Melissa Lambrecht


Snow Emergency Lifting – 3 PM, Feb 5th

 February 5, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The City of Ottumwa Snow Emergency will be lifted, effective at 3 PM, Thursday, February 5, 2015.   On-street parking in the City will return to the regular, posted regulations at that time.   The City appreciates the public’s cooperation and patience with the ongoing snow removal operation and regrets any inconvenience caused by the process.    Residents and business owners are reminded to avoid placing the snow from driveways on the street, or plowing snow from driveways and depositing it on the right-of-way acrossRead More

Police to purchase new equipment

The Emergency Response Team of the Ottumwa Police Department will be better equipped to handle certain situations following action taken by the Ottumwa City Council Tuesday. The council approved a recommendation from Police Chief Tom McAndrew to purchase four Light Hawk XT tactical vests, hard armor plates necessary for the vests to function properly, four additional hard armor plates for two tactical vests purchased last year. The Emergency Response Team consists of sworn law enforcement officers from the Police Department who can be deployed for any situation that requires a policeRead More

Snow Emergency Declared – Noon on Feb. 4

February 4, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The City of Ottumwa’s Snow Emergency Ordinance will be placed into effect at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.  Residents are reminded that while the Snow Emergency is declared, no parking is allowed on streets designated as “Snow Routes” until the emergency is lifted.   Snow Routes are marked with square blue signs showing a white snowflake. Parking on non-snow emergency route streets rotates sides on a daily basis.  On the even numbered days, parking is allowed on the even numbered side of the street. Read More

Yard ordinance closer to law

On a vote of 4 to 1 with councilman J.R. Richards voting no, the Ottumwa City Council last night approved the second reading of an that will prohibit parking vehicles of vehicles in front yards.  The ordinance specifically prohibits parking in the front yard except in a driveway.   The driveway may be constructed of concrete, asphalt, brick pavers or 4 inches of rock and must comply with the 2015 SUDAS standards. A number of residents spoke for and against the ordinance.  Former councilman Keith Caviness told the council If youRead More

Voters approve bond issues at Cardinal schools

Voters in the Cardinal school district have in favor of a 5.3-million dollars bond issue. 66-percent of the voters who cast a ballot Tuesday approved the measure.  A 60-percent majority was needed. The funds will be used to build, furnish, and equip an addition to the elementary school. and to make improvements to the middle school and high school buildings.

Janet Ilene White Pratt

Janet Ilene White Pratt, 81, of rural Keosauqua, departed this life on January 30, 2015 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL. She was born February 22, 1933 at Bonaparte to Rollo H. and Helen C. McComb White. She married Darrell D. Pratt on May 1, 1955 in Bonaparte, IA. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2005. She grew up in Bonaparte and graduated from Bonaparte High School. She worked at White’s Shopping Center with her folks and on the Pratt family farm in the Harrisburg Township in VanRead More

Informational Meeting About Iowa Ave Project This Thursday

February 2, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The public is invited to an informational meeting about the upcoming Iowa Avenue Reconstruction Project.  The meeting will be Thursday, February 5th at 5:30 PM at the Ottumwa Elks Lodge at 414 S. Iowa Avenue. The meeting is for sharing information with the community about the project’s construction schedule, work zone traffic changes and street closings. With amount of industry in the vicinity, there will be a considerable amount of coordination with nearby businesses to ensure continuity.   The meeting is open to the public;Read More

DE Releases Student Proficiency Data

On Friday, the Iowa Department of Education released new data on student proficiency rates and growth to the public. This report, called the Attendance Center Rankings, fulfills a legislative requirement to develop a system for evaluating and ranking Iowa public schools based on their performance on nine specific measures. The report released Friday features two of the nine variables, reading and math proficiency and growth toward college and career readiness. This information was released to Iowa superintendents last week to provide time for analysis of data prior to releasing theRead More

Overnight Snow Removal

February 2, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  City of Ottumwa Public Works Crews will be picking up the high windrows of snow piled along the sidewalks in the central business district starting the evening of Monday, February 2nd, weather permitting.   Work will begin on Church Street tonight. Hours of snow removal will be 7 PM to 7 AM.   Vehicles must be parked off these streets during the overnight hours of work to facilitate the snow removal.   Temporary no parking zones will be established to facilitate the snow removal. Once aRead More

Daisy Sells

DAISY SELLS, 91, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with private burial in Ottumwa Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to Calvary Open Bible Church

Charles Poncy

CHARLES PONCY, 92, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the family present one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to IHCC Foundation for Chuck Poncy Memorial Scholarship or Ecumenical Lord’s Cupboard

Dennis Stoher

DENNIS STOHER, 90, of Ottumwa Funeral service and Elks Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the services. Visitation will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The family will be present from noon Sunday until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to B.P.O.Elks Scholarship Fund.

