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It will cost a little more for some to do business in Burlington in 2014.

The new chairman of the Lee County Board of Supervisors wants to have more discussions about a controversial subject in 2014.

The Keokuk City Council is trying to clear the way for a small business to relocate.

Contract talks are getting underway between Southeastern Community College and members of its faculty.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors is considering a request to add staff at the jail.

The Burlington City Council has cleared the way for the hiring of a firm to manage Memorial Auditorium.

The multi-million dollar reconstruction of Keokuk's Grand Avenue will be completed months later than the city and its residents anticipated.

Contract talks are underway between Fort Madison and the unions representing its firefighters and public works employees.

The Keokuk School Board has authorized the district to apply for up to $50,000 from the Iowa Department of Education for a "life-safety" project.

Overcast skies, falling temperatures and a brisk wind could not keep a crowd of more than 100 from attending the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Keokuk.

Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) Executive Director Mike Norris says the organization has come a long way over the last four decades.

Keokuk and Lee County got in on the ground floor of AMJET Turbine Systems by loaning the new industry $200,000 and $150,000, respectively, in 2010.

Time to boost the bottle bill?

Dec 7, 2012

The Iowa Recycling Association wants to expand the bottle bill. Under its proposal, bottled water, tea, sports drinks and other non-carbonated beverages- milk and juice being the exceptions- would be included in the bill.

Unemployment Up in Lee County

Nov 20, 2012

The latest numbers from Iowa Workforce Development show why many in Lee County support the construction of a new fertilizer plant near Wever.

Late Results in Lee County

Nov 8, 2012

High turnout in several Lee County precincts led to a much longer night for election workers.

Winners and referendum decisions in each race are signified by bold face type.

West Central Illinois Election Results:

Southeast Iowa voters will have a few more choices when they go to the polls in the fall.

Five men beat the deadline to get on the general election ballot for county, state and/or federal office in Lee & Des Moines Counties.

They did so through nominating petitions or conventions.

LEE COUNTY

Former Lee County Maintenance Director Rick Carter will appear on the ballot for the District I seat on the Board of Supervisors.

He filed a lawsuit against the county after being fired in late 2010.

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) says he will seek a key provision in future contracts with union employees.

Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) say they will start paying 20% of their health insurance premiums next month.

The Governor told a crowd in Fort Madison that Iowa could save $100-million if every state employee followed their lead.

“But I don’t expect a lot of rank-and-file workers will do it immediately,” says Branstad, “but down the road, most people in the private sector are paying more than that so we think in the future that makes sense.”

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is confident his state will come out on top when it comes to a proposed $1.5-billion fertilizer plant.

Orascom Construction Industries is said to be considering multiple sites in Iowa for the plant, along with locations in central Illinois and Texas.

Branstad says he has personally talked to representatives of the Egypt-based company about Iowa’s history of honest, reliable government, especially when compared to Illinois.

The murder trial of Keokuk resident Adam Pitman has concluded its second day.

Judge Cynthia Danielson is presiding over the case at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, in her home in the early morning hours of August 30, 2011.  He allegedly confessed to the crime after being pulled over for a traffic violation several hours later.

1st Degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

ADAM PITMAN

The state of Iowa is recommending the Lee County Narcotics Task Force change some of its operating practices.

The recommendations are based on a report, released this week, by State Auditor David Vaudt.

The report was requested by the board that oversees the task force.

The most significant finding is the task force is carrying a $90,000 deficit from the time period of July 1, 2010 - May 31, 2012.

The polls will open at 7:00 A.M. for voters in southeast Iowa as they decide who should move on from the primary to the November General Election.

There are contested races up and down the ballot in Lee and Des Moines Counties.  They start in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

Congressman Dave Loebsack faces a challenge from State Senator Joe Seng on the Democratic side while John Archer and Dan Dolan are squaring off for the Republican nod.

There will be just two contested races for county office during the June 5th Primary in Lee and Des Moines Counties.

One of the contests is in the 5th Supervisor District in Lee County. 

Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz is being challenged by former Supervisor Matt Pflug in the Democratic Primary.  Keokuk Alderman Mike O’Connor will likely face the winner as he was the lone Republican to file in District 5.

Iowa’s June 5 primary will feature multiple contested races in the southeast corner of the state.  Friday, March 16 marked the end of the filing period for state and federal office.

Four men beat the deadline to enter the race in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes 24 counties in southeast, south-central, and east-central Iowa.

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA2) is being challenged in the primary by Joe Seng of Davenport.  On the Republican side, John Archer of Bettendorf will square off with Dan Dolan of Muscatine.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says a trip through Lee County shows his economic development policies are working.

The Governor and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spent several hours talking to executives at employees at Pinnacle Foods and at Siemens on Friday.

They also toured both facilities and even participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a nearly 18,000 square foot expansion at Pinnacle.

The company spent roughly $20-million to build a new production line, which led to the creation of about 65 new jobs and the retention of several hundred more.

The Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees has released a statement in response to the SCC Higher Education Association's vote of no confidence in President Beverly Simone.

The relatively warm weather in recent weeks has benefited Keokuk's new water tower.

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