Melissa Lambrecht

 

Storm blamed for fatal car crash

A 57 year old Canton, Missouri man was killed following a three vehicle crash Monday afternoon on highway 218 and 185th Street in Henry County. The Iowa State Patrol says 57 year old Davis Harris of Canton, Missouri was southbound on highway 218 when he lost control on the snow covered highway and crossed the median and into the northbound lanes and collided with two other vehicles. All three vehicles came to rest in the northbound lanes of traffic. Killed in the crash was Harris. Injured was 36 year oldRead More


Public Invited to Conservation Buffer Webinar

As part of the Cedar Creek Partnership Water Quality Initiative project, the Wapello, Keokuk and Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are hosting a webinar about Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Buffers. The webinar will be held on Friday, January 16 and begin at 9:00 a.m. “The webinar will only last about 45 minutes,” says organizer Lanessa Baker. “We’re able to offer this event in Ottumwa and Fairfield so participants can chose the location most convenient for them.”  Participants can watch the webinar in Ottumwa at the Wapello SWCD office located atRead More


Betty Grogan

BETTY GROGAN, 91, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Friday. The family will be present one hour prior to the service Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello and Davis Counties or Hospice of Shreveport


Roger Wiseman, Jr.

ROGER WISEMAN Jr., 25, of 307 N. Market Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday Memorials may be made to the family for his children


Rex Holzhauser

REX HOLZHAUSER, 92, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars The family will be present one hour prior to the service Memorials may be made to O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion


Ottumwa Symphony to hold “25 Men Who Can Cook”

OTTUMWA — Billed as the “tastiest 2-hours in Ottumwa”, the 25 Men Who Can Cook event, sponsored by the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, will return to Bridge View Center in Ottumwa on Saturday, Jan. 24. Doors will open for this popular event at 11:00 a.m. and the tasting will continue until 1:00 p.m. This year’s chefs include: Carey Bostian (OSO Conductor), Ron Graeff (physician), Sam Garchik (Ottumwa High School), Brandon Holstrom (American Red Cross), Jeremy Weller (McCune & Reed), Kevin Hatfield (U.S. Foods), Greg Kenning (Wapello County Supervisor), Mike Buchanan (OttumwaRead More


After Hours Club Ordinance

The Ottumwa City Council will meet in regular session tonight at 6:30 PM, in the Council Chambers at Ottumwa City Hall…….and, if approved by the Council Tonight, there will be a permanent BAN on the establishment of what are called “after-hours clubs” in the City. A club called the Elbow Room is already in operation in Ottumwa, but, it is closed due to fire and safety violations. The existing club, should it re-open, will be under the most severe restrictions, and subject to penalties and closure for a wide varietyRead More


Snow Emergency declared in Sigourney

Mayor Hollingsworth has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY in Sigourney effective at 8:00 pm on Monday, January 5th, 2015 until the snow has stopped and the streets are cleared. This means that NO vehicles are to be parked on city streets during this time (City Ordinance 3-3-32). This will allow streets to be cleared in a more productive manner. Please find alternate parking or …contact our landlord, if applicable. If your vehicle remains parked around the square, it will be towed (City Ordinance 3-3-30).


Stanley Delmar Parsons

Stanley Delmar Parsons, age 74, of Fairfield passed away January 2, 2015 at his home. Per Stanley’s wishes, he has been cremated. A memorial service will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Stacy Grau officiating. Burial of cremains will be at a later date in Salina Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. prior to the service at the First Lutheran Church in Fairfield, IA. Memorials may be made to the Salina Cemetery Association, First Augustana Lutheran Church in Lockridge, IA and First LutheranRead More


Snow Emergency Declared – Ottumwa

January 5, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa – Ottumwa is under a winter weather advisory with heavy snow in the forecast.  The City of Ottumwa’s Snow Emergency Ordinance will be placed into effect at 12 noon on Monday, January 5, 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 evenRead More


Marilyn Goldizen

MARILYN GOLDIZEN, 78, formerly of Ottumwa Graveside services and burial will be 3:30 p.m. Monday at Sherman Chapel Cemetery Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Pat Headley

PAT HEADLEY, 62, of 1355 S. Milner Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 2 p.m. Monday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ottumwa Community Church.


Clarence Caster

CLARENCE CASTER, 92, of 1 Oakridge Rd. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Willard St. United Methodist Church with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to Willard St. United Methodist Church


Dylan Woodard

DYLAN WOODARD, 35, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service Private inurnment will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday Memorials may be made to the family for his children’s education


Marcene Crouse

MARCENE CROUSE, 91, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society Ottumwa Activity Fund


New Emergency Management Coordinator

Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller said today that a new Emergency Management Coordinator for WapelloCounty has been hired, to replace the former coordinator, Josh Stevens, who moved to Minnesota. Miller said that 24 year old Nicolas Martini of Florida has accepted the offer in WapelloCounty, and will begin his duties in January. Martini will be coordinating response teams and equipment to handle a variety of natural disasters, should they occur in WapelloCounty. This would include weather hazards and flooding, chemical and/or toxic waste issues, and other natural disaster issues. MillerRead More


Bridge View Fundraiser

Ottumwa City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said that the current fundraising campaign for BridgeViewCenter has already netted $38,000.00 of its goal of $250,000.00 Bridge View has started a campaign to raise money to purchase some much-needed capital items for maintenance of the facility. Some of the items include a battery pack for a fork lift, a commercial carpet cleaner, and needed electrical work at the facility. Those interested in contributing to the fundraiser can send donations to P.O. Box 535, Ottumwa, Iowa52501. Contributions to Bridge View Center are tax deductible.


Pam Ruckman

PAM RUCKMAN, 71, of 223 E. Manning Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service. The family will be present one hour prior to the service Visitation is open at 1 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society or Hospice serving Davis & Wapello Counties


No more renters; American Gothic home to be ‘program center’

(Radio Iowa) – December 30, 2014 By O. Kay Henderson American Gothic House. State officials are turning the home that was the backdrop for one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century into a permanent “program center.” The state of Iowa has owned the American Gothic House in Eldon since 1991 and Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Mary Cownie says the last tenant who lived there has recently moved to California to be closer to her parents. “Beth Howard was the pie lady and she brought a lot of attentionRead More


Mark Ballard

MARK BALLARD, 63, of Eldon Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Gothic Trail Committee to benefit the Eldon Scouts


Phyllis Luthi

PHYLLIS LUTHI, 80, of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with inurnment in Ottumwa Cemetery Memorials may be made to Hospice serving David & Wapello Counties


Jim Elliott

JIM ELLIOTT, 86, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa 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 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association


Richard D. Heater

Richard D. Heater, 85, of Keosauqua died at 5:11 P.M. Wednesday December 24, 2014 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  He was born September 11, 1929 in Burlington to Clyde and Jessie Edwards Heater and married Patricia Dunn November 20, 1949 at her parents’ home in the Sharon community north of Farmington.  She died August 20, 2013. “Dick” graduated from Fairfield High School and was employed 35 years by Iowa Electric Light & Power Company, working both in Fairfield and Keosauqua and retired in 1986. He was a member of Keosauqua UnitedRead More


Laura Walker

LAURA WALKER, 87, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Willard St. United Methodist Church with burial in the Pulaski Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Memorials may be made to the Tripp Foundation


Gerald Bonner

GERALD BONNER, 85, of 15826 Bluegrass Rd. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Floris Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society