OTTUMWA — After seeing a man bleeding from walking barefoot last winter and seeing an 84-year old woman sleeping in a tent, Whatsoever You Do Administrator Mary Margaret Butler knew she had to do something to fix the homelessness situation.

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OTTUMWA — Even though the census count is a year away, county supervisors are already getting ready for it.

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OTTUMWA — Friday was Richard Hutchinson’s first day serving as the principal at Ottumwa High School, but an uninformed observer might think he had been working there for years. He seemed right at home as he cruised around the cafeteria and was quick to smile or to joke with the faculty and s…

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OTTUMWA — The city council accepted Andy Morris’ resignation as city administrator during an unusual Friday session and appointed Mayor Tom Lazio to act as administrator until a successor is found.

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DES MOINES — The Eldon man accused of transportation of child pornography will be held in federal custody at least until his preliminary hearing.

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The start of the school year hasn’t slowed down weekend activities. Take in some football, a play, music at an iconic location or visit some furry friends. There’s sure to be something to fit everyone’s tastes this weekend.

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OTTUMWA — A statement released by the city Thursday morning says Mayor Tom Lazio was responsible for the decision to place City Administrator Andy Morris on paid administrative leave and that he “took the action as the Chief Executive Officer for the City.”

OTTUMWA — Bow hunting in Ottumwa will resume in less than a month, with this year’s season running from Sept. 14, 2019 through Jan. 10, 2020.

OTTUMWA — For many high school students, the question “will you be attending college?” never requires much consideration. It’s an expectation laid on them from a very young age by parents, friends, and educators.

RICHLAND — When Darcy Hackert was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she was fortunate to have the means and insurance available to pay for her medical bills. But it soon occurred to her that not everybody shared her good luck.

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OTTUMWA — City Administrator Andy Morris was placed on administrative leave following Tuesday’s council meeting, apparently ending his second tenure as Ottumwa’s city administrator.

BLOOMFIELD — A judge has rejected a Davis County man’s attempt to get the court to reconsider whether to suppress evidence against him.

BLOOMFIELD — The man accused by authorities of attempting to kidnap a woman and take her to Wisconsin has been denied permission to travel out of the state “given the seriousness of the charges.”

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OTTUMWA — The Jefferson Street Viaduct’s lighting is one of the signature looks for Ottumwa once night falls. It could be changing to a more flexible, energy efficient system on Alliant Energy’s dime.

OTTUMWA — Parents preparing their kids for the first week of school can be tough. Preparing healthy lunches their kids want to eat may be tougher.

OTTUMWA — River Hills Community Health Center was granted $124,060 this month by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA, a federal agency and subset of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded more than $11 billion this year to 3,000 local health care …

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OTTUMWA — School for students in the Ottumwa Community School District starts this Friday. It’s the time of year that many kids begin to dread. But it doesn’t need to be.

OTTUMWA — Apparently you can have a meeting discussing different topics in less than five minutes — just ask the county supervisors.

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OTTUMWA — A rare round of early morning thunderstorms swept Iowa Tuesday, hitting southeast Iowa as the sun rose.

OTTUMWA — The plea agreement reached by Tiffany McNeal will include 30 years behind bars on charges related to a shootout in August 2018 and a prior case. But McNeal will not immediately go to prison.

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OTTUMWA — Three United Methodist congregations in Ottumwa are in the process of merging and finding a new home. This weekend was a major step in that direction.

OTTUMWA — Two new housing sites could move forward next week if the city council signs off on proposed zoning changes.

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OTTUMWA — Iowa has not had a great deal of severe weather this year. It’s not particularly likely Saturday, either, but it is possible.

OTTUMWA — The race for city council has been slow to shape up this year, with only two people taking out papers to seek office in the first week.

OTTUMWA — There’s a popular saying that people should do something because they want to, not because they have to. Ottumwa volunteers know this all too well.

OTTUMWA — It’s going to be a soggy few days for Ottumwa as the area heads into a rainy weekend.

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OTTUMWA — No matter the decade, food insecurity can be an issue in any county. Wapello County is facing that reality.

OTTUMWA — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg told an Ottumwa audience on Thursday rural America is in need of strategies to encourage growth in both economic and population terms.

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A change in season is on the horizon, and events this weekend are proof. Join a “spooky” fundraiser or head out for the final evening of a summer tradition. Take the family to a car show or on a scenic bike ride.

OTTUMWA — Even in 2019 students and parents can be plagued with the stereotype that they or their children can’t succeed in school or life because of their physical or mental challenges.

OTTUMWA — There’s place just for you, if you’re a hardcore Hawkeyes or Cyclones fan and want a place to scream at the top of your lungs before the annual Iowa vs Iowa State football game.

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OTTUMWA — The attorney for a former Ottumwa teacher charged with sexual exploitation of a student is again asking the court to throw out the case.

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OTTUMWA — Going back to school can be exciting and nerve-wracking for students. It can be the same for the 29 new teachers and long time educators, too.

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OTTUMWA — A group of kids gathered around a table at PTYC Tuesday afternoon, eager for their next Spanish lesson to start. In fact, the weekly lessons were their idea.

OTTUMWA — Hunger is a prominent issue in this country. The Food Bank of Iowa wants to combat hunger, but can’t do so if they don’t consider potential changes in their food delivery system.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court’s first two days of hearings at its home court in Des Moines will be closely watched by southeast Iowa.

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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa school board has a vacancy with the departure of Bill Allen. What, though, does that mean? And what are the next steps?

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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa school board will soon have a new member, though it may not be someone on the board for long.