The Ottumwa Courier

News in brief

June 12, 2014

Fair Queen, Little Miss contestants announced


MaKenzie Jensen, the daughter of Joel and Carol Jensen of Ottumwa. MaKenzie will be attending Indian Hills Community College this fall. She is involved in S.A.L.T., Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA, anti-bullying club and helps with various food drives. Her school activities include: volleyball, basketball, track, softball, dance team, speech, Junior Red Cross member and band. In her spare time, MaKenzie enjoys taking photos, singing, dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Hailie Rush, the daughter of Marion Rush and Lori Liles of Eldon. Hailie attends Cardinal High School, where she is involved in band, cheerleading and helping the concession stand. Hailie participates in Gothic Days, Batavia Days, Agency’s 4th of July celebration and has helped clean up the Wapello County Fair. In her spare time, Hailie enjoys helping on the farm, swimming, Irish dancing, horse racing and reading.

Dakota Durflinger, the daughter of Bill and Lenore Durflinger of Agency. Dakota attends Cardinal Community Schools, where she is involved in the fall play, musical, softball, basketball, volleyball, student council, dance, archery and FFA. She is a volunteer at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter and a blood donor. In her spare time, Dakota enjoys reading, writing, drawing, knitting, volleyball and scrapbooking.

Little Miss Contestants:

Autumn Sertterh, the daughter of Brad and Kristen Sertterh of Agency. Autumn attends Cardinal Community Schools and is involved in Clover Kids, YMCA basketball and T-Ball, Daisy Girl Scouts and dancing. Autumn’s hobbies include riding her bike, dancing, drawing and singing.

Lauren Sloan, the daughter of Kevin and Tiffany Sloan of Eldon. Lauren attends Cardinal Community Schools and is involved in Sunday school at Eldon Christian Church, Vacation Bible School and Girl Scouts. Lauren’s hobbies include playing softball, tumbling and swimming.

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  • Fairfield abuse trial begins Monday FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man will be in court in Jefferson County on charges of third degree sexual abuse. He could spend as much as 10 years behind bars if convicted. Damian Blaise is accused of abuse in which the victim was 12 or 13 years old. He wa

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  • Proctor family reunion on Sunday OTTUMWA — The family members and descendants of Amos Proctor will be hold their annual family reunion on Sunday at the Sycamore Park Shelter adjacent to The Beach Ottumwa. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish, drink and table service.

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  • Water Works opening temporary office OTTUMWA — Construction of a floodwall around the Ottumwa Water and Hydro water treatment plant is scheduled to begin Monday. During construction there will no public access to the business office at the Water Works. The business office is going to be

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  • Ottumwa Quilters to meet Tuesday OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Quilters monthly meeting will be Tuesday at the UAW Hall, 205 N. James St. Social time and refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The program will be demonstrations on extending quilting knowledg

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  • Jefferson County PM to hold blood drive FAIRFIELD — Jefferson County PM will be hosting a community blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 12 inside the activities center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 2606 W. Burlington Ave. Donors who last gave blood on or before June 17 are eligible to do

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  • Blakesburg Lions breakfast Saturday BLAKESBURG – The Blakesburg Lions Club will be sponsoring a breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the Blakesburg Community Center. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, grits, Jane's cinnamon rolls, juice and coffee.

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