Burlington Schools Awarded Almost $900,000 Grant

The Iowa Department of Education has awarded the Burlington Community School District an almost $900,000 grant. The money will go to before and after-school programs as well as summer school at three sites- Aldo Leopold Middle School, Edward Stone Middle School, and North Hill Elementary. Curriculum Director Laurie Noll, says the programs have proven to be very successful for students… The funding is for 3 years.   9 school districts in Iowa received this 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Continue Reading


Earlier Council Start Time? McCampbell

Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell has proposed starting regular City Council meetings at 5:30…instead of 6:30.  

Councilman Tim Scott is against the idea, saying it would decrease public involvement in the process.   It’ll be subject to a public hearing on April 21. McCampbell’s proposal would not affect the time of the every-other-Monday work sessions, which start at 4:30. Continue Reading


Burlington’s First Drive-Thru Subway Set to Open in June

Many have probably noticed the building going up in the middle of the old Fairway Center parking lot in Burlington. What it will be is a new Subway Restaurant that will replace the current one in that area, but it will include something new, a drive thru. Owner of the Burlington Subway’s, Bob Dowell, told us that of the 15 stores he owns in Iowa, this will be his first drive-thru. Unlike other fast food pick-ups, you won’t have to talk to a person to place your order… They hope to have the establishment open by mid-June. Continue Reading


“Red Flag Warning” Issued for Our Area

The National Weather Service has issued a rare “Red Flag Warning,” for the Iowa portions of our listening area, until 7 o’clock tonight. That means critical fire weather conditions are occurring because of a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures. Burlington Fire Marshal Mark Crooks tells us what kind of grass and brush-fire season it’s been so far….. Crooks advises against burning anything outdoors in this kind of weather, and partly because many brush and field fires can be difficult to fight. Continue Reading

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Carter Lays Out 5-Year Road Plan

Brian Carter laid out his 5-year vision for Des Moines County’s secondary roads yesterday(Tues).  

Included this summer is the improvement of a dangerous curve on Mediapolis Road, about two miles west of Mediapolis. Another 5 1/2 miles of Mediapolis Road, from Mediapolis to County Highway 99, will be paved, as will a 2 1/2 miles stretch of 99, from Mediapolis Road to Meeker’s Landing Road. Other roads expected to see work this construction season are Washington Road, north of Mt. Pleasant Street…Memorial Park and Plank Roads, both between Sunnyside and Roosevelt…and 140th Street, from Beaverdale Road to 190th Avenue. Continue Reading


West Burlington Searching for New Football Coach

The West Burlington School District is on the hunt for a new head football coach. At Monday night’s board meeting, Jeff Housel’s resignation as head football coach was accepted. Superintendent Dave Schmitt says they’ve already started looking for someone to replace him and hope to make their decision soon…..  

The position is being advertised on the Teach Iowa website, and they have currently received 7 applications. Housel has been with West Burlington for 8 years now, and will continue to teach math courses and serve as the district’s athletic director. Continue Reading


WB School Approves Budget and Lowers Levy

The West Burlington School District approved their budget at last night’s board meeting and reduced their overall levy by $2.00. Superintendent Dave Schmitt says a big reason they were able to reduce it, is due to the reduced debt service obligation… Schmitt also told us they haven’t had to make budget cuts in 4 years… Schmitt also wants West Burlington taxpayers to know that even though they reduced their overall levy by $2.00 this year, it may not always stay that way… Continue Reading

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Burlington Council Accepts SAFER grant

To the surprise of many in the audience, the Burlington City Council…without discussion…unanimously accepted a nearly-half-million-dollar federal Fire Department grant last(Mon) night. The comments came later…and although Fire Department Captain Eric Bollinger thanked the Council for its consideration, he was much more critical in his assessment of the overall budget process, saying life & death decisions were being made by people(Council members) who are more concerned with budgets than safety, and just because the City accepted the federal grant, does not mean the Fire Department is back to full strength. The grant will pay all salaries and benefits of three full-time firefighter-paramedics for two years. Continue Reading


S. Main Home Invasion Second Violent Crime in Burlington Early Monday Morning

An armed robbery at the Lincolnville Motel on Mt. Pleasant Street was not the only serious crime committed early yesterday(Mon) morning in Burlington —

Police now say a 31-year old woman and a 19-year old man were the victims of a home invasion around 4 am in the 24-hundred block of South Main Street. The as-yet-unidentified residents told detectives they were subdued with duct tape while the intruder demanded money and stabbed and hit them in the process. The woman was taken to Great River Medical Center but the man declined treatment. A short time later…as police were following up on the crime…they picked up a Waukegan, Illinois man in the 200 block of South 8th Street on an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant. Continue Reading