Melissa Lambrecht


Market Street Bridge Construction

January 30, 2014 – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Motorists are advised that the Market Street Bridge will be closing to all traffic on Monday, February 3rd for the deck replacement project.  The $2.9 million Market Street Bridge Deck Replacement Project consists of demolition of the existing bridge deck down to the piers.    A new deck will be constructed with improved driving lanes, a wider pedestrian walkway and new decorative hand rail and lighting fixtures. The Market Street Bridge will remain closed until completion of the project, expected to be late fall 2014.  Drivers will needRead More

Sister Marilyn Reyes

Sister Marilyn Reyes, CHM, age 94, formerly of Centerville, Iowa, died on January 28, 2014 at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, IA. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM, Monday, February 3, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville with Father Bill Hubmann officiating.  A visitation will be held on Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 10-11:30 AM.  Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville.  Memorials have been established to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory,Read More

Workman Named Sales and Marketing Manager at Bridge View Center

   (Ottumwa) – Bridge View Center and VenuWorks are pleased to welcome Kurtis Workman to Bridge View Center as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator. His duties began on December 10. Workman will be responsible for planning and implementing all sales and marketing activities along with assisting in the development of sales policies and marketing initiatives to promote a positive image for the Bridge View Center. Workman comes to Bridge View Center with experience in sales, marketing and special event planning. Most recently, he was employed at the Ottumwa Courier as Classified Advertising Manager and anRead More

Dowling Named Director of Operations at Bridge View Center

   (Ottumwa) – Bridge View Center and VenuWorks of Ottumwa are pleased to welcome Matt Dowling to the Bridge View Center as Director of Operations. He began his duties on January 28. His responsibilities will be for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, custodial, event conversion, audio-visual and grounds keeping for Bridge View Center. Dowling joins Bridge View Center following a nine year career with the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. There, he oversaw the operations of the 750,000 square foot Convention Center and assisted with the safety and security of the National Bowling Stadium, event center, livestockRead More

Centerville Resident wins a Dodge Charger from Menards

(Ottumwa) – Ray Johnston of Centerville, IA will receive the keys to a brand new 2014 Dodge Charger (valued at around $34,500) during a prize ceremony at the Ottumwa, IA Menards store located at 1898 Venture Drive on Wednesday, February 5th at 1:00 pm. Mr. Johnston was selected as the Grand Prize Winner after registering for the Menards November, 2013 Vehicle Sweepstakes at Ottumwa, IA Menards and will be awarded the vehicle on behalf of Menards and one of its vendors, DPI. Doug Yeoman, Ottumwa Menards General Manager says, “Ottumwa Menards is very excited to presentRead More

Dog Licenses Available

January 29, 2014 – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Dog owners are reminded that 2014 City dog licenses are now available for purchase.   Licensing is required for any dog over the age of six months in the City of Ottumwa, unless the dog is kept in a kennel licensed by the State of Iowa for breeding and sale purposes.  The license fee is $5.00 per dog through June 30th.   On July 1st of each year, the fee increases to $10.00 per dog.    The owner must present a current certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian showingRead More

Cathy Loyd

CATHY LOYD, 61, of  914 S. Milner Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Ottumwa Cemetery Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Monday with the family present one hour prior to the service Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society

John Ware

JOHN WARE , 70, of 17087 Valley Ave., Bloomfield Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Reece Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Gilead 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 4 p.m. Friday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.  Memorials may be made to the family to be designated later

Robert Shaw

ROBERT SHAW, 71, of Ottumwa Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Shaul Cemetery Memorials may be made to Care Initiatives Hospice Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Theda Van De Pol

THEDA VAN DE POL, 87, formerly of Blakesburg Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Blakesburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blakesburg First Responders.

First Friday Art Walk

Fairfield 1st entitled Art in Film & Photography. Located at a number of venues in the downtown area including the Sondheim Theater, The Orpheum Theater, The Fairfield Public Library, The Carnegie Historical Museum, Urban Village Collective, Gallery 56 and ICON Gallery. Art Walk will begin at 6:00PM and run at some locations until 10:00PM Art in Film and Photography will present films, projects and photographs by well known area and visiting artists. Works will include: the Fairfield Photography Group at Gallery 56; ICON Gallery highlighting Bill Teeple in Bill’s Space and John Preston in the Main Gallery; AwardRead More

Two Arrested on Marijuana Charges

On January 22, 2014, a search warrant was executed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 308 South14th Street in Fairfield, Iowa. This search warrant was done as a culmination of an ongoing investigation into illegal drugs being distributed at that residence. Under supervision of law enforcement, a concerned citizen had made controlled purchases of marijuana from that residence several times. At the time the search warrant was executed, several items were seized from the home including marijuana, scales, packaging material consistent with what controlled purchases of marijuana had been made in, and drug paraphernalia, alongRead More

William “Bill” Bradshaw

WILLIAM “BILL” BRADSHAW, 56, of Hedrick Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Reece Funeral Home Burial will be in Brooks Cemetery near Hedrick Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his name. Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Deanna Egbert

DEANNA EGBERT, 56, of 322 E. Pennsylvania Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Reece Funeral Home Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Keenan Rockhold

KEENAN ROCKHOLD, 1 year old infant Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tues., Jan. 28 at First Pentecostal Assembly of God Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Monday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the family. Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

