“Clean-Up Time” for Mississippi in Burlington

It’s no secret that the Mississippi River is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. That’s why the environmental organization Living Lands and Waters out of East Moline, travels close to 9 months a year on a barge, cleaning up rivers, among other things, to help our environment. The barge they travel on has been docked in Downtown Burlington for a good week now and is ready for the Mississippi River Cleanup this Saturday. Bill Pillger helps organize the Burlington Cleanup and says this event wouldn’t be what it is today without Chad Pregracke, who established Living Lands and Waters… “About 1999, he was clammer. Continue Reading


Future of Cascade Bridge Looks Bleak

It’s been a question residents have asked the Burlington City Council for years now… When are you going to fix Cascade Bridge? Current Mayor Jim Davidson, who is running again for council, said at Tuesday night’s Candidates Forum, that it’s not going to happen anytime soon… “Seems like 6 years ago when I was sitting here they were asking, what are you going to do with Cascade Bridge? The answer is nothing right now, because we can’t. Continue Reading

Road Closure

Dodgeville Road Culvert Construction to Begin

It may be hard to remember back when we had nothing but rain earlier this summer because it’s been so dry lately, but it did a lot of damage to roads in Des Moines County, one in particular….┬áDes Moines County Engineer Brian Carter… “This is I guess, what is the famous large 30 foot deep hole on Dodgeville Road. We have been working on this from the time it happened. We had to close the road because it mostly disappeared. Until now, it’s just been a race to get this to this point.” Continue Reading


Ft. Madison Shooting Update

Authorities have finally released the name of the man who was shot it in an alley in Fort Madison Monday afternoon. The man is 25-year-old Richard Griffiths of Fort Madison. Griffiths was shot in the leg at around 3:30pm near Ave F and G. He had to be flown to Iowa City for treatment. His condition is not available and no suspects have been found. Continue Reading


Burlington Violence Issue Questioned at Candidates Forum

Because of recent violence in Burlington, one question was asked last night at the candidates forum pertaining to what can be done to curb the violence. Chris Reed had a suggestion… “It’s called community involvement. Keeping your porch light on, knowing your neighbors and utilizing crime stoppers. It’s us being involved and being a city. Continue Reading

Black Microphone

Candidate Forum Tonight In Burlington

Tonight is a chance for Burlington residents to get a better idea of who they would like to see on the city council. There are only 3 open seats for the council and 10 people are running. The candidate forum tonight is hosted by Burlington Professional Women, and will be held in the council chambers at city hall tonight at 7. Questions will be asked by the media, moderator, and public. Each candidate will then have about a minute or so to respond. Continue Reading


Man Has a Bad Day In Henderson County

A Chicago resident driving through Gulport Sunday was arrested for a number of reasons. Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop at Smith Street at Old US Rt. 34. At the traffic stop 23-year-old Jeffery Carpenter was arrested for improper lane usage, driving while license suspended, operating uninsured vehicle, possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams, and possession of a controlled substance. Carpenter was also arrested on a no bond felony Cook County warrant for violation of probation. Continue Reading


No Jobs Lost, Money Still Saved in Des Moines County

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors approved the custodial contract with Bridgeway at this morning’s meeting. There are three custodians who work for Des Moines County. One works in the jail, one in the courthouse, and one, who is retiring, works in the public heath and sheriffs office. Chairman Tom Broeker explains the decision they’ve made… “We’ve agreed that the one custodian that is retiring, his job, would be outsourced. Continue Reading


Council Agrees Library Cut is Needed

The Burlington City Council came up with a wide variety of things they could possibly cut from the budget at last night’s work session. Ideas were thrown out, but the one cut they all seemed to agree upon was the Library. Bob Fleming was curious how much the staff are paid at the library.. and library director Rhonda Frevert was there to answer… Frevert: “Our assistant positions (full-time librarian), they’re around $40,000.” Continue Reading


Shooting in Fort Madison Alley

A man was shot in an alley yesterday afternoon in Fort Madison between the 1400 blocks of Avenue F and G.

The man had a single gunshot wound to his leg. He has not been identified yet and no suspects have been found. The victim is believed to be between 20 and 30 years old. He was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital and then flown to Iowa City. If you have any information on the shooting, please call the Fort Madison Police. Continue Reading