CHARLES RENO, 85, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Agency Cemetery Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Wayne L. Humphrey, 83, of rural Milton died at 8:12 P.M. Wednesday March 18 at home under hospice care. He was born June 4, 1931 on the family farm North of Troy to Elmer H. and Eula Mae Pearsall Humphrey and married Evelyn Weiny June 29, 1951 at Troy Methodist Church. Wayne grew up on the family farm where he was born, attended Oak Hill Country School, graduated from Troy High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He and Evelyn lived on their farm northRead More
Several cases of cattle rustling is under investigation by the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies say in the last three weeks they have received three different reports of young calves being stolen from farms in that county. Other reports of cattle rustling is also being reported in Schuyler county Missouri. Anyone with information about the cattle rustling are asked to call their nearest law enforcement center.
ORMAN LEMONDS, 85, of 401 S. Moore Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Davis St. Christian Church with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Davis St. Christian Church
DONALD HENSON, 84, formerly of Ottumwa Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with inurnment in Ottumwa Cemetery Family visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Fire Department Honor Guard
Donations are now being accepted for the upcoming 4th annual “Pages for Pennies” book sale, to be held at Bridge View Center May 15, 16, and 17. Sonja Farrell, Director of the Ottumwa Public Library, said that donations of gently used hardback books, paperbacks, DVDs, vinyl LPs, board games, and puzzles are being accepted at Bridge View at this time. Donations can be dropped off at the main entrance, into shopping carts just inside the entrance. Donations of magazines, VHS Tapes, and audio cassettes are NOT being accepted. The proceedsRead More
The Iowa Supreme court has unanimously decided to review a lower court’s ruling that affirmed a former Lee County maintenance worker cannot collect 186-thousand dollars in damages awarded by a jury for being fired by the county supervisors. The Burlington Hawk Eye reported Tuesday the court allowed an Iowa Court of Appeals’ January decision to stand, upholding the reversal of a 2013 verdict because Rick Carter failed to qualify as a whistle blower under Iowa law. In the 2-1 ruling issued on January 14th, the appeals court agreed that no reasonable jury could have deemed Carter aRead More
JEAN MODRELL, formerly of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
JANICE STATON, 76, of 533 Osceola Graveside services and inurnment will be 3 p.m. Friday at Shaul Cemetery. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, cremation will follow the visitation. Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society or Good Samaritan Society Hospice
Faith Hope Keller, age 87, passed away on March 15, 2015 at Parkview Manor in Wellman, Iowa. Visitation for family and friends will be 6 to 7:30 pm, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Behner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Friday, March 20, 2015 at Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield, Iowa with Pastor Todd Holman officiating. Burial will be in Lockridge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Cards and memorials can be sent to Marilyn Sebonia at 1655 Edinburgh Lane, Aurora, IL 60504. Faith Hope Keller was bornRead More
MARIE SCULLY, 94, of Ottumwa Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church
MARY ELLEN GUEVARA, 71, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. A Christian Wake will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday Memorials may be made to the Ottumwa Public Library
The city of Ottumwa could have it’s first ever railroad crossing quiet zone following tonight’s city council meeting. During tonight’s meeting that gets under way at 6:30 in the council chambers of City Hall, the council will consider a resolution approving the concept of railroad crossing quiet zones at the crossing grades between Iowa Avenue and Clay Street. Cities have the opportunity to mitigate the effects of train horn noise by establishing “quiet zones”. By complying with federal regulations, the city may enforce a “no horn” restriction in that trains are not permitted to sound their hornsRead More
BETHANNE COOKSEY, 17, of Hedrick Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Pekin High School. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery in Ottumwa. Memorials may be made to Pekin Community Schools Bethanne Cooksey Scholarship Fund Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
MATTHEW SMITH, 33, of 813 Grant Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for his daughter, Lillian
DAVID HAMPSHIRE, 79, of 1964 W. Finley 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 10 a.m. Friday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.
BILL CHRISTENSEN, 86, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, IA. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christensen Scholarship Fund at Northwest Missouri State University
JUDY OVERTURF, 72, of Bloomfield Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties
Donated items are now being accepted for the fourth annual “Pages for Pennies Book Sale.” Donations of used books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, board games, puzzles, and sheet music are being accepted now through May 8th. Donated items can be dropped off in the lobby of Bridge View Center during regular business hours. Items can be left in two shopping carts draped in black located immediately inside the center’s main entrance. The book sale draws its inspiration from the former YWCA book sale with the proceeds benefiting the Friends of theRead More
Converting the former St. Joseph Hospital building into a housing unit will be considered by the Ottumwa City Council when it meets in regular session Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Council chambers of City Hall. The council will consider a resolution of support for a Workforce Housing tax credit benefit application to be submitted by the developers at 312 East Alta Vista to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The developers of the project are seeking assistance in converting the building into residential housing. The Iowa Economic Development Authority requires a match from the city. SpecificallyRead More
Update: A press release from the City of Ottumwa says that Pennsylvania Avenue will close starting at around 8 A.M. on Monday, March 16. Pennsylvania Avenue east of Elm Street, to Van Buren Avenue will be closed to through traffic. A posted detour will be in place, and is pictured below. Original Post Ottumwa’s Public Information Coordinator Tom Rodgers today gave a summary of five major street re-construction projects that have either started in Ottumwa, or will be starting within the next few weeks. Motorists are being advised to watchRead More
If you receive one of those bright green “Warning Tickets” for illegally parking your motor vehicle or trailer on the grassy area of your front lawn, you need to contact the Ottumwa Health and Inspections Department, not the Ottumwa Police Department. Warning tickets will be issued the rest of the month of March, and enforcement of Ottumwa’s new Nuisance Ordinance change will begin April 1st of this year. Under the new code, no motor vehicle, whether it be car, truck, boat, RV or Trailer, is allowed to park on theRead More
Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew said today that he is facing a challenge with current vacancies in the Ottumwa Police Department. McAndrew noted that normal staffing on the Police Department consists of 39 Officers, but, with a combination of injuries and resignations, the Department is operating with a Staff of around 34. McAndrew said that there is a current vacancy in the Gang Officer position, and the downtown parking enforcement officer is also vacant. McAndrew added that wages and benefits do Not appear to be a factor in recruiting newRead More
The Public is invited to a “Meet and Greet” event at Bridge View Center, Monday April 6th at 5 P.M. City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said that residents and business owners will have an opportunity to meet the new Bridge View Center Director, Scott Hallgren and to say goodbye to former director Larry Gawronski. Also, Abby Kisling from Tipton, Iowa will be introduced as the new Ottumwa Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Director, filling the position vacated by Mark Eckman, who took a job in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The recent passage of the State’s 10 cent per gallon gasoline tax increase will mean about $400,000.00 more in revenues for the City’s Road Use Tax Fund, according to City Administrator Joe Helfenberger. Helfenberger said that the additional monies translate into re-constructing an additional 4 city blocks of roads and street maintenance. The increase in the gasoline tax will also benefit Wapello County, with an additional $600,000.00 in revenues. Helfenberger said that the increased revenue can only be spent on street construction and street maintenance, through the Road Use TaxRead More