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Accused Hit and Run Driver Out on Bail

He’s out on bail, but a St. Louis-area man has been charged with Homicide by Vehicle, after he allegedly ran over & killed a 2-year old girl with his truck Saturday night in the parking lot at the Midtown Motel on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington. 34-year old Phillip Evans of Wood River, Illinois, a laborer at the new fertilizer plant south of Wever, then left the scene. Young D’niyah Brider was taken to Great River Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Continue Reading

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Council Wants More Input on Proposed 2-Year Extension of Abatement

Nothing’s been decided yet, but the Burlington City Council is still considering a 2-year expansion of its residential development property-tax abatement, for those who build outside of the downtown area.  

Members talked about it again last(Mon) night and Councilwoman Becky Shockley put some numbers with her argument against the idea.   For the most part, Councilman Tim Scott is in favor of the proposal, as are a number of local developers. Scott says all signs point to an improving economy.  

Again, no decisions were made last(Mon) night. Continue Reading

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Burl. Superintendent Submits Retirement Notice

It wasn’t on tonight’s Burlington School Board agenda, so it came as a surprise to most when Superintendent Jane Evans presented the board with her retirement notice…. Evans has been an educator for 40 years, spending a good chunk of that time teaching in Muscatine. She’s been in the Burlington School District for ten years- six years as Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent for four. Because it was not on the agenda, the board has set a date to approve or deny her notice of retirement. That meeting is set for Wednesday at 4:30pm and it will be an open session with discussion. Continue Reading

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Missing Person Found in Iowa River near Wapello

Last Wednesday law enforcement responded to a parked and empty car on the Highway 99 bridge in Wapello that crosses over the Iowa River. They then began a missing person investigation and requested assistance from local fire departments to conduct a river search in case the person had jumped. Yesterday at around 10am, the Wapello Fire Department recovered a body from the Iowa River two miles down from that bridge. The body of 36-year-old Michael Matson of Wapello is believed to be the missing person. An autopsy is scheduled for today. Continue Reading

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City Council Work Session to Talk Tax Abatements

The Burlington City Council’s 4:30 work session today will include a report by the Riverfront Advisory Committee, updates on public works projects, and more discussion of the feasibility of property tax abatements for residential developers, in the central city and elsewhere. Several developers say the City is being unfair to those who build on the outskirts of town, by not offering them the same abatements as the downtown developers get. Councilwoman Becky Anderson says there’s nothing stopping them from building in the downtown as well….. Developers say the demand is for housing on the edges of town. Continue Reading

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Victim, Suspect in Fatal Hit & Run Identified

A St. Louis-area man has been charged with Homicide by Vehicle, after he allegedly struck & killed a 2-year old girl with his truck Saturday night at the Midtown Motel on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington. 34-year old Phillip Evans of Wood River, Illinois then left the scene. Young D’niyah Brider was taken to Great River Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Continue Reading

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Highway 61 Rollover Under Investigation

Des Moines County deputies responded yesterday afternoon at around 1:30pm to a single vehicle rollover on Highway 61 at 170th Street. The driver, Amber Peacock of Davenport, had her two children with her and they were all taken to Great River Medical Center by a Mediapolis Ambulance with unknown injuries. The accident is still under investigation. Continue Reading

Hesco Barrier Go Up

Hesco Barriers were put up yesterday around the Market Street Lift Station in Burlington. According to the Public Works Office, when Mississippi Rivers levels are projected to reach 17 feet, the Northeast corner around the lift station is subject to flood waters. Predicted crest levels were at 17 feet yesterday. If the predicted crest is higher than 17.5 feet, barriers will be placed around the Memorial Auditorium. Continue Reading

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Run to Help the Homeless Tomorrow

The Burlington Homeless Shelter reopened in July but is now funded entirely by the community. To help with food supply and operating expenses, the shelter is having a 5K Run and 2K walk tomorrow morning. Doug Griffin with the shelter says runners and walkers will get a pretty good workout… It’s $20 for children 12 and under, and $25 for everyone else. You can pick up your packets at the shelter which is located at 123 N. Marshall Street in Burlington tonight from 5-8 and tomorrow morning from 6-7:30. Continue Reading