Manor Land Rezoning Up Tonight

The Burlington City Council meets tonight(Mon) and is expected to give final approval to a rezoning request for the former Flint Hills Manor property near the corner of Roosevelt and Agency.  

Developer Bob Welstead of Omaha-based Dial Realty has plans for a restaurant, several retail stores, senior housing and a hotel, among other things. Also up for public hearings tonight(Mon) are this year’s proposed (hot-mix-asphalt) street resurfacing program and a recommendation by Mayor Shane McCampbell that regular council meetings start at 5:30, instead of 6:30 pm. On the “action” agenda for tonight are several proposed fee increases, including those charged for trash tags, solid waste, sewer use, septic hauling and storm water drainage.  

Tonight’s(Mon) meeting is at 6:30 and the public is welcome. Continue Reading


Sperry Man Charged with Pet Shooting

SPERRY, Iowa (AP) — A 21-year-old Sperry man is accused of shooting a neighboring family’s dog while the animal was playing near a 10-year-old boy.  

The Burlington Hawk Eye, a local newspaper, reports that Cody Trails Warth was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of felony criminal mischief, animal abuse and shooting a rifle across a roadway.  

Janice Hine says her 10-year-old son has been traumatized by the shooting. She says the hunting dog, named Marlow, was on his family’s property and was about 15 yards away from her son when he was shot in a hind leg. The dog underwent surgery and is expected to recover. Continue Reading


Smith New Capitol Theater Manager

You may have gotten your tickets from her at the Capitol Theater box office, heard her voice on the phone, announcing the upcoming shows, or seen her pointing volunteers in the right direction.  

She’s done it all, but Colleen Smith will now get paid for it.  The Capitol’s board of directors has named Smith the local performing arts center’s new Manager.  

The setup will be a little different than it was when Tina Salamone was running things; Salamone was the Executive Director and, as such, was responsible for virtually everything.   As Manager, Smith is in charge of the Capitol’s day-to-day operations, while various board members, including Terry Arellano, will handle booking & marketing the various acts. Continue Reading


Three Morning Mediapolis Burglaries

For a short time, the burglaries had stopped in Mediapolis, but according to the daily activity log on the Burlington Police Department website, three burglaries were reported in Mediapolis early yesterday morning. One was a home burglary at 1214 Middle Street, and the other two were car burglaries. One took place at 803 Main Street and the other at 1111 Pine Street. All three occurred within an hour. Continue Reading


Four Egg Hunts for Kids with Disabilities at Community Field

Easter is almost here, and with that, brings a number of Easter egg hunting opportunities for kids. For some children though, specifically those with disabilities, hunting for eggs may be a challenge. At Community Field in Burlington this Saturday, there’s a one of a kind opportunity for those individuals. Pastor of Journey Church and Organizer of the “Special Egg Stravaganza” Joe Chancellor, says there will be 4 different egg hunts…. There will also be a regular hunt and a magnetized hunt. Continue Reading


Task Force Commander Explains Lee Co. Meth Issue

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force has been extremely busy lately busting people for drugs. We asked Task Force Commander Stacy Weber why there’s so much meth, in particular, in Lee County…..  

Weber says many tips come from others who have been using and were arrested but a few others come from the public. Weber says his agents put the criminals in jail as quickly as they can, but the nature of addiction is such, that many of the users serve their time, get out and do it again. If you’d like to report meth use, you may call Weber at 319-376-1084. Continue Reading


SCC Announces Graduation Totals and Dates

Southeastern Community College has released its graduation numbers for next month. As of right now, there are 490 eligible graduates at the West Burlington Campus, which is down 66 students from 2013. 195 are eligible to graduate at the Keokuk campus and 214 for GED. SCC’s Graduation Day for West Burlington is May 15th at 7pm at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium. Keokuk graduates will have their ceremony the day before, which is May 14th at 7pm at the Grand Theater. Continue Reading

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LeeCo Board Agrees(Again) to Help KAH

Meeting in a special session yesterday(Thur), the Lee County Board voted 4-1 to give financially-vulnerable Keokuk Area Hospital a $103,000 grant.  

If the move sounds familiar, it should — supervisors did the same thing last week, but hadn’t given the legally-required 24-hour notice…so this past Tuesday they rescinded the action and yesterday(Thur) reinstated it, with only Supervisor Ron Fedler voting “no,.”just as he did the first time. Continue Reading


Vehicle-Sized Sinkhole Draws Crews from Both Cities

The West Burlington City Council learned last night that the car-sized sinkhole on Mt. Pleasant Street, near F&M Bank, should be fixed by sometime today(Thur) or tomorrow.  

That side of the street is actually in Burlington, so Municipal Waterworks is working on the problem, with help from the West Burlington Public Works Department.  

It’s about 10 by 20-feet across and 5 ½-feet deep, and both lanes of Mt. Pleasant are closed between Broadway and Leffler Streets until the broken water-main that caused the collapse is repaired and the pavement is replaced. Continue Reading