Melissa Lambrecht


Dan McKee

DAN McKEE, 84, of Ottumwa Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in Kirkville. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be made to Hospice at The Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa

Fairfield Police investigating man’s death

(Fairfield)—- The death of a male subject in Fairfield is under investigation by Fairfield Police. Capt. David Thomas from the Fairfield Police Department says on Wednesday officers were called to 106 West Fillmore for a male subject that was found to be unresponsive. The male subject was later determined to be dead on arrival. Although no foul play is suspected, no other information is being released pending notification of next of kin

Fairfield Man arrested

(Fairfield)— A 29 year old Fairfield man has been charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor……an aggravated misdemeanor following his arrest Monday. Brian Robert Hawthorne of 1689 Pleasant Plain Road was charged following an investigation conducted by a task force called Internet Crimes against Children.  The task force is made up of local, state and federal investigators who investigate crimes perpetrated against minors over the internet. The Fairfield Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department joined the investigation of Hawthorne in March. As the result of the investigation the Sheriff’s department served anRead More

United Way hosts work day at Corporate Community Garden

(Ottumwa) – The United Way of Wapello County is kicking off another year at the Corporate Community Garden with a work day on Wednesday, April 16th.   During the work day, volunteers will help clean the garden, set up new raised beds, and put down mulch to suppress weeds. Anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of their experience level. We encourage people to visit during the work day to get a tour of the garden and hear about the plans for the coming growing season. The volunteers will meet at 9:00 A.M. and continue untilRead More

Main street Oskaloosa gets grant

(Oskaloosa)— Thanks to a 20-thousand dollar grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Program, officials with Main Street Oskaloosa will be able to move forward with a marketing plan.  The grant money will be used by Main Street Oskaloosa to fund a two phased community branding and marketing plan that includes the hiring of nationally recognized expert Roger Brooks. Karen Hafner Oskaloosa Main Street Director says the grant is significant because Oskaloosa will be the first Iowa Main Streetcommunity to work with Roger Brooks.   Brooks has worked with communitiesRead More

Bowling Motors to hold Trailors for Trevor event

Bowling Motors is holding a weekend fund raiser at Bowling RVs for a 4 year old boy that has a rare form of Cancer.  They will be having a 2 day sales event this Friday and Saturday April 11th and 12th. Bowling RVs will be donating $100.00 for every RV that we sell in the month of April.  We will be collecting donations all weekend and for the rest of the month.   We are going to cook hot dogs Friday and Saturday.  There will also be a jump house and face painting.   It would beRead More

Clarification of an arrest

(Fairfield) – Officials at FPD want to clarify reports of an arrest on 04/07/2014. This information can be released now because the investigation is completed. The confusion stemmed from several agencies being involved. An Iowa law enforcement task force contacted FPD investigators several months ago. The task force is called ICAC which stands for Internet Crimes Against Children. This is a group of local, state, and federal investigators who investigate crimes perpetrated against minors over the internet. The only reason for the initial FPD contact was to get local lawRead More

OHS Principal Honored

An Ottumwa educator is being honored.  Ottumwa High School Principal Mark Hanson has been named one of the top principals in the state by the School Administrators of Iowa. Several staff members nominated Hanson last spring.  He was among more than 1800 principals nominated for the honor. Hanson says his goals when he became principal at OHS was to improve academics by improving the culture and climate at the school.  Since then the graduation rate has risen to over 90-percent. In addition, Hanson received an award from the Iowa Cheer Coaches AssociationRead More

City Approves Flood Protection

(Ottumwa)— If and when a 100 year storm hits Ottumwa, the Ottumwa Water and Hydro will be well protected. During a special council meeting held Monday afternoon at City Hall………the city council approved a resolution awarding a contract for contract 3 of the 2010 Flood Protection Mitigation project. The project will consist of constructing a flood wall around the Ottumwa Water and Hydro plant.  The wall will protect the treatment plant from a 100 year storm. The city entered into an agreement with FEMA on September 18thof 2012 for a grant in theRead More

Firemen conduct a controlled burn

(Ottumwa)— The Ottumwa Fire Department took advantage of some good weather today to do some spring cleaning, sort of. Assistant Fire Chief Kleinman told Ottumwa Radio news the fire department conducted a controlled burn this morning in the 1800 block of East Main Street.  Firemen set a two story house on fire to give firemen……….some of them fairly new a chance to experience the real thing. Kleiman says many years ago the building served as a grocery store before being turned into a two story house. He says the exercise includedRead More

Adventureland Named Top Amusement Park

DES MOINES, IA – Adventureland Park has been named a Top 10 Amusement Park in the United States by American Mensa, the U.S. chapter of Mensa International. The Altoona park was named fourth in the study, topped only by Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. “We’re proud to be recognized among international attractions,” says Molly Vincent, spokeswoman for Adventureland Park. “Locals and visitors can experience a nationally-recognized, one-of-a-kind attraction right here in Central Iowa. Adventureland continues to be a favorite hotspot since opening in the early 1970s.” AdventurelandRead More

Heroes from the Heartland Honored

(Ottumwa)— Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa was the setting this morning (Friday morning) for the 4th annual Heroes of the Heartland breakfast. Sponsored by the Southern Prairie Chapter of the American Red Cross, seven individuals were honored for truly extraordinary things. This year’s heroes are Jim and Darla Jackson, Josh Chance, Jim and Karen Delinger, Ashley Hale Smith and Jeff Hendred. Head basketball coach at Indian Hills Community Barret Peery  presided over the breakfast  presenting each recipient with a plaque.

