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(11/26) Northey: Consider an Iowa grown Christmas tree


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey again encouraged Iowans to consider choosing a fresh, Iowa grown Christmas tree to decorate their home this holiday season.
 
“Selecting a fresh Christmas tree can be part of a great family tradition and is an opportunity to connect with an Iowa farmer and support the local economy,” Northey said.  “Iowa is fortunate to have

(11/26) Police Reports


11/24 7:13am Kevin Heston jr was cited for tinted windows. Tint was at 19%
7:43am Brandi Rude was cited for speeding
2:58pm Melanie Brown cited for seat belt violation
7:23pm Angela Miller was cited for expired registration
11/25 5:16am Thomas Spalla was cited for operating without registration
12:57pm Lauren Hassett was cited for expired registration
2:10pm Lori Leichty was cited for

James Bell, 71 of Mt Sterling


James S. Bell, 71, of Mt. Sterling died at 11:55 A.M. Tuesday November 25, 2014 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  He was born February 28, 1943 at Nauvoo, AL to Prince Q. and Helen C. Nobblet Bell and married Ruth Magorian on March 24, 1981 in Rock Island, IL.  She died April 11, 2006.
James worked for John Deere in Moline and Milan for 31 years before retiring to his farm near

(11/26) Opposers To Pipeline Rally Supporters


With plans for a four State pipeline that will pass through the Southern portion of Iowa including Jefferson County, activist that oppose the project and don’t see the significant benefits promised are rallying support.

Dakota Access has proposed that the crude oil pipeline will make any homeowner whole if property is affected. Job creation and positive revenue are also mentioned in the

(11/26) UPDATE: Charges Filed On Lind


Details surrounding Sundays manhunt in Jefferson County are being released and charges filed on the suspect. A report of someone spotlighting deer was received just after 2am Sunday morning. Deputy Justin Smith responded to the scene and located the vehicle that was described in the report.

Deputy Smith attempted to stop the vehicle and the subject gave chase. The chase ended with both

(11/26) Order Forms For Holiday Fundraiser


Fairfield High School Choir will be fundraising for its upcoming trip to New York City in March.   The Choir members are available starting November 22nd to perform outside homes, events, or businesses.  They will sing traditional Christmas carols or upon request they can also prepare a personalized, mad lib set of carols for the recipient of your choice. 
 
“We

(11/26) Shots Fired, Suspect In Custody


On the morning of November 25, 2014 at 6:17am the Ottumwa Police Department received a 911 call reporting the sound of a gunshot and someone screaming in the 1100 block of East Mary Street.
 
At 6:18am, the police department received a second call reporting a subject was possibly shot and was being transported to the 300 block of South Madison Street.
 
Upon officers arriving in

(11/26) Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips


Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips
http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/pib/Releases/2014/11-25-2014_SFM_ThanksgivingCookingSafetyTips.html
 

*(11/25) Charges filed against Tyler Craig Lind


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has filed a number of charges against Tyler Craig Lind, 28 years old, of Batavia.  On November 23, 2014 a Deputy Justin Smith responded to a complaint of someone spotlighting deer.  Deputy Smith found

(11/25) Fairfield Rotary Celebrates Students Of The Month


Fairfield Rotary Celebrates October and November Students of the Month
Friday November 21st the Fairfield Rotary Club recognized three students who are positive representatives of their schools. In addition to academic achievement, selected students display characteristics of good citizenship and community involvement. Dakota Webber, Narendra Martin, and Bimba Shrestha were recognized and joined

(11/25) FEDA and Council Iron Out Miscommunication


A miscommunication with FEDA, and the Council was addressed last night at City Council. FEDA director Adam Plagee was under the assumption that the City committed to a $20,000 local fund match for the Community Development Block Grant.

In a release issued by FEDA last week, the City and Rotary contributed to the local match portion to rehab the NE area of Fairfield. FEDA was going door to

(11/25) UPDATE: Arrest Made In Eldon Murder


After three-and-a-half months, an arrest has been made in the murder of Darrell Teeter the 64 year old owner of the Main Street Bait Shop in downtown Eldon. The shop is not only where he worked, but Teeter also lived on the property.

On August 11, 2014, the Wapello County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the bait shop when Teeter's body was discovered inside. Authorities released

(11/25) State Negotiates With Unions


State negotiators proposed a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for each of the next two fiscal years Monday to members of two separate employee unions who are seeking higher compensation levels under a new contract that would take effect July 1, 2015.

