nearly head-on. The van driver was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center, and the driver of the other vehicle was airlifted by MedForce helicopter to Iowa City. No other details have been released yet by the State Patrol. Continue Reading

Muny Band Wraps Up 2014 Season Sunday Evening

The Final Burlington Municipal Band Concert is this Sunday night at Crapo Park.  

The music begins at 7:30pm at the Band Shell. The director for the evening will be the New London Band Director, Arnie Anderson and his daughter Samantha will be a vocal soloist. She is a 2014 graduate of New London High School. Continue Reading


FM Man Gets 25 Years in Molestation Case

A Ft. Madison man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing pre-teen and early teenaged boys. A story in today’s(Sat) Hawk Eye says 70-year old Roger Mendez of 34-19 Avenue P has also been ordered by Judge John Linn to register as a sex offender…enter a sexual offender program…and, if he ever gets out of prison, to remain on supervised parole for the rest of his life. Mendez had pled guilty to a number of felony and misdemeanor charges in June. Continue Reading


Jack Hatch to Campaign in Burlington This Afternoon

Jack Hatch and Dave Loebsack will each pay Burlington a visit this(Sat) afternoon. Congressman Loebsack…facing a third challenge by Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks…is scheduled to arrive at the new County Democratic headquarters on Osborn Street around 1 o’clock, while would-be governor Hatch probably won’t get there until after 2. In an on-air interview yesterday(Fri), Terry Branstad’s opponent said there’s at least one big need in Iowa that the incumbent has refused to address — the state’s (roads & bridges) infrastructure. By the way, Hatch’s running mate…Lt. Governor candidate Monica Vernon…will speak to Lee County Democrats at their annual Eppers-O’Malley Banquet this(Sat) evening between 4 and 7 at the Ft. Madison Eagles Hall on Avenue O.
The election is November 3rd. Continue Reading


Dog Show this Weekend at SCC

If you’re a dog lover, you’ll see plenty of them at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington this weekend. It’s the Burlington Kennel Club Dog Show. Christine O’Brien with the club says they’ll have over 100 different breeds featuredĀ and more than 400 dogs are already registered for the event. She says this show attracts participants from all over the country… O’Brien explains how the dogs are judged… Continue Reading

LeeCo Board Seeks Input

The Lee County Board has scheduled a public hearing for next Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock on plans to build a new county Conservation Department building. Meeting yesterday(Thur), supervisors voted 4-1…with Gary Folluo in the minority…to give the community a chance to weigh in on the project, which will be paid for with a $510,000 bond issue approved last week. Continue Reading


Three Southwest Iowa Counties Only Ones Still in Drought

After a rainy June and a cool July, Iowa’s starting August almost entirely drought-free. A new report from the National Drought Mitigation Center finds only parts of three counties in far southwest Iowa are still in the very lowest level of drought. Center climatologist Brian Fuchs says all of those heavy downpours in June were a big benefit to Iowa, though they came at a cost. Governor Branstad is asking President Obama to declare 22 more Iowa counties federal disaster areas from damage sustained in storms from June 26th through July 7th. Thirty-five counties statewide have already been designated federal disaster areas for earlier storms, flooding and tornadoes. Continue Reading


Child Care Employee in Jail for Child Endangerment

An employee at Little Angels Child Care in Burlington was taken to jail today after detectives obtained a warrant for an incident that took place July 10th. According to a press release from the Burlington Police Department, 26-year-old Adrianne Raker of West Burlington has been accused of leaving bruises and finger imprints on a child after the child refused to take a nap. The parents were notified as soon as other daycare employees saw the marks. The marks on the child lasted for a least 10 days. During an interview with detectives, Raker claimed to have bear hugged the child in an effort to calm him/her down. Continue Reading