More Growth at WB G.E. Plant

West Burlington’s G.E. switch-gear plant is expanding again.  

That news from Economic Development Director Dave Toyer, at last(Weds) night’s (West Burlington) City Council meeting, where he said the company will add another 114 jobs.   This, after G.E. revealed about six weeks ago that it was moving one of its lines from suburban Chicago to West Burlington, adding 50 more jobs in the process. If all goes as planned, the new jobs at G.E. would average about $19 an hour and would bring total employment there to about 345.  The Greater Burlington Partnership is also working with the County and the City of Burlington on a potentially-extensive street-repair project on Agency. Continue Reading


Burlington Google Doodle Winner Could Become National Finalist

A Burlington High School student’s Google Doodle could become a national finalist, and she could win a scholarship, with your help. The theme of this year’s Google Doodle contest is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.” The contest was open to artists in gradees K through 12. Guest judges chose a Google Doodle by Amy Carlson, a senior at Burlington High School, as the winner among all entries submitted in Iowa. The winning Illinois entry came from Yina Wang, a student at Peterson Elementary in Chicago. Continue Reading

LeeCo Board Makes Time for Public Input on County Seat Issue

Lee County Supervisor Ron Fedler has formally proposed making Ft. Madison the only county seat. Right now, of course, it shares that designation with Keokuk. The proposal is by no means a done deal; the board has called a special meeting for tomorrow(Thur) night at 6 o’clock, including time for public input…and another public hearing on the 11th…both at Central Lee High School in Donnellson to discuss it further. Fedler lacks the support of at least two other supervisors, Matt Pflug and Gary Folluo, both of Keokuk. Continue Reading


Ferneau Puts Hot Wheels on Riverfront Flood Mitigation

Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau announced last(Tues) night that he and his staff are on a fast track to a dry riverfront.  

In fact, they’re inviting design firms and contractors to submit proposals by the 10th…one week from today(Weds)…and they’ll narrow down the list the week of the 17th.  Ferneau says they’re doing it as quickly as possible to give the City a better chance of obtaining federal and state funding. Council members Bob Fleming and Becky Anderson volunteered to serve on the project review board. Continue Reading


Ladies and Gentlemen: Start Your Lighters

The Burlington City Council voted 4-1 last(Tues) night to allow fire-pits in back yards. Mark French…who spoke out against the proposal at the last meeting…did so again, this time with a positive spin, saying he’s in favor of fire-pits and fireplaces in public parks, where there’s room for the smoke to dissipate. Most of the council members said they received more calls and e-mails in favor of the proposal than against it…but Mayor Shane McCampbell says he talked to a few people who didn’t feel their concerns were being considered, so he cast the only “no” vote. There are a number of restrictions included in the ordinance. Check with the Burlington Fire Department to see what they are. Continue Reading


WBPD Releases Names of Monday Night Accident Victims

We now know who was injured in that chain-reaction collision Monday night in the 600 block of West Mt. Pleasant Street in West Burlington. 19-year old Kyler Engen of Oquawka…17-year old Jared Fogle of West Burlington…56-year old Randy Mayer of Mediapolis…and 17-year old Cameron Guihan of West Burlington were all taken to Great River Medical Center. West Burlington police say Engen’s car was stopped, waiting to turn left, as was Fogle’s car behind it…when Mayer’s pickup rear-ended Fogle, pushing him into Engen. Guihan was a passenger in Fogle’s car.  

No tickets were issued at the scene, but the accident is still under investigation. Continue Reading


HendCo Farm Fire Destroys Buildings, Combine

Fire destroyed a machine shed and a second farm building on (the south side of) Highway 34 east of Biggsville late yesterday(Tues) afternoon. Henderson County authorities say 8 area departments were called in to fight the flames (including Biggsville, Oquawka, Gladstone, Raritan, M-S-T, Central Warren, Monmouth and Roseville), but they weren’t able to save a combine that was in one of the buildings. No one was hurt and no animals were injured or killed in the fire, which remains under investigation. Continue Reading


Agents, Cops Nab Lee County Marijuana Dealers

Two Lee County men will face felony and misdemeanor drug charges, following a traffic stop. 60-year old Michael Moore of (507 Iowa Joe Street, Apt. B4) West Point…and 25-year old Bryan Jones of (520 North 5th) Keokuk are both facing counts of selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school or public park, respectively…Jones while carrying a gun, second or subsequent offense…drug tax stamp violations…maintaining a drug house…and possessing drug paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, Moore could be sentenced to more than 127 years in prison, while Jones…who’s also accused of simple marijuana possession…could receive a sentence of more than 103 years. Lee County Narcotics Task Force Commander Stacy Weber credited the County Attorney’s office…the Keokuk & West Point Police Departments…the Ft. Continue Reading


Hatch, Loebsack Headline Des Moines-Henry Labor Picnic

The Democratic candidates for Governor and Congress…Jack Hatch & incumbent Dave Loebsack, respectively…were the keynote speakers at last(Mon) night’s annual Des Moines-Henry County Labor Council Picnic in Burlington. State Senator Tom Courtney warmed up the “troops” beforehand, with a warning about low turnout.  He says Republicans are expecting Democrats not to vote in great numbers, so he urged everyone to grab five friends and fill out the ballots.  

Hatch announced an idea we hadn’t hear before — requiring students to stay in school til the age of 18 or until they graduate from high school; whichever comes first. Veteran State Representative Dennis Cohoon was given a “Friend of Labor” award by the Council. Continue Reading