Capital Theater offers guaranteed seating for Next Free Show

The Capitol Theater had a full house this past weekend for a free showing of the musical “RESPECT”, and even had to bring out several folding chairs to fit more people. Because they had to turn so many people away, due to lack of space, the theater is offering guaranteed-seat tickets for the next free concert coming up August 14th, to anyone who has their “RESPECT” tickets and wasn’t able to attend. The show in August is a rock/pop musician named Scott Helmer. If you would like a guaranteed seat to this show, bring your “RESPECT” ticket to the theater’s box office between 2 and 5pm today though Friday to receive a replacement ticket. 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


Jackson’s Retirement Now Official; DMCo Bd. Advertises Position

As expected, Des Moines County supervisors yesterday(Tues) accepted the resignation of veteran County Attorney Pat Jackson, for medical reasons. One of his assistants, Amy Beavers, has been serving as an Acting County Attorney since April, when Jackson first went on medical leave. Now, in the interest of fairness, the Board will post the position until July 7.  It’ll be filled by election November 4 and Beavers’ name will be on the November ballot, running as a Democrat…and voters will choose between her and Republican Trent Henkelvig. In other business, Supervisors yesterday(Tues) swore in a new Assistant County Attorney. 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


Decades without a tornado in Burlington

With the recent wind storm we had Sunday, it got us thinking back to the last tornado that swept through Burlington. Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin says she thinks it was back in the 80’s…. Hardin says we’ve been very lucky as a community to have gone so long without seeing one and she’s aware of all the rumors about why Burlington hasn’t witnessed a twister in decades… She doesn’t think there’s much truth to those rumors and says we’re just lucky. Although we haven’t had a tornado in a while, we’ve seen pretty strong winds, which can be just as dangerous. The safest place during a tornado is in a basement. Continue Reading


Fort Madison Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

A 69-year-old Fort Madison man has made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse and one of lascivious acts with a child. The Fort Madison Daily Democrat says Roger Mendez made the pleas on Friday. Prosecutor Clinton Boddicker told Judge John Linn that Mendez also agreed to plead guilty later to three misdemeanors. Police investigator David Doyle says that following Mendez’s arrest in January, several other people came forward with accusations. Doyle says Mendez had victimized seven males, ages 7 to 20. Continue Reading


West Liberty Foods Expands to Chicago ‘Burbs; CEO Says Move Will Not Affect Mt. Pleasant Workers

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — West Liberty Foods LLC says it has bought substantially all of the assets of an Illinois company that had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Quad-City Times says the purchase of Bolingbrook, Illinois-based Quantum Foods was announced on Monday. The transaction was valued at $12.7 million. West Liberty officials say they expect to begin meat processing operations at the Bolingbrook location within the next 30 days. Quantum Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February. Continue Reading

DMCo Board to Vote on Jackson Retirement Today

The Des Moines County Board is meeting today(Tues) and one of the things the Supervisors have to consider is the resignation of County Attorney Pat Jackson. 

Assistant County Attorney Amy Beavers has been Acting County Attorney since Jackson went on medical leave more than two months ago.  

Much has been made in one of the local newspapers about Jackson’s record and his way of running his office, but in Beck’s opinion the situation has been overblown. Beck says he hasn’t seen any malfeasance in the County Attorney’s office…which is not to say that Beavers hasn’t found ways to improve the operation.  Beavers has already announced that she’ll handle cases personally…which Jackson did not, in recent memory…and she did not replace her own position when she moved up. Continue Reading


School Board Narrows List of Superintendent Hopefuls

The four semifinalists for the job of Burlington School Superintendent will be interviewed by the Board of Education in private today and tomorrow. At today’s meeting they pick their semi-finalists. At tomorrow’s meeting they will narrow the list from four to two. Both of those meetings start at noon. Friday is the big day. Continue Reading