In the latest negotiations the state is proposing that union employees pay a higher share of their insurance premiums and health cost. The

(11/25) SUV Roll-Over on Hwy 34


Medical Crews responded to a call of a single vehicle accident with injuries just before noon Monday.

On Hwy 34 just West of Mt Pleasant an SUV was on its top in the eastbound lanes.

No other information has been released.

(11/25) No Arrest For Weekend Serious Assault


On November 23, 2014 at 12:13 am, the Ottumwa Police Department received a call reporting an assault which occurred at 728 South Moore Street in Ottumwa. The victim of the assault initially refused treatment.

The victim was later transported to Ottumwa Regional Hospital and then flown to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines with serious injuries.

No arrests have been made and the investigation in

(11/25) Northey comments on Iowa crops and weather report


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the final Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.
 
“The cold weather and snowfall continued to create challenges for farmers, but some progress was made, with 96 percent of corn and 99 percent of soybeans now harvested.  Weather has continued to

(11/25) Harkin, Alexander: One Year Anniversary of Major HELP Committee Legislat


This week marks the one-year anniversary of the landmark Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), which Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced and led to passage in the Senate. The DQSA significantly improved the safety of our nation’s drug supply by clarifying federal law

(11/25) Remarks By The President After Announcement Of The Decision By The Grand


THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                      November 24, 2014
 
 
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AFTER ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE
DECISION BY THE GRAND

(11/24) The Arc Post meeting release


The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties Board of Directors held their last 2014 meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield, conducted by President Brian Simmons.
Thanks you’s were read from the Family of Rickey Carter, and from Camp Courageous for donations received—an additional $1,500 will be sent in January.  It was noted that the Camp has existed 40 years

(11/24) Lind Is In Custody


(11/24) At approximately 9:15 this morning, Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office took Tyler Lind into Custody.  He is no longer at large and there is no danger to the public.  

(11/23) Jefferson Co Authorities Search for Suspect
Jefferson County authorities were involved in a high speeed chase that resulted in gunfire. The Suspect Tyler Craig Lind is

(11/24) City Council Agenda


FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL AGENDA CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
NOVEMBER 24, 2014 7:00 P.M. 
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL 
CONSENT AGENDA
   Approval of the minutes of the November 10, 2014 Council meeting
   Approval of the minutes of the November 13, 2014 Special Council meeting
   Approval for an Employee Appreciation Celebration, December 19, 2014
 

(11/24) ISU Extension and Outreach News Releases


11/19/14 Yard and Garden: Keeping Your Holiday Plants Blooming
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/yard-and-garden-keeping-your-holiday-plants-blooming
Holiday flowers are great additions to seasonal decorating -- if they bloom. With special care, holiday flowers can become perennial and beautiful for years to come.
 
11/18/14 Crop Advantage Series Provides Latest Crop Production

(11/24) DNR: Manure Spill Reported South of Fairfield


Thursday, a Porter Farms tanker went off the road and as a result of the accident an estimated 3,000 gallons of manure spilled into an unnamed tributary of Cedar Creek a few miles south of Fairfield.

The creek was dammed and the contaminated water was pumped onto land owned by Porter Farms.

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Cedar Creek was unaffected by the spill.

Clean up was completed over

(11/24) Fairfield Fire Crews Extinguish Weekend Fires


Fairfield Fire Crews were busy this weekend extinguishing fires at out buildings. Friday evening, crew were called to 1289 Mahogeny for a large machine shed in flames.

Once on the scene at 7:30pm, mutual aid from Packwood and Richland was needed to bring in more water. Crews were on the scene until 1235am.

And then Saturday at 12:22 crews were dispatched to a shed fire at 2259 Marigold. The

(11/24) Trail Home Fire In Batavia


Batavia Fire Crews were dispatched to a trailer home fire at 1786 Ash. Once crews detoured due to Cedar Creek bridge work and arrived on the scene, the trailer home was completely in flames.

All occupants made it out safely.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 

(11/24) One Vehicle Accident With Injuries In Brighton


Early Saturday morning, Washington County Sheriff Deputies responded to the scene of a one vehicle accident in Brighton just before 3am.

The driver was transported to the university of iowa hospital and clinics.

