McDanel to claim self defense

Another update now on a local murder case. Dustin McDanel’s attorney filed notice with the court that he intends to claim self-defense in his first-degree murder trial. McDanel was charged with the January 4th ...

Chicago, Scheherazade open this week

The Indian Hills Community College Drama Department is in the final stages of preparing their spring show: Chicago. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is a satire on corruption in the administration ...

City Council approves Hardee’s, Pro Lube rezone

The Ottumwa City Council met in regular session Tuesday night in the council chambers of City Hall. The City Council gave approval to the site plans for Ottumwa’s newest restaurant, Hardee’s. KBIZ first reported ...

During its monthly all-day session, Ottumwa Leadership Academy focused on local business, industry, and agriculture.  The Academy was able to talk with General Manager Randy Zorn of Cargill Meat Solutions and Plant ...

An Ottumwa Doctor who practices at the Jefferson County Health Center’s Medical Arts Clinic in Fairfield says that Jefferson County has one of the lowest immunization rates in Iowa. Dr. Jay Heistman, a ...

Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio is touting a recent trip by an Ottumwa delegation to the Nation’s Capital as a very positive experience. Mayor Lazio, along with City Administrator Joe Helfenberger, Public Works ...

The City of Ottumwa has closed the bridge in Wildwood Park for an indefinite period of time. City Officials closed the structure this morning around 8 A.M., after discovering a “hole” in the floor of the ...

Vandalism suspected in OHS fire

Vandalism is suspected in a small fire at the Ottumwa High School this morning. School Officials note that the fire was quickly extinguished, and only minor damage to a toilet paper dispenser, and a bathroom divider ...

The Wapello County Health Fair is this Saturday at the YMCA. Activities include a pancake breakfast for $3, Dizzy the Clown will do Dizzercise with the kids, free chair massages, free H.Pyloric tests, free games ...

Two potential presidential candidates to visit Ottumwa this week

Two potential Republican Presidential Candidates will be visiting Ottumwa this week. Carly Fiorina will be in town on Thursday, at 1pm in the New Republican Office at 711 Church St in Ottumwa. Fiorina is the former ...

City Council to consider more improvements for the downtown area

When the Ottumwa City Council meets in regular session Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the council chambers of city hall, it will consider a resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign an agreement with Main Street Ottumwa ...

A car VS motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon had traffic slowed on the southbound lanes of the Wapello Street Extension in the Greater Ottumwa Park. Witnesses told KBIZ that a motorcycle was traveling southbound on ...

American Gothic Quilts

The American Gothic House Center is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibit “American Gothic” in Stitches:  Quilts inspired by the famous painting. The exhibition will feature nine works by skilled quilters ...

(Gallery) House fire north of Ottumwa

A fire just north of Ottumwa kept local fire departments busy this afternoon. The Ottumwa, Agency, Hedrick, and Wapello County fire departments all responded to a home on Bladensburg road that was fully engulfed ...

The Iowa Senate passed a bill legalizing marijuana for medical use Wednesday by one vote 26-19. Republican Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale joined 25 Democrats in voting for the bill, while one Democrat, Todd Bowman ...

Red Cross offers new all-in-one emergency app

Whether you need to find immediate shelter in a flash flood, you need to know what to do in an earthquake or you want to learn how to give a dog C-P-R, a new all-encompassing emergency smart phone app is available. ...

Councilman Dalbey talks streets

Construction abounds on Ottumwa Streets right now, as the City tries to complete some major street repair projects carried over from 2014. Those streets under construction right now, or soon to be, include: Iowa ...

Ottumwa High School safer, more welcoming

Ottumwa Schools are becoming more engaged and safe, a survey of student says. Ottumwa is one of 35 school districts across the state which participates in the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools, or IS3 program. The ...

Convention and Visitors Bureau Director hits the ground running

Talk about jumping right into the frying pan. Ottumwa’s new Convention and Visitors Bureau Director has been on the job for only three weeks, and already  Abby Kisling is preparing for several big events. ...

Sieda Community Action’s Seeds of Hope program will be offering community garden plots to help meet the physical and social needs of residents in our communities. The garden is located at 310 W. Main Street. The ...

Ottumwan arrested in Tulsa for gun thefts

An Ottumwa man was one of three arrested for stealing guns at a gun show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Tulsa World reports that Kenneth Lee Reynolds, 74, of Ottumwa was arrested on Saturday. He was working as a vendor at ...

ORHC phones down

At approximately 11:15 AM CST land line telephone service in to and out of Ottumwa Regional Health Center went down. Workers on the Pennsylvania Avenue widening project down the street from the hospital ...

After selling the last available lot in the Industrial Park to SERVPRO last fall, Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. (OEDC) officials knew they needed a plan to acquire more land. “It would be difficult to attract ...

The closing of the Mental Health Institute in nearby Mount Pleasant, Iowa will have a significant impact on how Wapello County responds to providing mental health services to those in need, according to the Wapello ...

7th graders Gear Up

The Ottumwa School Board heard a presentation last night on a grant that has been renewed for Ottumwa Students. The Gear Up Iowa, or gaining early awareness and readiness for undergraduate programs grant This seven ...