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 ...

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 ...

Congressman Dave Loebsack will be in the area tomorrow to hold two broadband internet events, then tour Ottumwa’s Plastipak manufacturing facility. The Congressman will first be in Bloomfield to meet with ...

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. ...

Two okay after water rescue in Des Moines River

A peaceful day fishing in the Des Moines River nearly turned disastrous Tuesday morning when a boat overturned and two men wound up in the Des Moines River, clinging to their boat, just downstream of the Ottumwa ...

Hedrick teen killed in weekend crash

The Iowa State Patrol says that a teen from Hedrick was killed in a crash late Saturday Night. Bethanne Cooksey, 17 of Hedrick was killed when her 2005 Chevy Equinox collided with a 2010 Jeep Patriot at  Hwy 78 ...

Yard parking ordinance in effect

A press release from the city of Ottumwa says that the new ordinance barring parking in front yards has officially gone into effect. The nuisance code now prohibits parking of cars and trailers in the front yard of ...

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 ...

Potential 2016 GOP hopefuls visit Des Moines

Iowa farmers got their first sampling of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates on Saturday at the Iowa Agriculture Summit at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The list of speakers included Governors Chris Christy and ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

City Hall elevator to get repairs

A complete make over of the elevator at City Hall is a step closer to reality following action taken by the Ottumwa City Council last night. The council approved a resolution awarding a contract for the City Hall ...

The Iowa Department of Revenue has been made aware of a potential scam targeting Iowa taxpayers. The scam begins through an automated phone call that displays on caller ID as being from 515-281-3114. That phone ...

Done Deal!

(Ottumwa)— It’s official!  The canteen in the alley in downtown Ottumwa has been sold.  In an exclusive interview with Ottumwa Radio News, Shirley McBeth revealed the popular sandwich shop has been sold to ...

Ottumwa Generating Station providing cleaner energy for Iowans

OTTUMWA, Iowa – March 2, 2015 – Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility recently completed projects at the Ottumwa Generating Station (OGS) that are reducing emissions and making Iowa’s air cleaner. Local and state ...

Mumford and Sons apparently will not be performing in Ottumwa any time soon. Ottumwa Radio news has learned the Grammy Award winning British folk rock band will give a performance at Wartburg College in Waverly, ...

“Freezin’ for a Reason”- The first annual 2015 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics will be held Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 P.M. in Greater Ottumwa Park, hosted by the Wapello County ...

Fire prompts motel evacuation

A small electrical fire Saturday morning prompted the evacuation of the Colonial Motor Inn on Albia Road. Deputy Chief Cory Benge says that firefighters quickly knocked out the fire, which was contained mostly to ...