Melissa Lambrecht

 

William Elmer Hixson

William Elmer Hixson, 72, of Ottumwa, IA passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Batavia Cemetery in Batavia, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.kremerfh.com. Kremer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for 72 year old, William Hixson.


City Council gets update on Facade Project

Plans to construct a pedestrian trail corridor under highway 34 is one step closer to reality following last night’s city council meeting. The council approved a resolution approving a professional services agreement between the city and Garden & Associates for design services for the project, pending the approval of a Community Attraction and Tourism grant totaling 130-thousand, 875 dollars. The project will connect the north and south trail system via an under pass located under highway 34. If the application for the CAT grant is not approved, the agreement betweenRead More


Pre-Winter Maintenance Will Close Jeff St Viaduct

October 21, 2014 – Ottumwa, Iowa – The Jefferson Street Viaduct will be closed to traffic and pedestrians Saturday, October 25th. The City’s Public Works Department will be spraying linseed oil on the Viaduct roadway and sidewalk. The linseed oil application is done every fall prior to the onset of winter weather to protect the bridge surface from the corrosive effects of the salt used to control ice in winter. The work will be postponed if weather conditions look unfavorable for the work. The Viaduct will be closed at 7Read More


School Administrative offices to move

The administrative offices of the Ottumwa School District will change locations. Superintendent of schools, Dr. Davis Eidahl says the offices will be moved to the second floor of the Agassiz school building. Eidahl says in terms of facilities, the McCarroll location is the next building that needs to be closed. While not the district’s oldest building, there are immediate needs that would require substantial rresources in order to occupy it. He says the building’s design……especially the roof make repair issues even more challenging. He says it is not cost effectiveRead More


Ottumwa man back in custody

 Jesse Clawson  Kenneth Miskimins A 27 year old Ottumwa man is back in custody following his arrest Monday. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Department arrested Jesse James Clawson Monday afternoon at the intersection of Madison and Mary Streets. Clawson was wanted on an arrest warrant for Escape from the Ottumwa Residential facility. During the arrest, Clawson led sheriff deputies on a pursuit that came to an end at the intersection of 91st Avenue and River Road in Wapello County. Clawson was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant for Escape asRead More


Van Buren County woman arrested following stabbing

(Keosauqua)— a 60 year old Van Buren County woman has been arrested on a charge of Willful Injury following an incident in Bonaparte Sunday night. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says it received a report of a stabbing at a house in Bonaparte. As a result of an investigation, Diane Kay Bell was arrested. She is being held in the Van Buren County Jail on a 50-thousand dollar bond. Injured in the incident was a 54 year old Bonaparte man who was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals inRead More


Ottumwa man wins lottery

An Ottumwa man has a lot more gingle in his pocket after winning bid in the Iowa Lottery. Jerry Penniston won 15-thousand dollars in the Iowa Lottery’s Mega Million drawing on October 14th. Penniston matched four white balls and the Mega Ball in the game to win five thousand dollars. However because he added the Megaplier to his purchase he received a total of 15-thousand dollars. Penniston purchased his winning ticket at Murphy USA store located on Venture Drive.


Hit and Run in Fairfield

On October 8, 2014, the Jefferson County Law Center received a call that a child on a bicycle had been hit by a female driver in a black 4 door car on Fairview Street north of Pence Elementary School and that the driver of the car continued on without stopping. An investigation was initiated by the Fairfield Police Department. On October 13, 2014, an individual came to the Jefferson County Law Center and stated that she was the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident. This individual was NicoleRead More


Tourism impact continues upward trend in Wapello County

Ottumwa, Iowa – Oct. 19, 2014 – Two critical measures of tourism show growth in travel expenditures in Wapello County. The US Travel Association recently released its annual report, the Economic Impact of Travel on Iowa Counties. According to the report, travelers spent $80.6 million in Wapello County during calendar year 2013. Spending was $80.29 million during 2012. While this increase was smaller than expected, it was better than the decreases realized by counties with cities comparable to Ottumwa. Clinton County’s county seat is Clinton. The eastern Iowa county sawRead More


Thrashers House of Terror


Police investigating home robbery

Ottumwa Police are asking for the public’s help in locating an Ottumwa woman wanted in connection with a robbery in Ottumwa earlier this week. The Ottumwa Post reports 32 year old Shawna Patzel of 209 North Sherdan was shot during a robbery at her home Tuesday morning. Police say the shooting occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m.   Wanted in connection with the robbery is 23 year old Cassie Jo Polson ofOttumwa.  Authorities say Polson allegedly threatened Patzel along with 25 year old Haley J. Leonard  and 31 year old Jeremia K. Gillespie. Police say Polson  fled the sceneRead More


Indian Hills Culinary Arts Club Food Drive

OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College Culinary Arts Club will be coordinating a “Trick or Treat” food drive for canned goods and nonperishable items on Halloween night. Club members and those from other IHCC clubs will be going door-to-door in Ottumwa from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 All items collected will be delivered to the Food Bank of Southern Iowa. Persons with questions can call Mark Fisher at (641) 683-5198.


