The Ottumwa Courier


  • Graduation Sunday OTTUMWA — This Sunday, most seniors at Ottumwa High School will start the next chapter in their lives. "It can be an exciting time, but a scary time as well," said Principal Mark Hanson, who will be speaking Sunday. Whether they're going into their f

    May 22, 2014

  • 0523 OTT living history -T -L -M Life story told live OTTUMWA — Kids weren’t reading about World War I in a history book. They were hearing directly what one witness thought when she saw banner headlines about the deaths of American soldiers. Celma Birdsall was born in Hampton, Iowa, in July of 1908. An

    May 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 18 OHS seniors earn silver cord honors OTTUMWA — Eighteen Ottumwa High School seniors will wear a silver cord during graduation on Sunday. Silver Cord recipients volunteered at least 400 hours to their community during their four years in high school. As a group, the 2014 recipients volun

    May 22, 2014

  • VB School Board meets with architect KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren Community School Board taken a step forward in its building project. During a special meeting May 5, the board discussed various options for building improvements with its architect and construction manager. The school board

    May 21, 2014

  • 0521 OTT New board member -T Vote doesn't go easy OTTUMWA — Those who regularly attend school board meetings saw something a little different Monday night. The Ottumwa board has, for years, been known for generally presenting a united face to the public with debate among members discussed prior to v

    May 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Renovations coming at Cardinal ELDON — Helping students succeed in the classroom sometimes requires more than just excellent teachers and faculty. At Cardinal Community School District, they are dedicated to not only providing their students with awesome instructors, but also a sp

    May 19, 2014

  • 0516 OTT IHCC graduation color photo 2 Congratulations, graduates OTTUMWA — Wednesday and Thursday were special nights in the lives of many college students in southeast Iowa, as Indian Hills Community College held its Spring and Summer Commencement ceremony. The students at the IHCC Centerville campus were the sta

    May 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • 2+2=What? Parents rail against Common Core math An Iowa woman jokingly calls it "Satan's handiwork." A California mom says she's broken down in tears. A Pennsylvania parent says it "makes my blood boil." What could be so horrible? Grade-school math. As schools around the U.S. implement national Co

    May 15, 2014

  • 0514 OTT Concert 2 color photo -L -T -M OHS musicians celebrate spring OTTUMWA — Seasoned musicians and first-year students shared the stage Monday evening during the Ottumwa High School Instrumental Springfest Concert. The event featured the OHS String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble and was

    May 13, 2014 4 Photos

  • Nation's report card: No gains for 12th-graders WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abysmal showing, only about one-quarter of U.S. high school seniors performed solidly in math in a major assessment known as the nation's report card, reinforcing concerns that large numbers of students are unprepared for eith

    May 7, 2014

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