Hesco Barrier Go Up

Hesco Barriers were put up yesterday around the Market Street Lift Station in Burlington. According to the Public Works Office, when Mississippi Rivers levels are projected to reach 17 feet, the Northeast corner around the lift station is subject to flood waters. Predicted crest levels were at 17 feet yesterday. If the predicted crest is higher than 17.5 feet, barriers will be placed around the Memorial Auditorium. Continue Reading

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Run to Help the Homeless Tomorrow

The Burlington Homeless Shelter reopened in July but is now funded entirely by the community. To help with food supply and operating expenses, the shelter is having a 5K Run and 2K walk tomorrow morning. Doug Griffin with the shelter says runners and walkers will get a pretty good workout… It’s $20 for children 12 and under, and $25 for everyone else. You can pick up your packets at the shelter which is located at 123 N. Marshall Street in Burlington tonight from 5-8 and tomorrow morning from 6-7:30. Continue Reading


Clear Water at Lake Geode, Swimming Allowed

A popular camping ground lake is looking pretty clear. Lake Geode in Danville, which was built in 1950, has become well known for excellent fishing, and according to Watershed Coordinator Caleb Waters, there were about 10 boats on the lake when he was out there a couple days ago…. What most people know about Lake Geode is that it’s had some bacterial issues. Waters says as of right now, you can swim in the lake, just remember to shower when you’re done… Waters says, since we haven’t had much rain yet, it’s safe to swim. Continue Reading


Woman Hits Tree-Trimming Truck Head On in WB

A 55-year-old woman was seriously injured in a car accident yesterday in West Burlington and had to be flown to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Liz Modrell of Sperry was driving on Beaverdale Road when she hit a tree trimming truck head on while passing another vehicle. The people driving the tree-trimming truck were uninjured. There’s no news on Modrell’s condition due to HIPAA Privacy Rule. Continue Reading


Man Robbed at Gunpoint in Burlington

A 57-year-old man in Burlington was robbed at gun point early yesterday morning. Authorities this morning told us that the man was approached by three black males on the 700 block of Columbia Street at around 2am. One of the men presented his gun and then stole the 57-year-old’s wallet and contents. No injuries were reported. The robbers have not yet been captured, but if you have any information please contact the authorities. Continue Reading


SCC Animation Showcase Tomorrow and Saturday

It’s been 3 years now that Southeastern Community College has offered animation courses, and if you’re curious as to what is taught, head down to Burlington’s Capitol Theater this Friday or Saturday. Animation instructor for the college, Ben Rosales, says they’ll start with an award ceremony at 7pm and then present some student showcases… Rosales says students who want an animation career don’t necessarily have to move to the coast… At about 8:15pm on Friday there will be a guest speaker who works as a texture artist at DreamWorks. The guest speaker on Saturday, also at about 8:15pm, is a remote story artist from Warner Brothers. Continue Reading


FM Marching Band will Play at AutoZone Liberty Bowl

The Fort Madison High School Marching Band is set to perform at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The band, under direction of Mr. Tracy Madsen, will join marching bands from across the country in the halftime show finale of this major college bowl game in Memphis, TN. The 56th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl date and teams have yet to be announced. Continue Reading


WB Police Now Have Body Cameras

Next time you see a West Burlington Police Officer, smile, because you’re on camera. At last night’s West Burlington City Council Meeting, Lieutenant Richard Hand was wearing one of the new body cameras. Hand says it protects the public as well as the officers… He says around 8 officers are wearing them as of about 3 weeks ago. Because they’re so new, they haven’t needed them for court yet. Continue Reading


BHS Seniors Head to National History Competition

Three Burlington High School seniors will be heading to Maryland next month to compete in the National History Day Competition. Last Monday, seniors Rachel Gibbons, Paige Mitchell, and Jeenneettee Wolfe competed in the state version of the competition in Des Moines and won their category. BHS TAG Teacher Sarah St. John, says in the 3 years she’s been here, this is a first… The girls’ exhibit was titled “Contradicting our Constitution: How HUAC Misapplied it’s Rights and Responsibilities during the Cold War”… Continue Reading