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


BPD Investigates Armed Robbery

Three people told Burlington Police they were robbed at gunpoint shortly after midnight this(Weds) morning near the corner of 8th and Elm. No one was hurt and the victims say the robbers were all black males. They reportedly took off with some credit cards and small amounts of cash from the pockets of the people they stopped. Continue Reading


Judge Rules in R.U.S.S. Dispute

KBUR News has learned that Regional Utility Service Systems…RUSS, for short…has won its lawsuit against Mahaska County, which wanted to leave the organization.  

The 10-county cooperative…formed in 1999 to design, build and service sewer systems in small, unincorporated communities within its boundaries…has had its problems with finances and public relations…and Mahaska had refused to pay its dues and threatened to leave the group, even though it was organized legally under a 28E agreement.  

But a Mahaska County judge ruled that the agreement is binding and Mahaska must pay its share plus court costs. Continue Reading


Van fully engulfed; Man burnt and flown to Iowa City

At around 3am this morning, Des Moines County Sheriff deputies and the Mediapolis Fire Department were sent to the 4th pumping station campground in Oakville about a fire. When they arrived they found a van fully engulfed and a man who was burnt and unconscious. They haven’t released a name yet, but he was airlifted to Iowa City Hospitals. The van was completely destroyed. The cause of fire is under investigation. Continue Reading


Early Morning Cash Store Hijinks

An informed source says Burlington Police have arrested someone in connection with an apparent break-in at the Hometown Cash Advance store at 28-30 Mt. Pleasant Street, just before 4 o’clock this(Thurs) morning.  

We’ll have more information as it becomes available. Continue Reading