Kevin Lowe

KEVIN LOWE, 53, of 605 W. Second St. His body has been cremated. Visitation with the family present is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home.

Fertilizer plant to open in August

That 1.9-billion dollar fertilizer plant in Lee county is expected to begin production later this year. In a project update released this week, Iowa Fertilizer Company says plant construction should be complete by August with operations starting in the last three months of the year.  The company is building the plant near Wever in Lee County. Iowa Fertilizer says construction is about 70-percent complete.  The plant is expected to employ about 240 people and produce between 1.5 and two million tons of nitrogen fertilizer each year.  Company officials say they also wantRead More

McDanel back in Ottumwa

The Ottumwa man charged in connection with the death of another Ottumwa resident is is back in Ottumwa. Officials say Dustin McDanel is being held in the Wapello County Jail. McDanel is charged in connection with the shooting death of Roger Wiseman Jr. The incident occurred on January 4th following a dispute involving a dog. McDanel was arrested last week in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

Supreme court to consider Fairfield case

The Iowa Supreme court will consider the case of a Fairfield man charged with Murder in the second degree.  Tyler Webster was convicted after a jury trial in 2013.  He is charged in connection with the death of Buddy Frisbie also of Fairfield. The Iowa court of appeals came back with a split decision for a new trial based on claims of a juror’s misconduct after the trial. The State of Iowa through the Iowa Attorney General office requested the Iowa Supreme Court to further review the Iowa Court of Appeals decision.   Should the Iowa Supreme CourtRead More

Albert E. Thomas

Albert E. Thomas, 90, of Eldon passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Ottumwa, IA. A Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Eldon Cemetery in Eldon. Visitation, with the family present, will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2014 at the Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Eldon Opera House, Eldon Public Library, or the Eldon Gothic House. Friends may sign the onlineRead More

Margaret Miller

MARGARET MILLER, 65, of Moravia, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society

Karen Blomme

KAREN BLOMME, 61, of Batavia Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Competine Cemetery Visitation will begin at noon Tuesday at the Reece Funeral Home with the Rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. A Christian Wake will be held at 5 p.m. followed by family visitation until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Beatrice Collier

BEATRICE COLLIER, 92, of 102 W. Finley Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Shaul Cemetery Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Helen Young

HELEN YOUNG, 84, of 515 Minnesota St. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the services. Visitation begins after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Good Samaritan or Shriners Hospitals For Children.

Corky Stevens

CORKY STEVENS, 86, of 606 E. Pennsylvania Ave. His body has been cremated. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St. Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611. Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Darrell R. Morris

Darrell R. Morris, 89, of rural Keosauqua died at 3:37 P.M. Saturday January 24, 2015 at Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield.  He was born April 22, 1925 near Mt. Sterling to Melvin E. and Laural Belle Devor Morris and married Marie Louise Chapuis April 10, 1948 in First Christian Church, Fairfield.  She died April 4, 1996.  Darrell married Jessie Bartholomew Wiley Barrow July 21, 2000 at Pastor Earl Niederhuth’s residence, rural Stockport. Darrell graduated from Bonaparte High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army 1944-1946 with the 35th Infantry Division, 3rd Army, 134th Regiment,Read More

Earl E. Higdon

Earl E. Higdon, 87, of rural Douds died at 3:55 P.M. Wednesday January 21, 2015 at his home.  He was born June 19, 1927 in Burlington to Louis and Rosalee Jenkins Higdon and married Mildred Chadwick on June 20, 1948 in Burlington. Earl grew up in Burlington and attended Burlington Schools.  After school he moved to Bonaparte and later moved back to Burlington to work at Burlington Northern Shops, Montgomery Ward and the Ordinance Plant and later in construction.  Mildred and Earl moved to their farm in 1987 and raised hogs, cattle andRead More

Karyl K. Chambers

Karyl K. Chambers, 77, of Keosauqua died at 3:12 P.M. Wednesday January 21, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society- Van Buren, Keosauqua.  She was born January 21, 1938 to Clare T. and Edna M. Wollam Muir. Karyl grew up in Lebanon and graduated from Keosauqua High School in 1956.  Shortly after graduating she moved to Mississippi where she worked for ten years before moving back to Lebanon and worked for Traveler Insurance in Ottumwa.  Then she moved to Keosauqua and started working for McGrath Law Offices from which she retired.  Karyl was a memberRead More