The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

August 12, 2013

Just a week away

OTTUMWA — Bailee Knott will be in the third grade next week. That means the entire family is preoccupied with back-to-school preparations.

Classes begin in Ottumwa next Wednesday, and many things have to be taken care of before then. Summer has been a relaxing time for families all around southeast Iowa with lots of different activities scheduled.

Knott's mom, Alisha McConnell, says that she's taken her daughter to the library frequently over the summer, keeping her involved in reading programs. Knott admits that she loves chapter books and reading.

Online math and spelling games have also been on the to-do list, but that's not what the summer's been about.

"She's been involved in a lot of the activities at the library, but the summer's really been about relaxation and fun," McConnell said.

But now things swing back into high gear as the clothes shopping, school supply hunts and last-minute paperwork commence.

"I'm looking forward to my new grade and Mrs. Fall, my teacher," Knott said.

Plus, her school, Horace Mann, is hosting an ice cream social the night before school starts. That's a great motivator to head back to classes.

Monday was spent shopping for school supplies. A trip to Dollar General proved productive as mother and daughter found many of the items the school has required. Horace Mann, and some other schools, send out the next year's school supply list with the last report card of the year. The store also had the lists for all of the schools posted near the school supply aisle, so forgetfulness is no excuse.

Knott was excited about finding notebooks, pens and paint. She loves to draw, and she was looking forward to having new supplies.

Preparing for sending her daughter back to school is a little more complicated for McConnell. She's busy juggling getting school supplies, figuring out transportation and caring for her family's daily needs while working and preparing to start classes of her own.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0723 OTT Riverfront color photo -L -M Ideas flow at Riverfront Renaissance workshop OTTUMWA — Ideas flowed as freely as the river itself Tuesday evening as more than 100 Ottumwans shared their vision of what the riverfront can be.The Riverfront Renaissance design charrette, sponsored by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, drew p

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kids … not cash OTTUMWA — From a project that started with nothing, supporters created a top-notch education facility for at-risk youth. Someone in on the project from the beginning shared the story. Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker addressed a community advis

    July 22, 2014

  • Staying healthy during extreme heat OTTUMWA — After unusually cool temperatures last week, it may have been easy to forget how the heat of summer feels, but an incoming heat wave will quickly remind you. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the No.

    July 22, 2014

  • Shooting ruled homicide OTTUMWA — The death of a man shot in Wapello County has been ruled a homicide. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office on Monday received a 911 call of a shooting 4 miles southwest of Ottumwa. Deputies discovered Clinton Gus Leedom, 49, of Bloomfield, to

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT flood file photo Over $1 million to fight floods EDDYVILLE — It's not the way a town wants to get $1 million, but the damage suffered by Eddyville in recent floods has prompted the federal government to cut a check. Actually, it's Area 15 Regional Planning Commission, a community assistance agency

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Driver's license services temporarily suspended KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office has notified the Iowa Department of Transportation that it has suspended driver’s license services due to staffing issues in the county treasurer’s office. It is anticipated suspension of the services

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT Canoe Camp color photo -L -M -T Canoe Camp teaches water safety OTTUMWA — Six children at Pioneer Nature Area and Nature Center pond were making waves and getting wet as they flipped their canoes over in attempt to rescue each other. Since summertime and water activities go hand-in-hand, the goal of the activity

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT Seth Techel mugshot -T Techel jury may begin deliberations Wednesday DAVENPORT — The jury in the third trial of a Wapello County man accused of murdering his wife may begin deliberations as early as Wednesday in Scott County, Davenport. The jury was excused mid-afternoon Tuesday while Judge Daniel Wilson, who continue

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three appointed to Board of Adjustment OTTUMWA — Three new faces will appear on Wapello County Board of Adjustment, thanks to help from the county’s newspaper of record, the Ottumwa Courier. Four applicants applied for the positions and three were selected. New members include Marcia Week

    July 22, 2014

  • Slain woman's boyfriend: I didn't kill her DAVENPORT — A married man who had an affair with a slain Wapello County woman testified this morning that he did not kill her. Jason Tinnes, a jailer who worked with the late Lisa Caldwell Techel, said their affair ended shortly before she died. Tinn

    July 22, 2014

Photo reprints