Melissa Lambrecht

 

Bike Southeast Iowa coming in June

Bike riders planning on taking part in this summer Des Moines Register’s Great Bike Ride across Iowa will be able to get in shape prior to the event by taking part in the first ever bike the byway in southeast Iowa. Officials from Pathfinder have announced they will host the first annual Bike the Byway on June 21st.  The ride will begin inOttumwa trek through Blakesburg, Unionville, Drakesville and finally Bloomfield.  Riders are encouraged to pre-register by May 1st for the early bird discount.  To register log onto www.bikethebyway.com.  For more information contactRead More


Techel to remain in Jail.

Seth Techel charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife Lisa in 2012 will remain behind bars. The Iowa Supreme court has upheld the ruling of a district court judge that Techel’s bond remain at 750-thousand dollars. Techel has been tried twice on the murder charge, and each time a jury was unable to reach a verdict.  Techel will be tried a third time in Scott County district court in Davenport in July.


Legacy Foundation Announces Latest Grant Recipients

(Ottumwa) – The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation is proud to announce the names of their newest Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund partners as fourteen grants were recently awarded to local non-profit organizations totaling $150,000. The following lists the organizations and their funded project amounts: American Home Finding – Computer system to improve juvenile intake system at Emergency Youth Shelter: $3,900 Best Buddies – Financial support for Best Buddies program at Ottumwa High School. Program that enhances educational, recreational and social opportunities for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities: $5,000 CardinalRead More


Russell “Russ” Harward

    Russell “Russ” Harward, 76, of Hot Springs Village, AK passed away January 15, 2014. Memorial service will be 10:30 am, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Behner Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Coughlin officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield, Iowa. Memorial can be made to American Heart Association. Memorials and cards can be sent to: Mary Harward, 74 Faisanway, Hot Springs Village, AR. 71909. Russell was born December 12, 1937 in Douds, Iowa to Lowell and Hazel Wiley Harward. He married Mary Coleman on January 14, 1955. Russ wasRead More


Beverly Ann Harris

   Beverly Ann Harris, age 78, passed away April 20, 2014 at Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield, IA. Visitation for family and friends will be 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Behner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Behner Funeral Home with Stephen Burns officiating.  Following the service the body will be cremated.  Burial of cremains will be held at a later date at Garrett Cemetery north of Delta. Bev was born November 17, 1935 to Jack A. and Genevieve (Garrett) RockwellRead More


City Council to discuss Parking lot

The Jefferson Street Parking lot could see some much ed needed improvements following a special meeting of the Ottumwa City Council this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the council chamber of  City Hall. Among other things the council will consider a memorandum of understanding between the Ottumwa Legacy Foundation and the city of Ottumwa.  The Memorandum of Understanding defines the roles and responsibilities of the Legacy Foundation and the city for improvements of the parking lot located south of the 300 block of east Main Street. This lot serves the businesses in the 300Read More


Fire Destroys mobile home

A Birmingham family is homeless following a fire in Birmingham Sunday afternoon. The Birmingham fire department was called out about 3”45 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  When firemen arrived on the scene the mobile home was completed engulfed in flames. Fire departments from Birmingham and Stockport battled the blaze for over two hours. The structure was considered a total loss.


Crash kills southeast Iowa woman

A two vehicle crash in Washington County has resulted in the death of a Washington, Iowa woman. Officers say the crash occurred Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of highway 1 and highway 92. The Iowa State Patrol says a car driven by 65 year old Rosemary Reed was eastbound on highway 92 and failed to yield from a stop sign and struck a truck driven by 33 year old Kyle Kron also of Washington. Reed was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa city where she died of injuries received in the crash.


