Melissa Lambrecht


Joyce Masters

JOYCE MASTERS, 75, of 740 Grace St. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Mary Short

MARY SHORT, 84, formerly of 205 Taft Ave. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society, P.O. Box 1149, Ottumwa, IA 52501

Keith Pickrell

KEITH PICKRELL, 79, of 102 N. Johnson Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery w/ military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post 775 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Girls Softball or Albia Rd. Baptist Church.

Bob Hammond

BOB HAMMOND, 59, of 24291 136th St. Graveside services and burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thompson Cemetery, west of Unionville, MO. Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the family. Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Jerred

ETHEL JERRED, 93, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, August 28th at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Visitation begins after 1 p.m. Wednesday (today) at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ottumwa Saddle Club.

William “Bill” Griffiths

WILLIAM “Bill” Griffiths, 86, of 422 Forrest Ave. Graveside services and burial will be 3 p.m. Thursday 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. Open visitation begins after 11 a.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties, 927 E. Pennsylvania Ottumwa, IA 52501

Coty Ridgway

COTY RIDGWAY, 23, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Visitation begins after 11 a.m. Thurs. at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs. Memorials may be made to the family for his brother’s education.

Ruth Replogle

RUTH REPLOGLE, 91 of Hot Springs, Arkansas and formerly of Ottumwa Graveside services and inurnment will be 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs or The Caring Place of Hot Springs, Arkansas Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Ottumwa, IA, August 25, 2014: Ottumwa Leadership Academy is busy preparing for its 2014-2015 academy class. “We are kicking-off our third year of Ottumwa Leadership Academy and couldn’t be more pleased with how the community is embracing our program,” stated Hollie Tometich, Executive Director. The Academy has accepted 23 participants this year. The first year the Academy had 18 graduates and the second year it had 20 graduates. “We have a great deal of diversity in this year’s class,” stated Tometich. Class make-up includes: · 48% Female/52% Male · AgeRead More

4-H Expo Odor addressed

Jeff Emery a spokes person for the Wapello County 4-H Expo says a number of steps were taken to eliminate odor from livestock during this summer’s 4-H Expo held at Bridge View Center. The subject came up during a special meeting of the Ottumwa City Council last evening………..after concerns were expressed about getting rid of the odor. Emery told the council steps were taken to reduce flies and to get the livestock out of the exhibit hall as soon as possible.  He said there was little moisture after the expo and said the staff at Bridge View Center used aRead More

City Live Streaming Council Meetings

August 22, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The next Ottumwa City Council meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 25th at 5 PM at City Hall.   This meeting will mark the start of live streaming of the City Council.   The internet live stream allows the public to watch their local government in action on computers and mobile devices, anywhere there is an internet connection. City of Ottumwa Public Information Officer Tom Rodgers said, “The community has shown a keen interest in our televised meetings through Mediacom for a number of years.  With liveRead More

Driver License station moving

Ottumwa area motorists are being reminded The Iowa Department of Transportation’s driver’s license station located at 2830 North Court will close at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.  The closure will allow staff to move equipment to its new location at 2849 North Court. The station will remain closed Saturday before reopening for normal  business hours at 8:30 Tuesday in the new location. While the station is closed, area residents are encouraged to utilize online services at The driver’s license station will remain close tomorrow and is normally closed on Sunday and Monday. Many residents can skip the trip altogether and renew aRead More

Trail system to receive improvements

The trail system in Ottumwa will received more improvements following action taken by the Ottumwa City Council this week. The council approved a resolution awarding a contract for the 2014 South Loop Trail improvement project. This project will complete the PCC trail from Gurley Avenue under highway 34 to the Rabbit Run Road.  The project will consists of three part.   The first project completes the south loop around John Deere.  It will connect the ends of the existing PCC trail starting near Gurley Avenue and under highway 34 then toRead More

Ottumwa Legacy Foundation asking for public input

The public is being invited to provide their imput and thoughts in regards to the future of the movie theaters in downtown Ottumwa. Officials from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation have announced an informational meeting is set for this weekend in an effort to get additional imput on the building located at the intersection of Main and Green Streets in downtown Ottumwa. Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. the public is invited to take a tour of the two theaters and share they thoughts and ideas on potential useRead More

Fourth trial for Techel?

