Man flown to hospital after Hancock Co. Crash

A Basco Illinois man was seriously injured yesterday night when he drove into the path of a semi. 34-year-old Heath Marmion was southbound on 1600E in Hancock County. After stopping at a stop sign he failed to yield the right of way and drove into the path of the semi that was driven by 37-year-old Michael Coon of Kahoka, Missouri. Marmion was not wearing a seatbelt and was hit on the passenger side. He received serious injuries and was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Continue Reading


Tom Harkin Aides Coming to Southeast Iowa

Two of U-S Senator Tom Harkin’s aides will soon be making stops in southeast Iowa, part of a summer tour highlighting what the retiring lawmaker says has been his partnership with Iowa communities through the years. On Tuesday, June 24th, at 10:30 Jessica Border will meet with administrators at Van Buren County’s Hospital & Child Care Center in Keosauqua. That same day, at 1:30, she’ll visit with staff at Lock & Dam 19 in Keokuk. On Wednesday, the 25th, Harkin aide Alison Hart will make a 10 am stop at Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa in West Burlington, and at 1 o’clock on the 25th Hart will pay a visit to the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant. Continue Reading


Starr’s Cave Receives $50,000 Grant

The Starr’s Cave Nature Center received a nice grant, that over the next five years will help fund Des Moines County Conservation Environmental Education efforts and facility renovations at the nature center. The $50,000 grant came from the Harry & Virginia Murray Foundation. Renovation projects at Starr’s Cave include moving current office space to the lower level to optimize visitor services and expand exhibit space in the main exhibit area. The money will also help fund new interactive exhibits and displays. The first phase of this project will begin in the fall. Continue Reading


Deer goes through Lee Co. Deputy Windshield

Lee County Deputy Joe Hambleton was injured yesterday afternoon when a deer came through his windshield as he was on his way to another accident. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt. A state trooper was right behind him and the rollover they were headed to turned out not to be as serious as first thought. It all happened on Iowa 27, near the Missouri state line. Continue Reading


Old Settlers & Threshers Boss Dead

Lennis Moore has died. The long-time CEO of the Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers Reunion was 64 and succumbed Wednesday to complications from brain cancer. Moore ran the popular Mt. Pleasant event for 36 years, beginning in 1978. Survivors include his wife Sandy and three children. Continue Reading


Thirsty Burglar Hits Cash Store

The break-in we first told you about yesterday morning at Hometown Cash Advance in Burlington…was apparently committed by a man with a big thirst and not much patience. Police caught up with Dan Fritzjunker of Mt. Pleasant at the McDonald’s restaurant on North Roosevelt a few minutes later. He admitted he had gone to the business at 2830 Mt. Pleasant Street around 4am to apply for a loan. Continue Reading


Grand Re-Opening Will Include Visit from Ronald McDonald

A well-known, happy clown will be in our area tomorrow. Ronald McDonald will be at the McDonalds restaurant on Wellshire Drive in Burlington from 11-1, celebrating the store’s new look… That’s Supervisor Michelle Caston who also reports that the customer area is expected to be complete tomorrow… There will also be prize drawings, coupons, and specials tomorrow. As for the other McDonalds in town, Caston says they won’t be doing any major renovations for another couple years, but you will see some small changes… Continue Reading


Lower H2O Pressure Blamed on Main Work at Cambridge & Mason

A contractor hired by Burlington Municipal Waterworks is lowering the water main on Cambridge…near Mason Road…for the Co-op housing project at that intersection. So, if your pressure has dropped, that’s way. The project should be done within a week…weather permitting. Also, if you have to drive in that area, keep an eye open for large equipment and workers. 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