Citizens Against Crime Plans Next Step

They didn’t have the turn out they had a couple weeks ago for their first Crime Prevention meeting, but 10 very concerned citizens attended a planning meeting last night at the Heritage Free Methodist Church in Burlington for the group that is now called “Citizens Against Crime”. The group’s main focus is to bring the community together and implement ideas that will help curb crime in certain areas of town. John Horton spoke at the beginning of last night’s meeting about the need for diversity within the Citizens Against Crime group… Many assumptions have been that the crime is only going on in the Maple Street area, but according to recent police reports, that’s not the case. Burlington resident Mike Westfall stated that we can’t just focus on one area of Burlington anymore… Continue Reading

Committee Calls for One LeeCo Seat… Montrose!

No action was taken, but an ad hoc committee recommended last(Tue) night that Lee County consolidate its government operations at one location.  

No, not in Ft. Madison and not in Keokuk. The citizens committee is calling for just one courthouse to serve the whole county and it would be built near the Sheriff’s office & jail, just outside of Montrose. The committee says the cost would be about 8 1/2-million dollars and some of the money could be used to turn the North County Office Building in Ft. Continue Reading


Tom Teesdale, Renowned Bike Designer, Dies During RAGBRAI

An internationally-known bicycle designer who grew up in Niota and attended Western Illinois University died while riding on RAGBRAI Monday. Sixty-three-year-old Tom Teesdale of West Branch built custom frames for bicycles. University of Iowa professor Steve McGuire taught design classes with Teesdale and says a cyclist who got a Teesdale bike frame was like a violinist who got a Stradavarius. Some of Teesdale’s innovations are now standard components of mountain bike frames. A bicycle Teesdale built is in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Europe and there’s one in the U.S. Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, too. Continue Reading


Sweet-16’er Takes DMCo Crown

16-year old Savannah Keitzer is the new Des Moines County Fair Queen. The Mediapolis Junior (in a few weeks) was chosen last night after some public speaking. Michaella Beckman won the Miss Fair Spirit Award…and Kaitlyn Hess is the new Fair Princess. Continue Reading


Des Moines County Scam

The Des Moines County Recorder’s office is warning residents about a scam that’s been making its way through the area. It involves mailings from a company called “Record Transfer Service,” in which the firm offers to obtain your property deed and send it to you for $83. The scam is the fact that you can do the same thing yourself, through the Recorder’s office at the courthouse, for one-to-three dollars. Continue Reading


Tie vote to censure Tim Scott

The Burlington City Council came to a tie vote last night on a proposal to censure member Tim Scott. Scott apologized to Councilwoman Anderson, who he had hit with a pile of papers two weeks ago. He also apologized to the black community, for comments he made at that same meeting and two days later to a Des Moines TV reporter, and to transplanted Chicagoans, for calling them part of the problem with local crime… Scott says it’s been his intention all along to apologize….. Many in the standing-room-only crowd last night were there to comment on Scott’s behavior, including Debbie Smith of West Burlington, a Chicago transplant, who said you have to give respect to get it….. Continue Reading

SCC Blackhawks

No Volleyball at SCC until they find a Coach

Southeastern Community College has had to suspend their 2014-2015 volleyball season for now. According to a press release from the school, they are still in the process of securing a suitable head volleyball coach. Head coach Gary Anderson left SCC in February to coach at Iowa Central Community College. Since then, the college has had two rounds of interviews and the applicants didn’t’ meet college expectations. The Blackhawks currently have three student-athletes on it’s official roster. Continue Reading


WB-ND Softball Travels to Fort Dodge

The West Burlington-Notre Dame girls softball team is in Ft. Dodge, preparing mentally to face defending 3A state champion Bondurant-Farrar at 1 o’clock today. At yesterday afternoon’s send-off, WB Athletic Director Jeff Housel spoke first….. Head Coach Jim Oleson talked about the Falcons’ competition….. The Lady Falcons are 23-12. Continue Reading


Burlington Council May Censure Scott for Racial References

The Burlington City Council tonight(Mon) will be asked to censure one of its members, Tim Scott, for comments he made at a meeting two weeks ago, and later, to a Des Moines TV reporter. Scott says the racial comments he made to the television station were taken out of context and those he made at the recent council meeting didn’t contain any racial references. He told us this(Mon) morning that he plans to set the record straight tonight(Mon). Mayor Shane McCampbell, who pushed the censure resolution, said at last week’s meeting that crime occurs in every community. The Council will also give second reading to one ordinance that would mandate carrying cases for all BB and other hobby-type firearms in public, and another that would direct landlords to post city-issued rental permits in all individual apartments and rental houses. Continue Reading