The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

July 5, 2013

Naval Air Station museum progresses

OTTUMWA — While the changes may not be evident, work on a museum dedicated to Ottumwa's former naval air station is still under way.

Stephen Black and Friends of NAS Ottumwa's board members have devoted countless hours to rehabilitating the former administration building. The roof was recently reshingled, and the next project will be to remove and rebuild the crumbling concrete steps leading up to the entryway's doors and windows, which also need to be replaced.

"And we continue to clean, which is our big project," Black said of the two-story, 23,000-square-foot building. "It doesn't have a lot of visibility and isn't going to for awhile."

The naval air base itself closed in 1947, though military was still active until the 1980s, when the administration building was used for urban assault training, scattering debris throughout the building and leaving holes in the walls and roof.

Since then, the building sat empty and fell into disrepair until Black and a crew of volunteers decided a couple years ago that it needed to be salvaged. Despite the damage and its ragged appearance, engineering consultants found that the building was structurally secure.

Today, Friends of NAS Ottumwa, a nonprofit organization, travels across the state to spread word of their mission to restore the building and convert it into a museum.

At this fall's Antique Airplane Association and Air Power Museum fly-in over Labor Day weekend, pilots will celebrate the "Diamond Jubilee," or 60th anniversary, of the AAA with a with a special air mail flight.

Temporary "air mail field stations" will be set up at the antique airfield and Ottumwa and Oskaloosa airports, where pilots will fly in with souvenir postal covers.

"Some of the aircraft originally stationed here will be back for the event," Black said.

Text Only
Local News
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Police to parents: check kids' online activities BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield police chief says the arrests of nine men in connection with sexting a teenage girl underscores the need for parents to keep an eye on their children online. Chief Shawn Armstrong said cases involving one or two people are

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 OTT birthday rumble -T -M Age 106, still ready to rumble OTTUMWA — With the stories flowing, Celma Birdsall had the ride of her life Thursday. "She shared a lot of memories," said her chauffeur for the day, Dennis Parrish. Birdsall has built up a lot of stories over the 106 years she's been around. After h

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0725 OTT College Connections color photo -T -M IHCC eases transition to college OTTUMWA — When choosing a college that's just right for you, it is important to find one that works its hardest to ensure your success as a student. Indian Hills Community College is doing just that this week with a College Connections Workshop spons

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Techel found guilty on both counts

    DAVENPORT — Jurors have found Seth Techel guilty in the 2012 murder of his wife, Lisa, and the couple’s unborn child.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Victim advocates: Helping families cope

    DAVENPORT — Family members of a slain Wapello County woman have someone to lean on — literally and figuratively — while they sit through a murder trial for the third time. Seth Techel, 23, is on trial in Scott County, Davenport. He faces charges of fi

    July 24, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook