Loran Cheely

Sex Offender, Wanted on Multiple Charges, Runs From Police

A non-compliant sex offender allegedly ran from Burlington Police as they attempted to arrest him on warrant charges Wednesday. Police approached 33 year old Loran Cheely III, of Burlington, at his home at 1612 Smith Street to arrest him on three outstanding Des Moines County Warrants as well as a Lee County warrant. When officers approached, Cheely apparently took off running. Police caught up to him at the corner of Market and Marshall. Still refusing to cooperate, police forced him to the ground. Continue Reading

300 Block of Curran Closed for Sewer Repairs

The 300 block of Curran Street is closed to through traffic as of today. The Burlington Public Works office says that a private contractor is doing sewer repairs in the area. Traffic will be controlled by signs and cones. The work is expected to take about five days, weather permitting. Continue Reading

From left to right: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Former Senator Rick Santorum. All images public domain.

Possible GOP Presidential Candidates Speak in Mt. Pleasant

Religious Liberty was the dominant subject at the Family Leadership Regional Summit in Mount Pleasant last night, where four likely GOP presidential contenders courted prospective voters with their individual takes on religious freedom in the United States. The summit was sponsored by the Family Leader organization. It took place on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College. In attendance were former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Senator Rick Santorum. All four of them agreed on a few key issues: that the direction the country is currently on through the Obama administration is a destructive one, and that religious liberty was the cornerstone of freedom in America. Continue Reading


State Sen. Courtney: Agreement Will Happen on School Funding

Burlington State Senator Tom Courtney says that the state legislature will not adjourn until issues surrounding school funding are solved in the Iowa Statehouse. Courtney spoke on the KBUR Talkshow on Thursday. “We have to stay here until we come to an agreement. We have to.” Courtney told hosts Steve Hexom and Rob Sussman, “What is happening is that it’s getting late in the process, so you’ll see schools say ‘we can’t do a budget because we don’t know what the state money is going to be’, so schools will start… Continue Reading

Iowa House Votes for Sweeping Gun Legislation Reform–Again

The Iowa House has again overwhelmingly voted to let children of any age handle and shoot a handgun if they’re being supervised by a parent. House members put that proposal and several other gun-related matters in an amendment and tacked that amendment onto a bill that cleared the Iowa Senate last week. The Senate bill would merely legalize gun silencers that suppress the sound of a gunshot. The bill passed the House on a 73 to 25 vote. “Government has no business dictating to the parents when they should be allowed to teach their children about their constitutional rights and proper firearm safety,” said¬†Representative Matt Windschtil of Missouri Valley. Continue Reading

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Civil War Ended 150 Years Ago Today; Observations Planned

It was 150 years ago today that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army of Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. That occasion will be marked today in Downtown Burlington as the bells will toll throughout the city at 4:30pm–the exact time of the surrender, which ended the American Civil War. Russ Fry, Des Moines County’s preeminent Historian, says that Burlington played a big role in the war as a training area for Union Troops. “All up and down the river, people would come and end up in Burlington for training, and then head off to war,” Fry said on the KBUR talk show on Tuesday. 1,300 soldiers from Burlington fought during the war, including nine generals, one of which, John C. Breckinridge, served as the Confederate War Secretary. Continue Reading

Possible Presidential Candidates to Speak in Mount Pleasant Thursday

Campaign Season getting into full swing tonight. Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant will be hosting prospective presidential candidates Rick Perry, the former Governor of Texas, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Senator Rick Santorum, and former Arkansas Governor and Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee. The program begins at¬†6:30 tonight. Doors open at 5:30. Admission is free. Continue Reading

Shot Fired During Warren Co. Domestic Dispute

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department says that a shot was fired during a domestic dispute in rural Alexis, Illinois. Authorities say that a fight between a husband and wife, apparently over chores, turned violent, with both parties apparently physically assaulting each other. At some point, the female victim grabbed a firearm and shot through a door. Nobody was hit. The incident occurred in the 2700 block of 90th Street, just west of Alexis. Continue Reading

Fire At Alfagomma Contained to Vacuum Unit

A fire at the Alfagomma Factory on West Avenue was contained to a large vacuum unit. Burlington Fire officials say that the unit, which removes debris from several interconnected peices of large machinery, caught fire Tuesday when a spark from a power tool would up inside the dust collector, igniting the contents. Upon firefighters arrival, white smoke was showing from the building. The fire was contained to the vaccuum unit, which suffered major damage. The building itself was undamaged. Continue Reading