City leaders meet with public on zoning rewrite

City leaders met with the public Thursday night at Bridge View Center for a meeting about the rewrite of Ottumwa’s zoning ordinance. Ottumwa’s Planning and Zoning Director Jody Gates says that the code ...

Orman Lemonds, Bass Play for the local country band The Rhythem Playboys, has died. He was 85. Lemonds, his daughter Lyla Rose Drey and fellow musicians Ed Muchow, Pete Peterson, and Mike Miller entertained Southern ...

Councilman Dalbey talks quiet zones

The Ottumwa City Council, on a 4 to 1 vote in favor, moved the possibility of establishing what are called “quiet zones” at 7 Railroad Crossings in Ottumwa, from Iowa Avenue to Clay Street. Ottumwa City ...

Diversity conference is tomorrow

The Diversity Conference hosted by Indian Hills Community College is tomorrow. Attendees will see keynote speeches by Michael Kutcher, twin brother of actor Ashton Kutcher. He will share his life story, being ...

Several cases of cattle rustling is under investigation by the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies say in the last three weeks they have received three different reports of young calves being ...

City moves forward with airport plans

The City of Ottumwa is moving forward with it’s airport improvement plan following action by the City Council Tuesday Night. The council voted to amend the airport urban renewal plan, otherwise known as the ...

Davis County announces location for proposed jail

The Davis County Sheriff’s office has announced the location for the county’s proposed new jail and law enforcement center. The County has entered into an agreement with the owner of the piece of land directly ...

Pages for Pennies

Donations are now being accepted for the upcoming 4th annual “Pages for Pennies” book sale, to be held at Bridge View Center May 15, 16, and 17. Sonja Farrell, Director of the Ottumwa Public Library, said that ...

An inmate serving a life sentence for a 1979 kidnapping in Jefferson County has died at the Iowa State Penitentiary. A release from the Department of Justice says that Robert Ray Padget died late last night of ...

The Iowa Supreme court has unanimously decided to review a lower court’s ruling that affirmed a former Lee County maintenance worker cannot collect 186-thousand dollars in damages awarded by a jury for being ...

City Council talks drug task force, St. Joe, quiet zones

The Ottumwa Police Department will re-apply for a drug task force grant following action by the Ottumwa City Council. Chief Tom McAndrew says that the department has received the grant for the past 26 years. The ...

City to host community meeting on zoning

The City of Ottumwa is in the process of updating its Zoning Code.  Zoning is a tool for planning land use in a community by designating areas (zones) for certain types of use and future development.   The City ...

Tenco elects new officers

The Tenco Board of Directors and the Tenco Foundation Trustees recently elected a new slate of officers. Leisa Walker is the new president of the Tenco Board of Directors, while Nancy Emanuel assumes duties as the ...

Supervisors talk secondary roads

The Wapello County Board of Supervisors met this morning, on the agenda was the secondary roads construction program. This years projects include a new deck for the Des Moines River bridge at Eldon. County ...

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 ...

Red flag warning

A red flag warning has been issued for much of our listening area including the cities of Ottumwa, Bloomfield, Oskaloosa, Albia, and Centerville. A red flag warning means that conditions are right to create an ...

Deadline approaching for Oskaloosa Chamber scholarships

The deadline is fast approaching for Mahaska County high school seniors to submit applications for college scholarships. The Oskaloosa Area Chamber is heading up the campaign to raise funds to provide several ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Beach task force talks home expo, renovations

The Beach Ottumwa Task Force Committee met last night, on the agenda was a discussion of how the home expo outreach went. Keith Caviness says he received a lot of comments from the public. “They did not know that ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Cities engineering department is preparing for yet another streets project. Church Street will be closed from five corners to Ransom Street while the city does a full depth, full width reconstruction. The ...

Updated: Fatal motorcycle accident on Jefferson

Update:  We’ve received more information about yesterday’s fatal motorcycle crash. While the press release did release the victim’s identity, as a matter of respect for the family, KBIZ has ...