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WB Head Football Coach Interviews Have Begun

The West Burlington School Board last night approved the hiring of two new elementary teachers… Schmitt also said they started their interviews for head high school football coach yesterday… They hope to make a recommendation for the board to approve at the next regular meeting May 19th. Continue Reading

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Celebrity Discusses Traveling in Iowa

“Iowa’s Nice Guy” was on the “Epic Iowa Road Trip” when the Department of Tourism bus made a stop in Burlington yesterday. His real name, Steve Siepker, who is the host of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Outdoors” program, says the Hawkeye State’s attractions are sometimes invisible to those who live in Iowa….. The purpose of the tour through 46 Iowa communities is to showcase and recognize the state’s travel destinations. The big, beautiful bus pulled up to Huck’s Harbor in Burlington yesterday and was filled with tourism and other officials.   Continue Reading

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Lee County’s Tea Party Rally

Lee County’s branch of the Tea Party (political group) rallied in Keokuk yesterday, the afternoon event drawing about 45 people. One of those who stopped by was Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who’s seeking the Republican nomination for Congress from Iowa’s Second District… Miller-Meeks is pledging to visit all 24 counties in the 2nd District between now and the June 3rd primary. Baptist Pastor Brad Cranston of Burlington gave the crowd a little history lesson…and threw in a few of his own lessons….. Cranston has endorsed Sam Clovis for the GOP nomination for U-S Senate and we’ll hear from Clovis on an upcoming newscast. Continue Reading

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Cops Bust Old Radio Studio

Des Moines County deputies exercised a search warrant early yesterday(Sun) morning on Washington Road and arrested several Burlington and West Burlington residents, three of them on drug charges. The site was “Studio One,” the former Christian radio station studio…and authorities have been keeping an eye on the place after gunshots were heard in the area several weeks ago. 32-year old Andre Trotter of 504 Higbee in Burlington has been charged with marijuana possession, ditto for 21-year old Andre Jones Jr. of 725 Swan in West Burlington, who’s also charged with Carrying Weapons and Interference with Official Acts. 24-year old Kiara Harris of 24-32 Valley Street in Burlington was also charged with pot possession, 31-year old Quiana Conard of 504 Higbee in Burlington(Trotter’s address) is accused of Interfering with Official Acts, Causing Injury, and 24-year old Reggie Flex of 14-20 South Main in Burlington was served with two warrants for Failure to Appear in Court. Continue Reading

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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

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

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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

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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