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Marie Scully

MARIE SCULLY, 94, of Ottumwa Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church


Mary Ellen Guevara

MARY ELLEN GUEVARA, 71, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. A Christian Wake will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday Memorials may be made to the Ottumwa Public Library


City Council to consider Quiet Zone

The city of Ottumwa could have it’s first ever railroad crossing quiet zone following tonight’s city council meeting. During tonight’s meeting that gets under way at 6:30 in the council chambers of City Hall, the council will consider a resolution approving the concept of railroad crossing quiet zones at the crossing grades between Iowa Avenue and Clay Street. Cities have the opportunity to mitigate the effects of train horn noise by establishing “quiet zones”.  By complying with federal regulations, the city may enforce a “no horn” restriction in that trains are not permitted to sound their hornsRead More


Bethanne Cooksey

BETHANNE COOKSEY, 17, of Hedrick Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Pekin High School. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery in Ottumwa. Memorials may be made to Pekin Community Schools Bethanne Cooksey Scholarship Fund Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Matthew Smith

MATTHEW SMITH, 33, of 813 Grant Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for his daughter, Lillian


David Hampshire

DAVID HAMPSHIRE, 79, of 1964 W. Finley Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday 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 begins at 10 a.m. Friday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.


Bill Christensen

BILL CHRISTENSEN, 86, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, IA. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christensen Scholarship Fund at Northwest Missouri State University


Judy Overturf

JUDY OVERTURF, 72, of Bloomfield Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties


Donations being accepted for Pages for Pennies book sale

Donated items are now being accepted for the fourth annual “Pages for Pennies Book Sale.” Donations of used books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, board games, puzzles, and sheet music are being accepted now through May 8th. Donated items can be dropped off in the lobby of Bridge View Center during regular business hours. Items can be left in two shopping carts draped in black located immediately inside the center’s main entrance. The book sale draws its inspiration from the former YWCA book sale with the proceeds benefiting the Friends of theRead More


City council to consider St. Joe Hospital project

Converting the former St. Joseph Hospital building into a housing unit will be considered by the Ottumwa City Council when it meets in regular session  Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Council chambers of City Hall. The council will consider a resolution of support for a Workforce Housing tax credit benefit application to be submitted by the developers at 312 East Alta Vista to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The developers of the project are seeking assistance in converting the building into residential housing.  The Iowa Economic Development Authority requires a match from the city.  SpecificallyRead More


Updated: Big Projects

Update: A press release from the City of Ottumwa says that Pennsylvania Avenue will close starting at around 8 A.M. on Monday, March 16. Pennsylvania Avenue east of Elm Street, to Van Buren Avenue will be closed to through traffic. A posted detour will be in place, and is pictured below. Original Post Ottumwa’s Public Information Coordinator Tom Rodgers today gave a summary of five major street re-construction projects that have either started in Ottumwa, or will be starting within the next few weeks. Motorists are being advised to watchRead More


Parking Warnings

If you receive one of those bright green “Warning Tickets” for illegally parking your motor vehicle or trailer on the grassy area of your front lawn, you need to contact the Ottumwa Health and Inspections Department, not the Ottumwa Police Department. Warning tickets will be issued the rest of the month of March, and enforcement of Ottumwa’s new Nuisance Ordinance change will begin April 1st of this year. Under the new code, no motor vehicle, whether it be car, truck, boat, RV or Trailer, is allowed to park on theRead More


OPD Staffing

Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew said today that he is facing a challenge with current vacancies in the Ottumwa Police Department. McAndrew noted that normal staffing on the Police Department consists of 39 Officers, but, with a combination of injuries and resignations, the Department is operating with a Staff of around 34. McAndrew said that there is a current vacancy in the Gang Officer position, and the downtown parking enforcement officer is also vacant. McAndrew added that wages and benefits do Not appear to be a factor in recruiting newRead More


Bridge View Meet and Greet

The Public is invited to a “Meet and Greet” event at Bridge View Center, Monday April 6th at 5 P.M. City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said that residents and business owners will have an opportunity to meet the new Bridge View Center Director, Scott Hallgren and to say goodbye to former director Larry Gawronski. Also, Abby Kisling from Tipton, Iowa will be introduced as the new Ottumwa Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Director, filling the position vacated by Mark Eckman, who took a job in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


City Gasoline Tax

The recent passage of the State’s 10 cent per gallon gasoline tax increase will mean about $400,000.00 more in revenues for the City’s Road Use Tax Fund, according to City Administrator Joe Helfenberger. Helfenberger said that the additional monies translate into re-constructing an additional 4 city blocks of roads and street maintenance. The increase in the gasoline tax will also benefit Wapello County, with an additional $600,000.00 in revenues. Helfenberger said that the increased revenue can only be spent on street construction and street maintenance, through the Road Use TaxRead More


