Melissa Lambrecht


Crash injures one

One person was injured following a two vehicle crash Sunday at the intersection of highway 34 and 267th Street. The Iowa State Patrol says a van driven by 24 year old Seth A. Alcorn of Monmouth, Illinois was westbound in the outside lane of highway 34, while a car driven by 30 year old Rachael Fowler of Burlington was southbound on 267th Street when the Alcorn vehicle failed to yield the right of way from a stop sign at the intersection and pulled out in front of the Fowler vehicle.Read More

School of Sustainable Agriculture to be unveiled

CENTERVILLE — The new Morgan E. Cline School of Sustainable Agriculture on the Indian Hills Community College Centerville campus is about to be unveiled to the public. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility is slated for Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:00 p.m. The centerpiece of the complex, made possible by a $500,000 gift from philanthropist Morgan Cline, is a sustainable greenhouse which promises to be a model for food production. The ribbon-cutting will actually be held inside the greenhouse which is located near the Barn on the Centerville campus. Brydon Kaster, who is the director ofRead More

What Cheer Man Sentenced for Taking and Possessing a Bald Eagle

DES MOINES, IA B On November 6, 2014, Jason John Thomas, age 36 of What Cheer, Iowa, was sentenced by District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 60 days imprisonment for taking and possessing a bald eagle, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Thomas was ordered to serve one year of supervised release following the imprisonment, pay a $2,000 fine, and pay $25 toward the Crime Victim Fund. Special conditions of the supervised release include that Thomas shall perform 80 hours of community service, and shall not engage in any form of hunting. On MarchRead More

Council approves first reading of ordinance on grass height

An ordinance amending the city’s code on parking in residential yards and keeping grass mowed at a certain heights passed it’s first hurdle Tuesday night. Meeting in regular session Tuesday evening, the council approved the first reading of the amended ordinance.  Upon recommendation of the Make Ottumwa Shine committee city residents would received a citation if the height of grass is higher than 10 to 12 inches. The ordinance also sets guidelines for parking vehicle in residential front yards. Parking of vehicle will only be permitted on surfaces approved by the city. In approvingRead More

ATV vs. Train claims the life of a Blakesburg man

A 51 year old Blakesburg man was killed Wednesday morning shortly after 10:00 a.m.  on 690th Avenue at the Brompton railroad crossing. The Iowa State Patrol says a 4 wheeler operated by Greg L. McCoy was southbound on 690th Avenue and struck a westbound Canadian Pacific train.  McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Freedom Rock dedication to be held on Veterans Day

Ottumwa, Iowa – Nov. 5, 2014 – The recently installed Wapello County Freedom Rock will be formally dedicated during a ceremony at 5 p.m. on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Bridge View Center. Mayor Tom Lazio will preside over the event featuring the Patriot Guard Riders, OHS JROTC, Boy Scout Troup 11, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lt. Colonel Dan Maeder of the Iowa National Guard will be the keynote speaker. Maeder has served in the military for more than 26 years. He is currently superintendent of the DavisRead More

Ernest Lee Sadler

Ernest Lee Sadler, 74, of Douds, and formerly of Eldon, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. As were his wishes, Ernie has been cremated with a Memorial Service to be held Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon, IA. Visitation will begin at noon on Saturday and last until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Friends may sign the online guestbook atRead More

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