Lightning Hits Historic MO Church

ST. FRANCISVILLE, Mo – In St. Francisville, Missouri a historic church went up in flames after lightning struck its roof and started a blaze. WGEM in Quincy says firefighters responded to the historic Old Stone Church at around four yesterday(Sun) afternoon. Fire crews from Wayland were the first on the scene, but needed assistance and were joined by responders from nearby Alexandria and Kahoka. Continue Reading

SCC Hosts STEM Festival

There’s been a big push in schools for STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) because those are the qualities needed for a good paying job these days.  

Yesterday (Saturday) was a STEM Festival at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, which was an opportunity for young kids and adults to learn about careers in STEM fields.  

Dana Klesner with the Lee County Economic Development Group says STEM careers are growing in southeast Iowa and at yesterday’s STEM Festival there was a chance to learn about 3-D printing, exploring levitation, programming a robot, and much more. Continue Reading


UPDATED: 2 Injured After Motorcycle Hits Deer near Fort Madison

A man and woman were seriously injured late last night in a motorcycle accident near Fort Madison. 42-year-old Ed Gutting and 48-year-old Cheryl Bachman were thrown from the motorcycle at mile marker 24 on the Highway 61 bypass after they hit a deer. Gutting was flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City while Bachman was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Both suffered serious injuries. We hope to have an update later today. Continue Reading


Correction: BHS Student Finalist in Doodle 4 Google Competition

A Burlington High School student is a finalist for the Doodle 4 Google competition. In a press release, they did not reveal the name of the student, but plan to announce more information Monday. This student entered the Doodle 4 Google Competition with a task of redesigning the Google logo inspired by this years theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..”. There will be an assembly in the Burlington High School gym at 11am Tuesday where two representatives from Google will be present to award the student as Iowa’s Doodle 4 Google winner. The overall prize is a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Continue Reading


UPDATE on Dirt Bike Accident

The two young Burlington men who were knocked out early this morning when their Yamaha dirt-bike collided with a car at 14th and Locust, have been transferred from GRMC to the University Hospitals in Iowa City. 20-year old Branden Capps (of 19-04 south 14th Street) and 20-year old Zachary Grant (of 15-05 south 14th) were riding on the same motorcycle, without lights, and collided with a Ford Taurus driven by 47-year old Dawn Bennick of (17-05 Olive Street)Burlington who was not injured, nor was she ticketed. Continue Reading


Beer and Wine Walk Downtown Tonight

It’s taken a lot of work to bring back businesses to Burlington’s Downtown area, and slowly but surely it’s happening. A chance to check out some of the new stores is tonight for the beer and wine walk, according to Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners… Frevert says you’ll also get a sneak peek at the new Original Cyns Store.. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you’ll be able to do so tonight at 520 Jefferson for $15 which includes a beer/wine walk guide and a complimentary wine glass. The event is tonight from 5-8pm. Continue Reading

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Burn Bans Lifted

The burn bans for Des Moines and Lee Counties have now been lifted. Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin lifted their ban at 10 am and Lee County cancelled its ban as of 8 am. The burn ban is still in effect in Henry County, Iowa and the Biggsville, Illinois Fire Protection District. Continue Reading