Boil Order Cancelled

The Burlington Municipal Waterworks has announced that the Boil Order Advisory issued for the cities of Burlington and West Burlington has been cancelled and is no longer in effect. Required water testing by the Burlington Municipal Waterworks has been completed, with all samples indicating the water is safe for all uses without boiling first. Continue Reading


Mt. Union Fire Destroys Machine Shed

Several fire crews from around the area were called to Mount Union tonight to fight a fire that had fully engulfed a machine shed. The fire broke out at around 5:30pm at 22728 240th Street (a Mount Union address but a Yarmouth territory). There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is still undetermined. Yarmouth Fire Cheif John Crouch said they needed the extra help… “We needed them mainly for water.” Continue Reading


Dead Macomb Man was Probably Strangled

Autopsy results show that the cause of death of a 43-year-old Macomb man is consistent with a “cause of death by strangulation”. At around 8am Sunday Macomb Police received a call that Ramone Doyle was not breathing. The caller also stated he had been in a fight. Doyle was pronounced dead at McDonough District Hospital. Police are in the process of conducting interviews with witnesses. Continue Reading


Warm-Up Causing Roads to Flood

As the temperatures go up, the snow piles are beginning to melt and flood the streets. Henderson County Sheriff, Steve Haynes, is warning drivers of hydroplaning and is urging people to drive with caution through those flooded streets. Des Moines County Engineer, Brian Carter, says the freeze-thaw cycle we’re seeing is a recipe for disaster… “Drainage doesn’t work very well when you have this much snow and no where for the water to go. And to top it off, because gravel roads stay cold longer, some of that rain could turn to ice on the gravel roads also. Continue Reading


Illinois May Tax Soda

An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports the legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat. Her proposal would charge a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. Money generated from the levy would be used to pay for a variety of health services and educational efforts. But Hunter’s plan is already drawing criticism from the Illinois Coalition Against Beverage Taxes. Continue Reading


Boil Order May End Tonight

An order that has Burlington and West Burlington residents drinking bottled water or boiling it before they consume it, may be lifted tonight. Allen Borden with Waterworks in Burlington, told us yesterday that they’ve called in a contractor for today to help fix the water transmission lines. In order to lift the boil order, more water samples will be tested today. If the samples come back clean, the boil order may be lifted late tonight. Continue Reading


Subcommittee Votes to Legalize Fireworks in Iowa

A bill that would make it legal for adults to shoot off fireworks in Iowa has cleared a subcommittee in the Iowa Senate.  

Senator Wally Horn, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says the general public wants it… “I don’t know how many more fireworks will be set off if we pass this law than it is right now.” Novelty items like sparklers and snakes are legal to light in Iowa, but all other fireworks have been illegal in the state of Iowa since 1938. John Pederson, a lobbyist for the Iowa Professional Firefighters Association, says the group is “leaning against” legalizing consumer fireworks… Continue Reading


Suspicious Macomb Death

It’s still unclear what killed a Macomb man yesterday. At around 8am Sunday, police received a call stating that 43-year-old Ramone Doyle of Macomb was not breathing. The caller also said Doyle had been involved in a fight. Authorities responded to the 500 block of East Pierce Street and took him to McDonough District Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The fatality has been labeled “suspicious” and is under investigation. Continue Reading


Burlington BOIL ORDER Morning Update

Burlington and West Burlington are still under a boil order, meaning residents should not drink the water without boiling it for one minute. Waterworks Superintendent Allen Borden told us this morning that the system is up and running, almost.. “The system is fairly well back to normal. We’re still low in some areas but we’re holding our own, and we’ve got a set of samples. We’ll take some more tonight. Continue Reading