Melissa Lambrecht


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

Burlington Police investigates body found in a sewer

Burlington authorities are investigating the case of a body that was found Thursday morning in a sewer. Burlington Police say the body was reduced to sketetal remains indicating it had been in the sewer for a long time. Investigators were able to determine the body was that of a man, but could not determine the identity. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Medical Examiner’s office are assisting with the case. Officers will wait for an autopsy to assist with identification and cause of death.

Market Street Bridge Real Costs

The cost of painting the Market Street Bridge the color Blue came up again Tuesday Night, with comments made by City Council Member Skip Stevens  toward City Council Member Bob Myers. Stevens addressed the cost of painting the bridge with Myers, telling Myers that his information was inaccurate, when he tells people that the painting of the bridge will cost over 100,000 dollars. The cost of the paint, Stevens says is more like 4,800 dollars. Ironically, both Council Members are correct, depending upon how one defines the project. Stevens isRead More

Three injured in Van Buren County

Three southeast Iowa residents were injured following a three vehicle crash in Van Buren County. Officials say the crash occurred on Van Buren county road W40. 68 year old Margaret Huff of Keosauqua was southbound when she lost control and slammed into the back of a vehicle driven by 40 year old Tanya White of Sigourney. Officers say the impact sent the White vehicle into on coming traffic causing a head on collision of White and 44 year old Tracy Victory of Birmingham. All three vehicles landed in a ditch.Read More

City Council gets OTA report

The Ottumwa City Council, Tuesday evening, received a report from OTA director Dave Silverio. He told the council ridership was down since his last report. The lower numbers were attributed to the weather and the loss of student riders from the EZ ridership program. Silverio told the council that scenario was not a bad thing and has reached out to minority groups. He says route maps are now printed in Spanish. He also noted the OTA continues to be under budget. He says the OTA will continue to operate asRead More

Ottumwa Schools-Sweets and Sounds

OTTUMWA—The Ottumwa middle and high school jazz bands and show choirs will host Sweets and Sounds on Monday, January 26 at Bridge View Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and desserts will be served throughout the evening. Admission is $5 per student and $7 per adult. Jazz band and show choir are extracurricular activities within the Ottumwa fine arts department. High school students audition to participate and rehearse outside the school day in these groups. The high-energy high school show choir competition performance is approximately 18 minutes long, featuringRead More

Ramona “Mona” Lynn Bedford

Ramona “Mona” Lynn Bedford, 46, of Eldon, IA passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Ottumwa Region Health Center.  Visitation, with the family present, will be Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon.  Funeral services will be Monday, January 26, 2015 beginning at 10:30 the Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eldon Opera House.  Friends may sign the online guestbook at