Melissa Lambrecht


City council holds lengthy meeting

As expected, the Ottumwa city council last night approved a recommendation to award a contract to an Ottumwa contractor to rebuild the Central Addition Monument in Wayside Park. The city received one bid from Dan Davis Masonry in the amount of 9998-dollars to do the work.  The project is being funded by a ten thousand dollar grant from the Wapello County Foundation. Councilman Skip Stevens questioned why other contractors in the city were not included in the bidding process. Also last night the council failed to approve a recommendation to replace a furnace at the Water Pollution Control Facility. Read More

Mildred “Charlotte” (Haifley) Prusia

Mildred “Charlotte” (Haifley) Prusia, age 78, formally of Fairfield, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Good Samaritan of Van Buren, Keosauqua, IA. Per her wishes there will not be a service.  Burial will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield, IA. Memorials can be made to Fairfield Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Cards and memorials can be mailed to: Ron Dodds, 3800 S. 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506. Charlotte was born November 13, 1936 to John and Stella (Hafer) Haifley in Jefferson County. Charlotte graduated from Fairfield High School and worked asRead More

Mary Paytes

MARY PAYTES, 87, of 1035 S. Madison Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to Serenity House

Ottumwa business icon passes away

A well know business icon in Ottumwa has died.  87 year old Jim Schwartz died Saturday. Schwartz and along with his family purchased the Hotel Ottumwa many years ago and turned it into a well know hotel and restaurant.  The family also established an insurance agency in Ottumwa. Schwartz was very active in the community belonging to a number of organizations.  He was one of the first recipients to receive the Gene Schultz community service award. A funeral mass for Schwartz will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Marys of the Visitation Church. The family has announcedRead More

Southeast Iowa man arrested following pursuit

A 30year old southeast Iowa man is facing numerous charges following a chase last Thursday night. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department says shortly before 10:00 p.m. it received a report of a vehicle pursuit which ended in an  accident with the suspect fleeing on foot.  Emergency personnel from West Chester, First responders, Washington Police Department, Washington fire department and the Iowa  State Patrol responding to the scene. Officials searched the area with the assistance of K-9 dogs but were unable to locate the suspect.  The Washington County Wireless emergency notification system was activated to warned area residents of the situation. Friday morningRead More

Slade Bral

SLADE BRAL, 41, of Eddyville Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church with burial in Shaul Cemetery. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Community Players or Ottumwa Community Children’s Playhouse

Eva Sipe

EVA SIPE, 89, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the family present from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Jim Schwartz

JIM SCHWARTZ, 87, of 107 E. Second St. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Visitation with burial in Calvary Cemetery Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Christian Wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Seton Catholic School or Main Street Ottumwa

Crash kills Des Moines man

A single vehicle crash early Saturday morning killed a 23 year old Des Moines man.  The crash occurred on  highway 34 west of Albia. The Iowa State Patrol says Christopher Alexander driving westbound in a van when he over corrected and lost control.  The van entered a north side ditch and went over a drivewahy and came to rest on it’s top after striking a tree. Alexander was ejected from the van and was pronounced dead at the scene. Injured in the crash were 16 year old Abigail Bittner and 16 yearRead More

Washington’s Birthday/Presidents Day Holiday Notices

February 12, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Monday, February 16th is the state and federal Washington’s Birthday/Presidents Day Holiday.   A number of City of Ottumwa offices and services are affected by the holiday. * City of Ottumwa departments and offices at City Hall will be closed Monday, February 16th, in observance of the Washington’s Birthday/Presidents Day Holiday.  * The Ottumwa, Calvary and Jewish Cemetery office at 1302 N. Court will be closed on Monday the 16th. * The Ottumwa/ Wapello Landfill and Recycling Center will be closed Monday, February 16th. * City residential trash and recyclingRead More

Mark Steven Hughes

Mark Steven Hughes, 54, of Selma left this earth, the beauty of his home, surrounding nature, his beloved trees, and the love of many family and friends to walk with Jesus on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, following a 4 year battle with kidney cancer. Mark was born Oct. 17, 1960 in Keosauqua to Karen (Lambert) Hughes and Arden Hughes. Mark lived nearly all of his life in the Selma area, graduating from Cardinal High School in 1979 and Indian Hills Community College in 1981. Mark enjoyed a 22 year careerRead More

New cost figures for new prison

The Iowa Department of Corrections officials say they weren’t trying to mislead the public when they refused to acknowledge for months that the price tag for the state’s faulty new prison had risen to 166-million dollars. The department confirmed this week that an often cited 132-million dollar cost for the empty Iowa State Penitentiary was inaccurate. Deputy department director Brad Hier had stood by that figure during an October interview……….even though talking points prepared by Governor Branstad months earlier put the cost at 165.5 million dollars. Hier says he blamesRead More

