The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

November 19, 2013

Blakesburg to welcome Historic Scenic Byway bikers

BLAKESBURG — Blakesburg is set to welcome bikers riding the Historic Hills Scenic Byway that passes through town next summer.

After hearing a presentation by Katy Anderson, Pathfinders Byway coordinator, the Blakesburg City Council unanimously approved Blakesburg as a pass-through town.

She explained Pathways works to improve local tourism and economic development and “bring people into the community.” She said the planned ride is an opportunity to show case communities on the trail through Blakesburg, Unionville and Drakesville before ending in Bloomfield. Registration will be from 7-9 a.m. June 21 in Ottumwa. Anderson estimated 50-100 bicyclists will participate.

She said not-for-profit groups are encouraged to set up food and beverage stands along the route but warned that each group offering food would be responsible for securing a food license if needed. A small fee will be charged to each rider, most of which will go for participant T-shirts. Any profit will go to byway funding she said.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society's request to insulate the museum and to install security bars at the windows with BHPS assuming full financial responsibility for both improvements.

• Approved 30-day sewer extension project to complete some street repair and other small chores.

• Approved the third reading of Chapter 4 salaries of municipal officers, increasing mayor salary from $500 to $1,000 per year and council members from $25 to $45 per meeting to take effect after the next election.


Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

    On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65.

    July 25, 2014

  • Taking a look at Iowa's rural bridges and roads

    OSKALOOSA — National statistics indicate that Iowa roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair.According to the Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland report, 22 percent of Iowa’s rural bridges are deficient.Maha

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726 OTT cedar creek Gone in a flash

    BLOOMFIELD — Bob Parker got about as close to lightning as you can Friday morning, and came out of it without injury. A line of thunderstorms started moving through southeast Iowa in the early morning hours. Parker was heading to work at about 7 a.m.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Southeast Iowa's Lake Darling State Park reopens BRIGHTON, Iowa (AP) — Lake Darling State Park has reopened after around six years of restoration work in southeast Iowa's Washington County. The $16 million project began in 2008 and included draining the 300-acre lake and replacing a dam. The park n

    July 25, 2014

  • Honey Creek Resort recognized for recycling MORAVIA — Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake has been selected as having the best government recycling program by the Iowa Recycling Association.“Iowa’s Greenest Resort” received the award July 17 during the Iowa Recycling Association annu

    July 24, 2014

  • Mammoth photo 2 Researchers find mammoth ankle

    OSKALOOSA — Researchers at the mammoth dig site in rural Mahaska County recently found an articulated mammoth ankle — a very interesting find.“It tells us something we never knew before,” said Dave Brenzel of the Indian Creek Nature Center. The mammo

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Van Buren says bye-bye to Waste Management KEOSAUQUA — Waste Management has been charging the Van Buren Community School District an average of nearly $1,600 a month to remove waste and recycled materials from the Douds and Keosauqua centers. Now faced with a bidding process, Waste Management

    July 23, 2014

  • MINE logo.jpg Two arrested on drug charges

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Knoxville last night. A man and a woman were arrested. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Propane suppliers: buy ahead to avoid price spikes DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — State officials and propane suppliers are advising consumers to fill their tanks before cold weather arrives because prices could climb again this winter. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports ( ) prices will

    July 23, 2014

  • Military Retiree Appreciation Day Aug. 28 near Pella A military Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino in Altoona, Iowa. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members are eligible to attend. The event will run from

    July 23, 2014

AP National