Melissa Lambrecht


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

Pennsylvania Ave Open to Through Traffic

October 23, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –   Local motorists are advised that Pennsylvania Avenue is now open to traffic from Court out to the city limits.   Work continues at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Street.   Traffic on Jefferson will not be able to cross Pennsylvania from either direction.   Drivers should exercise caution due to workers still in the area. Construction on Stage 1 of the Pennsylvania Avenue Reconstruction and Widening Project started in late April and should be complete yet this fall.   Major construction work will resume in 2015 onRead More

Ottumwa & Wapello County receive state tourism award

Ottumwa, Iowa – Oct. 23, 2014 – The Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa lauded Ottumwa and Wapello County for the “Outstanding Niche Market Initiative” at the annual Iowa Tourism Awards on Oct. 23. The initiative award recognized the pitch video designed to persuade the English folk-rock band Mumford & Sons to select Ottumwa as a future site of its “Gentlemen of the Road” concert series. The idea was conceived by Larry Gawronski, executive director of Bridge View Center and co-sponsored by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation andRead More

Crisis Center to hold observance

Residents in the area are invited to take part in a Day of Unity set for Friday in Ottumwa. The Crisis Center in Ottumwa is inviting everyone to join them in Central Park tomorrow afternoon near the Ottumwa Public Library at 2:45. Purpose of the event is to make residents aware of domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Those attending are asked to wear purple and join others as purple balloons are released in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. At 3:30 tomorrowRead More

PTYC moves

OTTUMWA— The district’s Prime Time Youth Care program will be moving to a new home in November. Due to the district’s board office moving out of the McCarroll Drive location, PTYC will now provide north side services at Wilson Elementary. “We looked at all elementary schools on Ottumwa’s north side and Wilson made the most sense in regards to space,” said Kim Hellige, Director of Community Programs, which oversees the PTYC program. Wilson School has both a cafeteria and gym, and had space for PTYC to have an office and storage.Read More

Council approves plans for parking lot

Plans for a major makeover of the Jefferson street Parking Lot is a step closer to reality following action taken by the Ottumwa City Council Tuesday evening. The council approved a resolution awarding a contract to JDM Contracting Company after they submitted the best bid price of 307-thousand, 777 dollars. The project consists of improvements to the parking lot including sewer repairs. The Ottumwa Legacy Foundation has agreed to fully fund the project up to 475-thousand dollars plus the improvement made to the alley adjacent to the parking lot. AlsoRead More

New restaurants coming to Ottumwa

Two big names in fast food restaurants are apparently coming to Ottumwa. In today’s edition of the Ottumwa Courier it’s reported Culver’s and Jimmy John’s restaurants are coming to Ottumwa. Culvers will be located on Venture Drive adjacent to Menards, while Jimmy John’s will be located in the Kmart Plaza. Officials say Culver’s could be open by sometime next summer, while Jimmy Johns is expected to be open sooner than that.

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 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