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(11/27) Pollice/Sheriff/Log

Traffic Accident:
Driver was traveling east bound on Highway 34 East of mile marker 214 when driver attempted to miss an object in the roadway. Driver lost control of vehicle and skid into south side ditch then came to a rest after striking a fence.  Damage estimated at $5500. No injuries.
Traffic Accident:
Driver was traveling east bound on

(11/27) Online Sales And Small Businesses Reap Black Friday Rewards

As Black Friday sales kicked off across the country Thursday afternoon, retailers and analysts noticed a trend as the day wore on: Fewer shoppers were standing in line, and more were sitting at their computers. But to be fair, the tradition of getting there early and standing in long lines was still prevalent. For many, the idea of climbing over others for Black Friday Door Busters isn’t

(11/27) Lighting Of The Square Tonight

Tonight, the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce will host the annual lighting of the Square. The celebration begins at 5:30 with holiday classics from past and present Fairfield High School Choir members. The 2015 lighting dedication honoree will be announced and at 6pm, Central Park will illuminate. Santa will make an appearance and will meet with children in his Kandy Kane House from 6 to 8 pm.

(11/26) Man Found Dead On RR Tracks

Last night, just before 9pm, Burlington Northern Santa Fe employees called the Fairfield Police Department with a report of a man who was possibly hit by a train. Fairfield Police responded and found a male who was deceased. According to a press release from County Attorney, Tim Dille, the name of the deceased man is not being released at this time, pending family notification.

(11/25) Jefferson County Board Of Supervisors Agenda

                Pursuant to Chapter 21, 2011 Code of Iowa, you are hereby notified of the following meetings of the below-named body in open session.
The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors will meet in the 1st floor meeting room of the Jefferson County Courthouse

(11/25) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Citizen Contact:
Advised that fire alarms are going off. No one is concerned. They went off earlier in the day. Fairfield Fire came and reset the alarms.
Report of a low hanging wire. Alliant says it’s not theirs. Dispatch called Mediacom.
Traffic Accident:
Mustefa Sitrelah was heading south on 20th and failed to yield. Sitrelah was cited for

(11/25) Gas Prices Remain Low For The Holiday Weekend

Good news for those driving to visit family this Thanksgiving holiday. Gas prices are down. According to AAA, the price of a gallon of regular gas nationwide dropped to $2.05 down from $2.13 just last week and $2.81 a year ago. In Iowa, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline dropped to $2.08 down 10 cents from a week ago and 21 cents a month ago. In Fairfield, gas

(11/25) Facade Renovations To Move Forward

During Monday’s Fairfield City Council meeting, it was announced that Morning Star Studio has become the 16th address to be added to the list of downtown businesses that will receive façade renovations thanks to a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The project, that will total just less than $1 million, will begin this spring with completion expected by the fall.

(11/25) Van Buren School Board Sets Public Hearing

The Van Buren Community School Board has announced a public hearing regarding the upcoming whole grade sharing of the Van Buren and Harmony community schools. The districts are seeking to combine the 7 through 12 grades at Van Buren Schools for the 2016-17 school year for three years through the 2018-19 school year. The hearing will be held in the Van Buren High School Library, December 2nd at

(11/25) "The Best Black Friday Deal In Town"

Caring Through Clothing will be distributing new and gently used clothing collected through clothing drives in and around Fairfield over the last few weeks. The African Violet Foundation in cooperation with local churches and businesses has scheduled the distribution for November 27th, and are calling it “The Best Black Friday Deal In Town”. Last year, over 500 garbage bags full of

(11/24) Amy Webber: A Woman To Watch

Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge) announced that Amy Webber has been named to the InvestmentNews inaugural list of “Women to Watch” – a new feature profiling 20 influential leaders across financial services. These leaders were named following review of over 400 nominations by the staff at InvestmentNews.

