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


ISU gets a Warning

An internal audit report has warned that Iowa State University was out of compliance with federal law for years in the limited way that students were informed about sexual assaults and other crimes on campus. The June 17 report says the school’s recently-abandoned practice of issuing crime alerts on the campus police website didn’t meet Clery Act requirements. The report says administrators must issue “timely warnings” required by the law through mass emails and other formats that don’t require individuals to search out the information. Continue Reading


Burlington Google Doodle Winner Could Become National Finalist

A Burlington High School student’s Google Doodle could become a national finalist, and she could win a scholarship, with your help. The theme of this year’s Google Doodle contest is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.” The contest was open to artists in gradees K through 12. Guest judges chose a Google Doodle by Amy Carlson, a senior at Burlington High School, as the winner among all entries submitted in Iowa. The winning Illinois entry came from Yina Wang, a student at Peterson Elementary in Chicago. Continue Reading


Mosquito Virus has made it to Iowa

Iowa has its first confirmed case of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, state public health officials said Wednesday, removing Iowa from the list of six U.S. states that had not reported a case of the disease. Iowa Department of Public Health, said a central Iowa adult male in the 18-40 age range who recently returned from a trip to the Caribbean became ill with the mosquito-borne Chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-gun-ye) virus. He was not hospitalized and is recovering. Continue Reading


Branstad Spends Day in Mt. Pleasant

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad spent a good chunk of his day in Mt. Pleasant yesterday, as his tour of all 99 Iowa counties wrapped up. His first stop in the Henry County town was at West Liberty Foods for a tour. He then went to Old Threshers, and eventually made his way to Union Block, which is where we caught up with him for the ribbon cutting… We asked the governor after his speech how the campaign was going… Continue Reading