Railroad Bar Thief Convicted

A Dallas City, Illinois man accused of taking railroad bars from the BNSF rail yard in Burlington in May has been found guilty after a two day jury trial. 49-year-old Gary Stewart was found guilty of 2nd degree Theft as a Habitual Offender. Stewart had been convicted of two prior felonies at the time of his arrest which implicated the habitual offender sentencing enhancement. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 8th. Continue Reading

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SCC Volleyball Season Suspended

The Southeastern Community College volleyball program has been suspended for the 2014-2015 season because they are still without a head coach. The college has conducted a number of interviews but have not found the right fit. According to an SCC press release, SCC’s Women Athletic Director, Melissa Flores, said that since they haven’t had a coach since February, the Blackhawks have basically missed out on an entire recruiting season. College officials hope to have a new coach by December. Continue Reading


Neighborhood Watch Info Meeting next Thursday

The Burlington Police Department is reminding citizens that there will be an informational meeting next Thursday about how to begin creating a Neighborhood Watch Group in your neighborhood. Representatives from local law enforcement and current neighborhood watch groups will be on hand to answer questions. The meeting should last about an hour and begins at 6pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in downtown Burlington. Questions can be directed to Major Darren Grimshaw at the Burlington Police Department. Continue Reading

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Area Retail Sales Up in 1st Qtr.

Des Moines County Supervisor Tom Broeker revealed some surprising retail numbers yesterday(Tues) — local sales were up 5% over last year in the first quarter. Supervisor Jim Cary voiced his continuing frustration in working with the Regional Utility Service System…or RUSS…board, because two members…Mahaska and Wapello Counties…won’t pay their dues and keep blocking the other eight counties from making any agreements, because the vote has to be unanimous.  Cary says RUSS has a project it should be doing in the Mooar-Powdertown area, but it can’t happen if the two “rogue” counties continue to hold out.   Continue Reading


WB Principal Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Burlington school officials weren’t the only ones that got a face full of ice water today to raise awareness of ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  

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Post by Newsradio 1490 KBUR. Just across town, West Burlington High School Principal Bruce Snodgrass got a face full of water after being challenged by radio personality Joe Bates on Monday, whose wife is a teacher at West Burlington. About 10 minutes before school let out, junior high and high school students gathered on the bleachers by the football field to watch their principal get drenched… After getting soaked, Snodgrass challenged a few people himself…. Continue Reading


5 Dogs Die in Mount Pleasant House Fire

Mt. Pleasant firefighters say a blaze that started in the kitchen at 907 West King Drive early last night took a crew of 10 and two engines to knock down. No dollar estimate was placed on the flame damage, which was limited to the kitchen, or the damage from smoke, which permeated the whole house. No humans were injured, but authorities say five dogs died in the fire. Continue Reading


Two Fort Madison Residents Busted

Two Ft. Madison residents will face felony and misdemeanor drug charges, after being arrested by Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force. 54-year old Kevin Shavers and Penny Flores, of 102 18th Street, both face counts of Possessing Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Drug House. Shavers will face additional counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Second or Subsequent Offense, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine Within 1,000 Feet of a School, 2nd or Subsequent Offense. If convicted, Shavers could be sentenced to more than 52 years in prison while Flores could spend more than three years behind bars. Continue Reading


Burlington School Officals take on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We challenged them, and they accepted. //

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a trend right now on social media sites. People are dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease. During lunch today at Burlington High School, Superintendent Pat Coen, who was challenged by our own Savanna Evans yesterday, joined Athletic Director Tim Goodwin and Principal Tom Messinger to take the ice bucket challenge… Because they took on the challenge, they are not required to give money to ALS, although Coen says they plan to donate anyway, which is what the majority of people have done… Continue Reading

Harlan Statue Will be Dedicated August 28 in Mt. Pleasant

The statue of former U-S Senator James Harlan has been returned to Iowa from Washington and will be unveiled next week at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. The likeness of Harlan…who also served as President of IWC for two years…represented Iowa at the U-S Capitol from 1910 until this year, when it was replaced by a statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug of Cresco, the Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work in developing new varieties of wheat.  

The state legislature voted to put the Harlan statue on permanent loan to Iowa Wesleyan, where it’ll be unveiled on Thursday, the 28th, at 2 pm. Continue Reading