Melissa Lambrecht


Farmland values decline

A new report indicates farmland values in southeast Iowa have slipped. A new survey conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute shows the average value of good farmland declined by 5.4-percent yp 11-thousand, 104 dollars over the past six month. The report says combined with a 5.4-percent decline with a 1.2-percent increase reported in September indicates a statewide average decline of 4.2-percent for the year running from March of last year to March first of this year. All nine crop reporting districts posted decreases over the past six months.  TheRead More

Trivia Night tables are filling up

(OTTUMWA)  – Only 6 tables remain open for the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival’s 2nd Annual Trivia Night on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Hotel Ottumwa to benefit the organization’s upcoming summer festival. Trivia Night committee members say it’s going to be an exciting evening filled with drinks, food, music and a lot of thinking. “We have categories ranging from sports to science and music to history. Some will be in the form of questions and others will be visual clues,” says Dennis Willhoit, president of AGPAF. Teams ofRead More

OWI arrests

(Ottumwa)—  Statistics from the Ottumwa Police Department shows 118  persons were arrested in Ottumwa last year for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The average age of the drivers arrested for owi was 32.  81-percent of the drivers were males, while 18-percent of the drivers were females. Statistics also show the average blood alcohol content of the drunk drivers was .154.  As of July of 2003, a person with a blood alcohol content of .08 or above is considered legally intoxicated in Iowa. 34 persons refused to provide a breathe sample in orderRead More

Third Ottumwa legislative forum to be held April 5th

(Ottumwa) – The League of Women Voters of Ottumwa invites area residents to its third and final legislative forum of the session on April 5 at Bridge View Center. The forums are designed to provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions of the state legislators representing parts of Wapello County during the 2014 session of the Iowa General Assembly. All four of those legislators are invited to participate in the forum including state Reps. Mary Gaskill and Larry Sheets as well as state Sens. Mark Chelgren and Ken Rozenboom.Read More

Finalists named in Iowa’s Best Burger contest

(Radio Iowa) – Ten finalists have been named for the title of “Iowa’s Best Burger.”  This marks the fifth year for the contest run by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. This year, Iowans submitted more than 9,600 nominations naming 456 restaurants. The 10 finalists, which received the most nominations are (in alphabetical order): Ankeny Diner, Ankeny Big City Burgers & Greens, Des Moines Brick City Grill, Ames Elm’s Club, Creston Ferg’s My Tighe’s, Grand Junction First Street Grille, Keosauqua Ride’s Bar & Grill, Fort DodgeRead More

Darrell Clark

DARRELL CLARK, 88, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday 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 1 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.  Memorials may be made to the family

Ruth O’Dell

RUTH O’DELL, 97, of 418 N. Ash Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the family present form 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Memorials may be made to the First Church of God

Bobby Whatley

BOBBY WHATLEY, 78, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ottumwa Baptist Temple. 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. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family

Alliant Energy reaches agreement to extend Iowa electric base rate freeze and provide customer credits

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – March 25, 2014 – Customers of Alliant Energy’s Iowa electric utility will see no increase in their base electric rates through 2016. Credits will also be included in customer bills based on the three-year agreement filed with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) today.   The agreement is a collective effort by Alliant Energy, the Office of Consumer Advocate, Iowa Consumer Coalition, and the Large Energy Group. It will become effective when approved by the IUB.   The customer credits will be $70 million in 2014, $25Read More

Congratulations to the 2014 Southern Prairie Heroes of the Heartland Honorees

(Ottumwa, IA)Tuesday, March 25, 2014-The Southern Prairie Chapter of the American Red Cross is thrilled to announce the 2014 Heroes of the Heartland. These seven individuals are ordinary people who do truly extraordinary things. They help their communities when the need is most critical. The 2014 Heroes of the Heartland are: Jim and Darla Jackson – Since their retirement from the Ottumwa community schools, Jim and Darla Jackson have dedicated themselves to the dogs and cats in their community. Jim and Darla are enthusiastic supporters of Heartland Humane Society. TheyRead More

Unemployment rate slips

(Des Moines)— A new report from Iowa Work Force Development shows the state’s unemployment rate for January increased slightly. The latest report shows the state’s unemployment rate at 4.3-percent compared to 4.2 percent in December.  The current rate compares favorably with the January report of 2013 when the rate was 5-percent. In Southeast Iowa Wapello County’s unemployment rate is 6.5 percent, Jefferson’s County’s rate is 5.9-percent, Van Buren County at 6-percent, Henry County 5.9-percent and Washington County with 5.4-percent. The nation’s unemployment rate for January is 6.6-percent down slightly fromRead More

Genevieve A. Runyon

  Genevieve A. Runyon, 90, of Bloomfield died at 10:43 P.M. Monday March 24, 2014 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.  She was born September 10, 1923 in Cantril to Raymond and Birdie Scott Randolph and married Leslie B. Runyon on February 14, 1942 at Memphis, MO.  He died January 5, 1987. Genevieve lived most of her life in Lebanon on the farm with her husband until they retired and moved to Keosauqua in 1970.  Following her husband’s death she moved to Bloomfield in 1989.  She was a member of the Drakesville United Methodist Church, volunteer atRead More

Sex Offender arrested

(Ottumwa)— A registered sex offender from Ottumwa is back behind bars after violating the Sex Offender Registry guidelines. A press release from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department says 26 year old Jeremy Pilcher was arrested Sunday afternoon after an investigation found he was not residing at the address that was provided to the Sheriff’s Department. Pilcher is charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registry an aggravated misdemeanor.  He is being held in the Wapello County Jail on a 20-thousand dollar cash only bond.

