Busy Weekend for Animals, Kids and Marching Band Music

If you’ve nothing planned for this weekend, here are some alternatives:

Tomorrow(Sat) and Sunday the Iowa High School Rodeo Association and the Wrangler Junior High Rodeo Association will hold qualifying rodeos at the rodeo arena in Ft. Madison. Tomorrow’s(Sat) performance begins at 11am and Sunday’s gets underway at 8. There will also be two battle-of-the-bands competitions tomorrow(Sat)…one at noon at the Ft. Madison High School Stadium and the other at 5:30 on Evans Field at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex in Mt. Continue Reading

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Montrose Teen, Keokuk Couple Injured on Southbound 61

((( UPDATED AT 12:30 PM )))

Two Keokuk residents and a Montrose teen were injured shortly after 8:30 this(Thur) morning when their pickup and van…respectively…collided on Highway 61 where it meets Highway 218 south of Montrose.  

The driver of the Chevy truck…18-year old Morgan Westermeyer of Montrose…had to be airlifted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy…while the two occupants of the Grand Caravan…61-year old Larry and 58-year old Patricia Randall of Keokuk…were both taken by ambulance to Ft. Madison Community Hospital. The State Patrol says the Randall’s van was southbound on 61, when Westermeyer apparently pulled away from a stop sign…hoping to go north…and the Randalls hit the truck in the driver’s side door. The accident is still under investigation. Continue Reading

River Mayors Learn of New Planning, Engineering Funds

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The mayor of Dubuque says a new fund will help with seed money for sustainable waterfront development in cities and towns along the Mississippi River. Roy Buol spoke Wednesday as co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative: mayors of 65 riverfront cities and towns in 10 states. Twenty-five of them are meeting in New Orleans. American Water, of Voorhees, New Jersey, gave $15,000 to start the fund. Initiative director Colin Wellenkamp says the fund will provide money for early planning, engineering and environmental assessments. Continue Reading

New WB Public Works Complex Almost Ready for Closeup

The City of West Burlington is shooting for early next month, as a time to hold an open house for its new public works complex. Consulting engineer Dave Stocklasa told the City Council last(Weds) night that the 3.7-million dollar project is almost finished.  The Council gave Stocklasa the go-ahead to sign a “Certificate of Substantial Completion,” for the supervising contractor.   The facility is at the northwest corner of Mt. Pleasant Street and Washington Road. Continue Reading


United Way 1 Week into Drive

The Burlington-West Burlington area United Way campaign is already at 55.3% of its pledge goal, as of this(Wed) morning. In raw numbers, that’s $338,420 of the just-over-$612,000 target. One division(F.I.R.E.) is already at almost 80% of its goal…two other divisions(Residential and Utilities & Communications) are over 70%. Continue Reading

FM Hires New City Manager; Looking for New Council Member

The City of Fort Madison has a new manager. The City Council voted last(Tues) night to hire David Varley to succeed Byron Smith, who left several weeks ago for a new job in the state of Oregon. For the record, the City is still working on the details of Varley’s contract, but he’s scheduled to start work October 6th, a Monday.  

In one other personnel matter last(Tues) night, the Council accepted the resignation of 5th Ward member Mark Lair, who will be moving to the 4th Ward. Any 5th Ward resident who’d like to try his or her hand at city governance til next January should submit a statement-of-intent by October 15th; the Council will be appointing someone. Continue Reading

Salem Drug Bust; 3 Arrested

Henry County Sheriff’s deputies and Mt. Pleasant Police busted a meth lab in Salem yesterday(Tues), arresting three people and confiscating a number of synthetic and other drugs. 41-year old Tina Ball of 406 South Main Street…where the bust took place…was charged with Manufacturing Meth…Delivery of so-called Bath Salts…Possession of a Controlled Substance and Child Endangerment. 20-year old Cheyenne Ball of the same address is accused of conspiring to deliver synthetic drugs and two counts of Child Endangerment, for drug sales and residential conditions. And 20-year old Dillen Eaves of the Salem address…formerly of Ft. Continue Reading


Mepo Teen Arrested in Weekend Stabbing; 21-Year Old At-Large

A Mediapolis teen has been arrested, but a Columbus Junction man is still on the run, in the wake of a stabbing over the weekend in the 700 block of Middle Street in Mediapolis. Des Moines County deputies located the victim at Great River Medical Center, where he was being treated for a stab wound and other injuries. He said he had been attacked by two men he knows. On Monday, deputies arrested 18-year old Alex Guzman at the home of a friend in the 700 block of Main Street in Mediapolis…..but 21-year old Josh Bergen of Columbus Junction remains at-large and is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities say you should call 911 if you know where he is, but do not approach him. Continue Reading