Jeanine Cloyd

JEANINE CLOYD, 78, of 330 N. Forrest Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

IHCC Engineering Visit Day

(Press Release) – OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College will hold an Engineering Visit Day on Saturday, Feb. 21.  The special day will allow those interested a chance to learn more about careers in engineering and the engineering transfer program at IHCC. Students have an opportunity to take classes at Indian Hills and establish the foundation necessary to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering before transferring to a four-year program.  The IHCC curriculum prepares students to transfer in one of a number of engineering fields, including biomedical, biochemical, chemical, civil,Read More

Closing Mental Health Facility in Southeast Iowa creates fears

The prospect of closing two of the state’s four mental health institutes is terrifying according to a mental health professional from Cedar Rapids who testified before lawmakers in Des Moines. Kent Jackson the administrative director for St. Luke’s Unity Point says it’s a fear of the unknown.  He says he has been unable to see a plan and that’s part of the problem.  This after he and Dr. Al Whitters Medical Director of Mercy Medical Center’s Behavioral Services talked to the Senate Human Resources Committee for more than an hour.  He says this is a hugeRead More

Ronald McElroy

RONALD McELROY, 80, of 700 W. Alta Vista Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Cremation will follow the visitation. Inurnment will be in the Floris Cemetery Memorials may be made to the family

Judith Helmick-Grooms

JUDITH HELMICK-GROOMS, 71, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Chisman Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties

Ric Simplot

RIC SIMPLOT, 62, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Visitation with cremation following the service Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday

IHCC accepting Vision Award Nominations

OTTUMWA — The Regional Economic Advancement team at Indian Hills Community College will be accepting nominations for the fourth annual Vision Awards through March 31. Vision Awards honor entrepreneurs from the Indian Hills 10-county region, which includes Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne counties.  Entrepreneurs play a vital role in the regional economy and Indian Hills annually seeks to recognize those who have been especially successful. The awards, which will be announced at a special banquet on the IHCC Ottumwa campus on April 23,Read More

City Council makes changes to Flood Protection Plan

Construction of a flood wall around the Ottumwa Water and Hydro plant is expected to move forward following action taken by the city councilMonday afternoon. During a special meeting, the city council approved a resolution on two change orders for construction of the wall. Change order 1 details the cost savings in the amount of almost 106-thousand dollars and extends the completion date of June 15th of this year. Change order number two includes the removal of an unknown electrical vault that had been abandoned.  An existing 24 inch main feed line wereRead More

Body identified

Authorities have tentatively identified the human remains found behind a grocery store in Burlington last month. The Burlington Police Department says an autopsy has determined bones found in late January possibly belong to Alfredo P. Rodriquez.  However an examination by the State Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny was unable to determine cause of death. Rodriguez was reported missing on September 16th in 2012.  In the time since, detectives had been following leads into his disappearance. On January 22nd officers responded after city workers checking sewer lines found skeletal remains behind the Hy-vee food store near theRead More

Unoccupied prison needs millions of dollars in repair

There’s more bad news for the new 132-million dollar prison in Fort Madison. A number of legislators from the area say it will cost an additional 7-million dollars for repairs. Despite ribbon cutting ceremonies held in 2013, the new facility remains empty because of construction problems. The state fire marshal’s office still hasn’t authorized occupancy because of a lack of compliance with the state’s building code.

Council to discuss “TIF district

When the Ottumwa City Council meets for a special meeting Monday evening, it will consider a resolution rescinding a previous resolution and approving two change orders in connection with the city’s 2010 Flood Mitigation project. The first change order  details the cost savings in the amount of almost 106-thousand dollars and a contract extension date of June 1st of this year. The second change order includes the removal of an unknown electrical vault that had been abandoned.  The changes if approved will result in a new project cost of 1.2-million dollars.  TheRead More

2015 BOA Finals

Mike Buchanan, James Grob and Shea Earlywine broadcasting from the Bridge View Center for the BOA finals.

Bloomfield to be recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad

(Press Release) – An award ceremony to celebrate economic development & technology achievements in Bloomfield will be held next week. The event will declare Bloomfield’s Certified Connected Community status, designed to grow the local economy and improve our quality of life. Also at the event, Citizens Mutual will announce their new Gigabit internet service offering. Governor Terry Branstad will recognize this acheivement as well as Citizens Mutual’s commitment to building telecommunications infrastructure in Iowa. Currently, only 3% of communities in the nation have access to Gig Internet, which is theRead More