Yearly IA Sales Tax Holiday to Begin

Anyone who needs to do back-to-school shopping for clothes and shoes will save money if they go tomorrow(Fri) or Saturday, thanks to Iowa’s annual Sales Tax Holiday. 

In 2012, retailers statewide reported nearly 15-million dollars in sales during the tax holiday. When multiplied by the six-percent tax rate, that’s a savings to consumers of about 887-thousand dollars. Continue Reading


Macomb Police Officer Arrested for Forgery and State Benefits Fraud

A Macomb Police Officer is in trouble after an investigation by the Illinois State Police ended with a warrant issued to Officer William Kennedy. According to a press release on the Macomb Police Department website, a citizen accused Kennedy of Forgery and State Benefits Fraud. The State Patrol conducted the investigation and arrested Officer Kennedy who resigned today. Kennedy posted the required 10% of his $30,000 bond and was released. He had been employed with the department since 2005. Continue Reading


Hundreds of jobs available in SE Iowa, Nobody Applying

Unemployment is a hot topic in our country right now. In Iowa, there are around 74,500 people who are currently unemployed. Emergency unemployment compensation expired in December and it has many worried about what will happen to those people. Data from the Iowa Workforce Development shows that there are plenty of jobs out there right now with nobody to fill them. Regional Director for the Workforce Investment Act Deb Dowell, says there are 848 southeast Iowa jobs listed on their website… Continue Reading


Montrose man involved in fatal Crash

Authorities say one person has been killed and several others injured in a collision between a car and pickup in eastern Iowa. Iowa State Patrol and Washington County sheriff’s officers responded to the crash around 4:30 p.m. Sunday on G38 about two miles west of Washington. The patrol says Timothy Milligan, of Montrose, was driving west in his pickup when he tried to turn around in the road. The truck was struck by a westbound car driven by Craig Batholomew, of Washington. The patrol says a car passenger, 46-year-old Dennis Albright, of Washington, was killed. Continue Reading

Johnson County Wants In on Driverless Vehicles

Johnson County is trying to pull out into the fast lane and get ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to being the home for developing driverless cars. The Johnson County Supervisors unanimously passed a proclamation Thursday encouraging the testing of the vehicles — the first county in the nation to do so. Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group president, Mark Nolte, says the proclamation comes on the heels of a visit by a delegation to the “Automated Vehicle Symposium” in San Francisco last week. He says the I-CAD group will continue to set meetings with companies and organizations from the Automated Vehicle Symposium and they are working on establishing dates with local city councils for future proclamations to welcome driverless vehicles. Continue Reading


Montrose man killed in ATV Accident

An 88-year old Montrose man was killed yesterday afternoon when an All-Terrain-Vehicle rolled on top of him as he was doing some yard work on his property. Lee County deputies say Dale Carter (of 30-57 205th Avenue) was found by emergency responders, still pinned beneath the ATV. He was taken by ambulance to Vigen’s Funeral Home in Keokuk. Authorities say it appears the vehicle rolled back and overturned as Carter was riding up a hill. Continue Reading


Meth Arrest in Keokuk

A 31-year-old from Keokuk could face 25 years in prison. Carin Ison of 2298 Carbide Lane was taken into custody on Friday by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force on felony drug charges. Ison was charged with Manufacture of Meth in Excess of 5 Grams. During the investigation a search warrant was executed and items supporting the charges were located. Continue Reading


RAGBRAI Riders Feeling the Heat Today

Air conditioners will be running full blast across much of Iowa the next few days as a heat advisory is posted from noon today through 7 o’clock on Tuesday night for more than 70 counties across western and central Iowa. Meteorologist Miles Schumacher, at the National Weather Service, says we will be in for some of the hottest weather of the season so far… “It’s going to be a typical real hot and humid Iowa summer,” Schumacher says. “Looks like we’ll see heat indices in the 100- to 110-degree range, at least for the next couple of days.” In Burlington tomorrow, we’ll see temperatures in the mid 90’s. Continue Reading