Loebsack: Federal Grant Assured for Leopold Recreation Area

The money’s not in-hand yet, but Des Moines County Conservation Department Director Chris Lee says he’s been assured by local Congressman Dave Loebsack that the County is getting a $150,000 federal grant to purchase 235 acres of land just north of Burlington. Conservation Director Chris Lee says the government’s wheels turn slowly, but he hopes to close on the land in time for the fall hunting seasons…hunting being just one of many uses the property will have.   It also includes land needed for a stretch of the Flint River Trail, and Lee says the levee along Flint Creek will eventually come down, so when the creek floods, it’ll take its natural path as part of a flood-plain. The property will be called the Leopold Recreation Area, named for famed conservationist and Burlington native Aldo Leopold. Continue Reading


Neighborhood Watch “How to Start” Meeting Tomorrow Night

Burlington police and others with experience in forming neighborhood watch groups will hold a “how-to” meeting tomorrow(Thur) night at City Hall. There’ll be information on becoming a block captain and printed handouts for those interested in helping to stop crime before it starts. For more information ahead of time, call Major Darren Grimshaw at the Burlington Police Department — 753-8352. Continue Reading


Balanced School Calendar Subject of Joint Meeting Tonight in WB

The West Burlington City Council and School Board will hold a joint meeting tonight(Weds) to discuss the ramifications of instituting a so-called “balanced calendar” in the school system. Tonight’s(Weds) meeting is at 6:30 at West Burlington City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.  

***By the way, West Burlington Supt. Dave Schmitt will be our guest on “The Talk Show,” tomorrow morning at 10. Continue Reading


Drowning Victim has been Identified

The man who drowned in a pond near Sperry Monday night has been identified as 69-year-old Richard Duane Dowell of Burlington. According to the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department, Dowell had stopped to see a friend at 180th Street, entered the pond to clean off, but did not resurface. His body was found by the Mediapolis Fire Department. He was then transferred to Great River Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Autopsy results are currently pending. Continue Reading


BHS ACT Scores above State Average

Burlington High School got its ACT scores back, and Principal Tom Messinger was able to give the school board some good news at last night’s meeting… “The Burlington High School students scored above the state average in all areas. English, Math, Reading, Science and the composite.” The composite score, as reported by ACT, is the average of the four test scores earned during a single test administration. Messinger also stated that the average composite score for BHS students was 23.4 as compared to the state average of 22.0. Continue Reading


WB Council Drowns in Dollar Bills for Lou Gehrig’s Research

Five of the six West Burlington City Council members(Kara Steward wasn’t there) each dumped 100, one-dollar bills on their heads last night, to raise money for ALS research. Councilwoman Therese Lees explained there was no ice water involved because of the age and experience of the participants. Lees challenged the mayor and city council of Middletown to go next. Councilman Doug Ervine challenged the Mediapolis council, Rod Crowner the Burlington council and mayor, Rick Raleigh the Danville council, and Mayor Trousil the Des Moines County Board. Continue Reading

Joshua Royer is seen in this April 2014 photo from the Iowa Sex Offender registry. Royer is on the sex offender list due to a 1995 assault conviction in California.

Royer Waives Right to Speedy First-Degree Murder Trial

Josh Royer waived his arraignment in Des Moines County court yesterday(Mon) and pled not guilty to First Degree Murder. The 38-year old Burlington man is accused of shooting and killing 50-year old Eddie Martin the afternoon of August 6th, as Martin rode his bike near the corner of Aetna and South Gunnison Streets on the near south side. Royer was arrested a few hours later and taken to the county jail, where he remains, unable to post a 1-million dollar cash bond. Continue Reading


Man Found in Sperry Pond

The investigation is incomplete, but local authorities say a 69-year old man apparently drowned last(Mon) night in a pond near Sperry. The victim, who according to initial reports had gone to the pond to wash off, was found in shallow water a few minutes before 8 o’clock. He was taken from the scene at 115-86 180th Street to Great River Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Des Moines County Sheriff’s deputies say the man’s name will be released after his relatives have been notified. Continue Reading


WB City Council Creates New ALS Bucket Challenge

Most people have been dumping buckets of ice water on themselves for the last couple weeks to raise awareness of ALS, but the West Burlington City Council has something else in mind. The West Burlington Police Officers challenged the council to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but instead of filling their buckets with ice and water, council members will fill them with 100 $1.00 bills. You can see their challenge tonight at 6:30 at West Burlington City Hall. Continue Reading