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December 30, 2013

2013 Year in Review: Part III

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.

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    July 26, 2014

  • Alternate juror could not have convicted Techel based on evidence DAVENPORT — An alternate juror who was dismissed before Seth Techel, 23, of Agency was convicted of killing his wife and the non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy says the verdict could have been different if she had been in deliberations.D

    July 25, 2014

  • Overcome testing fear, get a good job OTTUMWA — It's not who you know, it's what you know. That's what City leaders say about getting a good paying job in Ottumwa. "It seems like in the last year we've had a real reduction in the number of individuals who've applied," said Joni Keith, hu

    July 25, 2014

  • Water Pollution Control Facility gets OK to upgrade OTTUMWA — An emergency Ottumwa City Council meeting resulted in spending $140,583 for the Water Pollution Control Facility. Friday afternoon, council members listened intently as Ottumwa Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Kam Reeves told

    July 25, 2014

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Resolution — Techel verdict reached

    DAVENPORT — The father of a slain Wapello County woman said he began to heal as soon as he heard the guilty verdict today. The jury unanimously pronounced Seth Techel, 23, guilty on charges of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a h

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Quincy Ave. project starts Aug. 4 OTTUMWA — Updates on the Quincy Avenue project was given to residents and businesses residing between Albia Road and Hwy. 34 on Thursday night at Ottumwa City Hall. About a dozen people attended the meeting where City Engineer Dan Sturm gave an updat

    July 25, 2014

  • Silence continues on fatal shooting OTTUMWA — Law enforcement is exercising its right to remain silent about a shooting death that occurred south of town this week. The Wapello County Sheriff's Office, which had responded to the shooting, said most information on the case would now com

    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

  • 0726 OTT Garden Bites III Color Photo -T Garden Bites sees growth BLOOMFIELD — Nearly one month ago, families gathered at Pioneer Ridge Nature Center to plant various vegetables to harvest and eat on Thursday at Garden Bites. The program allows families to get their hands a bit dirty at Pioneer Ridge and plant food

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0725 OTT Riverfront design A new outlook on Ottumwa OTTUMWA — A "River Renaissance" is brewing in Wapello County. Planners working for Christian Rushing Studio from Tennessee took the public's ideas, and gave them life via maps, numerical projections and artists' renderings. "Hold onto your seats; you

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

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