“Amy Webber is a ‘Woman to

(11/24) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Traffic Accident:
Vehicle 1 was west bound on W. Burlington. He didn’t see vehicle 2 had stopped and he hit the back, pushing it into vehicle 3 who was stopped. Vehicle 1 cited for the accident.
Traffic Accident:
Two vehicles backing out at the same time and struck one another in the middle of the road. Information exchanged.
Jasmine Sylla

(11/24) The Christmas Store Opens December 5th

Christmas is just around the corner and for some, it’s a struggle. Parents and Grandparents who can’t afford Christmas for their kids or grandchildren. Marty Schmidt, Pastor of the Bridge Church and the church congregation has a way to solve that problem and leave parents and grandparents with some dignity. December 5th at the Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa, from 9:30 am until 1 pm The

(11/24) Mt. Pleasant Woman Found Dead In Local Motel

A Mt. Pleasant woman was found unresponsive at a local motel Sunday morning and was later pronounced dead at the Henry County Health Center. Mt. Pleasant Police and Henry County EMS responded to a call at the Iris Motel on West Washington Street but were unsuccessful at reviving 48 year old Joy Ann Meyer. According to law enforcement, there is no foul play suspected, but an autopsy has been

(11/24) Fairfield City Council Link


(11/23) Tie One On For Gobble Sculpture

The Fairfield Art Association will be selling Lee Gobble’s tie collection with proceeds going towards a life size bronze sculpture. A tie theme will be an important element in the sculpture, and the collection is graciously offered from his estate by Leon & Linda Connelly for the purpose of fundraising. The Gobble Family established a clothing store in 1853 in nearby Abingdon, and Lee was

(11/23) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Alec William Stoner was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated.
James Harold Harter III was arrested on warrant.
William Stanley Davis was arrested for public intoxication.
David Lawrence Danneman was arrested on warrant.
Recovery of Stolen Property:
Found stolen car at La Hacienda. The car was locked and no

(11/23) Mega Millions Winning Ticket Sold In Winfield

Someone bought a Mega Millions Million Dollar winning lottery ticket for Friday’s drawing in Winfield. The ticket was sold at the Countree Store and matched all numbers except the Mega Ball. Friday’s winning numbers were 9-12-29-37-67 and the Mega Ball was 15. The winner has a year to claim their winnings. The Countree Store will receive a $1000 bonus for selling the

(11/23) Seven Arrested After Highland Place Burglary

Seven young men were arrested after they utilized a building, owned by Wapello County, as their “hangout spot”, after Law enforcement officials were made aware of a burglary at the Highland Place. According to law enforcement, car batteries, a CD player and a set of keys to the building were stolen. The keys were subsequently thrown into a pond and the building will have to be

(11/23) Fairfield Police Press Release

The Fairfield Police Department has recently received an increase of reports of stolen vehicles within the City of Fairfield.  The Police Department is urging all citizens to remove their keys from their vehicles and lock their vehicles.  If any citizens see suspicious activity around vehicles, they are urged to call law enforcement.  If the suspicious activity is not actively

(11/23) Red Kettle Campaign Kicks Off Today

A holiday tradition will ring the bells of hope again this year as the Salvation Army’s 2015 Red Kettle Campaign kicks off today through Christmas Eve. Freestanding kettles will be set on counters at both Casey’s General Stores, Yummy’s, Caribou Coffee, Hy-Vee Gas, The Chocolate Cafe, Orschelin’s, and Tractor Supply Co. Volunteers will be manning the storefront kettles and

(11/23) Cardinal Students To Take On The Super School Project

Cardinal School District students are at it again. A team of five students recently applied for the iGeek School Design Challenge hosted by an architecture firm in Waterloo. Their design for a new science complex won them first place, and $1,000. They’re excited to win because they worked so hard, but they’re not slowing down. Next, they’re putting a plan together for XQ:

(11/20) Gas Prices Fall Again

As the holiday season approaches, gas prices are falling again. According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline stands at $2.10 nationwide. In Iowa $2.13, in Fairfield, $1.99. The highest prices across the country belong to California at $2.75 and Hawaii at $2.85 a gallon.

(11/20) App Challenge Submission Period Is Open

Congressman Dave Loebsack has announced that students in Iowa’s Second District will have the opportunity to participate in the Second Annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app development competition for high school students. Students are invited, either as individuals or as teams, to create and submit their own software application for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on

(11/19) Jefferson County Board Of Supervisors

There will be no Board of Supervisors’ meeting the week of November 23, 2015. 

