Motorcycle Hits Deer; Three Injured in Collision and Aftermath

Three people were injured just before 7 last(Weds) night when a motorcycle ridden by a Burlington man hit a deer…and a car approaching the accident scene was struck from behind by another vehicle. The rider…23-year old Joe Roth…the driver of the first car, 54-year old Gail Schultz of Galesburg…and the second driver, 19-year old Emma Asher of Morning Sun…were all taken to Great River Medical Center. Asher’s injuries turned out to be more serious and she was later airlifted to Iowa city. Des Moines County deputies continue their investigation. Earlier in the day…a few minutes before 2:30…at least one person was injured in an accident in front of The Coral Reef on Agency Road in West Burlington. Continue Reading


Six Men Now Running for Burlington City Council Seat

A sixth man has filed the necessary papers with the Des Moines County Auditor’s office to run for the open seat on the Burlington City Council. Marcques Derby of 426 South Adams collected signatures and turned in his nominating petitions late yesterday(Weds). Derby joins Jim Davidson, Chris Reed, John Sandell, Tracey Watts and Dan Wischmeier on the list of names that’ll appear on a December 2nd primary ballot. The two highest vote-getters will compete again on December 30th, with the winner to serve the rest of former member Becky Shockley’s term, about three years.  

*For the record, those who’d like to run have until the end of the day on November 7th to get several dozen signatures and turn in their petitions. Continue Reading

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County Board Candidates Agree on Many Things Except Need for Fresh Perspective

Des Moines County Supervisor candidates Tom Broeker and Ann Distelhorst answered questions in front of about two dozen people last(Tue) night at West Burlington City Hall. Broeker…an incumbent Republican…says there are very few circumstances under which the County Board should borrow money.  Distelhorst…a Democrat…told the crowd that common sense should dictate decisions on whether to borrow or not. On the subject of raising the state’s gasoline(fuel) tax, Distelhorst…a Democrat…says it’s overdue.  Broeker…an incumbent Republican…says we’ll need to do something if those in Des Moines won’t, even though it seems clear to everyone that Iowa’s roads and bridges are deteriorating at an increasingly rapid rate. Continue Reading

The Caravan of Politicians Continues

More politicians will be hitting the area this week, as we count the days til November 4th. Tomorrow(Weds) morning at 11:30, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly will make a stop at Democratic headquarters in Burlington on behalf of Congressman Bruce Braley, who’s running for the U-S Senate. At 12:45, Donnelly will swing by the headquarters in Ft. Madison…and at 2:30 he’s due at the Keokuk office. On Thursday night at 7, Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will pay a visit to the Winegard Companies on Mt. Continue Reading


Frevert Voices Need for Downtown Parking Changes

No action was taken at yesterday’s(Mon) work session…but the Burlington City Council heard from Downtown Partners Director Steve Frevert about the need for some new parking rules downtown. The DPI Board is recommending increased parking hours and new…and more…parking signage, to let people know where the city lots are. Mayor Shane McCampbell called it a step in the right direction.  

On another front, the Council will be asked to consider the elimination of Saturday bus service. There’ll be a publc hearing on the question November 17th. Continue Reading

Local Woman Rolls Car

A 22-year old Burlington woman was injured a little after 4 o’clock yesterday(Mon) afternoon, when she rolled her car on 130th Street…just west of Highway 34…near Danville.  

Paige Johnson was alone at the time and her vehicle landed on its roof. She was taken to Great River Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Continue Reading

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Gladstone Man Killed on IL-94

An 84-year old Gladstone man was killed last(Mon) night when his car was hit by a semi on Illinois-94 in Henderson County. State police say Lawrence Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver…54-year old Phillip Butler of Stronghurst…was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center with minor injuries. Troopers say it was shortly after 7:15 and Anderson’s northbound Buick had stopped in the southbound lane at County Road 13-50-North. Butler says he tried to avoid the car by swerving into the northbound lane…but at the same time, Anderson swerved back into that same lane…and the Peterbilt Tractor struck the car in the driver’s door, pushing it about 75 feet. Continue Reading

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Chris Christie to Join Branstad, Reynolds in Burlington

Governor Terry Branstad will be back in the area later this week and he’ll have some well-known company with him. In addition to Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join Branstad Thursday night at 7 at the Winegard Companies on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington. Branstad and Reynolds are calling the stop part of their “Building Iowa’s Future Tour.” Continue Reading

DMCo Board Cands. to Debate

The Greater Burlington Partnership will host a Des Moines County Board candidates debate tomorrow(Tues) night at 6 o’clock at West Burlington City Hall. The two candidates for one open seat are incumbent Republican Tom Broeker and Democratic challenger Ann Distelhorst. Jerry Krause will be the moderator…the public is invited…you can watch it on community access cable channel 81 and you can listen to it on KBUR. Continue Reading