Obituaries Wednesday September 25th

Luellen Mae ‘Lu’ Richenberger, age 53, of Morning Sun, died Monday, September 23, 2013, at her home.  The daughter of Robert and Lura Tucker McDonald, she was born on December 22, 1959 in Burlington.  She married Ron Richenberger on October 3, 1981 in Morning Sun.  
Lu graduated from Burlington High School in 1978.  She was an activity director and CNA at the Morning Sun Care Center and had worked in construction for Wilson Concrete and more recently at Grimm Bros. in Wapello.  
She enjoyed painting, crocheting, crafting, and Cruise Night.  Lu was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Morning Sun, had served on the Morning Sun Volunteer Fire Department and was an EMT with the Morning Sun Community Ambulance Service.  She had coached Little League Softball with her daughters.  
Her family includes her husband, Ron; three daughters, Katie McDonald & Caleb Smith of Mt. Continue Reading

Road Closure

Dodgeville Road Culvert Construction to Begin

It may be hard to remember back when we had nothing but rain earlier this summer because it’s been so dry lately, but it did a lot of damage to roads in Des Moines County, one in particular…. Des Moines County Engineer Brian Carter… “This is I guess, what is the famous large 30 foot deep hole on Dodgeville Road. We have been working on this from the time it happened. We had to close the road because it mostly disappeared. Until now, it’s just been a race to get this to this point.” Continue Reading


Ft. Madison Shooting Update

Authorities have finally released the name of the man who was shot it in an alley in Fort Madison Monday afternoon. The man is 25-year-old Richard Griffiths of Fort Madison. Griffiths was shot in the leg at around 3:30pm near Ave F and G. He had to be flown to Iowa City for treatment. His condition is not available and no suspects have been found. Continue Reading


Burlington Violence Issue Questioned at Candidates Forum

Because of recent violence in Burlington, one question was asked last night at the candidates forum pertaining to what can be done to curb the violence. Chris Reed had a suggestion… “It’s called community involvement. Keeping your porch light on, knowing your neighbors and utilizing crime stoppers. It’s us being involved and being a city. Continue Reading