The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

September 13, 2013

Supervisors canvass school board elections

OTTUMWA — In just a matter of minutes with the reading of names and numbers, the election of new school board members in Wapello County were made official.

The Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved the canvass of election results for school board elections in the Ottumwa, Cardinal, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Indian Hills districts in the county.

In Ottumwa, David Weilbrenner, Michael Burton and Carol Mitchell were the top three vote-getters, receiving 1,255 votes, 914 votes and 719 votes respectively.

In the Cardinal School District, Todd D. Hart (69 votes) and Mike Kayser (73 votes) will join the school board.

In the E-B-F District 1, Mike Mayberry received 18 votes. In District 2, Dan Hulbert received 10 votes. In District 6, Bruce Severson received 34 votes and in District 7, David Friendman received 44 votes.

The Indian Hills District 4 winner was Thomas W. Keck with 250 votes. In District 5, Richard J. Gaumer had 614 votes. Results for additional Indian Hills counties will be canvassed at the Sept. 24 supervisors' meeting.

In other business:

A resolution was approved to remove several mobile homes from taxation and abate the taxes. Supervisor Jerry Parker explained that this is the culmination of a project to remove derelict mobile homes from Hidden Valley Trailer Court.

"The list says, 'Gone, gone, gone, gone ...'" he said. "This is what we wanted to do, and now they're gone."

Several personnel changes were approved, including the hiring of a part-time clerk at the American Gothic House, a new part-time employee for Wapello County Public Health and two part-time employees at WCPH moved to full time.

A resolution was passed to approve a contract with UMR Inc., a subsidiary claims payer, replacing the county's current claims payer, which is going out of business. The coverage and other details of the contract will remain the same, only the company itself will change.

Text Only
Local News
  • 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

  • 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

  • 0725 OTT Sports EBF softball cover photo EBF advances to State Finals FORT DODGE — Fifth-ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont had a very tough task in front of itself in a Class 2A semifinal Thursday at the state softball tournament at Rogers Park. All the Rockets had had to do was beat top-ranked Highland to reach thei

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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

  • 0725 OTT Five Things logo -L -T Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — There's a wide variety of activities to choose from this weekend in southeast Iowa. Get out and explore the countryside, find some new books to curl up with or help raise money for some great causes. The choice is yours — pick one or attend

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Jury begins deliberations DAVENPORT — The fate of a Wapello County man accused of killing his wife is in the hands of a jury in Scott County, which began deliberations Wednesday and will continue deliberating today.The jury began deliberations about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the ca

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints