Oquawka Woman Steals $100,000

An Oquawka woman was taken to the Henderson County Jail Thursday after officials received a criminal complaint alleging she stole more than $100,000 from the Day Break Gas Station in Oquawka. 40-year-old Tonya Cook was arrested and is currently awaiting her first court appearance. Continue Reading


Henry Co. Dispatcher Fired for Theft

A former dispatcher for a county sheriff’s office in southeast Iowa has been charged with theft after officials reported discrepancies in financial records. The state Department of Public Safety says Jami Mallonee faces a fourth-degree theft charge following a three-month investigation. Court records do not list an attorney. Mallonee is a former dispatcher for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Rich McNarnee reported problems in the fall of 2013 over the department’s financial records. Continue Reading


Burlington Officer Stops Suicide Attempt

A Burlington police officer is credited with saving a man’s life early this morning. Officer Chris Chiprez was on a routine patrol in the Dankwardt Park area, when he saw a suspicious vehicle parked under a tree. As he got closer, he noticed a man standing in the bed of the truck, throwing a rope over a tree limb, and tying the other end around his neck. Lieutenant Adam Schaefer says Chiprez got there just as the 67-year-old man jumped, grabbing him, and then lifting him up and cutting the rope. A Burlington Fire Department Ambulance arrived on the scene a few moments later and took the man to Great River Medical Center for evaluation. Continue Reading


NOAA Predicts Cool Iowa Spring and Delayed Flooding

Our area was mentioned in a national teleconference this morning by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) when speaking about the potential flood risk for this Spring. NOAA’s acting director, Robbert Hartman: “Specific rivers at risk include the Mississippi River between Davenport and Burlington, Iowa, the Illinois River between Beardstown and Henry Illinois, as well as many smaller rivers in this region.” He also said that our flooding will most likely be delayed… “The continuation of winter weather, along with the above average snow pack, frozen ground, and thick ice coverage on streams and rivers, will delay spring flooding into April in the upper Midwest.” Temperatures for our spring are predicted to be lower than normal. Continue Reading


Mepo 3rd Graders Recognized for Science Project

Two 3rd Grade Mediapolis boys were recognized yesterday as Regional Winners of the 22nd Annual ExploraVision program, which is the worlds largest K-12 science competition. Mak Kennedy and Michael Beekman were two of the 24 selected winners. There were close to 5,000 teams total. Their science project was the “Tornado Trasher”. Kennedy Cross with Toshiba was there to explain what the invention would do… Continue Reading


Reserve Your Big Hollow Cabin

The Des Moines County Conservation Department is now taking reservations for it’s new cabin at Big Hallow. Director Chris Lee says you’ll find a lot of helpful information on the county conservation department’s “Cabin” Page. “We have a list of things we suggest you bring because it is a primitive cabin, so you’ll have to bring a lot of stuff yourself…”

If you’re wondering if a “primitive” cabin is right for you, there’s an open house scheduled for the end of this month…

“The last Saturday in March from 12-4pm we’ll be out there. We’ll walk you through it and we can make you’re reservations right there on the spot. The first day will be April 1st and it’s open all the way through October 31st.”

More information can be found at this link. Continue Reading

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Burlington Dog Park Closed Temporarily

Most people, and their pets, are itching to get outside and enjoy some warmer weather. Unfortunately, for the pets, Burlington’s Dog Park is temporarily closed, according to a press release from the City. The dog park has become muddy and is now vulnerable to being damaged. Burlington’s Park and Recreation Department is asking that residents please stay out until warmer weather and drier conditions prevail. A notice will be sent out as soon as the Dog Park has been re-opened. Continue Reading


Spring Begins Tomorrow!

Many people have been counting down the days, and tomorrow it will be here. After a harsh winter, Thursday March 20th is the beginning of Spring, the date of the vernal equinox, or spring equinox, in the northern hemisphere. Unfortunately, according to Kerry Koonce from Iowa Workforce Development, warmer temperatures won’t immediately signal the start of construction in many towns… “The ground, they’re saying, is frozen so deep that that’s really going to have an impact on when some of them get started.” She says things probably won’t pick up until we get into April. Continue Reading


BFD Receives 960 Rolls of TP

Word of the Burlington Fire Department’s financial woes has now, evidently, spread nationwide. Chief Matt Trexel announced today that his staff took delivery of 960 rolls of toilet paper, a year’s supply, courtesy of the Charmin Company. One department in each state received the tissue, and Trexel says he was told that his department was “in-need”, although he declined to elaborate.   Continue Reading


WB School Approves Decrease in Levy

The West Burlington School Board approved a decrease in the overall levy by $2.00, which most West Burlington tax payers are probably pretty happy about…. “We’re asking for $18.81 per thousand which is a drop of exactly $2.00 from this years levy. We’re very pleased that we are able to reduce it.” That’s according to Superintendent Dave Schmitt. The budget hearing is set for April 7th at 7pm in the board room. Continue Reading