Melissa Lambrecht


John Deere Ottumwa Works launches new line

Seven new large square balers made at the John Deere Ottumwa Works plant are on their way to Idaho after being introduced in Ottumwa this morning.  The balers are the first new product line built at the Ottumwa Plant in 20 years. After being unveiled at the plant a caravan of seven semi’s made its way to City Hall where a brief ceremony was held. Plant manager David Bradford told a crowd he is pleased to see the efforts of those involved in the production of the balers and saidRead More

Cardinal Superintendent Wins Arts Advocacy Award

Joel Pedersen, superintendent of Cardinal Community School District, is the 2015 Iowa Fine Arts Administrator of the Year as selected by the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education and School Administrators of Iowa. “I am honored to represent the state of Iowa as the Arts Administrator of the Year. I have been pleased to watch our arts program at Cardinal grow stronger in the past years as a result of vision and determination. As our arts program grows, our students gain. Students who are involved in the arts are more motivated,Read More

Diversity Conference

OTTUMWA — The 11th annual Diversity Conference will take place on the Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa campus on Friday, Mar. 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The day will include two keynote speakers and very interesting breakout sessions for the attendees. The opening keynote will be Michael Kutcher, the twin brother of celebrity Ashton Kutcher.  Michael will share his inspirational story of the multiple obstacles that life has thrown at him, including living with cerebral palsy.  He is proof that ambition, perseverance and a positive attitude can overcomeRead More

First shipment of John Deere Large Square Balers from Ottumwa Works to receive police escort on Wednesday, Feb. 25th

John Deere Ottumwa Works is making its first shipment of its new large square balers on Wednesday, Feb. 25th. These new balers are the first new product line built at the John Deere Ottumwa factory in 20 years. Local media are invited to witness this historic first shipment. A number of photo opportunities will be made prior to the caravan leaving Ottumwa. A police escort will accompany the seven truck caravan that will haul the balers as they leave the factory around 9:45 a.m. Following a brief stop in frontRead More

Snow Emergency Declared Effective 7AM – Wednesday, Feb. 25

February 24, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The City of Ottumwa’s Snow Emergency Ordinance will be placed into effect at 7 AM on Wednesday, February 25, 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

Carolyn Crawford

CAROLYN CRAWFORD, 72, of Hedrick Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Brooks Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 10 a.m. Wednesday with the family present from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Research

Floyd Stiles

FLOYD STILES, 90, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday 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. Visitation will begin after 1 p.m. Wednesday with the family present one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Larry York

LARRY YORK, 71, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Darby Cemetery near Lancaster, MO. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Memorials may be made to the Izaak Walton League

Mary Kaye Kropf

MARY KAYE KROPF, 73, of Ottumwa Her body has been cremated. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Ottumwa. The family will be present one hour prior to the service to greet friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary Kaye Miller Kropf Scholarship Fund Central Christian College of the Bible or Calvary Baptist Church. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

City council holds special meeting

During a special meeting Monday afternoon the Ottumwa City Council took action to ensure the city’s capital improvement program will be carried out this year. The council approved two resolutions on the issuance of General Obligation bonds that will be used to finance the CIP program.  The first resolution authorizes the issuance of 700-thousand dollars in general obligation bonds. The second resolution authorizes the issuance of 4.7-million dollars in general obligation bonds. Also during Monday’s meeting the proposed housing project involving the former St. Joseph Hospital building came under discussion. City Planner Ed Courton discussed with theRead More

Suspicious overnight fire

Update: Deputy Chief Cory Benge says that this fire was traced back to an electrical problem, and is no longer considered suspicious. Original Post: An Early morning fire on Ottumwa’s west end may be suspicious. Firefighters were called to a home at 1033 W Second Street, next door to the 2nd street Elliot oil BP station. When KBIZ arrived at around 1AM, fire crews appeared to have the fire under control, with no flames visible and only minor smoke rising from the rear of the home. Assistant fire chief Cory Benge told usRead More

Fatal Crash

An 81 year old southeast Iowa man was killed Friday evening following a two vehicle crash in Washington County. The Iowa State Patrol says a pickup truck driven by 83 year old Harold C. Wylie of Washington was traveling south on Nutmeg Avenue  approaching the intersection of county road G36.  At the same time a semi driven by 64 year old Tracy A. Janecek of Washington was eastbound on G36.  Troopers say Wylie did not stop at a posted stop sign and drove into the path of the semi. Killed in the crash was a passenger in theRead More

Janice Chickering

Janice Chickering, 78, of Eldon, IA passed away Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.  Visitation will be held Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Eldon Christian Church, beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the family present to greet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  As were Janice’s wishes, her body will be cremated following the visitation, with burial to be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Eldon Christian Church or Eldon Senior Meals.  Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Marilyn Joan Carbaugh

Marilyn Joan Carbaugh, 83, of Eldon passed away Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Ottumwa, IA.   Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Eldon Christian Church in Eldon, IA.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2014 beginning at noon, with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Eldon Christian Church or the Good Samaritan Hospice of Ottumwa.  Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Dorothy Fisher

DOROTHY FISHER, 85, formerly of Batavia Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Ashland Cemetery near Eldon Visitation will be open at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Pearl Proctor

PEARL PROCTOR, 95, of Blakesburg Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or Hospice serving Davis & Wapello Counties

Richard Smithart

RICHARD SMITHART, 75, of Bloomfield Graveside services and burial will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the family

City approves abatement program

A number of Ottumwa residents took advantage of the city’s Tax Abatement Program. During Tuesday evening’s meeting, the city council approved a resolution to accept 26 residential and one commercial tax abatement applications subject to review by the local assesor.  As a result of the program four new homes were built in 2014.  Other applicants made improvements to their existing property. According to Iowa code, Ottumwa must approve all applications for abatement for improvements that are in conformance with the Urban Revitalization Plan.  The residential property must also be in the designated area.  The commercial property must beRead More

Annual Book Sale at Bridgeview

The 4th Annual book sale at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa has been set for May 15th, 16th, and 17th, according to Ottumwa Public Library Director Sonja Farrell. Donations of gently used or new books, CDs, DVDs, Vinyl LPs, and sheet music will be received at Bridge View Center starting March 16th, during normal business hours. The proceeds from this annual event will benefit Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Bridge View Center. Last year’s book sale resulted in over $12,000.00 (twelve thousand dollars)Read More

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