Melissa Lambrecht


Lance Cpl. Adam Wolff

Arrangements are pending at Reece Funeral Home for Lance Cpl. Adam Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Ottumwa

Patricia Shepherd

PATRICIA SHEPHERD, 70, of 10067 100th St. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation will be open at 1 p.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to the family

Esther Smith

ESTHER SMITH, 78, of Ankeny, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association

Bob Schiller

BOB SCHILLER, 89, of Windsor Heights Graveside services and inurnment will be 10 a.m. Friday at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Ralph Woodard

RALPH WOODARD, 81, of 16 Schwartz Dr. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation begins after 11 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello & Davis Counties, 927 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Ottumwa, IA 52501 Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Betty Adamson

BETTY ADAMSON, 82, of #4 Friendly Lane Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at North Court Baptist Church. Burial will be in Agency Cemetery. Memorials may be made to North Court Baptist Church or Hospice serving Wapello & Davis Counties, 927 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501. Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  

Mary Donnelly

MARY DONNELLY, 86, of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home The family will be present one hour prior to the service Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Public Library, Heartland Humane Society or United Methodist Women of Willard St. United Methodist Church

Roger Willhoit

ROGER WILLHOIT, 55, of rural Ottumwa Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wapello County Chapter of Pheasants Forever

Independence Day Trash Collection

June 25, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa – The Independence Day holiday falls on a Friday this year.   There are a number of changes to the weekly trash and recycling collection program the week of the holiday.   Ottumwa trash and recycling that would normally be collected on Friday, July 4th, will be picked up one day early, on Thursday, July 3rd.    There are NO changes to Monday and Wednesdays routes the week of the holiday. Both North and South side yard waste, bulky item and appliance collection will be on Tuesday, July 1st. County customers trash and recycling thatRead More

Update on Missing Ottumwa man

The family of Michael Chrisman is asking for the public’s help in searching for the Ottumwa man who has not been seen since Monday evening when he was swimming with friends on the Des Moines River in the Cliffland  Park  River Access Area. Specifically volunteers are being asked to search along the river banks especially in the wooded areas on Cliffland off the Cemetery Road in an area stretching from Agency to Eldon and down to Keosauqua. Anyone with questions can go to facebook Michael Chrisman.

Ottumwa Schools have a new Business Manager

OTTUMWA— An Ottumwa High School alumni will return to Ottumwa as the district’s new Chief Financial Officer for Business Operations. Alex Barr will begin his duties on July 14, overseeing the district’s $70 million budget. He is a 1994 OHS graduate and for the past 15 years has worked in public accounting, auditing school districts, area education agencies, and community colleges. “As a native Ottumwan, I feel very fortunate to be able to return to my hometown and serve the community I grew up in,” Barr said. “I am awareRead More

Ottumwa Leadership Academy announces 2014-2015 Dean

Ottumwa, IA, June 25, 2014: Ottumwa Leadership Academy is excited to announce Sue Meadows as Dean for the 2014-2015 academy year. This volunteer position, appointed annually by the Advisory Board, directs the curriculum and facilitates the learning sessions for Ottumwa Leadership Academy. “The Leadership Academy is a great concept,” stated Meadows. “It helps Ottumwa grow its own leaders. This is so important for Ottumwa’s progress – to have leaders who are ready to step to the plate and help our community prosper.” Meadows was Raised in Williamsburg, Virginia and moved to Ottumwa in 1976,Read More

Canadian Goose Round-up

June 24, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The City of Ottumwa has requested the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to reduce the Canada goose population in the vicinity of the Ottumwa City Park.  The IDNR’s involvement is due to legal requirements with both federal and state migratory waterfowl law. A goose roundup will occur the week of June 23, 2014 at Ottumwa City Park.  The City will erect and bait three traps in advance of the roundup.  IDNR will transport and relocate the goslings to a wildlife area while the adultRead More

Southeast Iowa man faces sexual abuse charges

A southeast Iowa man has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child. 69 year old Roger Mendez of Fort Madison entered the pleas last Friday.  Mendez was arrested on the charges last January and more charges were filed after that as other residents came forward with accusations against Mendez. Police investigators say Mendez reportedly victimized seven males ages 7 to 20.

