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  • County considers hiring conservation aide OTTUMWA — On Tuesday morning, Wapello County Board of Supervisors will consider hiring a part-time conservation aide at its weekly board meeting. The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the board’s meeting room located on the third floor of the c

    April 11, 2014

  • 0412 OTT Brush fire color photo 2 -T Brush fire breaks out on east side of city OTTUMWA — Late Friday morning, a fire broke out in a vacant area of trees and brush next to the Ottumwa Water Pollution Control Facility. Both the Wapello County Rural Fire Department and Ottumwa Fire Department were called to the scene of the fire,

    April 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0412 OTT Train safety logo Train collision spike worries experts

    OTTUMWA — In April 2013 there was a crash at a rail crossing near Batavia. Two children died. Another was injured, along with the children’s mother. Less than a month later, in Ottumwa, a train struck a pickup that apparently tried to slip through th

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • United Way expanding on Corporate Community Garden OTTUMWA — The United Way of Wapello County created its Corporate Community Garden last year as a way to donate locally grown food to community members in need, and after a successful first year, it's hoping to expand the garden’s impact in its second

    April 11, 2014

  • Court tosses coach conviction

    DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a Davis County coach who had sex with a 16-year-old student and ordered the charges dismissed. Patrick Ryan Nicoletto was an assistant coach for the Davis County girls’ basketball tea

    April 11, 2014

  • City Council to discuss several property sales OTTUMWA -- The Ottumwa City Council will meet Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall for its second and final regularly scheduled meeting of April. Included on the agenda for the evening, among various other items, are several public hearings on t

    April 11, 2014

  • 0411 OTT Five things logo -M Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — Music, monster trucks and memorable moments — this weekend will bring an eclectic mix of performing arts, sports, activities and informational sessions to the region. 1. Start the weekend by taking special care of your furry friends. Noah’s

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Volunteers wanted for playground construction OTTUMWA — Wildwood Park in Ottumwa is going to be the recipient of some rather significant playground upgrades in the near future, but in order for the construction of the new equipment to be free for taxpayers, there has to be enough volunteer power

    April 10, 2014

  • Fun doesn't mean drunk OTTUMWA — Word that there wasn't an after-prom party sponsor led local Elks to leap into action. Annually, different supporters fund a gathering that allows teens to enjoy prom night without the dangers that result from a drunk high school senior dri

    April 10, 2014

  • 0410 OTT Riverbend bw photo -L -T -M Riverbend reopens to standing-room-only crowds KEOSAUQUA — The wait was nearly two months, but it was worth it when Riverbend of Keosauqua reopened April 3 after it was completely remodeled. And judging from the crowds which gathered at the restaurant last weekend, the public gives it a thumbs up

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

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