Betty Jean Harris

BETTY JEAN HARRIS, 89, of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. Memorials may be made to the Ecumenical Lord’s Cupboard

Marjorie Cowles

MARJORIE COWLES, 90, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church

Dixie Petary

DIXIE PETARY, 73, of 356 N. McPherson Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with inurnment in Eldon Cemetery Visitation with the family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to the family

Rich to speak at IHCC Vision Awards

OTTUMWA — The Regional Economic Advancement team at Indian Hills Community College is excited to announce that Terry Rich, President and CEO of Iowa Lottery, will deliver the keynote address at the Third Annual Vision Awards on April 24th. In addition to being CEO of Iowa Lottery and former CEO of Blank Park Zoo, Rich is also an accomplished entrepreneur. He has developed five companies, including Rich Heritage Inc., a national marketing and television production company. Individuals and organizations interested in attending the Vision Awards may purchase tickets online atRead More

Washington County Man Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine

DAVENPORT, IA – On March 21, 2014, Kyle Joseph Boileau, age 27, was sentenced by United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 48 months in prison for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Boileau was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following the imprisonment and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. Beginning in during or about April 2012, and continuing until on or about December 5, 2012, Boileau conspired with others toRead More

Trout Stocking-Fishing Derby in Ottumwa Park Saturday

(Ottumwa)  –  Local anglers will have an opportunity to trout fish in Ottumwa this spring.   The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be stocking 2,000 trout at the Ottumwa Park Campground pond at 11 AM on Saturday, March 29th.  A fishing derby will be held with the stocking.  There will be 200 tagged fish in the release; 100 brook trout and 100 rainbow trout.  Persons catching the tagged trout will be eligible to win prizes. Anglers must be properly licensed and possess an Iowa trout stamp to fish for trout.  ChildrenRead More

Hunting accident injures one

(Burlington)— Officials say a southeast Iowa man is recovering after he shot himself in the foot while hunting. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 31 year old Dustin Guernsey was injured Saturday in Lee County. He was hunting snow geese at the time of the mishap. DNR officers say he was carrying equipment and his shotgun as he walked across a field.  He apparently stumbled and the shotgun discharged into his left foot. Guernsey was taken to a local hospital for the treatment of injuries.

Vernon Easton

VERNON EASTON, 80, of 1953 Chester Ave., Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday (today) with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Memorials may be made to the family

Henry County Dispatcher Charged with Theft

Des Moines, IOWA — In the fall of 2013, Henry County Sheriff Rich McNarnee discovered  financial discrepancies in his office. Sheriff McNarnee brought this to the attention of the Iowa State Auditor’s Office and they confirmed it during their annual audit. The  Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was requested for assistance in January 2014. On March 20, 2014, the investigation was concluded.  As  result  of that  investigation, office employee Jami Mallonee was terminated from employment and charged with Theft 4th Degree.

Ottumwa teen arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

  (Update) –  There’s new developments in regards to a 17 year old Ottumwa teen arrested by Ottumwa Police Wednesday on a charge of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree. Arrested was Kraigen A. Grooms Ottumwa Police became involved in an investigation involving the sexual assault of a small child. NBC 5 News in Dallas, Texas says Grooms was wanted in connection to the sexual abuse of an infant in North Texas. Grooms was arrested after a 30 hour manhunt that began on Tuesday in Texas when federal officials detailed during a press conference the alleged sexual abuse of a toddler victim by the suspect.Read More

“Ruby” Doneen Coffin

  “Ruby” Doneen Coffin, 62, of Stockport died at 10:25 P.M. March 18, 2014, at Jefferson County Hospital, Fairfield. She was born September 2, 2013, at Leon, IA to Kenneth W.  and Donna J. Snyder Carrico and married Gary L. Coffin Aug 3, 1984.  He died September 1, 2011. Doneen lived most of her life in the Stockport area, graduated from Van Buren High School and worked at Casey’s General store in Fairfield as a manager. Surviving are a son Philip Ward (Carol) of Berthound, CO, two daughters, Jennifer Holthus of Stockport and DaylynRead More

Jeannette Smith

Jeannette Smith, 80, of Keosauqua died at 9:15 A.M. March 18, 2014, at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  She was born October 14, 1934 at Memphis, MO to Theodor “Jerry” and Ethel Runquist Clapper and married Don Smith on March 17, 1952, in Missouri. He preceded her in death. Jeannette lived most of her life in Scotts Bluff, NE and worked for Nebraska Triple A as a supervisor.  After her retirement she moved to Phoenix, AZ and then to Keosauqua. Surviving are two sons, Donald Smith and David Smith (Sheryl) and a daughter,  KathleenRead More