UPDATED: 2 Injured After Motorcycle Hits Deer near Fort Madison

A man and woman were seriously injured late last night in a motorcycle accident near Fort Madison. 42-year-old Ed Gutting and 48-year-old Cheryl Bachman were thrown from the motorcycle at mile marker 24 on the Highway 61 bypass after they hit a deer. Gutting was flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City while Bachman was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Both suffered serious injuries. We hope to have an update later today. Continue Reading


Correction: BHS Student Finalist in Doodle 4 Google Competition

A Burlington High School student is a finalist for the Doodle 4 Google competition. In a press release, they did not reveal the name of the student, but plan to announce more information Monday. This student entered the Doodle 4 Google Competition with a task of redesigning the Google logo inspired by this years theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..”. There will be an assembly in the Burlington High School gym at 11am Tuesday where two representatives from Google will be present to award the student as Iowa’s Doodle 4 Google winner. The overall prize is a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Continue Reading


UPDATE on Dirt Bike Accident

The two young Burlington men who were knocked out early this morning when their Yamaha dirt-bike collided with a car at 14th and Locust, have been transferred from GRMC to the University Hospitals in Iowa City. 20-year old Branden Capps (of 19-04 south 14th Street) and 20-year old Zachary Grant (of 15-05 south 14th) were riding on the same motorcycle, without lights, and collided with a Ford Taurus driven by 47-year old Dawn Bennick of (17-05 Olive Street)Burlington who was not injured, nor was she ticketed. Continue Reading


Beer and Wine Walk Downtown Tonight

It’s taken a lot of work to bring back businesses to Burlington’s Downtown area, and slowly but surely it’s happening. A chance to check out some of the new stores is tonight for the beer and wine walk, according to Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners… Frevert says you’ll also get a sneak peek at the new Original Cyns Store.. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you’ll be able to do so tonight at 520 Jefferson for $15 which includes a beer/wine walk guide and a complimentary wine glass. The event is tonight from 5-8pm. Continue Reading


Iowa Champion Tree Found Toppled on Arbor Day

On this Arbor Day, there’s discouraging news that one of Iowa’s two national champion trees is damaged beyond repair. A team of tree experts went to a remote area near Pikes Peak State Park in northeast Iowa this week, intending to save the black ash tree and instead, found it broken into pieces. Mark Rouw says he was stunned. “I was really kind of in disbelief, but there’s no denying it, it was down, it’s gone,” Rouw says. “We’ve lost a national champion in Iowa and we don’t have many of those. Continue Reading

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Burn Bans Lifted

The burn bans for Des Moines and Lee Counties have now been lifted. Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin lifted their ban at 10 am and Lee County cancelled its ban as of 8 am. The burn ban is still in effect in Henry County, Iowa and the Biggsville, Illinois Fire Protection District. Continue Reading


Update on Old JCPenny Building on Jefferson Street

A downtown building that has sat empty for 37 years is in the process of being transformed. Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners gave us an update on the renovation of the old JCPenny building that sits at 520 Jefferson Street… Frevert says it may become a new downtown restaurant… New windows will also be put in. They hope to have them installed before the Snake Alley Criterium. Continue Reading


Mini Riot on South Hill in Burlington

Police say two females were beaten by two males late yesterday afternoon on Burlington’s south side, and the assaults led to a mini crime wave and a large crowd gathering on Maple and South 9th Streets.  

City police are still trying to sort things out, but Sergeant Chad Zahn says what is known is that following the attacks, someone shot out a car window with what appeared to be a B.B. or pellet gun. After that, two houses in the neighborhood were vandalized, apparently in retaliation. Zahn says at its peak, the crowd numbered about 30 people, most of them watching what was going on. The initial call came in shortly before 4:30 yesterday afternoon and police continue their investigation. Continue Reading