William Penn Athletes Earn Academic Laurels

Four members of last fall’s William Penn Statesmen football team were both productive on the field as well as in the books as the Mid-States Football Association announced its all-academic team this week. Brock Peery (Sr., Payson, Utah, Secondary Education) topped the navy and gold with a 3.81 Grade Point Average, tying him for 22nd on the list.  The award is the second for Peery.  He is one of 38 student-athletes who were also honored in previous years.  A total of 115 players garnered the academic recognition throughout the Association.Read More

OHS Hoops Looks to Regroup, Prepare for Lincoln

The good news for both the Ottumwa High girls and boys basketball teams is that the next game is just around the corner. After both Bulldog hoops squads struggled in lopsided road losses at West Des Moines Valley on Tuesday, OHS has its sights set on Friday night, when Des Moines Lincoln will visit Ottumwa for a pivotal CIML Metro Conference doubleheader. The Ottumwa girls can draw on some recent history for inspiration.  For starters, the Bulldogs already own a win over Lincoln, having beaten the Railsplitters on their homeRead More

2014-15 Football District Assignments For Area Schools

Class 4A, District 6 Ottumwa, Burlington, Cedar Rapids Washington, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Iowa City High, Muscatine Class 3A, District 5 Fairfield, Clear Creek-Amana, Davenport Assumption, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant, Washington Class 3 A, District 7 Oskaloosa, Carlisle, Chariton, Knoxville, Norwalk, Pella, Saydel Class 2A, District 7 Albia, Centerville, Davis County, Clarke, C-M-B, North Polk, PCM Class 1A, District 6 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Sigourney-Keota, Columbus, Highland, Iowa City Regina, Pella Christian, West Marshall Class A, District 6 Cardinal, Pekin, Van Buren, Danville, Lone Tree, New London, WACO, Winfield-Mount Union 8-man, District 6 Moravia, Twin Cedars, Harmony, Lamoni, Melcher-Dallas,Read More

Heading East: OHS Football Gets New District For 2014-15

Sometimes, the rumor turns out to be true. The Iowa High School Athletic Association on Thursday released its football district assignments for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and as it had been speculated, Ottumwa High was placed in a Class 4A district containing teams from the eastern part of the state.  The Bulldogs join Burlington, Cedar Rapids Washington, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Iowa City High and Muscatine in District 6 of Class 4A. Ottumwa’s district the previous two seasons had included only teams to its west, as the western half ofRead More

City of Ottumwa Deer Season Ends

(Ottumwa) – The City of Ottumwa’s eighth deer season for bow hunters began on September 14, 2013 and recently concluded on January 19, 2014. During the season, thirty seven (37) hunters registered with the police department to participate in the program. During the four month season, forty-one (41) does, one (1) button buck, and one (1) buck were harvested bringing the total harvest number to forty-three (43). Two hunters qualified for buck tags for the first half of next year’s season.  Over the last three years, deer harvest numbers for the city deer seasonRead More

Former Iowa State Professor Pleads Guilty to False Statements

(DES MOINES) – United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt announced that Dr. Palaniappa Molian, of Ames, pled guilty on January 24, 2014, to two felony counts relating to false statements made to the National Science Foundation. According to the written plea agreement, in December of 2009, Dr. Molian, as a principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to Iowa State University, submitted a reimbursement expense voucher that contained false statements. Dr. Molian claimed in a requested reimbursement that he traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, to work on an Iowa State University National Science Foundation grant researchRead More

Earl Allen Wilcoxson

Earl Allen Wilcoxson, 70, of Milton died at 11:08 P.M. Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 at University Hospital, Iowa City.  He was born Aug. 25, 1943 in Quincy, IL to Earl A., Sr. and Mary Yoe Wilcoxson and married Marcia Day Ragen Feb. 10, 1979 in Memphis, MO.  He grew up in the Albia area, lived many years in Milton and was employed as an over-the-road truck driver, most recently for Troutman Trucking, Bonaparte. Surviving are his wife, six daughters, Tracy Miller (Matthew) of Farragut, Terri Wilcoxson of Wilton, Tammy Harrelson (Mike) of Alamogordo,Read More

Family loses home in fire

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(Ottumwa)— An early morning fire caused considerable damage to a house located south of Ottumwa off of highway 63. The fire was reported to the Wapello County Rural Fire Department shortly after 6:30 Monday morning on Little Soap Road.  When firemen arrived on the scene flames and smoke could be seen coming from the house. Officials say it appears the fire may have started in a chimney.  Firemen were hampered by extremely cold temperatures and a strong northwest wind. The house was considered to be a total loss. The family is being assisted by theRead More

Ottumwa Police Recover Stolen Property

   James Edward Deevers    Daniel Vandello (Ottumwa) – During the week of December 30, 2013, officers from the Ottumwa Police Department executed 2 search warrants which resulted in the recovery of stolen property. Some of the stolen property recovered consisted of jewelry, tools, construction equipment, clothing, wall art, a deer head, and other miscellaneous household items. The first search warrant was executed on December 30, 2013, at 426 N. Iowa Ave., Ottumwa IA. The second search warrant was executed on December 31, 2013, at 303 N. Marion in Ottumwa. On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, officers executedRead More

Death Investigation in Oskaloosa

(Oskaloosa) – The Oskaloosa Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are working a death investigation regarding an 18 month old girl in Oskaloosa, Iowa. On Friday, January 24, 2014, at approximately 2:11p.m., the Oskaloosa Police Department received a 911 call from Apartment 224 at the Southern Hills Apartment Complex located at 18th Avenue East in Oskaloosa.  Upon arriving at the scene, officers found the 18 month old girl deceased. An autopsy was conducted over the weekend by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny, Iowa.  TheRead More