Used car dealers in Ottumwa will likely be facing some new rules and regulations for their businesses in the future. City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said today on the KBIZ Dialogue Program that city staff will ...

City leaders to travel to Washington

City of Ottumwa officials will take a 4 day trip to the Nation’s Capital starting on Monday. City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said Friday on the KBIZ Dialogue Program that Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio, ...

Bob Untiedt, Director of Main Street Ottumwa, resigned Friday morning, April 10th. The Main Street Ottumwa Board of Directors and volunteers wish Bob the best in his future endeavors. Main street Ottumwa will ...

Officials from the Ottumwa area Chamber of Commerce will be looking for a new executive director. Tim Kurtz has announced his resignation after serving in that position for two years. Kurtz says he has accepted a ...

Young Singers wanted

A group in Ottumwa is seeking the talents of young singers in southeast Iowa. The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival has put the call out for school kids to join a children’s chorus. The chorus will ...

The State Fire Marshall’s office has lifted the burning ban for all of Wapello County, including Ottumwa.   The ban on open burning was issued on March 24th due to very dry conditions. City residents are ...

An update now from a car accident yesterday evening, KBIZ has learned that one of the persons injured in the crash last night near riverside restaurant has died. Willis Delbert Rowe, age 88, of ...

State Representative Mary Gaskill of Ottumwa invites the public to attend a memorial service held at the Iowa State Capitol to memorialize former Iowa legislators who have died in the past year.  The memorial will ...

A pair of accidents last night near Fremont left one person injured, and another dead. It all started at about 6:40 last night when state troopers say Andrew Scholtus of Oskaloosa accelerated through a stop sign ...

An Ottumwa family received an early wake up call early this morning following a house fire on the city’s north side. The fire occurred at 1746 Maple Street.  Ottumwa Assistant Fire Chief Bill Trout told KBIZ ...

Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that the Bloomfield Municipal Airport will receive a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration grant program. The funding ...

The Ottumwa City Council met in regular session Tuesday night. A couple of items of interest on the consent agenda was the hiring of two new officers to the Ottumwa Police Department. Justin Rice and Scott Adams ...

Sieda Community Action will be relocating  the vast majority of its Ottumwa staff and services beginning August 3rd. The Wapello County Resource Center will move from 310 W. Main to 725 W. Second Street (the former ...

Nightmare on Third Street has ended

Its official, the nightmare on Third Street has ended. City administrator Joe Helfenberger told KBIZ that he made the decision to end the haunted house in the basement of city hall because of safety and fire issues. ...

A reception was held Monday night at Bridge View Center for the new directors of the Ottumwa Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Abby Kisling, and Bridge View Center’s Scott Hallgren. Abby told KBIZ that her ...

South East Iowa is in store for a rain filled week. The National Weather Service forecast shows rain every day until Friday, with several chances for severe weather. All eyes are on Thursday, the Storm Prediction ...

City Council meets tomorrow

The Ottumwa City Council will meet in regular session tomorrow night at 6:30 P.M., in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Lots of regular and routine business for the Council. One item of interest on the tentative ...

The Wapello County Motor Vehicle Department will be closed during the morning of Tuesday, April 14th, so that staff may attend training with the DOT. The Main Street office will re-open at approximately 1:30 PM. The ...

(UPDATED) Red Cross helping Easter fire victims

Update: Firefighters were called back to the house at around midnight Monday Morning. Deputy Chief Cory Benge says he was at the home to re-inspect and investigate this morning. He says that a hot spot from the ...

Like it or not, election season is starting again in South East Iowa. The Wapello County Republicans have announced what will likely be the first visit to Ottumwa by potential presidential candidates. Louisiana ...

Area legislators talk priorities

A self imposed deadline has passed in the Iowa Legislature. The second “funnel” as its called eliminates any bill that hasn’t been passed by one chamber, and a standing committee of the opposite ...

Republicans absent from League forum, explain decisions

The league of women voters held their third and final legislative forum of the year on Saturday. Area legislators were invited to discuss what’s going on in the Iowa General Assembly. Democratic ...

Make Ottumwa Shine Committee Meeting Coming Up

The Make Ottumwa Shine Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, April 8th at 4 PM to discuss a number of community improvement efforts including the 2015 Make Ottumwa Shine Week.  The meeting will be held in Room ...

Two way traffic may be expanding

Ottumwa City Council Member Mitch Niner said today on the KBIZ Dialogue Program that there is a good possibility that 2-way traffic on Ottumwa’s North side will be expanded on Main and Second Streets, ...

An accident on Lake Road has sent a local woman to the hospital. KBIZ News Director Mike Buchanan was at the scene, he says the crash happened at around 10:00 Friday morning on Lake Road just outside of the ...