LouisaCo Family Loses 6 Brothers in Civil War; Facts Come to Light

A discovery in an old scrapbook a few years ago is shedding new light on a heartbreaking loss for an Iowa family that many are hearing about for the first time. More than 150 years ago, six brothers died in the Civil War; the sons of James and Martha Littleton who farmed near Toolesboro…just north of Oakville…in Louisa County. The six deaths, between 1862 and 1863, had been forgotten until four years ago, when local Historian Tom Woodruff found an article in a scrapbook of old Louisa County newspaper clippings. A campaign kicks off next month to raise a-quarter-million dollars to honor the Littleton family. Plans include a documentary, a play, and a black granite monument to remember the six young brothers; Thomas, William, George, John, Kendall, and Noah Littleton. Continue Reading

City’s HMA Program to Begin

Burlington’s hot-mix-asphalt resurfacing program begins tomorrow(Tues).  

5th Street from Division to Maple will be done first…followed by Maple from 6th to 5th…4th from the railroad tracks to Valley…3rd Street from the tracks to Court Street…7th from Maple to Division…8th, also from Maple to Division…Central from Angular to Maple…and Dodge from the west dead-end to Perkins. The Public Works Department says there will be temporary street closures and/or lane restrictions…once work begins on a street, there’ll be no parking within the construction zone until the surface is restored…..and traffic will be maintained and parking allowed in one direction on 3rd Street during construction. Continue Reading

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Motorcycle Accident Injures One

A 22-year old Burlington man was injured early this(Mon) morning, when he lost control of his motorcycle on West Avenue at Wilshire Drive. Julian Jackson was taken by Burlington Fire Department ambulance to Great River Medical Center. His injuries are not life-threatening. City police say Jackson was headed east on West when the bike went out of control and skidded along the pavement. He told authorities he doesn’t remember what happened. Continue Reading

Burlington Case Plant Gets State Tax Incentives; Will Add 50 Jobs

It’s official — Iowa’s Economic Development Authority Board has given CNH Industrial the tax incentives it requested, to move its Crawler/Dozer production line from out-of-state to the Burlington Case Plant. Case won’t need to expand or build new facilities, but the 5 1/2-million dollar investment is expected to create 50 new jobs here. Meanwhile, Governor Terry Branstad is blaming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the recent layoffs at Deere and Company. Deere announced last week that over 100 people will be laid off indefinitely from its plant in Ankeny, then Friday, Deere announced 460 people will be laid off at its tractor factory in Waterloo. Deere cited falling commodity prices as the primary cause of its drop in farm equipment sales. Continue Reading

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Canadian Man Chows Down More Bacon Than Anyone Else

David Connick of Canada ate close to three pounds of bacon in less than five minutes to beat six opponents and win the first-ever Burlington BaconPalooza pigout yesterday(Sat) at Memorial Auditorium. Organizers say about 300 people attended, in spite of the morning storm.  

And in Ft. Madison yesterday(Sat), fewer than a-hundred showed up in the rain to pass a hula hoop at the annual Riverview Games, in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record in the event. The current record…502 participants…will stand for now. Continue Reading

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Traffic Concerns Near Wever Fertilizer Plant

The Iowa State Patrol conducted a traffic safety project in Lee County on Thursday near Wever on US-61 due to an ongoing concern for motorists because of construction to the fertilizer plant being built.

The Iowa State Patrol and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department received a number of calls from citizens concerned with traffic violations in that particular area. After conducting this safety project, troopers issued 7 citations and 24 warning for observed traffic violations. Officers say they will continue to make that area a high prioroty thoughout the next several months. Continue Reading

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Doggie Day at the WB Pool Tomorrow

Tomorrow is bath time for area pooches at the West Burlington Public Pool.  

(photo from humane society facebook page)

The annual event happens once the pool season is over. Dog owners are invited to bring their canines to the pool for swimming. The cost is $5 per dog with all proceeds benefiting the Des Moines County Humane Society. There will also be micro-chipping from 11-noon for $20. Continue Reading

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Fort Madison looks to set Hula Hoop Record this Weekend

It’s Town & Country Days in Mediapolis this weekend and Danville has its Founders’ Day, but in Fort Madison tomorrow during the second annual Riverview Games, they’re going to try and set a new Guinness world record for the “Longest Human Chain to Pass a Hula Hoop.” Organizer Laura Francisco is with the Chamber of Commerce….. Francisco says setting the record will take a small amount of flexibility by participants. She they need to be able-bodied so that they can actually put the hoop over their head, put it down over their body, and be able to step though it. Gates open tomorrow morning at 9:30 at Riverview Park, with the Hula Hoop chain at 10. Continue Reading

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Early-Morning Lightning Strike Blamed for House Fire

No one was hurt, but lightning struck a house at 123-45 Little Flint Road…(near the intersection with Beaverdale Road)…northwest of Burlington, around 3:50 this(Fri) morning, setting part of the roof on fire, which then spread to the attic.  

Burlington Fire Chief Matt Trexel says the damage to Liz Henriksen’s ranch-style home was confined to the building’s top level; $25,000 is the estimated cost of repairs. Continue Reading