Melissa Lambrecht


Claudia Colyer

CLAUDIA COLYER, 67, of 910 W. Second St Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Changes coming to Market on Main

Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio has confirmed that the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation has taken over the operations of Ottumwa’s “Market on Main” facility, and that some significant changes are coming after the first of the year. The Ottumwa City Council will likely approve the take-over at tomorrow night’s meeting of the Council at City Hall. Lazio said that, following the completion of the construction of the project at Jefferson and Main Streets in downtown Ottumwa, there has been significant employee turnover, lack of consistent hours of operation, lack of productsRead More

Ottumwa Recycling

Jody Gates, head of the Health and Inspections Department of Ottumwa, is also supervisor over the operations at the Ottumwa/Wapello Landfill and the RecyclingCenter. Gates said today that the 35-Gallon blue recycling carts being distributed on a limited basis in Ottumwa are rapidly becoming a popular item in the City for recycling waste materials, and, that the City has obtained another grant to purchase 500 more of the carts. The carts differ from the current Red Recycling bins in that they hold about twice as much recyclable material, and areRead More

William F. “Gray Wolf” Vickers

Celebration of life gathering for William F. “Gray Wolf” Vickers of Bonaparte who died Thursday December 11, 2014 will be from 1-3 P.M. Sunday December 14, 2014 at the Farmington Rod and Gun Club located at 25771 Eagle Drive, Bonaparte, IA 52620. WILLIAM VICKERS Bonaparte William F. “Gray Wolf” Vickers, 86, of rural Bonaparte died at 8:21 A.M. Thursday December 11, 2014 in the emergency room of Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  He was born May 22, 1928 at Bonaparte to William and Marjorie Pfeifer Vickers and married Betty J. GreenRead More

Multiple Charges Filed Relating to Illegal Hunting

FAIRFIELD – An extensive investigation centering on a hunting outfitter in Jefferson County has resulted in multiple charges against several individuals. Brenton J. Clark and his wife, Rachael, owners of Southeast Iowa Outfitters in Fairfield face several charges related to alleged illegal practices associated with their operation. Brenton J. Clark, 34, faces four counts of unlawful commercialization of wildlife (serious misdemeanor), five counts of possessing other peoples’ deer tags, four counts of unlawful possession and transportation of buck deer and unlawfully hunting of a deer with a mobile radio. RachaelRead More

The Broadway Boys on Mid Morning Magazine

The Broadway Boys are at Bridge View Center tonight only.  Here is a preview of what you will hear.

Carolyn Leonard

CAROLYN LEONARD, 62, of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home The family will be present 2 hours prior to the service In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society or Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties

Mowrey/Quincy Intersection Closing

December 9, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The intersection at Quincy Avenue and Mowrey Avenue will be closed to all traffic beginning Wednesday, December 10th.     Motorists will need to take other routes off of Mowrey, with Johnson Street being the last available route.  Quincy Avenue will remain open to through traffic during this work.    With favorable work conditions, the intersection should be re-opened to traffic by Wednesday, December 17th.  Drivers need to pay close attention and use caution while traveling through work zones. The Quincy Avenue Reconstruction Project is focusedRead More

Dye Test In Des Moines River

December 9, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The waters of the Des Moines River may briefly take on a yellow/green color Wednesday to help test the Ottumwa’s Water Pollution Control Facility’s environmental compliance.    The test is will occur downstream of the US 34 Bridge around 1 PM on Wednesday, December 10. A concentrated, non-toxic yellow/green dye will be added to the diffusers; perforated pipes that release clean, treated water from the City’s wastewater treatment plant into the Des Moines River.   The appearance and movement of the dye in the riverRead More

Paul King

PAUL KING, 93, of Ottumwa Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Thursday at 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. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church

Cheryl Yeoman

CHERYL YEOMAN, 56, of 107 S. Second St., Eddyville Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Ottumwa Cemetery Visitation begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the City of Eddyville for street signs

Dorothy Engstrom

DOROTHY ENGSTROM, 86, of Agency Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church with burial in Ottumwa Cemetery Visitation is open after 10 a.m. Monday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church

Dan Elmore

DAN ELMORE, 58, of 186 Carter Ave, Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Ottumwa Cemetery Visitation is open after 10 a.m. Wednesday with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Memorials may be made to Camp Courageous

John Kooyman

JOHN KOOYMAN, 86, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be open after 10 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday followed by a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or First United Methodist Church Music Department

