Brothers Killed in Weekend Crash

Two brothers are dead, following a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning on Louisa County Road X61, north of Toolesboro.  

The driver, 52-year old Ricky Hartsock of rural Letts, and his passenger, 53-year old Randy Hartsock of rural Columbus Junction, were killed when their vehicle failed to negotiate a turn, entered the ditch, struck a dirt pile, and went airborne, landing on its top. Both men were taken to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where they were pronounced dead. Continue Reading


Airport Mgr. Airs Communication Concerns; Council Acts

The Burlington City Council dealt with a mixed bag of business last(Mon)night, including concerns by Airport Manager Mary Beaird that a pending commercial building project…and potential future ones…could threaten the airport’s relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration. The Council took Beaird’s comments under advisement, but voted unanimously to let developer Mike Pierson go ahead with his proposed Planned Unit Development.  Pierson hasn’t said what he plans to build. You’ll be able to see it for yourself on Sunday, June 1st…and last(Mon) night the Burlington City Council agreed…without debate…to designate 713 North Main Street (just north of 34) as a local historic landmark. Owner Kay Weiss says the home she and her late husband (David) renovated is the oldest wood-frame house in Burlington…and the council thanked her for her work. Continue Reading


Nick Breuer-New WB Head High School Fball Coach

It was made official tonight, West Burlington has a new head high school football coach, and Superintendent Dave Schmitt introduced him to the board after their regular meeting. We pulled the new coach, Nick Breuer, to the side after the meeting to ask what he plans to bring to the West Burlington School District… Breuer was also hired to help coach junior high track and teach PE/RTI. Continue Reading


WB Looks to Approve New Head Football Coach Tonight

West Burlington may have found its new head football coach. On tonight’s school board agenda is the recommended approval to hire Nick Breuer for the position and also hire him for junior high track and as a PE/RTI teacher. If approved, Breuer will be paid $4,054.00 for football, $2,252.00 for track, and $44,137.00 for PE/RTI. Tonight’s meeting is set for 7 o’clock. Continue Reading


Olesons Win Community Basket Day Big Prize

And the winner of yesterday’s Community Basket Day grand prize is….. Micah and Kelli Oleson, who were not at the game, but Micah got there quickly, once he found out they had won. The family received cash and prizes worth more than $18,000. Sarini Mapalagama of Burlington took home a check for $1,000 for attending the game and getting a raffle ticket. Our Savanna Evans emceed the annual wiener dog parade and announced that one of the entrants, “Big Red”, has found a permanent home away from the shelter. Continue Reading

City Mgr. to be Evaluated Tonight; WB Skl. Bd. to Vote on New Coach

There could be more talk tonight(Mon) at Burlington City Hall about residential developers’ desires for a city-wide expansion of the property-tax abatement program. During an on-air interview last week, City Manager Jim Ferneau said the results of such programs are mixed. Ferneau, himself, will be under a microscope tonight(Mon) — the Council will evaluate him behind closed doors, which is allowed by state code. Also on the agenda is a presentation by the Purple and Gray Foundation, regarding funding for the Bracewell Stadium renovation…the awarding of a contract for this year’s hot-mix-asphalt street resurfacing program…and a final vote on an ordinance that would change the starting times of regular council meetings to 5:30. Tonight’s(Mon) meeting is at 6:30 and the public is welcome. Continue Reading

IL Senate Votes to Name Stretch of U-S 67 for WarrenCo Deputy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has voted to name a stretch of highway in honor of a Warren County sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty. George Darnell was shot and killed after responding to a call of suspicious activity in December 1981. The 61-year-old was a World War Two veteran. He was survived by his wife, who died in 2012, and seven children. Continue Reading


Mini-Lighthouse Dedicated Near Burlington Marina

There were tears and there was laughter at yesterday’s (sat) Lighthouse Memorial Ceremony at the Gazebo, on the riverfront, in Burlington.  

A crowd of people gathered for the Lighthouse Dedication Ceremony to honor the lives that were lost in a Jon boat accident in 2012. Mayor and local pastor Shane McCambell officiated the ceremony.  

Carlos Capdevila with the RiverRat Safety Awareness Organization said the American flag that’s located next to the lighthouse was also a dedication to someone who had lost their life to the river, so it’s fitting that they sit right next to each other.  

Cody Atchely, father of Caitlyn Atchley who lost her life in the tragic accident, spoke about losing his daughter and the struggle of getting out the door each day. Continue Reading

Nat’l Safe Boating Week Underway

With the Memorial Day holiday nearing, many Iowans are getting their boats ready for launch and National Safe Boating Week starts this weekend.  

Susan Stocker is the boating law administrator and education coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Stocker says the numbers of boating-related arrests, injuries and deaths were all down in Iowa last year compared with 2012.  In 2012, there were 95 B-W-I arrests, 21 personal injuries and 10 fatalities.  

Stocker says all boaters need to follow the rules and regulations while enjoying the water. Continue Reading