MAKE OTTUMWA SHINE Free Landfill Day

Free Landfill Day is Saturday, May 17th.  The Landfill and Recycling Center will be open 7:00 am – 3:00pm on Saturday, May 17th.   Customers bringing items to the Landfill and Recycling Center should tarp their vehicles to avoid blowing trash, recyclables and litter.  There is a $10.00 charge if your vehicle is not tarped.  The Market Street Drop Off site is open Saturday, May 17th from 8am – 3pm.  When dropping off items at the Market Street Parking Lot All items that could blow and cause litter must be securely tied in a bag.Read More


Ernest E. Wissler

Ernest E. Wissler, Jr. age 77, of Fremont passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oskaloosa. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 A.M. in the Fremont Funeral Chapel.  Burial will follow at Cedar Township Memorial South Cemetery in Fremont. Visitation will begin after 12:00 noon Monday, April 21, at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Fremont Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.


Town Hall meeting coming to Ottumwa

(Ottumwa)— Officials from the Ottumwa Teen Advisory Committee have announced plans to host a town hall meeting to discuss under age drinking. The Teen Advisory Committee along with the substance abuse mental health services administration will hold the meeting April 29th at 6:30 at Ottumwa High school. During the meeting, the audience will hear a frank personal story along with a panel discussion on alcohol addiction consequences.   The town hall meeting will also provide accurate, helpful and practical information. For more information contact Alan Brady by calling 641-680-2412 or Lisa Guest by calling 641-799-7131.


OEDC Announces Sharon Stroh as new Executive Director

Ottumwa – Today the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) announced the selection of Sharon Stroh as the new Executive Director. “Sharon Stroh will be a great asset to the Ottumwa community and we are confident she will hit the ground running,” said Greg Gardner, President of the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation. “We are excited to find a candidate with Stroh’s experience and desire to support our community and business development efforts. Her knowledge, her enthusiasm and capacity for relationship building makes her an ideal candidate to lead OEDC.” Stroh joins OEDC fromRead More


Benefit Concert hopes to “Pack the Place for Chase”

Ottumwa – Bridge View Center, a contingent of local sponsors and three entertainers are teaming up to help Chase Stooksbury, a 6 year old Ottumwa boy, and his family in his battle with cancer.  Chase spends 25 days out of the month at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City.  His mom, Tera, has had to quit her two jobs to devote the time to be with Chase while raising two other children.  Medical and personal bills are mounting. Co-headliners Redhead Express out of Nashville, TN, Country Music Association newcomerRead More


Infants death ruled natural

(Ottumwa)— The recent death of a one year old boy in Ottumwa has been ruled as death by natural causes. Lt. Jason Bell from the Ottumwa Police Department says on January 22nd, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of an unresponsive child at an in-home day care located at 524 Osceola.  As the result of an investigation it was determined Keenan Rockhold had died. An autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiners office determined the boy died of an acute form pneumonia.


Two people arrested on drug charges

(New London)— Two southeast Iowa residents are facing drug charges following an investigation conducted by Henry Countyauthorities. The Henry County sheriff’s department says a four month investigation resulted in two search warrants being issued Tuesday inNew London. Arrested were 55 year old Kent Benadum and 69 year old William Cole.  Benadum was charged with 3 counts of felony delivery of marijuana.  Cole was charged with one count of felony delivery of marijuana. As a result of the search warrants a large amount of marijuana, packaging and paraphernalia were seized. Both men are being in the Henry County Jail.


MidWestOne Bank to host Community Shred Days

Ottumwa, IA (April 15, 2014) – MidWestOne Bank is hosting Community Shred Days, April 21-25.  The public is invited to bring up to three grocery bags full of paper to be shredded and recycled for free. On-Site Information Destruction, Inc. of Waterloo is supplying locations of MidWestOne Bank with secure collection bins for paper drop off each of those days. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but it is requested that binder clips are detached. Please call 641-682-8355 for additional information.


