Firearms Training this Weekend at Big Hollow

Des Moines County Conservation Director Chris Lee says there is still room available for this weekend’s Firearms Training. It’s a two day course that will be offered at the Big Hollow shooting range near Sperry. The class meets the carry license training requirements for many states including Iowa, Illinois, Florida and Arizona. After you complete the course this Saturday and Sunday you’ll qualify to apply for carry permits in your state of residence. For more information on this weekend’s Firearm Training you can go to the Des Moines County Conservation Website or call 319-572-1564. Continue Reading


Ready for Hillary Day of Action Party in Burlington

She hasn’t announced that she’s running for President yet, but that hasn’t stopped millions of Hillary Clinton supporters from holding parties and purchasing “Ready for Hillary 2016″ bumper stickers. Saturday there’s a Day of Action House Party for Hillary supporters at 5pm at the home of Burlington resident, Elaine Baxter…. The Ready for Hillary Day of Action House Party is from 5-7pm at 1016 North 4th Street in Burlington. For other day of action parties in your own community, go to Continue Reading

DNR Rules Prompt WB to Hike Sewer Rates

Nothing’s official yet, but it appears likely that West Burlington will soon be raising its sewer rates.  

Facing the prospect of new legal mandates from the state Department of Natural Resources, the West Burlington City Council held a work session this week and tentatively agreed to raise the $4 rate to $4.68-per-month…and the $4.07 rate to $5.11-a-month.  

The Council won’t take a formal vote until its next meeting, this coming Wednesday. Continue Reading

Local Teens’ Car Strikes HendCo Squad, Chase Ensues…Busted

Henderson County deputies and Oquawka police arrested two 18-year olds early this(Fri) morning after a 20-minute chase that wound its way through Gladstone and Oquawka Townships and the Villages of Gladstone and Oquawka.  

During the pursuit, the vehicle containing the suspects hit the Sheriff’s Department patrol car…but the deputy was not injured. Sheriff Steve Haynes says Alex Stanley of Oquawka…who was driving and ran off when the car was stopped (at 2nd & Putnam Streets in Oquawka)…has been charged with at least two felonies — Aggravated Fleeing & Eluding a Police Officer and Criminal Damage to Government-Supported Property…plus Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, Possession of Less than 2 1/2 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Going 80 in a 55-Mile-Per-Hour Zone, Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and Improper Lane Useage.  

Stanley’s passenger…Devin Hainds, also of Oquawka…remained in the car and will face counts of Marijuana Possession, Less than 2 1/2 Grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading


One Door Closes While Another Opens: Local Jobs

In the wake of DuPont-Pioneer’s announcement that it’s closing its Mt. Pleasant seed production plant, a western Iowa-based company says it’s opening a large-scale facility in the Monmouth area.  

The DuPont-Pioneer move will idle about 50 employees, but the Cloverleaf Cold Storage news, to be officially announced today, will bring an estimated 150 jobs to Warren County, Illinois.  

In fact, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will travel to west-central Illinois today to discuss the project and campaign on behalf of Illinois’ economy. Continue Reading


Natural Gas Smell from Former Hub Town House

The situation could have been much worse.  

Burlington firefighters and an Alliant Energy crew were called to the former Hub Town House (at 112 North Main) shortly before 9 o’clock this morning, when a passerby reported smelling natural gas in the area. An investigation revealed that someone who bought appliances at last Saturday’s public auction were supposed to cap the energy source, but didn’t. Emergency responders spent about an-hour-and-10-minutes on the scene. No one was hurt. Continue Reading


DuPont Pioneer in Mount Pleasant Closing

A large company in Mt. Pleasant shut it’s doors today. Pioneer DuPont informed their employees this morning about the closure. They are ceasing production today, which will affect 50 people. Jane Slusark, who is a spokesperson for the company, gave us this quote today… “Over the past several years, we have added capacity through growing capabilities, capital, and process improvement. Continue Reading


Loebsack Visits Aldo Leopold Middle School

After planting a flower in the Aldo Leopold Middle School outdoor classroom yesterday morning, Congressman Dave Loebsack gave teachers, the principal, and superintendent an opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions on certain issues that were education related. One issue that Principal Brian Gravel had, was about the way students were measured with the No Child Left Behind Legislation… Lobesack agreed that there needs to be some sort of growth model and said that when the law was written, someone should have seen that it didn’t make sense statistically… Loebsack was recently named Ranking Member of the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, and is visiting many schools in our region to gather opinions on the current No Child Left Behind legislation. Lobesack also made a stop at the Keokuk Middle School yesterday. Continue Reading


Burl. School Board Approves Superintendent Retirement Notice

It was made official yesterday afternoon at a special meeting of the Burlington School Board. Superintendent Jane Evans will be retired after June 30th. The board approved her notice yesterday with no objections. Evans says she plans to continue living in Burlington. After 40 years in the education field she’ll be looking for something new to do… Continue Reading