Investigation Complete: Local Woman Busted on Drug Charges

It’s taken nearly five months to build the case, but Southeast Iowa’s Narcotics Task Force yesterday(Thur) arrested a Burlington woman at her home on drug charges. 43-year old Heather Boyd of 128 Golf Lane…behind Sunnyside Elementary School…faces counts of Possessing a Controlled Substance with intent to Deliver, within 1,000 feet of a School…and Maintaining a Drug House. Last April, task force agents executed a search warrant and reported finding suspected bath salts…K2…hallucinogenic mushrooms, meth, marijuana, pills…drug paraphernalia and cash in the Boyd home. The items were sent to the state crime lab for analysis. Boyd was taken yesterday to the county jail and a judge set her bond at $55,000 cash or surety. Continue Reading


“Sinkhole That Swallowed Burlington” Returns

The sinkhole on Main Street…just north of Valley in downtown Burlington…is sinking again…the 4th time it’s done so this year. (The picture is of the first sinkhole)

Streets & Sewer Maintenance Director Chris Clements says they’re doing the only thing they can do — locate the problem (last time it was some old steam lines that had collapsed), dig up the last patch and get back to work filling in the hole. Even though Burlington has had other sinkholes, Clements says he’s lost some sleep…and possibly some hair…over this one, because it keeps returning. No one’s been hurt so far on the busy stretch of street.   Continue Reading

Lance Private Brands May Soon be Baking More than Snack Crackers at Burlington Plant

It all depends on state tax credits, but there may be dozens of new jobs coming to Burlington’s Lance Private Brands plant. Economic Development Director David Toyer revealed at tonight’s City Council work session that the corporate parent of Snyder’s-Lance, Shearer’s Foods, LLC, wants to build a $30,000,000 addition to the local factory, add a new line of baked goods and create 83 new jobs, at an average salary of $16.20 per hour. The Council gave its unofficial blessing to the Greater Burlington Partnership to apply for the tax credits. Continue Reading


Council “Tweaks” Curfew Ordinance; Public Hearing on Proposal Next Monday

There were some minor differences of opinion, but the Burlington City Council agreed by consensus tonight to make some small changes in the nightly curfew for young people. Under the current ordinance, those 17-and-younger must be off the streets between 11 pm and 5 am on school nights, and between 12:30 am and 5 am on non-school nights. Under the proposed revisions, those 15-and-younger will have to be off the streets between 9 pm and 5 am on school nights and from 10 pm to 5 am when there’s no school the next day.   In addition, those 16 and 17 have to be in on school nights from 11 pm-5 am and from midnight to 5 am on non-school nights. There’ll be a public hearing on the proposed changes next Monday evening at the regular City Council meeting. Continue Reading


Shockley Resigns from Burlington City Council

The Burlington City Council will soon be one member short. At the end of tonight’s work session, Councilwoman Becky Shockley announced that she’s been offered an unspecified business and educational opportunity that will require travel, and she’ll no longer be able to properly serve the needs of her constituents nor attend council meetings.   She didn’t give a resignation date, but said her new job will begin this December.  It’ll be up to the remainder of the Council to decide when and how to fill the seat. Shockley, who along with her husband owned and operated the former Tom’s Market & Meats, used the occasion to challenge the citizens of Burlington to demand that their city become a place to be proud of. Continue Reading


Branstad Walks FM Rodeo Parade Route, Says He Wants to Win LeeCo

Governor Terry Branstad walked in the annual Tri-State Rodeo Parade in Ft. Madison over the weekend, then talked to reporters at the local Republican headquarters. I asked him if he really wants to win Lee County and he chuckled and said he does, “I make no bones about it,”  and reminding us that he’s never won here before. Branstad’s opponent…State Senator Jack Hatch…says the Governor “gave away the farm,” when he brought the fertilizer plant to Wever, a charge Branstad vehemently denies.  In fact, he pointed to  his administration’s jobs-training programs, “Skilled Iowa,” and “Home-Base Iowa,” designed to teach civilians and returning military personnel the skills they need to fill the jobs that are available now. Continue Reading


Burlington Schools May Share Baked Goods

The Burlington School Board meeting starts tonight(Thur) at 7 and may focus on goals for the School Improvement Advisory Committee. The board will also consider a food-service agreement with New London and members will hear about the accomplishments of the Burlington High School Dance Team. The meeting is open to the public. Continue Reading


Curfew, Indoor RecPlex on Burlington Council Work Session Agenda

The Burlington City Council holds one of its every-other-week work sessions today(Mon) and will talk some more about instituting an earlier curfew for young-people. (There’ll be a public hearing on the proposal in one week.) Also up for discussion today(Mon) is a committee study and fundraising for a possible indoor sports & recreational facility near the RecPlex…..economic help for Shearer’s Foods for the expansion of its local plant…..and parking on the street when it snows. Today’s(Mon) meeting is at 4:30, on the 3rd floor of City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend or watch on community access cable channel-18. Continue Reading