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


City Will Stay with AWR; Fire Pits Could Be in Doubt

The Burlington City Council did a turnaround last(Mon) night, voting 3-0 against a resolution to end its agreement with American Water Resources, the company that mails local residents offers to insure their water and sewer lines, with the City’s implied endorsement. Councilman Bob Fleming was one of those who changed his vote on the issue and Councilwoman Becky Anderson…acting as Mayor in Shane McCampbell’s absence…reiterated another concern, people thinking they’re required to pay the premium because it has a city logo on it.   AWR spokeswoman Mary Kay says if that happens the company will take those people off their mailing list permanently.  The vote to not end the relationship was 3-0, with Tim Scott abstaining from voting. The City will now receive 10% instead of 5% of the company’s annual premiums for the next five years. Continue Reading


Stolen Truck Fully Engulfed in Henry County

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fully engulfed vehicle fire early yesterday morning. The Dodge Dakota was sitting in a driveway on fire, and upon further investigation, it was determined that the truck was reported stolen from Mount Pleasant. 33-year-old Lucas Blint of Mount Pleasant was charged with 2nd Degree Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Failure to Maintain Control. Continue Reading


WB Talks Sex Offender Policy Tonight

The West Burlington School Board will begin their meeting tonight at 6:30 with a facilities tour. The regular meeting will begin after the tour. On tonight’s agenda is further discussion of a sex offender policy. Andy Ferguson with the Department of Corrections will be speaking in relation to that. Also, because their former Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, Tim Kesterke, who has been with the district for 20 years, accepted a position with the Burlington School District, the board will look to approve Nate Prickett to replace him. Continue Reading


Fire Pit Discussion Continues Today

The talk continues tonight about recreational fire pits within the city limits of Burlington. The city council will have a second reading tonight and could possibly approve the ordinance. If approved, residents will be able to have fire pits as large as 3 feet wide and 2 feet high. They must also be 15 feet from any structure. That meeting tonight begins at 5:30pm. Continue Reading


Symphonic Blast Cancelled

It’s never happened before, but it did yesterday(Sat) — Organizers of the 19th annual Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Blast cancelled the event. The popular Crapo Park concert…featuring music and fireworks…had originally been scheduled for July 5th and was postponed til last(Sat) night…but it was called off because of the afternoon drizzle and the rain forecast for last(Sat) night. Again, there will be no Symphonic Blast this year; it will not be rescheduled. Continue Reading

Joshua Royer is seen in this April 2014 photo from the Iowa Sex Offender registry. Royer is on the sex offender list due to a 1995 assault conviction in California.

DMCo Judge John Linn Sets Royer’s Bond at $1,000,000 Cash

The man accused of shooting and killing a well-known local resident who went by the nickname “Ed Lover,” has had his bond increased to $1,000,000 cash. 38-year old Josh Royer has been formally charged with First-Degree Murder by Assistant Des Moines County Attorney Ty Rogers. “Ed Lover,” whose real name is Eddie Cooper Martin, was shot the afternoon of August 6th at the corner of Aetna and South Gunnision Streets, as he rode his bike. He was pronounced dead at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Police arrested Royer a short time after the shooting, crediting a number of tips from neighbors, who saw his car leave the scene. Continue Reading


Burlington Man gets 100 Months in Prison

A Burlington man was sentenced to 100 months in prison on Thursday. 23-year-old Anthony Herron was sentenced after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release. Last October Harron was arrested after he burglarized a home in Burlington. When officers searched his home, they found him in possession of a couple stolen handguns among other stolen electronic items.

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Lee County Drug Arrests

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force made two, unrelated, drugs arrests these past couple days. On Thursday, 44-year-old David Pennington of Alexandria, Missouri was arrested in Keokuk on felony drug charges. Pennington was charged with Receipt of a Precursor for Unlawful Purpose, Second or Subsequent Offense. If convicted he could get 15 years in prison. The second drug arrest was Friday. Continue Reading