Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for Louisa County

Governor Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Louisa County, for flooding and severe weather that began June 26th. The Louisa County proclamation means that households with incomes of up to 200% of the federal poverty level (or a maximum of $39, 580 for a family of three) are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs…replacement of clothing or food…and for the expense of temporary housing, due to storm recovery including flooding. Applications are available on the Iowa Dept. of Human Services website and original receipts are required for anyone seeking reimbursement. Continue Reading

Lake Darling Reopens

BRIGHTON, Iowa (AP) — Lake Darling State Park has reopened after around six years of restoration work in Washington County. The $16 million project began in 2008 and included draining the 300-acre lake and replacing a dam. The park now has new roads, handicapped-accessible fishing piers and a lodge.  The refilling of the lake began in February and was completed earlier than expect. A group campsite remains to be finished. Continue Reading


FM Pair Busted by Task Force

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Ft. Madison pair on drug charges.  

27-year old Kevin Claville and 32-year old Linda Coleman…both of 14-09 Avenue F…are facing counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and Child Endangerment.  

If they’re convicted, each could spend more than two years in prison. Continue Reading


Wapello man killed in motorcycle Accident

A Wapello man is dead. The Iowa State Patrol says 56-year old Guy Smith was killed when his motorcycle left Highway x37 headed east from Columbus City around 6 last night and crashed into the east ditch. Smith was thrown off and died from his injuries. His body was taken to the Dudgeon Funeral Home. Continue Reading


Burlington Council to Try Again Later with Toy Gun Ordinance

The Burlington City Council is going back to the drawing board with its proposed replica gun ordinance. It would cover BB and pellet guns, paintball guns, and any others that look like real weapons. Mayor Shane McCampbell began his comments at Monday night’s council meeting by saying groups like the Iowa Gun Owners Association are spreading misinformation about what the City is discussing. But one man who spoke at the public hearing says REAL guns now come in all kinds of TOY colors and Police Chief Doug Beaird explained why he feels an ordinance regulating how the toy guns are carried is needed. The Council decided to send the proposal back for more discussion among the city and county attorneys’ offices and the police department. Continue Reading


HenryCo. Cops Bust Winfield Man

Henry County authorities wrapped up a year-long investigation into area marijuana sales yesterday(Wed), with the arrest of a Winfield man.  

58-year old Jerry Brown of 301 Maple Street, Trailer-7, will face felony charges of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and a drug tax-stamp violation. He was taken to the county jail in Mt. Pleasant.  

Henry County deputies, along with Winfield and Mt. Continue Reading


UPDATED: Home-Built Copter Crashes in Henderson County Cornfield

A 68-year old Oquawka man was injured when his home-made, single-seat aircraft took a short dive into a cornfield, about a mile south of Oquawka. Henderson County deputy Steve Henshaw was one of the first on the scene and says the call came in around 6:30. Henshaw and Oquawka Police Chief Keith DeJaynes say the pilot, Steven Richmond of Oquawka, was wearing a helmet when the small aircraft went down. He was taken by Oquawka Ambulance to Great River Medical Center, and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Continue Reading


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