County offices in the Courthouse will be closed November 26 & 27, 2015 for Thanksgiving.

(11/19) Ottumwa Schools To Offer Early Retirement

In an attempt to save money, Ottumwa Schools will offer an early retirement package to up to thirty eligible teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors. Eligible employees must be contractually employed during the 2015-2016 school year, agree to resign at the end of the 2015-2016 school year and must be at least 55 years-old on June 30, 2016. An eligible employee is also required to have been

(11/18) JCHC Walk In Center Now Open

The New Jefferson County Health Center Walk-in Clinic opened Monday. The clinic will treat patients that can’t wait for their primary care physician, offering care and services after hours and on weekends. Convenience and quick, quality care is the goal, but never at the expense of continuity of care. Jefferson County Health Center CEO Deb Cardin says when patients visit the clinic, their

(11/18) Buckle Up!

Thanksgiving weekend, from 6 pm Wednesday to 6 am Monday is the busiest travel time of the year for American motorists. More cars on the road, means the higher the likelihood of traffic accidents. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to prevent injury or death in an auto crash. The risk of fatal injury goes down by 45 percent when seat-belted in a passenger car and 60 percent when

(11/17) JCHC Nationally Recognized For Excellence

Jefferson County Health Center today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Patient Perspectives and Financial Strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.
JCHC CEO Deb Cardin said, “This honor is a reflection of our

(11/16) Absentee Ballots Available For Bloomfield Runoff

Absentee ballots are available for the December 1st Bloomfield City Council runoff election between John Hilbert and Butch Priestler. Early voters may cast ballots at the Davis County auditor’s office weekdays from 8am to 4pm before November 30th and on December 1st 8 to 11am. Absentee ballots are available at the auditor’s office or on the auditor’s webpage at

(11/5) Fairfield High Instructor Named Iowa Teacher Of The Year

Scott Slechta, a 35-year veteran teacher who traces his passion for learning all the way back to the first grade, is the 2016 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Terry Branstad announced today at Fairfield High School in Fairfield.
“Great teaching is the single most important influence on learning inside schools,” said Branstad. “Scott Slechta exemplifies the great teaching that is

(10/30) Pertussis Diagnosed In Fairfield

The Marharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment has confirmed six cases affecting students and three adult cases of Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough.  Although some are still waiting on test results, no positive results have been reported in over a week. Dr. Richard Beall acknowledged the first positive test occured in mid October. According to school

(10/28) Fairfield Elks Coffee & Clothing Drive

Fairfield Elks lodge has kicked off their annual coffee & clothing drive to benefit the Veterans of Iowa. The Elks are soliciting cans of coffee or cash to purchase coffee for the veterans use at the Iowa Veterans home in Marshalltown and the VA medical centers in Iowa as the government no longer provides this amenity to the veterans due to budget cuts. The clothing is processed and

(10/23) Parks & Rec Department Yoga Class Cancelled

There will be no self care yoga, Saturday October 24th.

(10/14) Lord's Cupboard To Distribute 500 Holiday Meals

This December, the Lord’s Cupboard will once again distribute about 500 Holiday Meal Boxes to low-income families in Jefferson County.  Each Box will contain everything needed to make a typical Christmas dinner, and some additional items to help feed families while The Lord’s Cupboard is closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Lord’s Cupboard clients who are on

(10/9) BNSF Railroad Crossing Will Be Closed Beginning Wednesday

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad crossing at 4th Street will be closed for rehabilitation beginning Wednesday October 14th. BNSF crews will remove three unused spur lines (two south of the main tracks, one north), replace track panels, and replace the asphalt road surface within the railroad right of way. Work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.

(9/29) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Traffic Accident:
Allison Deao was traveling south on 32nd and struck a deer.
Traffic Accident:
Joshua Stiles was southbound on the 1600 block of Pleasant Plain Road when he struck a deer in the roadway.
Caller stating that her neighbor called and told her there was smoke coming from her roof. Used Thermal Imager. Nothing Found. Heat on