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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

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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

Doug Ervine: Correctional Officer of the Year

Des Moines County Jail Administrator Duane Worthy yesterday announced the winner of this year’s Correctional Officer of the Year award.. Doug Ervine says he didn’t prepare a speech, but he did want to give credit where credit is due….. The presentation was made at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Continue Reading

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Henderson Co. Man Charged with Attempted Murder

Authorities in Henderson County are saying the man who shot 53-year-old Elliot Sherdaul of Carman, Illinois Monday night, did so in self defense. Sherdahl went to the home of 72-year-old Jack Taylor, who is also his father-in-law, at around 8:15 Monday night on Hopper Road near Stronghurst. During an altercation between the men, Sherdahl pulled out a pistol, so Taylor shot him with his shot gun. Sherdahl was transferred from Great River Medical Center to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics yesterday with an injury to his face and hand. He was also charged with Attempted Murder and Unlawful Aggravated use of a Weapon. Continue Reading

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WB Head Football Coach Interviews Have Begun

The West Burlington School Board last night approved the hiring of two new elementary teachers… Schmitt also said they started their interviews for head high school football coach yesterday… They hope to make a recommendation for the board to approve at the next regular meeting May 19th. Continue Reading

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Celebrity Discusses Traveling in Iowa

“Iowa’s Nice Guy” was on the “Epic Iowa Road Trip” when the Department of Tourism bus made a stop in Burlington yesterday. His real name, Steve Siepker, who is the host of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Outdoors” program, says the Hawkeye State’s attractions are sometimes invisible to those who live in Iowa….. The purpose of the tour through 46 Iowa communities is to showcase and recognize the state’s travel destinations. The big, beautiful bus pulled up to Huck’s Harbor in Burlington yesterday and was filled with tourism and other officials.   Continue Reading

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Lee County’s Tea Party Rally

Lee County’s branch of the Tea Party (political group) rallied in Keokuk yesterday, the afternoon event drawing about 45 people. One of those who stopped by was Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who’s seeking the Republican nomination for Congress from Iowa’s Second District… Miller-Meeks is pledging to visit all 24 counties in the 2nd District between now and the June 3rd primary. Baptist Pastor Brad Cranston of Burlington gave the crowd a little history lesson…and threw in a few of his own lessons….. Cranston has endorsed Sam Clovis for the GOP nomination for U-S Senate and we’ll hear from Clovis on an upcoming newscast. Continue Reading

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Cops Bust Old Radio Studio

Des Moines County deputies exercised a search warrant early yesterday(Sun) morning on Washington Road and arrested several Burlington and West Burlington residents, three of them on drug charges. The site was “Studio One,” the former Christian radio station studio…and authorities have been keeping an eye on the place after gunshots were heard in the area several weeks ago. 32-year old Andre Trotter of 504 Higbee in Burlington has been charged with marijuana possession, ditto for 21-year old Andre Jones Jr. of 725 Swan in West Burlington, who’s also charged with Carrying Weapons and Interference with Official Acts. 24-year old Kiara Harris of 24-32 Valley Street in Burlington was also charged with pot possession, 31-year old Quiana Conard of 504 Higbee in Burlington(Trotter’s address) is accused of Interfering with Official Acts, Causing Injury, and 24-year old Reggie Flex of 14-20 South Main in Burlington was served with two warrants for Failure to Appear in Court. Continue Reading

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Sunset Drive Brush Fire Stops RR Traffic

Even though the burn ban was lifted last week, there are still dry areas out there…  

and that was in evidence yesterday(Sat) afternoon, when a good-sized brush & grass fire along the railroad tracks on the far west side of West Burlington prompted authorities to shut down train traffic for more than an hour.  

No one was hurt, but the smoke got fairly heavy…and a Burlington crew helped West Burlington put out the flames with a second brush truck. Continue Reading