Melissa Lambrecht

 

Ottumwa Fire Station to get needed repairs

The Central fire station in Ottumwa will receive some much needed attention following action taken by the Ottumwa City Council last night. The council approved a recommendation to award a contract to Patric Reiley Masonry after they submitted the best bid price of 14-thousand, 418 dollars for masonry repair work at the Central Fire station. The project will consist of masonry repairs to include routing and caulking, miscellaneous brick replacement, and water proofing the chimney cap on the building. The council also approved a recommendation to award a contract toRead More


Crash injures Oskaloosa man

(Oskaloosa)—- A 70 year old Oskaloosa man was injured late Monday afternoon following a pedestrian/vehicle crash on highway 92 just east of Oskaloosa. The Iowa State Patrol says 70 year old Charles M. Boeder of Oskaloosa was walking south when he attempted to cross highway 92 and was struck by an eastbound tractor/trailer in the eastbound lane. Boeder was found on the south shoulder of the highway, while the tractor trailer continued eastbound and has not yet been found. The accident remains under investigation. Boeder was taken by ambulance toRead More


Mid-Term Election Summary

Of a total of 23,112 Registered Voters in WapelloCounty, some 11,036 voted in yesterday’s Mid-Term Election, for a voter turnout of 47.75%, according to figures from the Wapello County Auditor’s Office. In the more closely-watched races, Democratic Challenger Steve Siegel defeated Republican Senator Mark Chelgren in the race for State Senator, in Wapello County, 4,610 votes to Chelgren’s 4, 447. However, District 41, made up of more than just WapelloCounty, tallied up a victory for Chelgren. The incumbent took an unofficial total of 10,104 votes to Siegel’s 9,832……a 272 voteRead More


Council Agenda for November 4, 2014

Even though it is election night, the Ottumwa City Council will hold a regular session, Tuesday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of Ottumwa City Hall.  The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast on Cable Channel 6 GO-TV, and streamed live on the internet. It is likely to be a short agenda for the Council because of the elections.  The Council is expected to approve changing parts of Ottumwa’s Nuisance Ordinance, and prohibiting vehicle parking on the grassy areas of front yards of residentialRead More


Caleb M. Couts

Caleb M. Couts, 42, of Keosauqua, until recently of Oskaloosa, died at 7:52 A.M. Monday November 3, 2014 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  Arrangements are pending at Pedrick Funeral Home, Douds.


Gary Short

GARY SHORT, 79, of 2831 Oak Meadow Dr. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post 775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion. Cremation will follow the services. Visitation begins after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello & Davis Counties


Steve Williams

STEVE WILLIAMS, 85, of #2 Pennsylvania Place Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Visitation begins after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agency Fire Dept. or the Bladensburg Christian Church.


Roger Howell, Sr.

ROGER HOWELL Sr., 72, of 16906 Rock Bluff Rd. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home Visitation with the family present will be 1 p.m. Thursday until the time of the service Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello & Davis Counties


Joel Selix

JOE SELIX, 85, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Bethany Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.  Visitation begins at 3 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.  Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Ottumwa Fire Department Smoke Alarms Project


Veda Hazelett Speer

VEDA HAZELETT SPEER, 89, of Oskaloosa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Monday (today) with the family present one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the family.


OSHA awards BNSF employee

An Ottumwa man employed the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad has been awarded 12-thousand dollars by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA officials say the railroad was in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act after the company disciplined an employee assigned to it’s terminal in Ottumwa for following a doctor’s treatment plan. OSHA’s  acting regional administrator Marcia P. Drumm says “workers should never be forced to choose between staying healthy or face disciplinary action”. An investigation upheld the allegation that the railroad company disciplined the conductorRead More


Elections Tuesday

Tomorrow is election day in Ottumwa and Wapello County.  Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Absentee ballots can be cast, Monday, at the Wapello County Auditor’s office 2nd floor of the Wapello County courthouse between the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Absentee ballots mailed must be postmarked by midnight today or hand delivered to the Auditor’s office before polls close tomorrow evening at 9:00 p.m. Ottumwa radio will have complete election night covered election night with results from the Wapello County courthouse and the Ottumwa radio newsroom. A number of races will be decided Tuesday including the high profile race between Incumbant State Senator Mark Chelgren and Supervisor Steve Siegel.Read More


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Ottumwa Schools – facilities update

OTTUMWA— Superintendent Davis Eidahl updated the Board of Education on district facilities at Monday’s Board work session. The sale of the Wildwood Elementary School building “fell through,” he told the board. Eidahl was notified recently by Frantz Community Investors that the building did not qualify for historic tax credits. These credits would have assisted in the conversion of the building into apartments. The company is no longer interested in the building at this time. Eidahl also reported that the district is finalizing an agreement with Nash Finch to purchase theRead More