IHCC recycling electronic devices

OTTUMWA — Once again this spring Indian Hills Community College is giving area residents the chance to dispose of their used electronic devices.  There will be a semi-trailer parked in the east lot of the Advanced Technology Center on the Ottumwa campus next week where old computers, printers, laptops and cell phones can be discarded, free of charge.  They are not able to take televisions. The annual collection this year coincides with Earth Day and the college’s recycling efforts.  The trailer will be on the IHCC campus from Monday throughRead More


Davis County Jail comes under study

The future of the Davis County jail in Bloomfield will be reviewed by a special committee. The Davis County sheriff’s Department says it is looking for residents to assist with a feasibility study.  The committee will look at several options including remodeling the current facility or building a new jail. The sheriff’s department says the committee will meet at least four times over the next several months.  Once completed, results of the study will be turned over to the Davis County Board of Supervisors. Anyone interested in serving on the committee should contact the Davis County Sheriff’s DepartmentRead More


Fire and Ice

OTTUMWA—The Evans Middle School Student Council will host their annual Fire and Ice Ice Cream Social at Ottumwa’s North Fire Station on Tuesday, May 6 from 4-7 p.m. Money raised will be used to purchase smoke detectors for families in Wapello County. The event is sponsored by Hy-Vee, the Ottumwa Fire Department, and Evans Middle School. Tickets may be purchased from a student council member or at the event. Tickets are $3 for one bowl or 2 bowls for $5. Students hope to raise $1,000 this year. Ottumwa firemen willRead More


Fire closes Burger King

(Ottumwa)— Breakfast was cut short at a fast food restaurant in Ottumwa Monday morning. The Ottumwa Fire Department was called to Burger King at Quincy Place Mall around 9:00 a.m. Firemen say the fire occurred in the kitchen area of the eatery.  Specifically the fire started in a broiler  hood.  Employees say a sprinkler system was activated, but for some reason the fire did not go completely out forcing firemen to go back to the restaurant a second time. The restaurant is expected to reopen on Wednesday.  There were no injuries.


Ottumwa man gets 50 years in prison

(Ottumwa)— A 20 year old Ottumwa man will spend the next 50 years behind bars.  Dustin Armstrong was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday in Wapello County District court in Ottumwa. Armstrong was sentenced in connection with the brutal beating of a two year old Ottumwa boy a year ago on the city’s north side. Ottumwa Police were called to a house on East Woodland after receiving a report of a two year old unconscious.  Armstrong was baby sitting for his girl friend at the time.  Armstrong claimed the boy’s injuries were the result of an accident. TheRead More


Fatal crash

(Oskaloosa) – One person was killed Sunday following a single vehicle crash on 170th Street near Oxford Avenue in MahaskaCounty. The Iowa State Patrol says a vehicle was traveling on 170th Street when the vehicle drove off the edge of the road.  The driver who has not been identified over corrected the vehicle causing it drop off the road then rolled over.  No other information is available at this time and remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.


Vernon Edward Craft

   Vernon Edward Craft, age 92, passed away, Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield, Iowa. Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Behner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, April 18, 2014 at Suburban Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Parker, Rev. Gary Craft and Rev. Richard Dennis officiating.  Burial with military rites will be at Memorial Lawn, Ottumwa. Memorial may be made to Suburban Height Baptist Church.  Cards and memorials can be sent to: 1109 South 4th Street, Fairfield,Read More


Lois Garrett

  Lois A. Garrett, 81, of rural Douds died at 11:50 P.M. Saturday April 12, 2014 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  She was born December 2, 1932 near Eldon to Iver and Gertrude Carlson Reisch and married Donald E. Garrett November 21, 1951 in Eldon.  They have lived their married life in rural Selma, Libertyville, and Douds.  Lois graduated from Eldon High School, was a farm homemaker and had worked as a telephone operator in Eldon, at Douds Café and Moore’s Grocery in Douds.  She was a member of Selma United Methodist where sheRead More


Helen Edmondson

HELEN MADELINE EDMONDSON, 100, of 1335 N. Elm Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church