The drivers condition and identity are not being released at this time.

Charges are pending.
 

(11/24) Teen Injured In Hit & Run


Saturday morning, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a person lying in the roadway who appeared to have been run over . The pedestrian was identified as Logan Fleeman, 18 of Ottumwa.

Fleeman was life flighted to the hospital. The vehicle fled the scene.

No arrests have been made and the investigation in ongoing.  Anyone having information concerning the incident is

(11/24) Three Stabbed Outside Ottumwa Bar


On November 23, 2014 at 3:35 am, the Ottumwa Police Department received a call of a stabbing which occurred in front of the Elbow Room located at 303 East Main Street in Ottumwa. 

Officers report, one subject received multiple stab wounds and is in serious condition, a second subject received a minor stab wound and a third subject had a laceration to the head.

Investigators have

(11/23) Pedestrian Struck In Ottumwa


On November 22 at 11:54 pm, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle just north of Jefferson Street and East 2nd Street.  Upon officers arriving at the scene officers determined that a male subject had been struck by a vehicle.  The vehicle fled the scene.
 
The victim was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center and later

(11/24) No Arrest Made In Weekend Assault


On November 23, 2014 at 12:13 am, the Ottumwa Police Department received a call reporting an assault which occurred at 728 South Moore Street in Ottumwa.

The victim of the assault initially refused treatment. The victim was later transported to Ottumwa Regional Hospital and then flown to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines with serious injuries.

No arrests have been made and the investigation in

(11/21) Northey comments on RFS announcement


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey issued the following statement on the announcement by EPA that they would delay finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) until 2015.  A copy of EPA’s announcement can be found at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/fr-notice-2014-rf-standards.pdf.
 
“It is good news that the EPA has withdrawn the

(11/21) Loebsack: EPA’s Non-Announcement on RFS Continues Uncertainty for Etha


Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not finalize the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations for 2014. The original rule proposed by the EPA last year would have had a devastating impact on farmers, rural communities and future investments in biofuels. Loebsack has been leading the fight to

(11/21) HUD's poor oversight of Moving to Work dollars, Chicago example


Sen. Chuck Grassley today released a response from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to his letter, with Sen. Mark Kirk, on the department’s oversight of billions of dollars of federal Moving to Work program funds given to local housing authorities in Chicago and elsewhere across the country.  Grassley is concerned that HUD appears to be rushing to extend new Moving to

(11/21) Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent


Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in October from 4.6 percent in September.  The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October compared to 5.9 percent in September.   
 
     “Iowa’s job market continues to steadily pick

(11/21) Police Reports


11/20/14 7:28am Kum & Go reported a semi-truck filled up with 112 gal of gas and did not pay
10:06am HyVee Gas reported $7.02 of gas taken
10:20am Lawrence Thompson cited for seatbelt violation
4:17pm Russell Walker reported a dumpster broken into
5:26pm Yvonne Vorhies reported a theft. Her purse was stolen and contents missing
8:56pm Joseph Winn was arrested on a warrant
11:40pm

(11/21) House Fire In Batavia A Total Loss


The Batavia Fire Department was called out last night to a structure fire. The call came in just after 7:00pm. According to Fire Chief Randy Eakins, Crews fought the blaze for hours and finally put the fire out at 11:30pm.

The home was a total loss.

The home owners identity hasn’t been released.  

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
 

(11/21) Trial Date Set For Suspect In Drive-By Shooting


A man charged in a drive-by shooting in Mount Pleasant will stand trial in January. Phillip Grandinetti, 28 of Mount Pleasant is charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, a Class C felony.

On September 18th, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a scene of two female individuals who had been shot at on 265th Street. The victims described the subject.

Upon

(11/21) Nearly $1 Million in CAT Grants Awarded to SE Iowa Communities


Nearly $1 Million Dollars in CAT grant funds awarded in Southeast Iowa. The Vision Iowa Board awarded $925,000 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants for a trail project in Ottumwa and a performing arts venue in Washington. The grants were approved by the Vision Iowa Board at their meeting in Des Moines.

The Wapello County Trails Council Highway 34 Underpass includes the

(11/21) Group Urges HyVee To Rid Tobacco From Stores


Also making headlines A statewide group of health professionals and tobacco opponents have launched a campaign calling on Hy-Vee to end the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, at any of its stores that have a pharmacy or health clinic on its premises.

