The Ottumwa Courier


  • 0522 OTT Shrine of Memories color photo -L -T -M Confusion laid to rest OTTUMWA — Despite what you may have heard, one of the town's funeral homes is still in business and performing most of its duties. This week, more than one family placing an obituary told the Courier that Shrine of Memories had gone out of business.

    May 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Make Ottumwa Shine a big success OTTUMWA — Make Ottumwa Shine had a lot of promise leading up to last week, and thanks to just enough nice weather and an abundance of volunteers, it turned out to be a terrific event. At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Ottumwa City Council, Health a

    May 20, 2014

  • 0521 OTT CMA ride color photo 1 -T -L -M Riding to remember OTTUMWA — The sound of engines was in the air Sunday morning as a group of Christian Motorcyclist Association members, as well as family and friends, prepared for a group ride to Des Moines. The trip was organized so the group could join with hundred

    May 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Reminisce Society learns about Buffalo Bill OTTUMWA — One of America’s most famous performers, Buffalo Bill Cody, entertained the nation and the world with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but did you know he has significant connections to Iowa? At Tuesday’s Rem

    May 20, 2014

  • New Iowa health director OTTUMWA — Four months after the departure of an Ottumwa resident, Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a new Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) director. Gerd Clabaugh, a resident of Johnston, Iowa, previously served as deputy director of IDPH and

    May 19, 2014

  • Time for two-way streets OTTUMWA — As long as Mother Nature allows it, Ottumwans should see two-way traffic on Main and Second streets in downtown Ottumwa early in the coming week. According to Public Works Department Director Larry Seals, rain is pretty much the only forese

    May 15, 2014

  • Water main struck on Ottumwa's north side OTTUMWA — Ottumwans might have noticed a lack of water pressure Thursday afternoon, and the reason behind it was a water main struck by crews working on the Pennsylvania Avenue Reconstruction Project. Luckily, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

    May 15, 2014

  • Market Street Bridge turning blue OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa City Council held a special meeting on Wednesday, and only two items appeared on the agenda. The most discussed item was to change how the Market Street Bridge will be painted during its current reconstruction. Originally, the p

    May 14, 2014

  • Main Street Ottumwa recognized for achievements OTTUMWA — Since 2006, the Main Street Ottumwa program has helped to link organizations in the downtown district with funding and education to help with some of the city’s biggest projects. The efforts Main Street Ottumwa has made have not gone unnoti

    May 14, 2014

  • 0515 OTT Make ottumwa shine 3 color photo -L -M -T Spring cleaning the city OTTUMWA — The annual Make Ottumwa Shine week is in full swing, and the city is on its way to becoming cleaner and ready for summer. According to Ottumwa Health and Inspections Department Director Jody Gates, so far the week has gone pretty well when

    May 14, 2014 4 Photos

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