Melissa Lambrecht


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

Richland Bar and Grill destroyed by fire

A Keokuk County businesses was destroyed by fire over the past weekend. Officials in Richland say the Outfield Sports Bar and Grill was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.  When firemen arrived on the scene, flames were seen coming from the building. The Richland Fire Department was assisted by several nearby fire departments in bringing the fire under control. Cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s office.  No injuries were reported.

Truck vs. Pizza

Three people were injured following an accident early this morning. The Ottumwa Post reports a pickup truck drove through Domino’s Pizza shortly after midnight. Officers were just a few blocks from the scene of the accident and heard a loud boom that accompanied the crash.  Police say the truck was traveling northbound on highway 63 and did not make the curve and drove through the building. One employee was inside the building at the scene of the crash and was injured from broken glass.  That person was taken to Ottumwa RegionalRead More

Holly Carroll

HOLLY CARROLL, 29, formerly of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Bridge View Center Visitation with the family present will be 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service In lieu of flowers, memorial to Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Helen Schmitt

HELEN SCHMITT, 90, of 118 N. Union Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa or Habitat for Humanity Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Lloyd Shaw

LLOYD SHAW, 82, of 1205 E. Second Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Friday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Memorials may be made to the family

Adam Mitchell

ADAM MITCHELL, 37, of 1007 S. Sheridan Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Memorials may be made to the family

Oktoberfest Traffic Notices

October 2, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Ottumwa’s annual Oktoberfest parade is this Saturday morning, October 4th.   The parade route goes down Church Street – from the South Ottumwa Savings Bank to Five Corners.   It is one of Ottumwa’s signature events and attracts a large number of spectators and participants every year. There are a number of street closures and on-street parking restrictions for the parade route and staging area.     This Saturday morning, there will be no on-street parking allowed on Church Street or on the section of Weller Street between Bardell and Church. Madison Avenue,Read More

Ottumwa man arrested on theft charges

A 31 year old Ottumwa man is facing theft charges. Officials from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department say on May 14th, deputies took a report on the theft of an ATM card.  It was reported that the ATM card was used at locations in Ottumwa. Following an investigation, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department arrested Eliseo Aguila Cerda on second degree theft and numerous other charges. He is being held in the Wapello County jail on bond set at 112-thousand dollars. Release from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department: On May 14th, 2014 the Wapello County Sheriff’s OfficeRead More

Leadership Now to be held at IHCC

OTTUMWA — A regional leadership conference called Leadership Now will be held on the Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa campus on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  The conference will take place in the Rural Health Education Center at IHCC and is open to anyone who has an interest in leadership, particularly those interested in leadership in the college’s ten-county region. The day-long conference is a collaborative effort of four organizations active in promoting leadership in this area: ActionCOACH Heartland, Indian Hills Community College, ISU Extension and theRead More

Public invited to “Branching Out” tree planting

OTTUMWA—An award-winning partnership that has resulted in the planting of more than 1 million trees in Iowa is working on its second million. “Branching Out,” a Trees Forever and Alliant Energy program, will hold a tree planting event on Friday, October 10 at Douma Elementary. “By increasing the diversity of the tree populations in Iowa, we’re helping make sure the investment in these natural energy efficiency tools last a long time,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “Branching Out reflects the commitment both Alliant Energy and Trees Forever have made to energy efficiencyRead More

City Council Meeting 9/29/14

The Ottumwa City Council took up a fairly light agenda during a special meeting Monday afternoon at City Hall. The Council approved a resolution approving the creation of a city zoning task force as a temporary city committee and specifically approving team volunteers. The council previously approved a Consulting Services Agreement with RDG Incorporated to assist the city in a zoning code rewrite.  However it was recommended to the council by staff and the consulting company that a temporary task force be created.  The task force would exist as long as itRead More

Oktoberfest gets underway

The 41st annual Oktoberfest gets under way in Ottumwa today with a new look and a new location. Due to reconstruction of the Market Street Bridge, that’s been on hold the entire year due to high water on the Des Moines River, this year’s fall event is being held in the Jimmy Jones Shelter House in the southwest quadrant of Ottumwa Park. Oktoberfest kicks off later today with the 34th Annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbeque.  Through the day Rotary club members will be manning a large grill cooking up hundreds of pounds of chicken. Read More