Members of the Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance said they hoped the Iowa-based retailer, which has 235 stores in Iowa and seven in

(11/21) Branstad Prepares For State Financial Pla


Gov. Terry Branstad will hold a series of budget hearings as he gets prepared for the next state financial plan. Department heads and elected officials are set to present information to Branstad and staff starting today. More than 40 hearings will be held, concluding in mid-December.

Branstad will present his next proposed budget to the Legislature in early 2015. The state’s current

(11/21) Scam Targets Elderly In Washington


The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public to a scam that is occurring in our area and targeting the elderly. The elderly person would receive a call from someone claiming to be their grandchild or loved one who advised they are either incarcerated or in trouble and needing money immediately.

They ask the elderly recipient to keep the call “quiet” so that

(11/21) HANSON ENCOURAGES IOWANS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY


State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield is encouraging Iowans to participate in this year’s National Adoption Day on November 22nd.
 
“We have the ability to change the lives of children all across Iowa with adoption and foster programs,” said Hanson. “I invite the public to attend our local adoption day event at the Wapello County Courthouse on Saturday,

(11/21) Loebsack Statement on President Obamas Immigration Actions


Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement this evening in response to the President’s action on immigration.
 
“There is universal agreement that our immigration system is broken and is in need of reforming. It isn’t working for families, businesses or rural America. But for nearly two years, House Republicans led by John Boehner have had a chance to

(11/21) Harkin Statement on the Presidents Executive Action on Immigration


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announced executive action on immigration policy.
 
“Today the President announced Executive Action to take some common sense steps to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. I support the President’s decision and the much-needed improvements it will

(11/21) Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration


THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.
 
For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.  It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial.  It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities

(11/21) FACT SHEET: Immigration Accountability Executive Action


The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.  Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system.
 
These executive actions crack down on illegal immigration at the

(11/20) OFFICIAL: Authorities Explain AED's


Donated AED’s now in Patrol Vehicles Ready to Save Lives
 
The Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office and the Fairfield Police Department would like to clarify some information released last week. As law enforcement agencies, we rarely have budgeted money for medical equipment. Our automated external defibrillators (AED’s) were older and several were no longer in working

(11/20) Citizens Give To Education Foundation During American Education Week


This week in Fairfield, area Schools, are celebrating American Education Week. This is a week set aside to recognize the importance of public schools. American Education Week is celebrated annually, the week prior to Thanksgiving, and it is a project endorsed by numerous professional education organizations.

As American Education Week is celebrated, Fairfield Superintendent Dr Laure Noll

(11/20) Vandals Hit Local Dealership


Local Authorities investigate vandalism at Fesler’s. Fesler’s Auto Mall reported damage to one of its new cars early Sunday morning.

According to the report, a window was broken, damage to the paint and items stolen from inside the new vehicle. 

A security camera captured footage of the suspect's vehicle driving into the dealership's parking lot. Police are

(11/20) WASHINGTON: Iowa Man Arrested Near White House


An Iowa man was arrest near the White House Wednesday after Secret Service recovered a shotgun, ammunition and a knife from his vehicle.

R.J. Kapheim of Davenport allegedly initiated a conversation with a uniformed Secret Service officer near the White House, saying that "someone in Iowa'' had directed him to drive to D.C.

As the conversation went on, Kapheim consented to a

(11/20) Iowa Farmers Choose Programs In Latest Farm Bill


Iowa Farmers can sign up for 2 new farm bill programs that were included in the latest Farm Bill. Farmers have until March 31, 2015 to make a selection between the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs.

In addition, farmers need to update their base acres and planting history information with their local F-S-A office and that Deadline is February 27.

More information

(11/20) Pharmacy Board Tables Marijuana Discussion


The Iowa Board of Pharmacy will consider again recommending changing state law to reclassify marijuana so it could be used to treat medical conditions. Lawmakers this year approved legislation that allows the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy.

In Iowa, marijuana is classified under state law as both a Schedule I drug, meaning it is has no medical use, and as a

(11/20) Mahaska County Mother Convicted In Toddlers Death


An Oskaloosa mother was found guilty in the death of her 18-month-old child. Alicia Ritenour was convicted of first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in the January death of her 18 month old child Ava. 

