Burlington Man Has Charges Added, Bond Increased

Des Moines County authorities have filed an additional felony drug charge against a Burlington man. 37-year old Wilson Porter Jr. is already at the county jail on counts of arson, manufacturing meth, possession of lithium, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving a fake I-D, and a probation violation. He’s now also charged with another count of meth-making. If convicted of everything, Porter could to prison for up to 45 years. His bond had been set at $160,000. Continue Reading


Giant Vessels Coming Soon to Iowa Fertilizer Plant Site

Beginning next month, a western Tennessee company will start delivering some mammoth pieces of equipment to the Iowa Fertilizer Company site in Lee County. Sheriff Jim Sholl says some of the huge vessels will be brought in on land, but others are so big they have to be delivered by water…and authorities have to ensure the safety of those who want to watch. Sholl says there’s one local business that has concerns as well — the Wever Elevator.  Sholl says he doesn’t know yet from which direction, north or south, the humongous equipment will arrive, but its delivery when it reaches land could affect the traffic to-and-from the elevator. Barnhart, Crane & Riggings of Memphis is in charge of deliveries and has posted a $1,900,000 bond, to cover any damages that may occur between June and the end of August. Continue Reading

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Recommendation Made to Remove Stop Lights in Downtown Burl.

The Burlington City Council heard from its Alternative Energy Committee last night and later talked about one of the group’s money-saving ideas which is to replace more of the downtown traffic lights with stop signs. The advisory body is recommending that the signals on Main Street, at Washington, Valley and Angular at Central and Valley, and at selected intersections on Jefferson, be removed. Downtown Partners Executive Director Steve Frevert says the local business owners are all for it….. No action was taken last night. Continue Reading


Danville Museum, Library Wants 50-K from County

A group in Danville is trying to rub together enough nickels to build a library and museum, and spokesman Bob Hesler says it’ll cost about $750,000. He went before the Des Moines County Board yesterday(Tues), hat-in-hand, but the request for a donation wasn’t considered because the item wasn’t on the agenda.  Hesler says the organization is also trying to qualify for a “Vision Iowa” state grant, which is a competitive process. He told supervisors that in the small building they use now…an old fire station…there’s a “pen pal” letter from Anne Frank to a local woman, when she was little. He says they’ve had visitors from 25 states and three other countries. Continue Reading


Developers’ Request for “Fairness” Lives On

A proposal to give Burlington developers who build houses outside the central city, expanded property tax abatements…like their downtown counterparts…is still alive, following last(Tues) night’s City Council work session. The Council agreed by consensus to extend..to 10 years…the breaks given to those who re-development within a 110-square-block area, including downtown and South Hill……and those who put up mainly-new homes in the outlying areas would like a similar advantage. The Greater Burlington Partnership is behind the idea and a survey it did says there’s a real need for new, affordable single-family housing in the area.  Councilman Tim Scott…who has favored the concept all along…proposed having someone from the Partnership come back before the Council and make a presentation about how the expanded tax break would help the city. If last(Tues) night’s Council work session is an indication, Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau will be getting a 5% raise and $50 more per month in his fuel allowance. Continue Reading


BHS Culinary Classroom Construction Postponed

The plans for Burlington High School’s culinary classroom have been put on the back burner for now. The total budget for the classroom was set at around $420,000. After only hearing from 2 bidders, their lowest bid was not what they had in mind, according to Byron Whittlesey who is in charge of maintenance… The total cost of the project was bid by SG Construction at $591,772. The board rejected all bids tonight for being over budget and decided to re-bid at a later date. Continue Reading


Sunday Night Stabbing and Report of Shots Fired

Burlington Police now say an incident Sunday morning at 2645 Newbury Circle, that’s part of the Newbury Village complex, involved some of the same people that were arrested recently at “Studio B” on Washington Road, on drug and other charges. Authorities say two people were stabbed and treated in the emergency room at Great River Medical Center, early Sunday morning, following a report of multiple shots fired and a fight, around 3:15 am, just east of Cottonwood Park. Lt. Jeff Klein of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division says he knows some of the people who were at the gathering, but not the man they really want to talk to….. None of the bullets that were fired hit anyone Continue Reading


Henderson County Roll Over Injuries Man and 6 Children

A Michigan man and six children were injured late Saturday afternoon when their SUV went out of control in southern Henderson County and rolled into a ditch. The driver…44-year old Jeff McCarty…was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospital. All eight kids in the Chevy Suburban were taken by Lomax and Hancock County ambulances to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. Six of them were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and the other two were not hurt.  

Illinois State Police say McCarty was driving west on Illinois-9, just east of First Street in Dallas City, when two of the wheels left the road. Continue Reading


Big Crowd for Burlington Memorial Day Ceremony

Frances Bartholomew of the Burlington Area Veterans Council, read the “Eternal Honor Roll,” of deceased local veterans at yesterday’s Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Auditorium. 

The list from last Memorial Day to yesterday(Mon) included 54 from World War II alone. Featured speaker Mike McCullough says we all need to remember what the day is all about, and he told a packed house in the auditorium basement that it’s our obligation to keep the memories of our dead military veterans alive for the next generation. Continue Reading