Western IL Man Knocked from Tractor, Hospitalized

An elderly Good Hope(IL) man was seriously injured late yesterday(Tues) afternoon when a Club-Cab truck rear-ended the rotary hay-rake he was pulling on U-S 67 in McDonough County.  

86-year old Robert Goodpasture was knocked off his tractor by the impact; he was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to a bigger facility in Peoria.  

The driver of the truck…48-year old Don Hawkins of Monmouth…and his two passengers…escaped injury. Hawkins was cited for not slowing down in time to avoid the accident. Continue Reading

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BPD Investigates Armed Robbery

Three people told Burlington Police they were robbed at gunpoint shortly after midnight this(Weds) morning near the corner of 8th and Elm. No one was hurt and the victims say the robbers were all black males. They reportedly took off with some credit cards and small amounts of cash from the pockets of the people they stopped. Continue Reading

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DMCo Bd. Gets Tougher with Fireworks; Resolution Work in Progress

The Des Moines County Board has put on hold a rural Burlington man’s request to set off fireworks in his Irish Ridge Road subdivision this summer. Matt Zurmuehlen has been doing it since 2006, but last year his neighbors…the Brisseys…complained, and the Board decided it was time to look at the situation a little more closely. Supervisor Tom Broeker says it looks like Zurmuehlen is willing to compromise.   But before Broeker, Bob Beck and Jim Cary vote on the request, there are some other changes they’d like to see in the resolution. For instance, should they be allowed during an outdoor burning ban. Continue Reading

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Capitol Theater Offers Free Showing of “RESPECT”

Members of Burlington’s Business and Professional Women’s Organization have been handing out free tickets hoping for a packed house this Friday at the Capitol Theater for the musical titled “RESPECT A Musical Journey of Women”. The renovated Capitol Theater opened back up to public 2 years ago this month, according to volunteer Kara Ewinger… The musical is put on by the University of Iowa. Eric Forsythe with their arts department says they’ve begun traveling around the state with this show…. He says the show about how music has evolved through the years will draw you in…. Continue Reading

Moody’s Removes Burlington from Sewer Bonds Watch List

It’s another small step toward financial stability. Moody’s Investors Service has taken Burlington’s sewer bonds off its negative watch list, although the bonds are still rated A2. The Council agreed last night to waive the building permit fees for the Bracewell Stadium renovation project. Councilwoman Becky Shockley reminded her colleagues that the special treatment isn’t going un-noticed by Planning & Parks Director Eric Tysland.  To date, the City has waived more than $11,000 in fees. Continue Reading

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6th Street Bridge Approaches Project

Like most outdoor projects, it depends on the weather, but a crew is scheduled to begin work today(Tues) on the approaches to the 6th Street Bridge in Burlington. The bridge will remain open, but restrictions will be in-place. Northbound traffic will remain flowing but controls will be in-place. Southbound traffic will be closed. Closures will be placed at Jefferson and Valley Streets and any southbound traffic will need to use 5th Street or Central Avenue. Continue Reading

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Judge Rules in R.U.S.S. Dispute

KBUR News has learned that Regional Utility Service Systems…RUSS, for short…has won its lawsuit against Mahaska County, which wanted to leave the organization.  

The 10-county cooperative…formed in 1999 to design, build and service sewer systems in small, unincorporated communities within its boundaries…has had its problems with finances and public relations…and Mahaska had refused to pay its dues and threatened to leave the group, even though it was organized legally under a 28E agreement.  

But a Mahaska County judge ruled that the agreement is binding and Mahaska must pay its share plus court costs. Continue Reading

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School Board Approves SRO for Burl. Middle Schools

For the first time, the Burlington middle schools will have their own SRO or School Resource Officer. The Burlington school board voted tonight to approve their current contract with the city for the high school SRO and add another officer for the middle schools. Superintendent Jane Evans says that although they have security cameras and locked doors, having an officer in the building is always a plus… Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird wrote a grant to provide an SRO for the middle schools but it was denied. The city has agreed to pay 55% of the cost to have an officer in the middle schools. Continue Reading

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Burlington Council Meets Today at 5:30

The Burlington City Council meets today(Mon) at 5:30(the new starting time for regular meetings) and is expected to approve a pair of subdivision final plats (for Lavender Lane and Wisteria Way).  

Members will also be asked to waive the building permit fees for the renovation of Bracewell Stadium.  

The Council will set July 7th public hearings for two ordinance changes and an amendment to the Urban Revitalization plan. One ordinance would forbid the carrying of air guns and other realistic-looking toy weapons…the second one will require a posted permit placard at all rental properties. The third amendment would extend, from three years to five, the citywide tax abatement available to home-builders. Continue Reading