Des Moines River, missing person

On Monday June 20th, 2014 @ approximately 7:40 p.m. the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that an adult male had gone into the Des Moines River near the Cliffland Park River Access and had not resurfaced. The adult male was at the river with several other individuals that had been jumping into the river from a rope that was attached to a tree. A search was conducted last night until approximately 9:40 p.m.  The search is currently underway again this morning. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office isRead More

Marine with ties to Ottumwa Killed in Afghanistan

A Marine from Cedar Rapids, with family ties in Ottumwa, has been killed in combat in Afghanistan. Television station KCRG in Cedar Rapids reports, according to the Department of Defense, 25 year old Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff was one of three Marines who were killed Friday in Helmand Province. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Second Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Lejeune , North Carolina. The Ottumwa Courier reports Wolff has an aunt Dawn Harward who lives in Ottumwa. Sources reports Wolff was a combat engineer who joined the Marines in December of 2012Read More

Stolen property search warrants

On the evening of June 19th, 2014 Sheriff’s Deputies received information, stolen property was possibly located at an address in Ottumwa & 1 address in Chillicothe. Sheriff’s Deputies obtained a Search Warrant at 1539 Mable & 325 High St. Chillicothe.  During the execution of Search Warrants numerous items had been reported stolen on June 15th, 2014 have been recovered. Charges are forth coming in the case but no arrests have been made at this time.

Fatal plane crash in Fairfield

(Update) – Authorities in Fairfield have now identified the pilot killed in a light plane crash Sunday morning at the Fairfield airport. Jefferson County Attorney Timothy Dille says the experimental plane was owned and operated by Robert L. Bollinger of Fairfield.  Dille says it’s believed Bollinger was flying the plane at the time of the crash.  Upon investigation, it was determined the plane caught fire at some point and the pilot was killed.  The exact cause of death is pending results of an autopsy being performed by the State Medical Examiner’s office. The Fairfield Police Department, FireRead More

Bloomfield fire

(Bloomfield)— No on was injured following a fire in Bloomfield Thursday afternoon. The fire was reported shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Davis Street in Bloomfield.  The property is owned by Deb Hornaday.  When firemen from several departments arrived on the scene the garage was completed engulfed in flames. Firemen say no one was home at the time of the fire.  As firemen from several departments arrived on the scene they were hampered by strong winds from a thunderstorm.  Firemen were able to keep the flames from spreading to an adjoining house.

Wapello County Fair Queen

The Wapello County Fair has new queen.  During ceremonies held last night at the fairgrounds McKenzie Jenson was crowned this year’s fair queen.She was among six contestants vying for the title. McKenzie is the daughter of Joel and Carol Jenson of Ottumwa.  She will be attending Indian Hills Community College this fall.  She is involved in SALT, fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA,  Anti bullying club and helps with food drives. Her school activities include volleyball, basketball, track, softball, Dance Team, Speech just top name a few things she does in her spare time. McKenzie will reignRead More

Mahaska teen back in custody.

An 18 year old Mahaska County teen is back in custody following an incident that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Oskaloosa. Sheriff deputies say Martell Lamar Tillman Hollinshed attempted to assault jailer J.R. Drawn with a fire extinguisher while at a doctor’s office. Hollinshed was apprehended in a neighboring yard, after a scuffle with Drawn.  Drawn, Dr. Karen Spare and members of her staff restrained Hollinsshed.  During the scuffle Drawn and the doctor were assaulted. Drawn and Hollinshed were treated and released.  Hollinshed is back in custody in the Mahaska County Jail.

Dora Knierim

DORA KNIERIM, 105, formerly of Ottumwa Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Shaul Cemetery Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church of Muscatine History and Industry Center/Pearl Button Museum Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Charlene Christy

CHARLENE CHRISTY, 83, formerly of rural Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation will be open at 11 a.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association

Jerry Stocker

JERRY STOCKER, 72, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Eddyville Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Thursday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday Cremation will follow the visitation In lieu of flowers, memorials to Eddyville First and Rescue

United way hosts annual day of action

Volunteer projects will address food security in Wapello County Ottumwa, IA, June 18, 2014– The Day of Action is held on the longest day of the year, providing the most hours of daylight in which volunteers can serve their community. This year United Way of Wapello County is hosting its annual Day of Action on Monday, June 23rd. The project focuses on improving food security in Wapello County. According to Feeding America, 14.2% of households in Wapello County were food insecure in 2012. This means that over 5000 people didRead More