During the trial, prosecutors urged that Ritenour as a mother who lost interest in parenting her child. Ritenour’s defense attorney tried to argue to the jury that

(11/19) Police Reports


11/14 9:41am Roy Wade was granted a 1 night stay and 1 meal by Ministerial Alliance
11/18 10:46am report of a black homemade trailer stolen from the 1200 block of Jefferson
 3:04pm Logan Angstead was issued a citation for speeding
 3:55pm Jennifer Jones arrested for warrant for theft 3rd
3:55pm Jacob Jones was arrested for warrant for theft 5th
4:43pm Donald Coffin of Wayland slid on Pleasant Plain rd, struck at directional sign. No injuries
4:56pm Robert George Sawyer struck a deer new Brookville rod and Gear
6:33 Kari Lee Hall struck a deer near Hwy1 & 155th

(11/19) Nightmare on Third Street Has Record Year


The Ottumwa Police Department had a record attendance at the Nightmare on Third Street Haunted House this year.  A total of 3,155 people went through the haunted house raising $19,160.    

Proceeds from the haunted house project go directly to the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and Great (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Programs conducted by the Ottumwa

(11/19) Jefferson County Prepares For Any Ebola Case


Jefferson County continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remain up-to-date on preparations for a possible Ebola case in Iowa. “The likelihood of an Ebola case in our county is extremely low,” said Chris Estle, Administrator “Even so, our preparedness activity regarding this health issue helps

(11/19) Alcohol Sales Leveling Off In Iowa


 Iowans continue to buy liquor, beer and wine but the pace of sales is leveling off, according to new yearly figures released Tuesday by the state Alcoholic Beverages Division.

Wholesale sales of spirits in fiscal 2014 totaled about $263.5 million, a level that was up 3 percent or $7.7 million from the previous year's record.

Overall, state revenue from sales of all

(11/19) Students Injured In SE Iowa Bus Crash


Authorities say eight students have been injured following a school bus crash in southeast Iowa. The Louisa County Sheriff's Office says the school bus exited a county road Tuesday morning and shortly after the driver lost control.

The bus had 10 students on board ages ranging from Elementary to High School.

The bus rolled over.

Eight were transported to a Muscatine hospital

(11/19) Fatal Accident In Washington County


The driver of a vehicle died after a crash on Highway 218 in Washington County yesterday. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says the crash was reported at 8:48 a.m. The vehicle was in a ditch along the side of the highway north of where it intersects Highway 92.

A one vehicle accident and the name of that individual hasnt been released yet.

Iowa State Patrol is handling the

(11/18) Community 1st Announces New President/CEO



The Community 1st Credit Union board of directors has named Jeff Rose, a 30-year executive in the banking industry, as president/CEO of the 16-branch, Ottumwa-based credit union.
Rose, who most recently was president/CEO of Southeast National Bank in the Quad Cities for almost four years, will begin his new duties immediately. Prior to his position at the Moline, Ill. bank, Rose was

(11/18) Jefferson County Continues Ebola Preparation with State, Federal Partner


Jefferson County continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remain up-to-date on preparations for a possible Ebola case in Iowa. “The likelihood of an Ebola case in our county is extremely low,” said Chris Estle, Administrator “Even so, our preparedness activity regarding this health issue helps

(11/18) Fairfield Schools Show Appreciation For American Education Week


All children deserve a quality education. For the past 93 years, the National Education Association (NEA) has celebrated American Education Week the third week in November to honor individuals in education who make a difference and to remind educators what they do matters.

 American Education Week presents all Americans with the wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and

(11/18) POLICE: Help With Death Investigation


Fairfield authorities are investigating the death of two people discovered Sunday morning at a local motel. According to a release officers were called to the Super 8 Motel at 11:12 after two individuals were found unconscious.

The two occupants were later pronounced deceased and have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The two have been identified as

(11/18) Fairfield NW Sector Prepares To Undergo A Make-Over


The City of Fairfield and FEDA are working together to address housing needs and repairs in Fairfield. On the recommendation of the Housing Task Force the City of Fairfield will be applying for a CDBG Sustainability Grant of approximately $200,000.

The grant will provide 5 year forgivable loans of up to approximately $25,000 for up to 8 homeowners to undertake home repairs.

The

(11/18) Northey comments on Iowa crops and weather report


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.
 
