New Location Considered for WB Yard Waste Dropoff Site

The West Burlington City Council has directed City Administrator Dan Gifford to come up with cost estimates…with a fence and without…for a new yard-waste drop-off site at the new public works complex on the west end of town. In other business, Gifford and Mayor Hans Trousil ran into School Supt. Dave Schmitt, who wants a meeting next week to talk about the effects of a so-called “balanced” school calendar for the district….. In another matter, Police Chief Frank Newberry says he has two qualified candidates for one available patrol officer position, created by the resignation of officer Al Waterman. Right now, Newberry says they’re doing background checks on the applicants. Continue Reading


Big Meth Bust in Louisa County

Louisa County Sheriff’s deputies and Wapello & Columbus Junction police have made 11 more arrests, following a 4-month investigation into a meth-making operation based in the Oakville area. Anthony & Tina Sill were arrested in April, along with Robert Zaeringer, and now, facing similar charges of conspiring to make the illegal drug are 22-year old Crystal Lee of Oakville, 32-year old Jason- and 35-year old Dustin Breuer, 25-year old Robyn Holland, 46-year old Richard Stout, 51-year old Laura Cocklin, 33-year old Jamie Ewart, and 49-year old Lisa Hayes, all of the Wapello area, 32-year old Christina Robertson and 33-year old Jason Goldsberry both of rural Conesville, and 39-year old Jill Lovell of rural Muscatine. Louisa County Sheriff Brad Turner says more arrests are anticipated. Continue Reading


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