Burlington Council Hits Home Stretch with Fire-Pit Ordinance

The Burlington City Council meets today(Tues)…and the new ordinance that would allow fire-pits in back yards is scheduled to be read and approved for the third-and-final time.  

There were some objections voiced at the last meeting, having to do with health concerns for the most part, so today(Tues) is the last chance for those against the idea to be heard. Today’s meeting is at 5:30 and the public is encouraged to attend. Continue Reading

Gulfport Fries Up the Fish, Still Awaiting Levee Certification

Local band “Kross Kountry” provided the musical background for yesterday’s(Sun) Gulfport Fish Fry…the 52nd annual. KBUR News asked Mayor Rich Myers about the Village’s levee certification…something it’s been waiting and hoping for since 2008.  He says if they can get those federal funds, the work can be done locally by the Henderson County Highway Department. So, who can play the role of Superman…or Superwoman? It’s a federal issue, so local Congresswoman Cheri Bustos could wear the costume, but Myers says they’ve also been in contact with former Congressman Bobby Schilling, who had been working on the issue when he lost to Bustos two years ago. Continue Reading


Bring it…and Wear it!

It’s the last summer holiday weekend and the last chance for many to spend time on their boats. Lou Ann McCracken of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, says you should be sure to have a life jacket on hand for everyone. And she says it’s not enough just to have it in the boat, you need to put it on.  

McCracken is a Natural Resource Specialist who works on the Mississippi River. McCracken says each year a number of boating accidents claim lives because someone fell into the water and overestimated their swimming ability. Continue Reading

Local Man Crashes, Flown to UI

A 32-year old Burlington man broke his leg last(Sat) night around 8:20, when he rode his motorcycle into a utility pole near the corner of Sunnyside Avenue and Bittersweet Place, on the west edge of Burlington Golf Club. Police say Jim Andrews was first taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center, but later airlifted to the University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Continue Reading


Branstad Spends Day in Mt. Pleasant

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad spent a good chunk of his day in Mt. Pleasant yesterday, as his tour of all 99 Iowa counties wrapped up. His first stop in the Henry County town was at West Liberty Foods for a tour. He then went to Old Threshers, and eventually made his way to Union Block, which is where we caught up with him for the ribbon cutting… We asked the governor after his speech how the campaign was going… Continue Reading


Environmental Group Warns of Dirty Iowa Waters

The group called “Citizens for a Healthy Iowa,” has issued a warning that many of the state’s beaches are not recommended for swimming this weekend because of high E. Coli levels. Not so much in our corner of Iowa, where Geode Lake Beach…Lacey-Keosauqua Beach…Lake Darling…Lake Wapello…and Honey Creek Beach are all okay…..and several local beaches…at Big Hollow, Pollmiller Park and Fairfield Waterworks Park are not rated, which means no information is posted about them.  

Call your local conservation department if you have questions about them. Continue Reading


Young Mepo Man Busted for Drugs

A 20-year old Mediapolis man will face a felony drug charge, after Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force agents found marijuana, packaging materials and several guns in his house. Branden Crawford of 916 Main Street was apprehended and taken to the Des Moines County jail, accused of one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver. Continue Reading


Play-by-Play Man Mason Sees Increased Optimism Among BHS Players

Iowa’s high school football season begins tomorrow(Friday) night and our man in the press-box…Scott Mason…says he can sense a new spirit among a group of the senior Burlington players.  

Interestingly, he feels only part of the reason for the excitement…and the optimism…is the “new-and- improved” Bracewell Stadium. Tomorrow(Fri) night, the Grayhounds host Davenport Central and Mason hesitated when asked about the impact of the new lights, scoreboard, press box and other amenities on the team itself.  Upon further reflection, Mason said he thought the stadium improvements and anticipated capacity crowd could be worth an additional touchdown for BHS. The Bracewell field surface won’t be replaced in time for this season. Continue Reading

Harlan Likeness Unveiled This Afternoon at IWC

The unveiling of a statue that was previously placed at the U.S. Capitol will take place today(Thur) on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. The statue of U.S. Senator James Harlan was replaced in Washington, D.C. earlier this year by a statue of Iowa-born crop scientist and Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug.  Harlan became president of Iowa Wesleyan in 1853 before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1855. His statue had stood at the U.S. Capitol since 1910. Nellie Walker created the eight-foot tall bronze statue of Harlan. Continue Reading