Could a fourth trial be in the works for Seth Techel?  Techel’s lawyers hope so. Court records indicate Techel’s attorney Gerald Feuerhelm has filed a motion asking for a fourth trail.  Techel was found guilty of First degree Murder by a Scott County district court jury last month. In two previous trials on in Wapello County and one in Henry county, jurors could not reach a guilty verdict. Techel is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8th. He remains in custody.

City Council receives annual report from BVC

The 2013-14 business year was a good one for Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. During last night’s meeting, the Ottumwa City Council received a financial report from Larry Gawronski executive Director of the events center.  Gawronski says total attendance during the year totaled 118-thousand, 183 up slightly over the previous year. Gawronski said there were 483 events during the year that resulted in an economic impact of 2.7-million dollars. The director also give the city council an update on efforts to bring  Mumford and Sons to Ottumwa in 2015.  Gawronski says serious talks are now on goingRead More

Council Agenda 8/19/14

The Iowa Avenue reconstruction project will be one step closer to reality following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The council is expected to approve a resolution awarding a contract for the project to Portzen Construction Company after submitting the best bid price of 2.5-million dollars. The project consists of full width, full depth reconstruction of Iowa Avenue from Highway 34 to Main Street. The city was awarded a RISE grant last year. The eligible portion for RISE funding is from highway 34 to K Avenue. From K Avenue to MainRead More

Sexual Assault Arrest

On Friday, August 15, 2014, at approximately 3:02 a.m., an Ottumwa Police Officer, observed a disturbance taking place in the 100 block of West 4th Street, between a male and a female.  While investigating the disturbance, the female reported being sexually assaulted by the male. As a result of the investigation, Glenn Curtis Lanphier, age 47, of 126 West 4th, Apartment 6, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree, a Class “C” Felony.

2014/2015 City of Ottumwa Deer Season Set to Begin

As set by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the City of Ottumwa’s deer season for bow hunters will begin on September 13, 2014 and will run through January 10, 2015. The City’s deer hunting program was implemented in 2005 as a method to safely reduce the deer population within the city limits of Ottumwa. Hunters interested in participating in the City’s deer season must possess a State of Iowa hunting license, a DNR Ottumwa deer tag from the Wapello County Recorder’s Office, and register with the City of OttumwaRead More

Darrell Teeter

Funeral arrangements for 64 year old Darrell Teeter of Eldon, are currently pending at Kremer Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Eldon.

Sale of Wildwood School

(Ottumwa)— A number of Ottumwa residents got a sneak peek Wednesday as to what an apartment complex will look like if aCedar Rapids investment company purchases Wildwood Elementary School. Tom Frantz from Frantz Community Investors says his firm has visited with city and school officials over the purchase of the school which is listed on the National Register of Historical place. Frantz says there is a need for senior living facilities and the Wildwood building would fit that need.   Preliminary plans call for the school building to be turned into 16 apartments under phase one.  Phase twoRead More

Standoff ends peacefully

(Cincinati)— A stand off in Appanoose County Tuesday is under investigation. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. the Appanoose County Law Center received a report of two adult brothers arguing at 205 East Pleasant Street inCincinnati. The caller reported that during the argument gunshots were heard and one of the men had been shot. As law enforcement arrived on the scene, one of the males left the house and the second brother displayed a dangerous weapon and threatened a deputy sheriff.  The male then barricaded himself inside the house. During the standoff, the subject inside the house threatened to shoot law enforcement officers. Read More

Death ruled homicide

An autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on the body of Darrell Teeter on August 12, 2014, by Dr. Dennis Klein.  The manner of death will be certified as Homicide. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office who is being assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab Team. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office is requesting any and all information that the public might have regarding the investigation ofRead More

Kindergarten Transition

OTTUMWA—The beginning of the school year will look different for kindergarten students in Ottumwa. Students will be randomly divided into two groups. Depending on which group the student is assigned to, they will attend school from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on either Wednesday, August 20 or Thursday, August 21. Their first full day of school will be on Friday, August 22. According to Sarah McGlothlen, Douma Elementary principal, this is not unique in the state of Iowa but is the first time it has been implemented in Ottumwa. TheRead More

Freshmen Orientation for OHS

OTTUMWA—Ottumwa High School freshmen will have the school to themselves the day before the first day of school. That day has been set aside for Freshmen Orientation. While not a new concept in Iowa, this is the first year it has been done in Ottumwa. OHS freshmen will attend school on Tuesday, August 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students who ride the bus will follow the two-hour delay schedule. Students will receive a free lunch, T-shirt and duffle bag. They will meet their advisor, find their locker, andRead More