“Harvest is nearing completion with 92 percent of corn and 98 percent of soybeans harvested.  Unfortunately, the snow and bitter cold weather

(11/18) OFFICIAL: Arrest Is Made In Ottumwa Stabbing



On Sunday, November 16th, 2014, officers responded to a medical call for service at the Bp service station located at 533 N. Jefferson in Ottumwa.  Upon arrival, officers identified a male victim, Kelwin Dawley, age 22 of Ottumwa, as a victim of an assault.  Dawley had injuries to his head and his hand that were consistent with injuries from a knife or other cutting instrument.

(11/18) Nurse practitioner joins The Keokuk Clinic



Nurse practitioner Kathy Tripp has joined The Keokuk Clinic. She is accepting new patient appointments for acute and chronic conditions.
 
Tripp received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Iowa Wesleyan College, and her family nurse practitioner degree from Graceland University.
 
A part of Great River Health Systems, The Keokuk Clinic, 1603 Morgan St., specializes in

(11/17) City of Fairfield Applies For CDBG Sustainability Grant


The City of Fairfield and FEDA are working together to address housing needs and repairs in Fairfield. At the recommendation of the Housing Task Force the City of Fairfield will be applying for a CDBG Sustainability Grant of approximately $200,000.

The grant will provide 5 year forgivable loans of up to approximately $25,000 for up to 8 homeowners to undertake home repairs. The city

(11/17) Police Reports


11/16 1:05am MUM Security advised a vehicle tried to steal a pylon and tried to back into him. Security was following the suspect vehicle and watched beer bottles and a beer box thrown out the window. Anagnostis Papzaolglou and Austin Gridley were arrested for driving under the legal age and theft 5th.
5:08pm Leon Edgar was cited for no drivers license and OWI 1st
11:17am University BP reported

(11/17) North Dakota Pipeline Study and Meeting Schedule Released


Strategic Economics Group, a research firm based in Des Moines has released a study examining the economic and fiscal impacts of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). DAPL will carry domestically produced, light sweet crude oil from the Bakken oil f

(11/17) POLICE: Two Bodies Found in Fairfield, Identities Released, Help With In


Fairfield authorities are investigating the death of two people discovered Sunday morning at a local motel. According to a release officers were called to the Super 8 Motel at 11:12 after two individuals were found unconscious. The two occupants were later pronounced deceased and have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

(11/17) Iowa National Guard Deployed To Aid In Ebola Outbreak


An Iowa National Guard unit could be deployed to western Africa as part of the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak. A release from Col. Greg Hapgood says the 294th Area Support Medical Company, based in Washington, could deploy to Africa in the Spring of 2015.

The approximately 80 soldiers in the unit would be sent to try and stop the spread of the virus.

Operation United Assistance, the

(11/17) Open Enrollment Starts Now In Iowa


It’s signup time again for people looking to buy medical insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act. The second enrollment period is open now through Feb. 15.

Last year, many people expressed complication with the website and confusion. This year, counselors are responsible for helping people sign up in hopes to make the process to go much more smoothly.

The health care law was

(11/17) Car vs Semi Accident With One Injured


The snow fall Saturday may have been the cause of an accident in Washington County.

Kenneth Gillispie, 82 of Mt Pleasant was traveling Westbound on Hwy 92 when he lost control on the snow covered road entered the Eastbound land and struck head on a semi truck driven by John Merriweather, 39 of Hanceville, Al.

Gillispie was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals by air care.

The

(11/17) Two Weekend Stabbings In Ottumwa


Ottumwa Officers are investigating two weekend stabbings. Early Sunday morning a man walked into BP gas station with stab wounds to his hands and head.

The clerk immediately called authorities.

He was transported to the hospital. While at the hospital getting initial information concerning the incident another man was brought in with two stab wounds to the torso.

The victim was

(11/17) Body Identified In House Fire


Mahaska County Fire Crews responded to a house fire early Friday. The home of Emery Black, 56 of New Sharon was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

A female was outside the home unharmed. According to the report, Black got out and went back in the home and never made it back out.

His body was recovered Friday morning.

According to New Sharon Fire Chief, The home was a total loss

(11/18) GJCF Year End Reminders


The Greater Jefferson County Foundation (GJCF) Board of Directors held their semi-annual meeting on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.   The board would like to remind the community of the opportunity for the seniors at Fairfield High School to begin thinking about the opportunity for scholarship applications prior to the upcoming holiday season.  The number of scholarships continues to