Sarducci’s Gives Portion of Sales to Help Mentally Disabled

If you don’t know what you’re doing for dinner tonight (Wednesday), Partners which is an organization that assists people who are mentally disabled in Des Moines County, is having a fundraiser at Sarducci’s in Burlington. Between 5-8pm, Partners will receive 10% of Sarducci’s food sales. That money will then go towards activites and financial assistance for people who qualify. Continue Reading


Illinois Gay Marriage Legislation Signed Today

Illinois is about to join the ranks of states allowing same-sex marriage. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign a bill today making Illinois the 16th
state to legalize gay marriage. The event will be held at the University of
Illinois at Chicago. Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011. But it was a bumpy road to same-sex
marriage. When 2013 began, advocates hoped Illinois would’ve been the 10th state, but
watched as other states passed it. Continue Reading


Bullying Prevention Meeting Draws a Crowd

Parents and students were presented an opportunity to get together and talk about bullying prevention last night at Grimes Elementary School in Burlington. The event was hosted by the Burlington Community School District and the South Hill Neighborhood Association. Most wanted answers and asked for solutions. Police Chief Doug Beaird was there and made the suggestion of a school resource officer in the high school and middle school buildings… “It’s been one of my goals to get a school resource officer in the middle schools. Continue Reading


New FunCity Attractions Opening Next Week

It’s been almost 8 years since FunCity opened in Burlington, which means it’s time for a little renovating. The complex has torn out what once was the indoor water park, and have replaced it with all new attractions. Pzazz General Manager Rob Higgins, says they have cut the space in half, creating what will be known as a “wet” side and a “dry” side. Ballocity and Sky Trail are the dry side features… “The Ballocity is an indoor interactive soft play area where you can shoot very soft balls out of cannons. It’s like a jungle-jim for kids to run around. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday November 19th

Adolphus “Doss” David Massner    Age 85    of    Mediapolis
Died Saturday 11/16 at Genesis Medical Center Davenport
He is survived by his wife Bertha Massner    Mediapolis    IA
Sons David, Derek & Doran Massner all of Mediapolis
Daughters Mara (Curtis) Orr of Mediapolis, Dana (A.J.) Kuisle of Sperry & Megan Massner of Mediapolis
17 Grandchildren    1    Great-Grandchild
Sister    Dorothy (Richard) Taeger    Burlington, IA
Brother    Eric (Norma) Massner    Mediapolis, IA
Brother    Virgil (Barbara) Massner    Mediapolis, IA
Brother    Lloyd (Mary) Massner    Mediapolis, IA
Brother    Harold (Annette) Massner    Burlington, IA
Brother    Dale (Evelyn) Massner    Burlington, IA
Brother    Allen (Rosemary) Messner    Maywood, MO
The Family will receive friends    4 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 19th, at Lunning Chapel and 9 – 9:45 a.m. Wednesda’
November 20th at the Oakville-Mediapolis Apostolic Christian Church in Mediapolis
10 am. Wednesday, November 20th, at the Oakville-Mediapolis Apostolic Christiar
Church in Mediapolis
Burial Will Be    Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Oakville.  

Helen Francis Prickett, 99, of Salem, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at PleasantManorCareCenter, Mt.Pleasant. The funeral service for Mrs. Prickett will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Pastor Jared Haley will officiate.  Burial will be in BurgeCemetery, New London.  Visitation will begin after noon on Wednesday, November 20, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Memorials have been established to SalemFriendsChurch, Relay For Life, and the Pleasant Manor Activity Fund. Mrs. Maxine M. Carper, 89, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 2:45 PMSaturday, November 16, 2013 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, IL. Continue Reading

Richard Childress

NASCAR Team Owner Upset by Ethanol Myths- Speaks in Burlington

There are many myths and misconceptions about an American made product used to power our vehicles and other equipment. Ethanol was the topic at the Big River Resources briefing today at the Capitol Theater in Burlington. It featured Growth Energy board members who wanted to set the record straight. Richard Childress, who owns a NASCAR Team that runs on Ethanol, is tired of all the lies… “The biggest thing that really upsets me, is the myths about ethanol and Food vs. Continue Reading


Iowa Troops Coming Home Saturday

The public is invited to attend a homecoming ceremony for an Ottumwa-based Iowa Army National Guard unit that has been serving in Afghanistan. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Evans Middle School gym in Ottumwa. They’ll mark the return of soldiers mobilized from the 833rd Engineer Company with a mission of removing physical obstacles, identifying and reducing minefields and bombs, constructing protective positions and other duties. Continue Reading


Fundraiser for Local Deployed Troops at Wendys

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is a chance to help local deployed troops. S-O-F-T, which stands for Supporting Our Family and Troops, creates care packages that are sent overseas to people from our area who are currently serving. The group is holding another fundraiser at Wendy’s tomorrow in Burlington from 5-7pm. Wendy’s will then donate a portion of their food sales to SOFT that will help create and send those care packages. Continue Reading


Year-Round Schooling Decision 1 Year Away for WB

As most have heard by now, The West Burlington School District is looking at the possibility of a balanced calendar, also known as year-round-schooling. West Burlington Superintendent David Schmitt says there hasn’t been too much feedback about it yet, and a decision will not be made anytime soon to implement it… “Probably next year about this time is when the board will be thinking about a decision if we’re going to go for the following year for a balanced calendar. So we’re about a year away before we really get into the nuts and bolts and make a decision.” The next discussion of year-round-schooling for West Burlington will be at the School Board’s Work Session, December 2nd. Continue Reading


No Venu-Works News at Council Meeting

Nothing new on the Venu-Works and Burlington Steamboat Days front at last night’s City Council Meeting… “Last I knew, there were still like one or two sentences. We are down to very few details to make sure everyone is still on the same page. Hopefully we can have that for the next meeting, but I’ve been saying that for a few months now.” That’s City Manager Jim Ferneau. Continue Reading