Ottumwa Schools Celebrate Ottumwa

OTTUMWA— It is a week to celebrate in the Ottumwa Community School District. During the past six months, Ottumwa was named the 2014 District of Character by Character Counts of Iowa and became Safe School Certified. “It’s time to celebrate,” OHS Principal Mark Hanson told the Ottumwa Board of Education during Monday’s board session. Every school is participating throughout the week, which also coincides with National Bully Prevention Month. Activities include: Evans Middle School – a poster contest, theme dress days, and an assembly Friday morning featuring OHS principal, MarkRead More


Indian Hills Community College Film Festival to feature “700 Sundays”

OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College Film Festival will feature a showing of Billy Crystal’s film “700 Sundays” on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in St. John Auditorium on the Ottumwa campus. The public is invited and admission is free. “700 Sundays” is a film adaptation of the Tony Award winning play by the same name. In “700 Sundays,” legendary comedian and actor Billy Crystal tells the stories of his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years and finally adulthood. The film isRead More


Kiwanis Clubs of Ottumwa Presents Record Breaking Donation to Ottumwa Public Library

Ottumwa, IA – The Kiwanis Clubs of Ottumwa are pleased to announce a record-breaking donation to the Ottumwa Library. Ticket sales from the Ottumwa Morning and Hy-Noon Kiwanis 2014 Pork BBQ Dinner hit an all-time high. The Ottumwa Morning Kiwanis and the Ottumwa Hy-Noon Kiwanis are pleased to announce a $4,500 donation will be made to the Ottumwa Public Library to support children’s programming and services on Thursday, October 16th at 10:00 am at the Ottumwa Public Library.  Receiving will be Sonja Ferrell, Director of the Ottumwa Public Library. “ThisRead More


Former State Employee Charged with Felonies

Oskaloosa, IOWA — Today, October 15, 2014, Jessica Strasser, turned herself in to Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agents at the Mahaska County Jail in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Strasser has been charged with Theft in the First Degree, a class C Felony, and Ongoing Criminal Conduct, a class B Felony. The Office of Auditor of State released a report on October 1, 2014, on a special investigation of the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District, for the time period of March 24, 2006 through August 31, 2013. The specialRead More


Yard Waste Reminder

October 15, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  With the change in season, Ottumwa residents are being encouraged to recycle leaves and yard waste. Leaves and light debris can be placed in the Ottumwa/Wapello yard waste collection bags and put out for curbside collection.  The Ottumwa/Wapello yard waste bags cost one dollar at local grocery stores. The cost covers the expense of hauling the debris to the Landfill. To ensure curbside collection, place yard waste at the curb by 4 AM on the day of collection. Yard waste may not be disposed of with general trashRead More


Trail Council gets financial infusion

The construction of a pedestrian tunnel that would connect Wayside Park with Ottumwa Park got a financial infusion Tuesday. During the Wapello County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved a recommendation to provide the project with 5-thousand dollars.  Previously, the Supervisors had agreed to provide the project with one thousand dollars. Numerous entities have contributed funds for the project including 260-thousand dollars from the Ottumwa Legacy Foundation and 175-thousand dollars from the Wapello County trails Council. In addition, the Trails Council is applying for a 350-thousand dollar CAT grant.


House fire displaces Ottumwa family

An Ottumwa family is homeless following a house fire shortly after midnight on the City’s south side. The fire was reported at a house at 1120 South Milner. Firemen say when they arrived on the scene two people were seen coming from the house. In addition, firemen found the basement fully engulfed in flames. A female occupant of the house was treated for a broken leg. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Van Buren County Scenic Drive Festival


Candy Sue Carter

Candy Sue Carter, 44, of Batavia passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 at her home. As were her wishes, she will be cremated with a Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kremer Funeral Chapel in Batavia. Visitation will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. and lasting until the time of service. The family will be present during this time to greet friends. Kremer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for 44 year old, Candy Carter.


Mary Lakin

MARY LAKIN, 93, of West Des Moines, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday (today) at St. Mary of the Visitation with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Visitation or Heartland Humane Society Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  


Darrell Adams

DARRELL ADAMS, 68, of 1011 Ingersoll His body has been cremated. Graveside services and inurnment will be 10 a.m. Friday at Ottumwa Cemetery. Military services will be conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion. Visitation with the family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (this evening) at Reece Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davis and Wapello Counties, 927 E. Pennsylvania, Ottumwa, IA 52501.  


Jeanette Curtis

JEANETTE CURTIS, 92, formerly of Ottumwa Arrangements are pending at Reece Funeral Home  


City hires new City engineer

The city of Ottumwa officially has a new engineer following action taken by the City Council Tuesday evening. Under the consent agenda, the council approved the appointment of Dwight Dohlman  as City Engineer. He had been City Engineer for Spirit Lake, Iowa since 2007 and prior to that was the engineering manager in charge of vertical infrastructure inCedar Rapids. He was hired on September 8th by the city for the position of Assistant Engineer with a salary of more than 73-thousand dollars.  However with the voluntary resignation of City Engineer Dan Sturm, Dohlman was hired as the new City engineer. Read More