The Ottumwa Courier

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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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  • 15-minutes.png A change at Evans

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    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

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  • 0419 OTT Tree planting color photo -T -M -L Young Ottumwans show their green thumbs OTTUMWA — Several of Ottumwa’s cemeteries and parks were recipients of new trees this week as Ottumwa High School students and Eagle Scouts dedicated their time to planting dozens of trees around the city. Students from the OHS JROTC class were at Ot

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  • 0419 OTT Prayer Walk 2 bw photo -L -M -T On a journey OTTUMWA — The seven blocks through the center of Ottumwa took more than an hour and a half to walk as 25 people prayed and read Scripture to reflect on the events of Good Friday. Led by the Ottumwa Area Fellowship of Pastors, the walk began at First

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  • 0419 OTT drought map -L -T -M Drought weakens grip on Iowa OTTUMWA — Last weekend saw the first significant rains in quite some time for the Ottumwa area. How long? The last day with at least a half-inch of rain was back on Nov. 20. It was a welcome rain, arriving after the ground had thawed. That allowed at

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eugene Clark STOCKPORT — Eugene Morris Clark, 90, of Stockport, died at 5:30 p.m. April 17, 2014, at Good Samaritan Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ottumwa. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Spencer Cemetery northeast of Stockport; Pastor Richard

    April 18, 2014

  • Civil War Round Table visited by baseball historian OTTUMWA — The Civil War Round Table was treated to a special guest Thursday night and a presentation about how baseball during the Civil War era helped shape Iowa as we know it. John Liepa, former history and political science professor at Des Moines

    April 18, 2014

  • Three-day forecast Today ... Sunny, with a high near 76. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight ... Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Sunday ... Partly su

    April 18, 2014

  • 0418 OTT Tree City U.S.A. logo Ottumwa awarded as Tree City U.S.A. again OTTUMWA — Having big, beautiful trees throughout a community can help spruce up a city and make it more attractive to visitors. Ottumwa has shown a dedication to making the community more green and inviting, and the efforts have been recognized by th

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

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