Illinois Concealed Carry Instructors in Trouble

Many Illinois residents who are trying to get their concealed carry permits are finding out that their completion certificates are being rejected. The reason this has happened, is due to students being improperly trained by their instructors. As of right now, 13 instructors have been stripped of their concealed carry endorsements, which has affected 425 students who will now have to be retrained. The instructors were giving students their certificates of completion without the minimum 16 hours of training Illinois requires. Continue Reading


A New Press Box and More Parking for Bracewell

Bracewell Stadium in Burlington may soon get a major face-lift. The Burlington School Board approved to move forward with the bidding process at last night’s meeting for the press-box renovation. Byron Wittlesey, who’s in charge of maintenance for the district, spoke to us last night about their plans… The Whole Truth Gospel Church of Holiness on South Central Street in Burlington, which is now owned by the school, is expected to come down this week to create more parking… The financial impact is around $750,000 from sales tax, which Whittlesey says will not cover the entire project, so they may have to alter their plans. Continue Reading

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Something Burlington Tax Payers Should Know…

There are some changes afoot in the Des Moines County Assessor’s Office, and many local taxpayers may not like the end result.

Assessor Matt Warner says about 90% of the county’s property owners have been sent change notices, meaning their assessed value has gone up or down.. Warner also took the time at today’s meeting to dispel at least one rumor… Continue Reading

Maquoketa Police Officer Shot (UPDATED)

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says a police officer has been wounded during a traffic stop in eastern Iowa. The department says the Maquoketa officer was shot after making a traffic stop around 2:50 a.m. today. The shooter fled the scene and was later found dead in his overturned pickup truck. Police identified him as 30-year-old Aaron Scott of Wyoming, Iowa. Injuries to the police officer were not life-threatening. Continue Reading

Golf Carts on Fort Madison Streets May be Legal

Fort Madison is considering whether to allow golf carts on city streets. The City Council will discuss the issue tonight. City Manager Byron Smith says at least two council members and some residents are receptive to an ordinance. He also says that several cities in the area have adopted similar ordinances since 2011. If approved, a registration fee would generate some revenue. Continue Reading


Burlington School Makes $440,000 in Reductions

The Burlington School Board approved to publish their proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. During the work session, before their regular meeting tonight, each member got another chance to voice their opinions on the proposed cuts, which total around $440,000. Member Tammy Darnall felt that they weren’t provided enough information about some of the positions they had to cut or decide to restore. Board member Linda Garwood was upset that they have to cut the Communications and Assessment Director they just hired…. “Like I’ve said before, I think anybody that does anything anymore, does it online, and I think he’s done a phenomenal job in making our district look welcoming. Continue Reading


Dumping Ground Catches Fire in Burlington



The only thing hurt in a backyard fire this afternoon was someones pride. Fire crews were called to a home along Golf Course Road in Burlington at around 4:30pm. The fire was located in a backyard in a portion of their wooded area they use as a dumping ground. Homeowner Laverne Neal took the blame… “I emptied a burning barrel this morning that I burned Saturday. Continue Reading


Free Weather Spotter Class Tomorrow

A reminder that Des Moines County Emergency Management will host a severe weather-spotter course tomorrow night. The class is from 6:30-9 at Aldo Leopold Middle School in Burlington, located at 3075 Sunnyside. No pre-registration is required, there’s no charge, and two National Weather Service Meteorologists will conduct the class. Everyone is welcome to come.   Continue Reading


Big Hollow Open House

A reminder that Des Moines County Conservation is holding an Open House today from noon-4 at it’s first rental cabin at Big Hollow. Staff will be there to answer questions and take reservations for available dates this year. The cabin is at the east end of the park. Turn left at the 4-way stop at the entrance and follow the signs. For more information go to¬† Continue Reading

Burlington Bees Open House Sunday

The Burlington Bees are hosting their annual open house this Sunday from 1-4 at Community Field. Fans can tour the facilities, buy concessions, souvenirs, tickets, and audition to sing the national anthem. Next Tuesday is the traditional Bees vs. SCC scrimmage at 5:30pm. Wednesday is “Meet the Bees” at 6 at the Pzazz Convention Center. Continue Reading