Melissa Lambrecht


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

Evans Principal Named

  The Ottumwa Community School District didn’t have to look far for the next principal of Evans Middle School—in fact, literally just right down the road. Ottumwa native, Missy Carson-Roark, has been named the principal at Evans Middle School, effective July 1. She will replace Dave Harper, who will become the superintendent at Sigourney Community Schools.   Carson-Roark received her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Coaching from Creighton University, a Masters of Arts in Behavior Disorders from Morningside College, and her Educational Administration degree from Drake University. She startedRead More

Janice Breon

JANICE BREON, 68, of Hedrick Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Brooks Cemetery, near Hedrick. Memorials may be made to Arendt-Bowlin-Stubbs Post #83 American Legion Auxiliary

Richard Sammons

RICHARD SAMMONS, 45, of rural Eddyville Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Pleasant Corners Cemetery near Eddyville. Memorials may be made to the family for an agricultural scholarship to be made in Richard’s name at a later date.

Cheryl Farrington

CHERYL FARRINGTON, 92, of Ottumwa Memorial Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with inurnment in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.

Gerald Ostrander

GERALD OSTRANDER, 87, of 1410 W. Williams Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association

Robert Musgrove

ROBERT MUSGROVE, 88, of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post 775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post 3 American Legion The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Davis County High School Choir

Bill Cosby coming to Bridge View Center

Ottumwa, IA – One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby, has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books, such as Fatherhood and I Didn’t Ask to be Born (But I’m Glad I Was). His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers and he’s coming to the Bridge View Center for a very special evening on June 7, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, March 7 at 10:00 A.M. Ticket prices are $72.00, $59.00, and $49.00 and can beRead More

Lawmakers almost come to blows

  (Des Moines)— Debate in the Iowa Senate got more than a little heated today. The Des Moines Register reports that a heated debate between Senator Mark Chelgren of Ottumwa and Senator Tom Courtney of Burlington got into a bitter argument calling each other liars and moving to the front of the senate podium where they fiercely argued. Senate Democratic Leader Michael Gronstal and Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix  moved to join them in an attempt to calm the situation. The argument ensued during a debate over Senate File 2320 a bill relating to providersRead More

El Rancho Grande Demolition

At approximately 8:15, Tuesday morning, DeCarlo Demolition from Des Moines began demolition on El Rancho Grande.    Ottumwa Radio spoke with Rich Finley, from DeCarlo Demolition, this morning about the delay in demolition.  He stated that they won the bid in November but the weather had delayed the demolition until, today.  You will remember the building was completely destroyed by fire on April 9, 2013.     Raw video from the start of demolition, Tuesday morning: Previous stories: El Rancho Grande Total Loss El Rancho Grande Fire – Video ElRead More

Vehicle pursuit

Officers of the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) were involved with a vehicle pursuit on 03/01/2014 at approximately 6:55 AM. FPD Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle believed to be driven by a subject with a felony Escape warrant from a “halfway house” probation facility in Iowa. The subject had walked away from this facility a few months prior and several law enforcement agencies were assisting to locate him. The subject refused to stop for the FPD Officer and led to a two county vehicle pursuit through Fairfield, Jefferson County, WapelloRead More

Margaret Striegel

Hedrick Margaret Striegel, 92, died March 1, 2014 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. A private family service will be held. Visitation will be Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 the Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney Burial will be in Pleasant grove Cemetery in Sigourney. Arrangements by Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney

Drakesville man facing numerous charges

(Drakesville)—- A 45 year old Drakesville man is facing numerous charges following his arrest by the Davis county Sheriff’s Department. Roger Blew has been charged with 28 counts of animal neglect, livestock neglect and duty to dispose of dead bodies. Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis says 8 of the charges are serious misdemeanors  which could carry up to 1 year in jail on each count.  The remaining charges are all simple misdemeanors charges which carry up to 30 days in jail on each account.  Bond for Blew has been setRead More

Salvation Army to close Meals on Wheels

(Ottumwa)— Ottumwa Radio news has learned the Salvation Army’s “Meals on Wheels” program will be discontinued on May 31st. Cpt. Ruth from the Salvation Army in Ottumwa told Ottumwa Radio News the program has become a financial burden for the Salvation Army. Thus the meal site will be closed. Cpt. Ruth says an announcement was made Thursday afternoon to patrons who utilize the program. In addition, Cpt. Ruth says the Salvation Army has been working with the Seneca Agency on Aging to continue the program. Again, the Salvation Army inRead More

The winter of 2013/14 has been snowy

(Ottumwa)— So how snowy has it been this winter?  According to State Climatologist Harry Hillaker, the winter of 2013/14 has been snowier than in the past. So far residents in southeast Iowa have seen more than three feet of snow or a total of 40 inches of snow.  The average amount of snow in southeast Iowa is 25 to 30 inches of snow. Looking at snow depth across the state varies.  Hillaker says the western half of Iowa has been relatively snow free with only one foot of snow recorded.  In eastern Iowa it’s just the opposite withRead More

Frances Pope

Graveside services for 89, year old Frances Pope of Fremont will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 11:00 AM at Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery (South) in Fremont.   Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM Saturday at Fremont Funeral Chapel. A procession will form at the funeral chapel at 10:45 for those wishing to attend the service.   Fremont Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements for 89 year old Frances Pope.

Ottumwa Radio presented with Most Engaged Member Award


Ottumwa Radio Group was presented an award from the Centerville Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce last night at the annual Chamber banquet for the most engaged member, in recognition of our involvement and participation in Chamber of Commerce programs and activities. Ottumwa Radio Group will continue to be an active member in the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area community for many years to come, and were very honored to receive such an award.

2013 records largest drug operation in Southeast Iowa

(Ottumwa)— A report released today by the Ottumwa Police Department indicates 2013 saw the largest number of drug arrests. A press release issued by Lt. Jason Bell from the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force says since July of 2012 members of the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the drug task force and the Drug Enforcement Administration Des Moines residence office have been conducting an investigation of a multi-layered methamphetamine drug trafficking organization located in and around the Ottumwa area. During the investigation almost 27 controlled transactions of meth ranging in quantityRead More