Fort Madison looks to set Hula Hoop Record this Weekend

It’s Town & Country Days in Mediapolis this weekend and Danville has its Founders’ Day, but in Fort Madison tomorrow during the second annual Riverview Games, they’re going to try and set a new Guinness world record for the “Longest Human Chain to Pass a Hula Hoop.” Organizer Laura Francisco is with the Chamber of Commerce….. Francisco says setting the record will take a small amount of flexibility by participants. She they need to be able-bodied so that they can actually put the hoop over their head, put it down over their body, and be able to step though it. Gates open tomorrow morning at 9:30 at Riverview Park, with the Hula Hoop chain at 10. Continue Reading


Early-Morning Lightning Strike Blamed for House Fire

No one was hurt, but lightning struck a house at 123-45 Little Flint Road…(near the intersection with Beaverdale Road)…northwest of Burlington, around 3:50 this(Fri) morning, setting part of the roof on fire, which then spread to the attic.  

Burlington Fire Chief Matt Trexel says the damage to Liz Henriksen’s ranch-style home was confined to the building’s top level; $25,000 is the estimated cost of repairs. Continue Reading


FM Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting Probe Turned Over to A-G’s Office

The Iowa DCI’s investigation into the August 3rd fatal shooting of a Ft. Madison man by a local police officer has been turned over to the state Attorney General’s office for review.  

Authorities say they were chasing 27-year old Ryan Swearingen as a suspect in a tire-slashing, when he ducked into the house at 15-27 Avenue E. When officer Karl Judd arrived to search for him, Swearingen allegedly came out of a closet holding a knife and Judd shot him.  

He was pronounced dead at Ft. Madison Community Hospital and an autopsy determined that he was killed by multiple bullet wounds. Continue Reading


A Bacon-Lover’s Paradise

Bacon lovers from around the region are invited to join a bacon-loving celebration this Saturday at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. It’s the first ever Baconpalooza, which Executive Director of the Auditorium, Chewi Lockhart hopes to make an annual event… Lockhart says if you love bacon and beer, this is the place to be. There will be a variety of bacon foods such as bacon donuts, bacon cinnamon rolls, bacon mac and cheese, jalapeno wantons, and more. It’s a 21 and older event. Continue Reading


Pagan Pride Day in Burlington Saturday

A religious group that many people consider controversial is getting together at Burlington’s Crapo Park this weekend, and is inviting the public to come learn what they truly believe and how they worship. Pagan Pride Day will feature rituals, workshops, food, music and more this Saturday from 10am-4pm. Organizer of the event, Jane Edwards, says she’s aware of the negative connotations¬†associated with¬†Pagan Pride… “When I say I’m Pagan, many people react by saying you’re going to hell. I say, well first, I’d have to believe in the place and I don’t. Continue Reading


New Location Considered for WB Yard Waste Dropoff Site

The West Burlington City Council has directed City Administrator Dan Gifford to come up with cost estimates…with a fence and without…for a new yard-waste drop-off site at the new public works complex on the west end of town. In other business, Gifford and Mayor Hans Trousil ran into School Supt. Dave Schmitt, who wants a meeting next week to talk about the effects of a so-called “balanced” school calendar for the district….. In another matter, Police Chief Frank Newberry says he has two qualified candidates for one available patrol officer position, created by the resignation of officer Al Waterman. Right now, Newberry says they’re doing background checks on the applicants. Continue Reading


Big Meth Bust in Louisa County

Louisa County Sheriff’s deputies and Wapello & Columbus Junction police have made 11 more arrests, following a 4-month investigation into a meth-making operation based in the Oakville area. Anthony & Tina Sill were arrested in April, along with Robert Zaeringer, and now, facing similar charges of conspiring to make the illegal drug are 22-year old Crystal Lee of Oakville, 32-year old Jason- and 35-year old Dustin Breuer, 25-year old Robyn Holland, 46-year old Richard Stout, 51-year old Laura Cocklin, 33-year old Jamie Ewart, and 49-year old Lisa Hayes, all of the Wapello area, 32-year old Christina Robertson and 33-year old Jason Goldsberry both of rural Conesville, and 39-year old Jill Lovell of rural Muscatine. Louisa County Sheriff Brad Turner says more arrests are anticipated. Continue Reading


Railroad Bar Thief Convicted

A Dallas City, Illinois man accused of taking railroad bars from the BNSF rail yard in Burlington in May has been found guilty after a two day jury trial. 49-year-old Gary Stewart was found guilty of 2nd degree Theft as a Habitual Offender. Stewart had been convicted of two prior felonies at the time of his arrest which implicated the habitual offender sentencing enhancement. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 8th. Continue Reading

SCC Blackhawks

SCC Volleyball Season Suspended

The Southeastern Community College volleyball program has been suspended for the 2014-2015 season because they are still without a head coach. The college has conducted a number of interviews but have not found the right fit. According to an SCC press release, SCC’s Women Athletic Director, Melissa Flores, said that since they haven’t had a coach since February, the Blackhawks have basically missed out on an entire recruiting season. College officials hope to have a new coach by December. Continue Reading