City of Ottumwa Fishing Derby

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be stocking 2,000 Rainbow and Brook trout in the Ottumwa Park Pond located on the East side of Wapello Street, on Saturday, March 24 at 11 AM. The trout fishing derby, sponsored by Ottumwa Parks and Recreation, will be held from 11 AM – 3 PM. Prizes will be awarded for tagged fish. One grand prize will be awarded for the largest trout caught. Prizes have been donated by the Ottumwa Wal-Mart. Tagged fish can be redeemed for prizes next to the old bath house building in Ottumwa Park.

Eat, Drink, & Be Awesome!

Please join us for a night of fun and fundraising celebrating the work of Sieda Community Action at our 2018 Banquet and Silent Auction on Friday, March 23 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. Social hour and auction beings at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available at www.sieda.org or at your Wapello, Appanoose, Jefferson, and Mahaska County Resource Centers. Call 800-622-8340 for more information.

American Gothic Annual Trivia Contest

The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival will host its 6th Annual Spring Trivia Night on Friday, March 23 at the Hotel Ottumwa to benefit the organization’s upcoming summer festival. Competitors may register as a team of 10 or as individuals. Individual competitors will join other individual competitors to create their team of 10. The cost for the event is $25 for single tickets or $250 for a table or team of 10 registering people. The event ticket includes complimentary beer, wine, soda, pizza and snacks (while they last) beginning at 7:00 PM. The trivia competition begins promptly at 7:30 PM. Trivia fans can find registration information online at www.americangothicfest.org or by calling 641-777-9636.

Fourth Street Temporarily Closed in Ottumwa

Ottumwa motorists are advised that Fourth Street (between Birch Street and Blake’s Street), will be closed starting Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The street closure will allow for necessary repair work on a sewer line. During the repair, both lanes of traffic will be closed. Motorists will need to seek alternate routes. With favorable weather conditions, the repair is anticipated to take 1 week.

Shaul Cemetery Spring Clean Up

The staff at Shaul Cemetery in Ottumwa will begin the annual Spring Clean Up on Monday, March 12. Decorations on the graves on your loved ones must be removed before this date in order for you to keep them. All items on the ground, in vases, on top of monuments, and floral items hanging from a shepherd’s hook must be removed. The shepherd’s hook itself will not be removed. Solar lights will not be removed if in good condition. New decorations may be placed after March 23. Questions? Call 641-684-5553. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to noon.

Family Fest at the Bridge View in Ottumwa

Family fest is a FREE single-day event held at the Ottumwa Bridge View Center to give back to the Ottumwa community, showcase and highlight STEM initiatives and activities, as well as other education and health/wellness components, and allows children to also have a bit of fun and be entertained. Learn more by clicking here.

Ottumwa High School Student Arrested for Carrying Weapons

(OTTUMWA, Iowa) – On Thursday, March 8, at approximately 10:00 AM, Ottumwa Police Department School Resource Officers recovered a 9mm handgun from a student’s backpack at the Ottumwa High School.

The student was identified as Tyler Jordan Tucker, age 16, of 1420 E. Plum, Ottumwa. Tucker has been arrested and charged with Carrying Weapons on School Grounds, a Class “D” Felony.

Due to Tucker’s age and that this particular offense is a weapons violation, Tucker’s charge falls under the jurisdiction of adult court. Tucker was arraigned in Wapello County Magistrate Court and subsequently posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody.

Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

– This information was sent in a news release by Lt. Jason Bell from the Ottumwa Police Department.


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