Melissa Lambrecht


Bill Overturf

BILL OVERTURF, 85, of 1319 Glenwood Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello and Davis Counties

Chief Wapello returns to the courthouse

(Ottumwa)— A familiar landmark is back in place.  To the delight of spectators, crews hoisted Chief Wapello back on to the roof of the Wapello County courthouse. The Chief Wapello Statute was removed from the courthouse roof following a storm that moved through the area in June two years ago. Officials were forced to remove the statute immediately following the storm due to concerns the statute would fall off the courthouse. Shortly after removing Chief Wapello from atop the courthouse, he was taken to Omaha, Nebraska where he was refurbished to the tune of 20-thousand dollars

Denny Robinson

DENNY ROBINSON, 70, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Shaul 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 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Helen K. Rossi House in Iowa City or Indian Hills Community College Foundation for a scholarship in the Microcomputer Technology program

Richardson’s Point dedication

For more than 165 years, wagon ruts have crisscrossed southern Iowa, evidence of one of the nation’s largest mass migrations ever.  For nearly as many years, stories were told about two graves tucked away in Van Buren County on land known as Richardson’s Point, where thousands of Mormons camped for two weeks as they waited for heavy rains to subside. The rumored graves, identified in the 1980s, drew occasional visitors from across Iowa and across the country. Property owners welcomed the guests and shared stories of the area but alwaysRead More

Louise Ridgeway

Louise Ridgeway, 102, of Silvis IL, died March 13, 2014 at Illini Restorative Care in Silvis, IL.  Louise was born December 9th, 1911, in Disco, IL to Leslie and Flora Lake St. Clair. She was previously married to Shelby Allard.  He preceded her in death. She married Roy Ridgeway on October 15, 1938. He passed away February 1, 2000. She had been employed at the Jefferson County Hospital, Fairfield and was a member of the First Christian Church in Fairfield and Keosauqua Christian Church. She is survived by children, Treva Hawbaker ofRead More

Drug investigations

Officers of the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) were involved in two related drug investigations on 03/12/2014. These investigations were a result of the good work of FPD officers using controlled substances (drugs) intelligence. This is a program where law enforcement personnel share criminal activity information with other officers and deputies in Fairfield, Jefferson County, and Iowa. This is due to the fact persons involved in criminal activity do not stay in one jurisdiction and there are several law enforcement agencies in Iowa with limited resources of investigative personnel and equipment.Read More

Open Burning Reminders

(Release from the City of Ottumwa) – Ottumwa, Iowa – All residents of Ottumwa are reminded of the community’s zero tolerance policy for anyone caught burning garbage.   If the fire department receives a burning complaint an engine company will respond, if it is determined that the fire is illegal the fire will be extinguished and a citation will be issued. If the fire is unattended the property owner will be issued a citation. First citation $250.00 + $85.00 court cost= $335.00 total Second citation $500.00 +$85.00 court cost= $585.00 total Third citation $750.00Read More

Georgia Geiger

GEORGIA GEIGER, 41, of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home Visitation with the family present will be noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society

Business Classes announced

Starting on March 27th 2014 monthly business classes will be held in Wapello County. The classes are designed to help educate existing businesses and new entrepreneurs on a diversity of topics. Classes will start in March of this year and will continue until June. The classes are the culmination of a process to determine new programs to address needs in the community regarding economic development. Classes will be held at the Ottumwa Legacy Academy at 113 East Main Street in Ottumwa, Iowa and each class has a cost of $10.00 to participants.Read More

Market on Main officially opens

(Ottumwa)— Members from the Ottumwa Ambassadors, City officials and others were on hand in downtown Ottumwa this afternoon for ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new Market onMain. The project was developed through a partnership with the City of Ottumwa, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa State University Extension, and Main Street Ottumwa. Market on Main in Ottumwa is only the second such facility inIowa.  The Market on Main will provide a year around outlet for fresh produce, encourage a flourishing economy and increase a healthy lifestyle. In addition the facility will be a multi-faceted entity equipped with a year round vendor market, a small scaleRead More

Larry W. Crockett

Larry W. Crockett, 67, of Milton died Sunday March 9, 2014 at his home.  He was born Dec. 24, 1946 near Perry, MO to Charles and Dorothy Misner Crockett.  He grew up and lived in the Davenport area and had lived the past several years in Milton.  Larry was a welder in a steel fabrication plant in Davenport. Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Jean Irons of Miami, OK, two sons, Christopher Crockett of Sedalia, MO and Larry Crockett, Jr. of Iowa City, six grandchildren including Dalton, Andrew and Emily Wiley and Hailey Irons,Read More

Fairfield Police respond to general threats at Fairfield High School

Officers of the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) were involved with an investigation at the Fairfield High School. Fairfield High School (FHS) staff contacted FPD at approximately 8:30 AM, in reference to possible general threats made over the previous weekend. Fairfield Community School District personnel and FPD officers have attended training and meetings together to improve student safety and communication between the two agencies. Both agencies have agreed there will be zero tolerance when there is even a possible threat to our children’s safety. FPD officers immediately responded to the FHSRead More

Ottumwa man found guilty of murder

(Ottumwa)— It took a Wapello County District court jury just a couple of hours to find an Ottumwa man………Bobby Snow guilty of Second degree murder. Snow was arrested on the charge in May of 2011 following the death of another Ottumwa man James McElroy. Snow could be sentenced up to 50 years in prison.  Snow remains in the Wapello County Jail.

