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  • 0415 OTT bbq photo, run small -T -M Where the smoke came wafting off the grill OTTUMWA — When the hobby they loved became a full-time job, Bubba-Q's owners had to put something they loved — barbecue competitions — on hold. "We haven't competed since 2011," said Sabrina Knapp, co-owner of Bubba-Q's restaurant in the Quincy Place

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Armstrong sentenced in toddler beating OTTUMWA — Dustin Armstrong will spend 50 years in prison for the beating of an Ottumwa toddler last year. The assault took place almost exactly a year ago, when Ottumwa police went to 117 E. Woodland Ave. on April 22 and found Brayden Young, then 2,

    April 14, 2014

  • 0415 OTT Burger King fire photo color -T -M -L Fire closes Burger King indefinitely OTTUMWA — Workers at the Burger King in Ottumwa weren’t treated to an easy beginning to their Monday morning. They had to contact the Ottumwa Fire Department because a fire broke loose in the kitchen, effectively closing down the restaurant for the r

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT precipitation graph -L -T -M Sunday rain heaviest in almost a year OTTUMWA — Southeast Iowa got its first dose of severe weather over the weekend along with the rainiest day in almost a year. Storms rolled into the area on Saturday night, bringing hail and heavy rain. The totals varied significantly, though. The lin

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT Carcasses map -L -M -T Carcasses dumped in Des Moines River OTTUMWA — The Blackhawk access off Quincy Avenue is not one of the more pleasant places in Ottumwa. The dirt road into the boat ramp could challenge any of Ottumwa’s streets for the most potholes. A stream joins the Des Moines River to the north, but

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • River Hills Downtown Clinic receives national recognition OTTUMWA — In a time when the health care industry is built on numbers, percentages and dollars, River Hills Community Health Center is using that data to focus on the patients they serve. Recently, the River Hills Ottumwa Downtown Clinic received Lev

    April 14, 2014

  • 0415 Right side up monster truck pic Nice driver --- mean machine OTTUMWA --- Drivers sat at one end of their vehicles during the "pit party," meeting fans and signing autographs before the motorsport and monster truck exhibition at Bridge View Center this weekend. Monster truck driver Orville Hill let kids --- and

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT Composting ethical pic Recycling in a garden OTTUMWA --- Parents will tell you: They hate to see kids waste food. A gardner named Scott Koepke feels the same way. “First, let’s get our food to people who are going to eat it,” he said. “It hurts me to see kids in the schools throw away an entire

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0412 OTT Pothole color photo -T -M [Duplicate] A bumper crop of potholes OTTUMWA — The nice weather has been putting the bad roads on display. Officials say good: It gives us a chance to fix them. “Every city is going through the same thing,” said Larry Seals, Ottumwa Public Works director. “It has been an unusual winter

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Home in a tent OTTUMWA -- As people live without shelter, they become desperate finding a place to sleep. The situation impacts more than just the community's homeless. "There is nowhere to put people who are homeless," said Mary Margaret Butler. "Nowhere." Ottumwa

    April 11, 2014

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