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  • Bulldogs soldier on OTTUMWA — Wapello County's youngest soldiers continue to make a name for themselves. The Ottumwa High School "Bulldog Battalion" JROTC Drill Team, Color Guard Team and Raider Team recently competed in the North High School Invitational. There were 12

    April 9, 2014

  • 0410 OTT picture Bracelets -M -T Caring Kids

    OTTUMWA — Five fourth-graders didn't need grownups to show them it feels good to help others. They found out firsthand. "I wanted to do a project with the bracelets I make. And it's better to help people than to just do a random project," Kennedy Hug

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pedersen given prestigious award by Iowa Bandmasters Association ELDON — Cardinal Community School District Superintendent Joel Pedersen has worked very hard in his brief time there to help hold the entire district to a high standard. His efforts toward helping to grow interest in their band program has not gone u

    April 9, 2014

  • 0410 OTT Fairfield business students photo color Fairfield students proving to be future leaders

    FAIRFIELD — At Fairfield High School, students interested in making a career in a business-related field have the chance to join the Fairfield chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), a nonprofit organization that helps prepare them for

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pilcher retrial staying in Ottumwa OTTUMWA — Robert Pilcher’s retrial will take place in Wapello County. Pilcher is accused of the 1974 murder of Mary Jayne Jones. His first trial, held in March, ended in a hung jury. Prosecutors had asked the judge to move the trial; the defense resi

    April 9, 2014

  • A place to play for all

    OTTUMWA -- Two of Ottumwa's parks are going to receive some significant playground upgrades in the near future, and for the first time park playgrounds in Ottumwa will be handicapped-accessible. On Tuesday the O

    April 8, 2014

  • State worker emails show offer of cash for silence DES MOINES (AP) -- The director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services has been fired after a former employee's attorney forwarded to lawmakers emails that clearly show the state paid money to the woman for secrecy. Mike Carroll, an Ottumw

    April 8, 2014

  • Wapello County Courthouse.jpg Courthouse to receive facelift

    OTTUMWA — First, Chief Wapello received a facelift. Now, it’s the county courthouse’s turn. On Tuesday evening, Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved spending $139,000 for repair and maintenance of the historic courthouse. Karr Tuckpointing o

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0409 OTT Holiday lights photo -T -M -L Merry and bright OTTUMWA — With the arrival of warm weather in Wapello County, one group is waiting for winter. "We're excited about our next Holiday Nights 'n' Lights display," said Tim Kurtz, executive director of the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce. Though setup

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0409 OTT Bridge work color photo -L -T -M Bridge reconstruction still on schedule OTTUMWA — Crews started reconstruction on the Market Street Bridge during the balmy weather on Feb. 3, but since then the weather has gotten considerably nicer and work has stayed steady. Even with the cold and dreary weather that was still hanging o

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

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