House fire under investigation

(Ottumwa)—- The Ottumwa Fire Department responded to a house fire shortly before 2:30 this morning. The fire was reported at an unoccupied house at 1608 East Main Street. A spokesperson for the fire department told Ottumwa Radio News no one was living in the house which had been tagged. Firemen say this was the second fire to occur at the house.  Cause of the fire is not known at this time.  There were no injuries.

Elmer Alderman

ELMER ALDERMAN, 92, of Peoria, IL, formerly of Fremont Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be made to Buehler Memorial Home in Peoria, IL

Margaret Mahaskey

MARGARET MAHASKEY, 90, of 1316 E. Mary St. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. A Christian Wake will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by family visitation until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello & Davis counties

Wapello County farmers support county 4-H Expo through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

OTTUMWA, Iowa (April 2, 2014) – Local farmers Paul and Janet Jacobs have directed a $2,500 donation to the Wapello County 4-H Expo. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help pay for supplies for the free activities available to the public during the expo. Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states. “Our 4-H Expo holds a huge event every July to exhibit projects for the 4-H program in Wapello County,”Read More

Davis County fights grass fire

(Bloomfield)— Dry windy conditions resulted in a large grass fire in Davis County Monday.  The fire covered a large area including portions of Stephens State Forest in northwest Davis County. Firemen from four departments in the county were summoned back to the scene Monday evening after the fire rekindled due to strong winds. Residents in the area are being urged to use caution when burning.  Conditions are expected to improve later on today throughThursday with rain in the forecast. No injuries were reported.

Ottumwa Police Department, Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force and DEA taking back unwanted prescription drugs

OTTUMWA, IOWA – On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ottumwa Police Department, the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Center Court of the Quincy Place Mall located at 1110 N. Quincy Avenue. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)Read More

Ottumwa man to enter plea

A 20 year old Ottumwa man arrested last year in connection with the injury of an Ottumwa child is now expected to enter a plea. Dustin D. Armstrong was arrested by Ottumwa Police in June of last year after a toddler was seriously injured while in Armstrong’s care. In April Ottumwa Police were summoned to a house on East Woodland after receiving a report that a two year old boy was unresponsive.  The boy was taken to Ottumwa Regional Health Center then airlifted to Iowa City. Following an investigation, Armstrong was arrested on several felony counts including child endangerment.  He is beingRead More

Fairfield Police issue annual report

(Fairfield)— A new report issued by the Fairfield Police Department shows in increase in criminal activities. The report indicates the Fairfield Police Department saw a 3-percent increase in calls, a 17-percent increase in criminal investigations, a 15-percent increase in offenders charged.  In addition, Fairfield police recorded a 25-percent increase in overall criminal charges and a 13-percent increase in arrests during the past year. Captain David Thomas from the Fairfield Police Department says the department saw an increase in criminal activity in 2013, however the invaluable partnership between the citizens and police officersRead More

Wapello County event submissions sought for summer brochure

Ottumwa, Iowa – April 1, 2014 – Event submissions are being sought for inclusion in a brochure featuring activities occurring from June 1 through August 31, 2014 within Wapello County. The listings are free and will be included in the brochure titled the Explore Ottumwa Event Calendar Summer 2014. Three thousand five hundred brochures will be printed and distributed both locally and to eight welcome centers across Iowa. The brochure is a publication of the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Eligible activities include festivals, fundraisers, concerts, exhibits, and seminars.Read More

Ottumwa Schools – spaghetti dinner

OTTUMWA— The Ottumwa “A” Club and Hy-Vee will host the 17th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, April 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the OHS cafeteria. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and a beverage for $5. Dine in or carry out is available. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Paula at 641-683-4444 x2501. Revenue from this fundraiser supports all athletic programs in the Ottumwa School District.

City Council to meet Tuesday evening

(Ottumwa)— When the Ottumwa City Council meets in regular session this evening it’s expected to approve a grant request for funding for two police officers.  The City is responsible for the required 25-percent match for these positions which has been included in the 2014/15 budget.  Additional task Force expenses will be financed by assessments made to other Task Force member agencies.  The Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug task Force includes the counties of Davis, Keokuk, Henry, Mahaska, Jefferson, Wapello and Van Buren. Also during tonight’s meeting, the council will consider aRead More

Anna Elizabeth “Liz” Cole Miller Laumeyer

Anna Elizabeth “Liz” Cole Miller Laumeyer, 87, of Ottumwa died at 9:35 P.M. Sunday March 30, 2014 at Hospice House, Ottumwa.  She was born March 24, 1927 at Keosauqua to Grover and Sarah Rhodes Cole and grew up in Van Buren County.  She married Leo Miller.  After his death she married Lawrence Laumeyer who also preceded her in death. Liz operated Truck Stop Café on Hwy. 63 South of Ottumwa and worked many years as a home health care giver.  She attended an Ottumwa Pentecostal Church. Surviving are two sons, Harold Miller of Ottumwa andRead More

Larry Long

Larry (Loose) Long, age 73 of Centerville, Iowa, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Aspen Rehab & Health Care, Silvis, IL. Funeral services will be held 2PM Wednesday afternoon April 2, 2014 at the Lange Funeral Home & Crematory, Centerville, Iowa with Pastor Brian Hargrave officiating. Visitation will be from 12PM until service time at 2PM at the Lange Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial has been established to the family and may be left at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at