Healthiest State-Wide Walks

Today(Weds) is the 4th annual Healthiest State Initiative 1K walk in Iowa and here are some of the walks already organized, if you’d like to participate:

In the Burlington area, at noon, you can join the HyVee Walk starting at the Crapo Park Main Shelter House on Madison Avenue, the CWB Walk at 122 Broadway in West Burlington, the Girl Scouts Walk at 501 South Broadway or the Great River Medical Center Walk at 1221 South Gear in West Burlington. At 3 pm, participate in the Winegard Walk: North Meets South at 3000 Kirkwood Street or the Two Rivers Walk at 214 North Main. In Ft. Madison, at noon, it’s the Mid-Day Downtown Park-to-Park Walk at Central Park…and at 2 pm, Lee County’s Health Department will hold its Break Time Walk at 2218 Avenue H.

In Mediapolis at noon, feel free to join the High School Walk at 725 North Northfield. Continue Reading


Open Enrollment Growth Main Factor in WB Bond Issue Proposal

The West Burlington School District wants more tax money. The Board of Education voted Monday night to ask residents in early December(Dec. 2) for 6.75-million dollars by way of the bond process…and to double the District’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy(PPEL).  

The Lion’s share of the funding…if voters say “yes,”…would go to expand and improve the elementary building, including six new classrooms, a new gym and kitchen…but some would be used to solve a long-standing problem outside the school — the daily congestion of the drop-off and pickup lanes.  

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Jane Weir Sells Last of Apples

A Henderson County business institution for 130 years is saying goodbye to its customers. Weir Fruit Farm in rural Gladstone will close its doors for good at the end of this season. Owner Jane Weir is 85 and will continue to live on the farm, but her plans are to remove the last of the apple trees and use the land for crop production. Continue Reading


LeeCo Task Force Busts FM Man

A Ft. Madison man could be sentenced to more than 175 years in prison, if he’s convicted of all the charges filed against him by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force. 37-year old Stephen Winn (of 12-03 23rd Street) was arrested Monday on several felonies — Conspiracy to Manufacture More than Five Grams of Meth, Within 1,000 Feet of a School, Second or Subsequent Offense…Possession With Intent to Deliver More than 5 Grams of Meth, Second or Subsequent Offense…and Possession of a Controlled Substance…a felony Drug Tax Stamp Violation…and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Continue Reading


WB School Board Votes to Put Bond Issues on December 2 Ballot

The district says it received more-than-enough petition signatures, so the West Burlington School Board voted last(Mon) night to put two bond issues on a December 2nd special election ballot —

one for $6.75-million to renovate the elementary and high schools…and another to raise the physical plant & equipment levy to $1.34 per thousand dollars of assessed value. A third question will ask West Burlington voters who they want to represent them on the school board, which is short a member. The polls will be open from noon to 8 pm on December 2nd. Continue Reading


Anderson Changes Vote, Agrees to End-of-Year Election

It was a 2-2 deadlock…but Burlington City Councilwoman Becky Anderson changed her vote last(Mon) night, paving the way for a special election at the end of the year to replace Becky Shockley, and give the Council five members again. Former Mayor John Sandell…who spearheaded a campaign to kill the proposed franchise fee…implied that if the Council decided to appoint someone on its own…he might do the same thing again. So, the people of Burlington will decide in a special election December 30th who their fifth council member will be. City officials say the election will cost between $10,000 and $15,000, more if there’s a primary.   If more than three people file for candidacy, a primary will be held December 2nd. Continue Reading


To Appoint or Elect? That is the Question

The Burlington City Council meets this(Mon) afternoon at 5:30 and will be asked to decide whether to appoint…or elect…someone to fill Councilwoman Becky Shockley’s empty seat. Shockley resigned September 8th…leaving four other members…and right now there’s a 2-2 tie as to which method would be best to use. The Southeastern Community College Board meets in special session today(Mon) at 5 and the trustees will be asked to reject all bids for the new Health Sciences Building. The West Burlington School board will also hold a special meeting this(Mon) evening at 6 to further discuss and vote on a potential December 2nd referendum and…possibly…take action on the petition signatures for the $6.75-million bond issue. The public is welcome to attend. Continue Reading

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Bald Bluff Home Being Rehabbed Catches Fire

A Henderson County man and his girlfriend had to rely on the local Red Cross chapter this(Fri) morning, when their house caught fire at 1600 Bald Bluff Road and they were left without a safe place to live. Oquawka Fire Department spokesman Troy Jern says the call for help came in just before 7:15 and crews from Gladstone, Biggsville and Keithsburg (with Seaton on standby) had the flames under control in about an hour. A preliminary investigation by the state fire marshal’s office revealed some smoldering construction materials improperly disposed of…and the fire was ruled accidental. Austin Chandler told authorities he had been making improvements to the home and that’s when the 2-story A-frame began to burn. No one was hurt. Continue Reading

Burlington Lions’ Fundraiser Oktoberfest to be Held at Notre Dame

It’s that time of year…but the Burlington Noon Lions Club’s annual Oktoberfest celebration has moved. Organizer Rod “Doc” Kellogg says it won’t be held at the Port of Burlington on the downtown riverfront; this year’s homage to all things German is in the Notre Dame High School gym on South Roosevelt.

Everything else remains the same — it’s tomorrow(Sat) from 4 – 10 pm…tickets are $7 in advance from Lions Club members and local financial institutions; they’re $10 at the door. Another “fest” in the area…in the morning tomorrow(Sat)…is the Louisa County Bacon Festival at the Wapello Flea Market; that’s the old auction barn.  Alliant Energy customers in Lee County can get big discounts on landscaping trees for their yards, tomorrow(Sat) morning. Operation Re-Leaf is from 9 to 11 at the fairgrounds north of Donnellson. Continue Reading