Highway named after Warren Co. Deputy killed in line of Duty

A Warren County Sheriffs Deputy killed in the line of duty over 30 years ago is being honored with a stretch of highway being named after him. A ceremony was held today officially dedicating a one-mile stretch of U-S 67 about 7 miles north of Monmouth as “Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway.” According to our sister station WGIL in Galesburg, Darnell was shot and killed in December of 1981 when responding to a call at the former F.S. facility north of Monmouth. -Darnell
Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards says he hopes the dedication sends an special message to Darnell’s family. Now 60-years-old, David Eric Wolfbrandt is serving a 70-year prison sentence after being convicted in Hancock County in 1982 of Murder, Armed Robbery, Armed Violence, and Theft, but could be paroled in 2017, or discharged in 2020. Continue Reading


No More Veishea Celebrations

AP- Iowa State University’s president is ending the annual Veishea festival saying it has become a week-long alcohol fueled party that places students at risk. President Steven Leath says the violence-marred festival over the years it has resulted in dozens of violent incidents, riots, property damage and two deaths. A late-night crowd disturbance in early April injured a student and the remainder of the festival was cancelled for this year. He says it has hurt Iowa State’s reputation as he announced Wednesday Veishea will end for good and the name will be retired. Leath says as university president his top priority is student safety and although he acknowledged ending a 90-year tradition will be criticized he’s convinced it’s the right thing to do for the university. Continue Reading


Muscatine Voter Farud

A Muscatine woman has pled guilty to voter fraud. Mayra Lopez-Morales will pay a 750-dollar civil penalty and the judge gave her a deferred judgement of two years unsupervised probation. Lopez-Morales entered a plea last month to Fraudulent Practices in the Third Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. She had registered and voted in the 2012 election while she was a non-citizen. Continue Reading

Iowa Environmental Group Says New Water-Quality Rule Too Weak

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The commission that oversees water quality in Iowa will consider adoption later this month of a new rule critics say is too friendly to livestock farmers. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission plans to vote Aug. 19 on the rule that aligns state regulations with the federal Clean Water Act. It primarily gives the Iowa DNR authority to require permits that strictly regulate manure handling for livestock farms shown to spill manure into waterways. Environmental groups including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement say the rule is too weak and will change little in the way the DNR enforces clean water rules. Continue Reading

IA Corn Growers, Promotion Board Elect New Officers

New leaders have been selected for a pair of organizations representing corn growers in the state. Jerry Mohr, who farms just west of Eldridge in Scott County, will serve as president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA). He plans on fighting an Environmental Protection Agency proposal related to the Renewable Fuels Standard, which would reduce production of corn-based ethanol. The 61-year-old Mohr will officially take over the lead of the ICGA on September 1, the same day Chris Edgington will become president of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB). The 51-year-old farmer from Mitchell County said he’ll be working with Mohr and others to boost demand for corn. Continue Reading


Keokuk Man Could Get 38 Years in Prison

A Keokuk man is looking at 38 years behind bars if convicted on felony drug charges. The Lee County Narcotics Task Force arrested 58-year-old Randall Gray of 1903 Palean Street yesterday and charged him with two counts of Delivery of Marijuana Within 1,000 Feet of a Park, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana While in Possession of a Firearm, Drug Tax Stamp Violation, Maintaining a Drug House, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading


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