Obits for July 20, 2015

Mrs. Marjorie L. McDowell, 93, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 3:45 PM Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. She was born November 16, 1921 in Elvaston, IL, the daughter of Revy and Ethel Hankins Martin. On October 17, 1942 she married Charles William McDowell in Hannibal, MO. He preceded her in death on August 30, 1990. She attended grade school in Augusta, IL before moving to Quincy, IL her 8th grade year. Continue Reading

Obits for July 9th, 2015

Tommy Howard, 62 , of Smithville, Texas died June 10, 2015 at his home in Smithville. Graveside inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Burge Cemetery, rural New London. A memorial has been established for his funeral expenses. Constance May Warth, 61, of New London, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015. According to her wished, her body was cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date. Continue Reading

Obits for July 7th 2015


Alan A. Woolwine, age 64, of Mediapolis, died unexpectedly at his home on June 29, 2015.  Born February 20, 1951, he was the son of Amy Vance and Harvey Lane Woolwine.  Alan graduated from Mediapolis High School and Parsons College in Fairfield with a degree in English.  His first job was being a DJ on the radio.  He started working at Schrock Lumber in 1975 and continued working there until his death.  He enjoyed going to the farm with his beloved dog and friend Roscoe.  Everyone was familiar with Roscoe because he and Alan walked morning and night in Mediapolis.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include friends and cousins.  

His body has been cremated.  Visitation for Alan will be from 2 to 7 Thursday with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7pm at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis.  

A memorial fund has been established for the Humane Society.  

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Obits for June 16, 2015

Betty Lou Crabill, 71, died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Great River Klein Center, West Burlington, Iowa. She was born November 7, 1943 in Burlington, Iowa the daughter of Arthur Colter Roxlau and Dorothy May Arpy Roxlau Hill. Betty was a homemaker; she liked to cook, crochet and baby-sit her grandchildren. Betty also enjoyed gardening. During the Christmas season she especially enjoyed baking Christmas cookies for everyone. Continue Reading

Obits for June 15, 2015

Mr. Roger L. Crum, 75, of rural LaHarpe, IL passed away at 11:55 AM, Thursday, June 11, 2015 at his home. He was born on May 23, 1940 in LaHarpe the son of John M. and Harriet L Williams Crum. On April 11, 1965 Roger married Marjorie June Davis in Burlington, IA. Mr. Crum was a 1958 LaHarpe High School graduate. He then attended Western Illinois University for two years before enlisting in the Illinois National Guard. Continue Reading

Obits for June 12th, 2015

Mr. Roger L. Crum, 75, of rural LaHarpe, IL passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 at his home. Services are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Condolences may be left at

Travis J. Heckenberg, 38, of Lomax, IL passed away June 10, 2015 near Terre Haute, IL. A celebration of his life is pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City, IL. Condolences may be left at
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Burlington Shooting Update

Press Release from Iowa Department of Public Safety… Burlington, IOWA — Autumn Mae Steele, 34, died while being treated for an apparent gunshot she received when officers of the Burlington Police Department responded to a domestic call in the 100 block of South Garfield Ave. An autopsy will take place on Thursday, January 8, 201,5 at the University of Iowa Decedent Care Unit.  Initial findings indicate Officer Jesse Hill fired his weapon twice with one round striking Steele in the mid torso.  Officer Hill was taken to the Great River Medical Center and received treatment for dog bite(s) and then released.  Officer Hill has been employed as an officer for the Burlington Police Department since August 13, 2013. The Burlington Police Department and the Iowa of Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) recognize the impact this incident has on the Steele family, Officer Hill, fellow officers of the Burlington Police Department, and the community alike.   With that said, the Iowa DCI continues to conduct interviews and examine all physical and forensic evidence to ensure a thorough and impartial investigation. No additional information will be released until all parties are interviewed and the findings of the autopsy are known. Continue Reading

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School Bus Rollover in Louisa County

At around 7:45 this morning, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a school bus rollover accident on County Road X61 near the intersection of Avenue H.

According to a press release, the bus contained ten elementary and high school students from the Louisa-Muscatine School District, eight which were transported by ambulance to Trinity Hospital in Muscatine for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the bus was 58-year-old Ricky Hines. Hines lost control of the bus and exited the roadway to the right, which led to a rollover. The incident is still under investigation. Continue Reading

OBITS for 09/15/2014

Mrs. Barbara Jean Purdy, 87, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, IL. Arrangements are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Condolences may be left at

Jon Owen Newberry, 71, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 7:20 AM Sunday, September 14, 2014 at his home. Jon was born on September 19, 1942 in Quincy, IL the son of Quentin and Marie Wolf Newberry. On January 31, 1965 he married Carolyn Hendricks in Dallas City, she survives. Continue Reading