UPDATED: One shot early this morning in Burlington

Burlington Police Officers were called to the area of Acres and 12th Street this morning at around 1:15 for a report of multiple gunshots. (photo credit: Roy Phillips)

Shortly after, 37-year-old Kelon Tucker of Chicago was reportedly being treated at Great River Medical Center for several gunshot wounds to the lower torso. Tucker was transferred to Iowa City. His condition is not known. No arrests have been made. Continue Reading


Webster City Native Hired to Direct Greater Burlington C&VB

The Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new Executive Director. She’s 25-year old Chelsea Tolle, a native of Webster City, a lifelong Iowan and a graduate of the Leisure, Youth & Human Services program at the University of Northern Iowa. Tolle, who succeeds Beth Nickel in the Greater Burlington Partnership position, says Greater Burlington has become a hub for sporting events and as she put it, “I think there’s even more potential to build on that sector.” She says she plans to continue aggressively marketing Greater Burlington as a family-friendly destination. Tolle is looking for a place to live and will begin her new job August 1st. Continue Reading


UPDATED: Home-Built Copter Crashes in Henderson County Cornfield

A 68-year old Oquawka man was injured when his home-made, single-seat aircraft took a short dive into a cornfield, about a mile south of Oquawka. Henderson County deputy Steve Henshaw was one of the first on the scene and says the call came in around 6:30. Henshaw and Oquawka Police Chief Keith DeJaynes say the pilot, Steven Richmond of Oquawka, was wearing a helmet when the small aircraft went down. He was taken by Oquawka Ambulance to Great River Medical Center, and then transferred¬†to¬†the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Continue Reading


Emerald Ash Borer now in Henry County

Henry County, Iowa has become the 10th county in the state to have a confirmed infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer. The Iowa EAB team found a larva in a tree in Mt. Pleasant and it’s been positively identified as the destructive, metallic-green beetle. A statewide quarantine was instituted early last February and it’s still in-place. It restricts the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock from Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states. Continue Reading


Stretch of Main St. Closed; Sandbaggers No Longer Needed as of 3 pm

If you haven’t been through downtown Burlington today(Weds), Main Street is now closed from Valley to Division until further notice. As the river continues its gradual rise, city crews need to put up more flood protection and the railroad is raising the tracks on both sides of the intersection. In addition, Front Street will be one lane, with only local traffic allowed…and Public Works Director Steve Hoambrecker says it’ll help his men greatly if the sight-seeing is done from afar.  

At the same time, Hoambrecker announced that sandbagging operations are ending this(Wed) afternoon and he gave a big “Thank You,” to all who’ve helped. Continue Reading

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Sandbaggers Needed at Burlington Public Works; Volunteer Now!

As the river marches toward a predicted crest of 23.7 feet on Saturday, the City of Burlington is putting out an immediate call for volunteers to fill sandbags. If you can help, please check in with Tammy Anderson at the Public Works Building at 35-10 Division Street…right behind J-D Byrider on Roosevelt…as soon as possible. Again, sandbaggers are needed in Burlington. Go to 35-10 Division, just west of Roosevelt. Continue Reading


School Board selects final two candidates for Superintendent

The Burlington Community School District has announced the final two candidates for the Superintendent position. They narrowed their candidates to Patrick Coen, who has been the Superintendent at Windfield-Mt Union since 2009 and Patrick Sweeny, who has been the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Support at the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona since 2009. Both candidates will participate in a public forum at City Hall this Friday in the Council Chamber starting at 6:15pm. The public is encouraged to attend. Continue Reading