OTTUMWA — This is the third of three installments of the year in review as seen in Ottumwa Courier headlines.
Both Ottumwa and Blakesburg received federal funding to improve water quality for residents.
A farm crawl through southeast Iowa put the spotlight on local foods as more area residents were informed about eating locally-grown items.
Schools debated just when the opening bell should ring after the education secretary suggested more sleep might help students in the classroom.
Cargill announced plans for a new hog feed plant north of Ottumwa. This would add to Cargill’s already substantial investments in southeast Iowa.
Indian Hills attempted to give students a boost by opening the Pothoven Academic Success Center. The center was named after John Pothoven, the president of the board of trustees.
Ottumwa voters elected two new members to the local school board.
Phil Noel was named Ottumwa Regional Health Center’s new CEO, succeeding Phil Dionne as the center’s head.
The Broadway Boys, a national touring show asked Seton Catholic School’s choir to join them onstage during their Ottumwa performance.
The Grassroots Gaming Expo helped keep Ottumwa in touch with its place in video game history.
Iowa’s economy continued a slow climb back from recession. That process led Cargill and Workforce Development to jointly host a job fair for prospective area employees.
Ottumwa made a bid to land Mumford and Sons for a performance by filming a video appeal to the band.
A student at Evans Middle School was arrested after being caught with a marijuana pipe. The arrest sparked discussions about younger students and drug use.
Rain wouldn’t normally be a headline event, but it was in late September. The first significant rains in more than a month fell on Ottumwa.
Gas prices began a long decline that would take them below $3 per gallon. Prices rebounded slightly at the end of the year.