Burlington’s Curriculum Director is New Superintendent in Fairfield

Burlington’s Curriculum Director, Laurie Noll will be leaving the district soon. She has accepted a position as Superintendent in Fairfield. Noll has been in the Burlington District since 1990. She’s been a teacher, an Alternative High School Principal, and her current job- Curriculum Director. The Burlington School Board will accept her resignation at this coming Tuesday’s board meeting, which starts at 7pm. Continue Reading


Local Memorial Day Observances

There are several opportunities this weekend for people to honor and thank our veterans¬†during a variety of Memorial Day weekend observances. Today…. FORT MADISON: Vietnam Vet’s Fish Fry, 11-3 @ Riverview Park

NEW LONDON: VFW Catfish & Chicken Dinner, 5-7:30 @ VFW


Sunday…. KEOSAUQUA: 5K Run/Walk, 2pm @ Riverview County Club

MT. PLEASANT: Memorial Day Service, 2pm @ Lambirth Cemetery


Monday…. Continue Reading


1,500 Pounds of Sausage and 750 Pounds of Pancake Mix Tomorrow

After 26 years, the Kiwanis Club is still raising funds for our local kids through their annual Pancake Breakfast, which just so happens to be tomorrow morning down at the Port of Burlington. One of the event organizers, John Dodge, says there’s plenty of pancakes and sausage to go around…  

The breakfast is usually the Kiwanis biggest fundraiser of the year, bringing in almost $30,000 each time. All proceeds benefit area children… ..and the list keeps rolling on. Continue Reading


Controlled Burn Not So Controlled, Causes HendCo Accident

No one was injured, but three vehicles collided on Carman Road…about a mile north of Carman…around 7 yesterday(Thur) morning. Henderson County deputies say one car was headed south and the driver’s vision was obscured by smoke from a controlled burn in an adjacent field. The vehicle swerved into the other lane and was struck by the second car, pushing the first vehicle into the ditch, where it was also hit by a third vehicle. Again, no one was hurt. In another accident, 51-year old Kelli Utter of Burlington escaped injury when she rolled her car at Tama Road and 91st Avenue around 9:20 last(Thur) night. Continue Reading


In Other Words, “Put on Your Seatbelt or Pay a Fine”

State and local law officers are beginning a “Click it or ticket” effort tomorrow(Saturday) that will carry through this Memorial Day weekend.  

Iowa Highway Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says the goal is simple — to make sure everyone is buckled up. Iowa currently has a 93-percent statewide, daytime seatbelt average, ranking Iowa in the top ten in the nation. The nighttime seatbelt average is only 39-percent. It is the start of the summer driving season and that leads to more vehicles on the road, and the possibility of more accidents. Continue Reading


Keokuk Pair Busted for Pot

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested two Keokuk residents on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. 33-year old Devantae Seay could be facing more than 17 years in prison on counts of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, 2nd or Subsequent Offense, Maintaining a Drug House, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a Drug Tax Stamp Violation. His alleged partner-in-crime, 34-year old Kristine Carskadon, is also charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Drug House, and a Drug Tax Stamp Violation. She could go away for more than 12 years, if convicted. Continue Reading


Workers Killed at IAAAP in Middletown Honored Today

The Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown has claimed 69 lives since it’s first day of operation back in 1941. Today family members, plant workers and others in the community placed roses at the Eagle Park Memorial to honor and remember those individuals, as well as all people who died serving our country. One family brought an 8×10 photograph of their sister, Sylvia Sue Clark, who was only 18-years-old when she died at the plant… Clark’s other sister LaVeta Smith, brought with her a hand written note¬†about her deceased sister. She gave us the letter because she wasn’t able to read it during the memorial ceremony. Continue Reading


Rick Raleigh Will Not Go Quietly From WB Schools

“Good guys get crapped on”. -Rick Raleigh. Now-former West Burlington Assistant Football Coach Rick Raleigh, after last night’s West Burlington City Council meeting, told us about how he was recently relieved of his duties after 29 years with the district, and says he still wants to know why….. He didn’t get any more specific than that. We asked Raleigh who he feels should explain it to him….. Continue Reading


Illinois Schools Told What to Expect if Legislature Doesn’t Extend Income Tax Hike

Illinois schools would be allowed to stop teaching things like physical education, drivers’ ed and black history under a proposal that has cleared a state Senate committee. The panel approved the amendment to a school funding bill and could make more changes. Illinois schools say they are underfunded at a time when they’re being forced to teach more topics. And speaking of that, the state’s Budget Office has released a list of all Illinois districts and how much it says each would have to raise property taxes to offset the loss of state income tax, if it falls to its previous (3.75%) rate, as it’s scheduled to do in January. Here’s how it looks in our area, if the legislature doesn’t keep the rate at five percent:

In the West Central combined district…the school board would have to raise the property tax 7.8 percent. Continue Reading