Clinton’s “Hard Choices” Available Tuesday at Bookstores

Hillary Clinton’s book “Hard Choices” is being released Tuesday and a poll of likely Iowa Caucus-goers will be released this week as well to see how Clinton might fare in the 2016 presidential race against an array of Republican foes.  

Christopher Budzisz is the political science professor who directs the Loras College Poll. The poll was conducted this past Wednesday and Thursday, as surveyers sought to discover how Iowa’s 2014 race for governor and the U.S. senate was going. Republicans in congress have raised questions about Clinton’s conduct of foreign policy while she served as secretary of state during President Obama’s first term, especially her handling of security at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed in the fall of 2012. Republican strategist Karl Rove has even questioned Clinton’s physical health. Continue Reading

Heaton Over Holmstrom in Henry

In one of the few local legislative races, 84th District Republican Representative Dave Heaton of Mt. Pleasant easily beat GOP challenger Ralph Holmstrom, also from Mt. Pleasant. There was no competition for any of the Henry County elected offices, although Democrat Mary Hoyer will challenge Republican incumbent Mark Lindeen for a Supervisor’s seat, come November. Continue Reading

Education gap widening

Burlington Schools to Lose Second Administrator

The Burlington School Board will be accepting the resignation of another high-ranking official at tonight’s (Tuesday) meeting. This time it’s Curriculum Director Laurie Noll, who has accepted a position as Superintendent in Fairfield. Her last day with the Burlington School District will be June 30th. Also on tonight’s agenda, is an update on the Pro-Start Culinary classroom for Burlington High School. Their budget for the project was around $420,000. Continue Reading

SCC Blackhawks

Bees Lose to QC; SCC Plans Baseball Team Sendoff Thursday

The Burlington Bees lost to the Quad Cities River Bandits yesterday, 7-1, at Modern Woodmen Park. The Bees…now 20-23 for the year…and the Bandits…now 21-23…will wrap up their 3-game series tonight on the Davenport riverfront and you can hear all the action on KBUR, beginning with Michael Broskoski’s pre-game show at 6:40.   

In college baseball, Southeastern Community College will hold a public sendoff for its NJCAA, Division-2-bound baseball team tomorrow(Thur) morning at 8:30, in the 400 Building hallway, on Circle Drive, on the West Burlington campus. The players, staff and Head Coach Justin Schulte will all be introduced.   ***(Game-one for the Blackhawks is this Saturday at noon in Enid, Oklahoma, against Northern Oklahoma-Enid.)


In girls high school softball yesterday…


(1A regional semifinal) Abingdon-Avon 3, West Central 2

(2A regional semifinal) West Hancock 13, Macomb 3


In boys high school soccer…


Ft. Madison 6, Danville-New London 3 (ends Bears’ 15-game winning streak)

Davenport Central 3, BHS 0


In girls high school soccer…


Iowa City Regina 10, ND-WB/Danville 0

Davenport Central 7, BHS 3

Keokuk 4, Centerville 0


In girls tennis…


Keokuk 6, BHS 3


And three area girls softball players have signed to continue their careers at Illinois State University next year.   They are: Riley Hale of West Burlington…Kori Mescher of Notre Dame…and Morgan Christner of New London. Continue Reading

Bees, Rattlers Rained Out

The Burlington Bees game at Wisconsin last(Mon) night was postponed by rain.  

They’ll play two tonight…weather permitting…beginning at 5:05, and you can hear both games on KBUR with Michael Broskoski calling the action.  


Western Illinois University has signed a Texas guard to its mens basketball team.   6-foot-5-inch Dalan Ancrum of Round Rock joined the fold yesterday and joins 6-7 forward Kendall Rollins of Indianapolis and 6-3 guard J-C Fuller of Kirkwood Community College on new head coach Billy Wright’s roster. Continue Reading

Burlington Bees

Bees Sting Timber Rattlers

The Burlington Bees upped their record to 12-7 yesterday, with a 4-1 win over Wisconsin’s Timber Rattlers.  

With the loss…their third in four games against Burlington…the “snakes” fall to 10-9.   Tonight at Community Field, the Bees begin a three-game series with the Beloit Snappers.   You can hear all the action on KBUR, starting with Michael Broskoski’s pre-game show tonight at 6:10.  

