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


IL Man Now Faces Two Charges for Hit & Run at Burlington Motel

It’s official. The Des Moines County Attorney’s office has filed formal, felony charges against a St. Louis area man, who’s accused of striking and killing a 2-year old girl with his pickup in Burlington’s Midtown Motel parking lot on May 10th, and then leaving the scene. Acting County Attorney Amy Beavers says she filed counts of Homicide by Vehicle and Failure to Stop and Remain at the Scene of an Accident Involving Death or Personal Injury against 34-year old Phillip Evans of Wood River, Illinois. The victim, Dniyah Brider, was taken to Great River Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Continue Reading


New Scam Hits Henderson County

Henderson County authorities are warning people of a scamĀ in our listening area. They say that today in the Biggsville area, two white males who were reportedly driving a white Chevy truck, stopped at the home of an elderly person and told he/she that their power box was sparking. The men then asked for a large amount of money. This is the first time authorities have heard of this sort of scam and are encouraging people that if you get a knock at the door from someone you don’t know, either don’t answer it, or ask for identification. Officials believe the suspects are from southern Missouri but are staying in our area for now. Continue Reading


UPDATE: Good Hope Man Dies from Injuries

An elderly Good Hope(IL) man has died, after a Club-Cab truck rear-ended the rotary hay-rake he was pulling on U-S 67 in McDonough County late yesterday(Tues) afternoon. 86-year old Robert Goodpasture was knocked off his tractor by the force of the impact; he was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to a bigger facility in Peoria, where he later died.  

The driver of the truck, 48-year old Don Hawkins of Monmouth, and his passengers, two men from Bushnell and Table Grove, were all wearing seatbelts and escaped injury. Hawkins was cited for not slowing down in time to avoid the accident. Continue Reading