Neighborhood Meeting About Church St Project

March 6, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The public is invited to an informational neighborhood meeting about the upcoming Church Street Reconstruction Project.  The meeting will be Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 PM at Bridge View Center, 102 Church Street. The meeting is for sharing information with the community about the project’s construction schedule, work zone traffic changes and street closings, impacts of the project on the neighborhood and other public improvements.  The meeting is open to the public; residents and businesses in the project area are especially invited to attend.Read More


Stephen Craig Chrisman

STEPHEN CRAIG CHRISMAN, 66, of Highland Center and formerly of Ottumwa His body has been cremated. Graveside services and burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


June 27 & 28 – Eddyville 175th Celebration

Eddyville will be hosting an Eddyville 175th Celebration this summer. Our celebration committee is asking if it is possible for you to help us get the word out by metioning this information on the radion. “Eddyville 175th Celebration will be held in downtown Eddyville on June 27 and 28, 2015. Mark your calendar!!”


Updated: Amber Alert

Update: The amber alert was canceled on Sunday Morning after Brianna Crane was returned safely to Johnson County Sheriffs Office by a third party, and Kenneth Johns was arrested by a SWAT team without incident. AMBER Alert Information NCIC: m272517853 Date: 2015-03-07 Time: 15:33:08 Location: SOLON,IA Destination: UNKNOWN Vehicle Information Color: GRY Year: 2014 Make: FORD Model: FOCUS License Plate Number: Other: UNKNOWN PLATES CRANE,BRIANNA CHRITINE ELISE (Child) General Information Race: W Gender: F Age: 9 Height: 4’00 Weight: 85 Hair: BRO Eyes: HAZ Other Important Information Their Clothing: Shirt/Blouse:Read More


Missing Person

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a 92 year old man Missouri. A search is under way for 92 year old Norris Edwin Gaffney.  He is described as a white male 5 feet 10 inches tall weighing 210 pounds.  He has white hair, blue eyes and was last wearing bib overalls, a hat and possibly wearing glasses. He was last seen Friday morning at 8:30 on a gravel road west of the Scotland County high school in a brown 1992 Chrysler with Missouri license SL 1F1F. GaffneyRead More


Penn Ave Reconstruction – Phase 2 – Kicks Off Next Week

March 5, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Work is scheduled to resume on the Pennsylvania Avenue Reconstruction Project next week.   DeLong Construction of Washington, Iowa will kick off phase 2 construction on Monday, March 9th, conditions permitting. The first step of construction will be to install an off road sanitary sewer south of Pennsylvania Avenue and east of Fellows Street. This portion of the project is expected to take one week to complete.   When the sewer work is complete, the section of Pennsylvania Avenue east of Elm Street to Van Buren AvenueRead More


Iowa Avenue Reconstruction Starting Monday

March 5, 2015  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Work on the $2.5 million Iowa Avenue Reconstruction Project is set to begin on Monday, March 9th.  The overall project includes full width, full depth street reconstruction, new sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water main on Iowa Avenue from Main Street to Highway 34.   Starting Monday, Iowa Avenue will be closed to through traffic from the north side of the railroad tracks down to the Elks Lodge.    Drivers will need to detour around to enter Iowa Avenue at the intersection with U.S. Highway 34/63. This initialRead More


Everett Shields

EVERETT SHIELDS, 86, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jay Allison officiating. 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 will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.


Iowa Avenue Project

Ottumwa Public Works Director Larry Seals said today that re-construction work on the first phase of Iowa Avenue, from Main Street to near the Elks Club, will begin next week, likely on Tuesday. That portion of Iowa Avenue will be closed on Tuesday, Seals said, and employees, particularly those who work at Cargill Meat Solutions, will have to get to the pork processing plant via Highway 34. Seals said that preparation work for closing that portion of Iowa Avenue will be going on tomorrow and Monday in the construction zone.Read More


Update on oil pipeline to through SE Iowa

At least three Iowa counties have hired engineers to oversee the installation of a proposed underground oil pipeline pending its approval by the Iowa Board of Utilities. Officials report that Webster county Tuesday approved the hire of an engineer to survey the pipeline’s construction . Dakota Access LLC a unit of Energy Transfer Partners applied in January for the structure that would cut through 18 Iowa counties including several in southeast Iowa. Calhoun and Sac counties have also secured engineering services. The proposed pipeline would carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota across South Dakota and Iowa to Patoka, Illinois. TheRead More