Lee County Supervisor Ron Fedler has formally proposed making Ft. Madison the only county seat. Right now, of course, it shares that designation with Keokuk. The proposal is by no means a done deal; the board has called a special meeting for tomorrow(Thur) night at 6 o’clock, including time for public input…and another public hearing on the 11th…both at Central Lee High School in Donnellson to discuss it further. Fedler lacks the support of at least two other supervisors, Matt Pflug and Gary Folluo, both of Keokuk. Continue Reading
Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau announced last(Tues) night that he and his staff are on a fast track to a dry riverfront.
In fact, they’re inviting design firms and contractors to submit proposals by the 10th…one week from today(Weds)…and they’ll narrow down the list the week of the 17th. Ferneau says they’re doing it as quickly as possible to give the City a better chance of obtaining federal and state funding. Council members Bob Fleming and Becky Anderson volunteered to serve on the project review board. Continue Reading
The Burlington City Council voted 4-1 last(Tues) night to allow fire-pits in back yards. Mark French…who spoke out against the proposal at the last meeting…did so again, this time with a positive spin, saying he’s in favor of fire-pits and fireplaces in public parks, where there’s room for the smoke to dissipate. Most of the council members said they received more calls and e-mails in favor of the proposal than against it…but Mayor Shane McCampbell says he talked to a few people who didn’t feel their concerns were being considered, so he cast the only “no” vote. There are a number of restrictions included in the ordinance. Check with the Burlington Fire Department to see what they are. Continue Reading
We now know who was injured in that chain-reaction collision Monday night in the 600 block of West Mt. Pleasant Street in West Burlington. 19-year old Kyler Engen of Oquawka…17-year old Jared Fogle of West Burlington…56-year old Randy Mayer of Mediapolis…and 17-year old Cameron Guihan of West Burlington were all taken to Great River Medical Center. West Burlington police say Engen’s car was stopped, waiting to turn left, as was Fogle’s car behind it…when Mayer’s pickup rear-ended Fogle, pushing him into Engen. Guihan was a passenger in Fogle’s car.
No tickets were issued at the scene, but the accident is still under investigation. Continue Reading
Fire destroyed a machine shed and a second farm building on (the south side of) Highway 34 east of Biggsville late yesterday(Tues) afternoon. Henderson County authorities say 8 area departments were called in to fight the flames (including Biggsville, Oquawka, Gladstone, Raritan, M-S-T, Central Warren, Monmouth and Roseville), but they weren’t able to save a combine that was in one of the buildings. No one was hurt and no animals were injured or killed in the fire, which remains under investigation. Continue Reading
Two Lee County men will face felony and misdemeanor drug charges, following a traffic stop. 60-year old Michael Moore of (507 Iowa Joe Street, Apt. B4) West Point…and 25-year old Bryan Jones of (520 North 5th) Keokuk are both facing counts of selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school or public park, respectively…Jones while carrying a gun, second or subsequent offense…drug tax stamp violations…maintaining a drug house…and possessing drug paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, Moore could be sentenced to more than 127 years in prison, while Jones…who’s also accused of simple marijuana possession…could receive a sentence of more than 103 years. Lee County Narcotics Task Force Commander Stacy Weber credited the County Attorney’s office…the Keokuk & West Point Police Departments…the Ft. Continue Reading
The Democratic candidates for Governor and Congress…Jack Hatch & incumbent Dave Loebsack, respectively…were the keynote speakers at last(Mon) night’s annual Des Moines-Henry County Labor Council Picnic in Burlington. State Senator Tom Courtney warmed up the “troops” beforehand, with a warning about low turnout. He says Republicans are expecting Democrats not to vote in great numbers, so he urged everyone to grab five friends and fill out the ballots.
Hatch announced an idea we hadn’t hear before — requiring students to stay in school til the age of 18 or until they graduate from high school; whichever comes first. Veteran State Representative Dennis Cohoon was given a “Friend of Labor” award by the Council. Continue Reading
Four people were injured and taken to Great River Medical Center around 9 o’clock last(Mon) night, following a 3-car pileup near Levine’s Trailer Park in the 600 block of West Mt. Pleasant Street in West Burlington. We’ll have the names of those involved for you, as soon as they’re released by the West Burlington Police Department.
In another accident you won’t see in your local newspaper, a 32-year old Burlington man broke his leg Saturday night around 8:20, when he rode his motorcycle into a utility pole near the corner of Sunnyside Avenue and Bittersweet Place, on the west edge of Burlington Golf Club. Police say Jim Andrews was first taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center, but later airlifted to the University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Continue Reading
The Burlington City Council meets today(Tues)…and the new ordinance that would allow fire-pits in back yards is scheduled to be read and approved for the third-and-final time.
There were some objections voiced at the last meeting, having to do with health concerns for the most part, so today(Tues) is the last chance for those against the idea to be heard. Today’s meeting is at 5:30 and the public is encouraged to attend. Continue Reading