At the Drake Relays yesterday and last night….. Columbus senior Rickey Rivers placed 9th in the long jump…former Burlington High School distance runner Ben Witt, now an Iowa junior, ran the opening leg of the Hawkeyes’ 4 by 1600 relay team, which placed 10th…Mount Pleasant’s Mary Wester finished 9th in the shot put…Central College freshman Isaac Steffensmeier came in 27th in his first-ever 10,000-meter run…and West Burlington sophomore Xavior Williams, in his first Drake competition, scratched in the long jump.   Continue Reading


Iowa Weather Includes Twisters

At least one tornado…possibly two…were reported early last(Sun) nite in eastern Iowa.  

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department says a twister was spotted near Lone Tree around 6 o’clock. No damage nor injuries were reported. About half-an-hour before that…around 5:30 yesterday afternoon…deputies in Washington County saw a tornado about a mile east of Richmond. Again, no injuries or property damage. Continue Reading

Obituaries Wednesday April 9th

Clarence LeRoy Reed,  age 68 of Muscatine, died Monday April 7, 2014 at Mercy Hospital Hospice in Iowa City.  The son of Arnold and Bertha (Ashby) Reed, he was born May 15, 1945 at Muscatine.  On September 6, 1972 he married Lena May Smothers at Rolla, MO.  He was a graduate of the Grandview High School.  He served in the US Army from 1965-67. He was employed at Doane Manufacturing in Muscatine for many years. He was a member of the Muscatine American Legion. He is survived by his wife Lena of Muscatine;  seven children; Ken Rogers of Muscatine, Will Rogers, Debra Winchel, and Rick Rogers all of Newton; Jim Rogers of Florida; Martha Hatley of Oskaloosa; Judy Lake of Muscatine; 60 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; one brother Robert Reed of Kansas; two sisters, Georgia VanAuken of Ankeny and Debra Storm of Muscatine;

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. The funeral service will be Saturday April 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello.  Interment will follow at the Grandview Cemetery  with military rites. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday April 8th

Don L Close, 80    of    Burlington died Sat 4/5/14    at the    Great River Hospice House    West Burlington
Wife-Lois Close Burlington    IA
Son Bryan Don (Margret) Close    Leawood, KS
Daughter    Cheryl (William) Close Kosmann    Middleburg    VA
4    Grandchildren
Sisters, Robinette Schubert & Doris (Ray) Wynn
Celebration of Life    11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8th, at St Luke United Church of Christ
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery

Dallas W Maddox, 43    of    Burlington died Mon 4/7 at University of Iowa Hospitals Iowa City
Parents Mike (Maggie) Maddox of West Burlington, IALynn (Andy) Lillie of Burlington, IA
Son    Austin Maddox    Burlington, IA
Son    Phillip Hart    Burlington, IA
Daughter    Katy Maddox    Burlington    IA
Sister    Andrea (Adam Wojdyla) Lillie    Winamac, IN
Brother    Roger (Connie) Maddox    Burlington, IA
Brother    Bryan (Tracy) Lillie    Burlington, IA
Brother    Jamie (Debbie) Lillie    Burlington, IA
Brother    Doug (Lauri) Lillie    Stronghurst, IL
Family will receive friends    6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery

Cheryl DeAnne Hartman, age 54 of Wapello, died Wednesday April 2, 2014 at her home in Wapello.  The daughter of Richard and Edith (Byrd) Metzger, she was born January 31, 1960 at Muscatine. On November 7, 1992 she married Brian Hartman at Wapello.  She attended Muscatine schools.  She worked as a cook and dietary aide at various local care centers.  She liked all forms of wildlife and loved to feed, watch, and photograph the birds and was a nurse to any and all injured cats and dogs as well as other animals that came across her path. Survivors include:  her husband, Brian, of Wapello; her Dad, Richard and Shirley Metzger of Columbus Junction; two sisters, Judy Metzger and Karen and Mark Bixby all of Muscatine; one brother, Richard Alan and Sherry Metzger of Muscatine; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Mother, and infant brother Steven, and grandparents Gerald and Anna Metzger and Cecil and Pearl Byrd. Visitation will be Wednesday April 9, 2014 from 1-2:00 p.m. at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello.  The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Chester Grogan officiating.  Cremation will follow the service and interment of the cremains will be at a later date at the GreenwoodCemetery in Muscatine.  A general memorial has been established in her name. Continue Reading