River Nitrate Levels Running High

December 5, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Nitrate levels in the Des Moines River presently exceed safety levels set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)   The Ottumwa Water Works has been blending river water with water from other sources to keep their treated water under the nitrate limit.    The major sources of nitrates in drinking water are runoff from fertilizer use; leaking from septic tanks, sewage; and erosion of natural deposits.   It is regulated in drinking water by the EPA primarily because excess levels can cause methemoglobinemia, orRead More

Utility Work Continues Behind 300 Block Of Main

December 5, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa – Underground utility work by Alliant Energy, Mediacom Cable and Century Link continues in the alley south of 300 block of E. Main Street.   Contractor J&R  Underground will be closing the alley under the Jefferson Street Bridge starting on Monday, December 8th.   Crews will be boring for a large conduit in that area.  The work should take several weeks to complete.  In addition to the traffic closure, some of the public parking area near the bridge will be closed off during this work. TheRead More

Fire in Centerville damages to buildings

An investigation is under way in Centerville to determine the cause of a fire that broke out shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturdaymorning. The fire occurred at a building at the intersection of Main and Maple Streets.  Despite the efforts of area firefighters, two buildings were destroyed in the blaze. Fire investigators say they believe the fire started on the first floor of one of the buildings.  Firemen were able to keep the large fire from spreading to a third building. Firemen remained on the scene until late Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries.

Christmas in the Villages – 2014

Albia Victorian Stroll – 2014

Elbow Room Closed

The issue involving the Elbow Room in the 300 Block of East Main Street, and recent assaults and stabbings at the after hours drinking establishment has been resolved, at least temporarily, with the closure of the business. City Council Member John  (J.R.) Richards said today that, for a variety of reasons noted by the City, the business has voluntarily shut its doors for the time being. The Ottumwa City Council was to have discussed recent events in Ottumwa’s Northside Downtown  in the area outside the Elbow Room, one assault thatRead More

Donna Loeffler Murphy-Muir

Donna Loeffler Murphy-Muir, 73, of Keosauqua died at 9:49 P.M. Tuesday December 2, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society, Ottumwa.  She was born September 8, 1941 at Mt. Zion, Iowa to Darrell and Laura Reddick Loeffler. At age 2 1/2 her parents discovered she could play the piano by ear.  Music throughout the rest of her life was her goal. She played in many dance bands, supper clubs, other entertainment fields and was pianist at the Congregational Church in Keosauqua for many years. Donna graduated in 1959 from the Keosauqua High School.  In MarchRead More

Harold L Wiggins

Harold L Wiggins, age 87 formally of Packwood, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Arbor Court, Mt. Pleasant, IA. Visitation for family and friends will be 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Behner Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Packwood Cemetery with military rites and Pastor Frosty Van Voorst officiating. Memorials can be made to the family or Arbor Court Activity Fund.  Cards and memorials can be mailed to: 1771-170th, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641. Harold was born July 27, 1927 in Hedrick,Read More

Ottumwa Transit Alters Commercial Route Service

December 3, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Beginning on Monday, December 8th, Ottumwa Transit’s Commercial Route will service the K-Mart Store, Aspen Dental Office and the Ottumwa Regional Health Center Walk-In Clinic on a “request only” basis.  The bus will not be making regular stops at those locations, but will do so at the request of a passenger. Passengers wanting to get off at those destinations simply need to tell the driver.    Passengers needing to return from those locations will need to call the Ottumwa Transit Office at 683-0695 andRead More

Property Tax Abatement Applications Being Accepted

December 3, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The City of Ottumwa Planning and Development Department is accepting applications for property tax abatement under two different programs.  Both programs were designed to encourage improvements and new development by reducing the additional taxes assessed on the improvement. The City provides an incentive for new construction and property improvements by reducing the additional new taxes on the improvements through these programs. The residential tax abatement program is available citywide and reduces property taxes paid on qualifying improvements to residential properties.  Property owners whoRead More

Bridge View Director moves on

The search for a new executive director at Bridge View center is under way. Officials from VenuWorks, the company that operates Bridge View Center, has announced Larry Gawronski will be leavingOttumwa to take a national sales position with the corporate offices in Ames.  He will continue to serve in his present position until a successor has been named. In making the announcement, Steve Peters President of VenuWorks says “Larry has done an outstanding job of creating new excitement and bringing new events to Ottumwa.  He says Gawronski has built a reputation for successfully developing sponsorships forRead More