Ottumwa Lagacy issues new report

(Ottumwa)— The President and Chief Executive Office of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation Brad Little  says his organization is committed to the well being of the community and  does not want to become just a check book for the community.  Little made the comment Monday afternoon during a work session of the city council. The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation was created more than three years ago following the sale of Ottumwa RegionalHealth Center.  During it’s three year period the Legacy Foundation has focused on creating new jobs, improving education, revitalization of the community, improving theRead More

Jefferson County authorities face hostile situation

UPDATED (Fairfield)—There was a developing situation in Fairfield this morning. Officials from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department say officers were called to a campus in Vedic City this morning to help with an unruly person when the situation became tense.  A number of students reported turned hostile and forced Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies to call for back up help from Fairfield Police, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa State Patrol. Officials in Fairfield say about 50 students were involved in the matter. Release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department: On March 11, 2014 at 0600 hrs, the Jefferson County Sheriff’sRead More

Burlington man arrested on numerous charges

(Mt. Pleasant)—  A 24 year old southeast Iowa man is in custody following his arrest Sunday in Henry County. Officials from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department say 24 year old Jeffrey Carpenter of Burlington was pulled over Sunday afternoon about 3:45 p.m.  After he was observed speeding.  Carpenter was charged with driving under suspension and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Deputies say during his arrest Carpenter became combative and resisted arrest.  While being booked in, Carpenter attempted to take a taser from a deputy, which resulted in a confrontation between Carpenter, a deputy and jailer. Carpenter was also charged with InterferenceRead More

Chadwick Library receives Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Award

Iowa Wesleyan College’s J. Raymond Chadwick Library has been selected as a recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Award. Chadwick Library will receive $1,000 to fund the Chadwick BFF: Books For Fun! program, which will begin this fall. The program will create “take-a-book, leave-a-book” lending libraries within each of IWC’s residence halls to promote leisure reading among students and offer more access to reading materials for the students. In honor of Bettye Mischen Dunbar, the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation granted fifty $1,000 awards nationwide to fund educational and community projects forRead More

Patty Morris

Patty Ruth Morris, 81 of Fairfield died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Maplewood Manor in Keota, Iowa. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m.  Monday at the Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. On-line condolences may be made at

School Crossing guard escapes serious injuries

(Ottumwa)— An elementary student in Ottumwa escaped injury following an accident Thursday morning at the intersection of Traxler and Mary Street. Officials say a 5th grade student was hit by a vehicle as she was serving as a school patrol.  The student stepped out in front of a car and was hit.  As a precaution an ambulance was summoned to the scene as was the student’s mother. Upon arrival the mother of the student determine she was not injured but was shaken up. School officials say they will take a look at the situation to determineRead More

Donations Being Accepted for IHCC Scholarship Auction

OTTUMWA — Donations are now being accepted for the 37th Community College Foundation Scholarship Auction. Individuals and businesses may donate new and gently-used items and qualify for a tax deduction. Items may include vehicles, gift certificates, appliances, furniture, antiques, tools, lawn furniture, garden equipment, boats, computers, office equipment, campers and outdoor gear, household things, sporting goods and many other items. Donations received by April 9 will be listed in the detailed auction advertisement. The auction will be held on Saturday, April 26, at the North Campus located at the Ottumwa Industrial Airport. Doors will open at 9Read More

Carol Penrod

CAROL PENROD, 83, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in the Eldon Cemetery Visitation begin at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter or Hospice serving Wapello and Davis Counties

Carolyn Vanderhorst

CAROLYN VANDERHORST, 78, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in the Dunnville Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday Memorials may be made to her grandchildren

Keota man injured in crash

(Sigourney)— One person was injured following a single vehicle crash Tuesday in Keokuk County. The Iowa State Patrol says a car driven by 24 year old Trevor Morse of Keota was eastbound on highway 1 at a high rate of speed when he lost control and entered a south side ditch and went over a farm drive. The car rolled several times before coming to rest on its top. Morse was charged with Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, failure to maintain control and careless driving. He was taken to University of Iowa HospitalsRead More

City Council approves two way traffic plan

(Ottumwa)— The Ottumwa City Council last night gave it’s approval to converting traffic on Main Street and 2nd Street in the downtown area from Jefferson Street to Kitterman Avenue. Converting traffic from one way to two way was discussed at a work session on February 24th with much support. In addition, 17 public meetings and a two day focus group was held with downtown stakeholders over the past several months with 19 of the 21 businesses/property owners in support. In addition, the city has been working with the Legacy FoundationRead More

Ottumwa Schools Teacher Leadership

OTTUMWA—The Ottumwa Community School District is one of 39 districts across the state that have been selected to launch a teacher leadership system. The award was announced today by Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and Iowa Department of Education director Brad Buck. Ottumwa scored in the top 10 of all applications scored. Only two other districts served by Great Prairie Area Education Agency were selected. “These additional funds and greater supports in the Teacher Leadership program are critical to achieving long-lasting success toward our mission of a qualityRead More