Bakery Once on the Brink Now Expanding

Some good news on the local business and jobs front:

Baker’s Pride in downtown Burlington…which lost its biggest customer and almost had to close… is on the verge of expanding, thanks to a state-sponsored tax incentive program. The Greater Burlington Partnership’s David Toyer told the City Council last(Mon) night that the planned growth will mean 62 new jobs, with 27 of them covered under the tax incentive program. The first question on everyone’s mind is, how much will the new jobs pay…specifically the ones made possible by the state program. ¬†Toyer told the council that $17.09 an hour is the minimum. Continue Reading


City Council Preview

The Burlington City Council holds one of its every-other-week work sessions this(Mon) afternoon and members will once again talk about the desirability of a city-wide tax abatement for developers.  

Also on the “Discussion” portion of the agenda is a presentation by American Water Resources…what to do about the broken elevator at Memorial Auditorium…and on-line tracking of nuisances. Today’s meeting is at 4:30 and the public is welcome. Continue Reading


Lightning Hits Historic MO Church

ST. FRANCISVILLE, Mo – In St. Francisville, Missouri a historic church went up in flames after lightning struck its roof and started a blaze. WGEM in Quincy says firefighters responded to the historic Old Stone Church at around four yesterday(Sun) afternoon. Fire crews from Wayland were the first on the scene, but needed assistance and were joined by responders from nearby Alexandria and Kahoka. Continue Reading

SCC Hosts STEM Festival

There’s been a big push in schools for STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) because those are the qualities needed for a good paying job these days.  

Yesterday (Saturday) was a STEM Festival at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, which was an opportunity for young kids and adults to learn about careers in STEM fields.  

Dana Klesner with the Lee County Economic Development Group says STEM careers are growing in southeast Iowa and at yesterday’s STEM Festival there was a chance to learn about 3-D printing, exploring levitation, programming a robot, and much more. Continue Reading


UPDATED: 2 Injured After Motorcycle Hits Deer near Fort Madison

A man and woman were seriously injured late last night in a motorcycle accident near Fort Madison. 42-year-old Ed Gutting and 48-year-old Cheryl Bachman were thrown from the motorcycle at mile marker 24 on the Highway 61 bypass after they hit a deer. Gutting was flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City while Bachman was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Both suffered serious injuries. We hope to have an update later today. Continue Reading


Correction: BHS Student Finalist in Doodle 4 Google Competition

A Burlington High School student is a finalist for the Doodle 4 Google competition. In a press release, they did not reveal the name of the student, but plan to announce more information Monday. This student entered the Doodle 4 Google Competition with a task of redesigning the Google logo inspired by this years theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..”. There will be an assembly in the Burlington High School gym at 11am Tuesday where two representatives from Google will be present to award the student as Iowa’s Doodle 4 Google winner. The overall prize is a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Continue Reading