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Thank you, veterans

Thank you, veterans

Local veterans hold a line of flags representing their various organizations Thursday at Dyer Intermediate School in Burlington while students and staff members listen to messages of thanks and appreciation for the service of veterans. Students also had a chance to introduce members of their families who have served in […]



Alois ‘Al’ J. Schmitt CPCU, 93, Burlington, died Nov. 9, 2011, at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. He was born June 23, 1918, in Burlington, to the late Alois Carl and Theresa Catherine (Barbian) Schmitt. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School and has resided in Burlington since 1966. He […]



Esther B. Behrens, 90, Pleasant Prairie, formerly of Burlington, died Nov. 8, 2011, at Aurora Medical Center. She was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Schaumburg to the late William and Clara (Staub) Japp. She graduated from Palatine High School. She married Pete Behrens in 1957 in Arlington Heights. The couple […]


Toy drive nets a reigning ‘Idol’

Burlington High School sophomores Bianca Clayton (left) and Madison Epping gather with some of the 2,707 toys students, staff and community members donated to the Toys for Tots campaign. The school’s donation won a concert from American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)

McCreery will perform at BHS Monday By Ed Nadolski Editor in chief Scotty McCreery, the deep-voiced teen sensation of American Idol fame, will be at Burlington High School Monday to perform, visit with students and thank them for their contributions to the Toys for Tots campaign. School officials learned late […]


CCHS to host Vets Day ceremony

Catholic Central High School will host a Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning featuring a keynote address from Randy Miller, a U.S. Marine with 22 years service. The ceremony begins at 9:50 a.m. in Topper Hall on the school’s State Street campus. Miller, who served in war zones in the Middle […]


Fame and fortune

Gabby’s Palace owner Dave Corbett (center) celebrates for the camera with his friends, family and patrons Wednesday morning. Corbett was presented a check for more than $13,000 from the state’s unclaimed property program. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Good Morning America captures local couple’s unclaimed property windfall By Ed Nadolski Editor in chief While Burlington got a few minutes in the national television spotlight Wednesday, it was a local couple who ended up with the big payday. Dave and Sandy Corbett, owners of Gabby’s Palace tavern and restaurant […]


Ball diamond to get sprinklers, library to get carpeting

By Ed Nadolski Editor in chief Burlington Little League will be allowed to install a sprinkler system at Branen Field on the city’s west side. The City Council approved the project Tuesday. Mayor Bob Miller said the Little League organization will pay for the equipment and installation necessary for the […]



Luella B. Staines, 91, Burlington, died Nov. 4, 2011, at Mt. Carmel Medical and Rehab Center. She was born March 31, 1920, to the late Otto and Hattie (Schwanz) Madaus in Bloomfield Township, where she spent her early life. She attended 7 Oaks Grade School and graduated from Lake Geneva […]



Walter L. Pierce Jr., 79, Burlington, died Nov. 6, 2011, at his residence. He was born May 15, 1932, in Binghamton, N.Y., to the late Walter L. and Mildred M. (McCally) Pierce. He attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and served in the U.S. Air Force Cadet Program. On March […]



Jean E. (Henning) Hanel, 68, Kansasville, died unexpectedly Nov. 5, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 15, 1943, to the late Fredrick and Ella (Gorder) Henning in Janesville. She graduated from Janesville High School and from St. Olaf’s College in Minn., with a Teaching Degree. She married Eli […]


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