SE Iowa man killed in crash

(Burlington)— A southeast Iowa man was killed early Thursday morning following a two vehicle crash at the intersection of 220th Avenue and Mediapolis road in Des Moines County. The Iowa State Patrol says a van driven by 39 year old  James E. Wischmeier of Burlington and a semi driven by 68 year old Sidney Lutes of New London, Iowa were eastbound on Mediapolis Road, when the Wischmeier van failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection and was struck by the semi.  . The Wischmeier car went into a ditch while the semi continued into a field. Read More


Candidates square off in forum

It was a standing room crowd in the council chamber of City Hall last night, as the Ottumwa League of Voters held a candidate forum.  Most of those on hand for the event were there to hear how incumbent state senator Mark Chelgren and his challenger Steve Seigel stand on a number of issues. The candidates were asked what they would do to promote Iowa as a place to expand business.  Chelgren said he would work hard to promote the state as a place to establish a new businesses, noting he movedRead More


American Gothic House Center presents “Iowa History in a Cloth Bag”

Eldon—Join the American Gothic House Center for a special presentation by Michael Zahs on Sunday, November 9 at 1:00pm inside the American Gothic House.  The program will explain how cloth bags and the revolutionary idea of marketing to women helped Iowans survive the Great Depression and the shortages of World War II. Flour sacks, feed sacks and seed sacks will tell the story from relief work by Herbert Hoover to clothes and quilts in the 1950’s. The presentation is free and open to the public.  Funding for this presentation isRead More


Search continues for Escapee

Ottumwa police along with the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department continue to search for an Ottumwa man wanted in connection with a high speed chase earlier this week. Police say Dustin McDanel led officers on a high speed chase into Ottumwa Monday.  He is wanted on escape status from the Iowa Board of Corrections for an unexcused absence from a residential facility in Ottumwa. Authorities say the truck McDanel was driving drove off an embankment and crash landed nose first.  McDanel then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area along Pennsylvania Avenue.Read More


BNSF railroad to pay employee compensation

An Ottumwa man employed the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad has been awarded 12-thousand dollars by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA officials say the railroad was in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act after the company disciplined an employee assigned to it’s terminal in Ottumwa for following a doctor’s treatment plan. OSHA’s  acting regional administrator Marcia P. Drumm says “workers should never be forced to choose between staying healthy or face disciplinary action. An investigation upheld the allegation that the railroad company disciplined the conductorRead More


City Council discusses grass

The Ottumwa City Council, Monday evening, heard recommendations from the “Make Ottumwa Shine Committee” to prohibit parking of motor vehicles on the grassy area of residential front yards in Ottumwa and to modify the definition of what constitutes nuisance grass and weeds, from the current 12 inches to 8 inches. Although no formal vote was taken to change the City Ordinance, addressing these issues, according to City Council Member Skip Stevens, the Council appeared to mostly be in favor of making the changes. A question arose as to how toRead More


Beach Deficiencies

Larkin Aquatics of Kansas City, MO recently did an evaluation of The Beach Ottumwa Facility and came up with a total of 47 deficiencies at the site, some minor and some serious. The report notes lack of maintenance and repairs at The Beach, everything from worn out carpet and bleachers to broken electrical wiring in the parking lot, leaky roofing, mis-aligned water slides, and ADA non-compliant restrooms. Some of the deficiencies are being worked on, presently.  However, Ottumwa Parks Director, Gene Rathje, said that the total cost for fixing allRead More


Trout Stocking This Friday

October 28, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Anglers will have an opportunity to trout fish in Ottumwa this fall.   The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be stocking trout at the Ottumwa Park Campground pond on Friday, October 31st.     There will be no fishing derby event or prizes with this stocking. Anglers must be properly licensed and possess an Iowa trout stamp to fish for trout.  Children under 16 may fish for and possess trout if they fish with an adult who has a valid Iowa fishing license and trout stamp; however the combined Read More


Eckman resigns as director of Ottumwa Area CVB

Ottumwa, Iowa – Oct. 28, 2014 – Mark Eckman has tendered his resignation as director of the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Eckman did so during the Bridge View Center, Inc. Board of Director’s regularly scheduled meeting earlier today. (The Ottumwa Area CVB is a sub-unit of Bridge View Center, Inc.) The resignation is the result of Eckman accepting an offer to become the next executive director of the Council Bluffs CVB. He will lead the OACVB through the end of Nov. The Bridge View Board will form aRead More


City Council approves resolution on Health Center

Meeting in special session Monday afternoon, the Ottumwa City Council approved a resolution approving the publication of a public notice soliciting competitive proposals for the sale of real estate located within the City’s West gate Urban Renewal area. Specifically the City has received an offer from River Hills community Health center to purchase real estate located adjacent to their downtown building at the intersection of Market and River Drive, or the City’s parking lot directly behind its facility. The Health center wants to purchase the property for one dollars inRead More


Ottumwa man arrested in connection to shooting

A 40 year old Ottumwa man is facing numerous charges following his arrest by the Ottumwa Police Department. Lt. Jason Bell says Adam Sean Horn of 433 North Market has been charged with Robbery in the 1st degree, and Burglary in the 1st degree. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the police department. On October 14th, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a victim that had arrived at Ottumwa Regional Health Center with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg. The victim identified asRead More