OTTUMWA — Despite the strong wind and icy conditions, the ninth annual “25 Men Who Can Cook” event made the trek to Bridge View Saturday ready to please hundreds of appetites.
OTTUMWA — Barricades blocked off several side streets leading to Evans Middle School Friday as class was dismissed around noon, an hour earlier than the scheduled dismissal time.
ELDON — The Cardinal school district has been proactive in letting students know about the mental health resources available, especially since Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill that creates and funds the state’s children’s mental health system.
OTTUMWA — It would be easy to make assumptions about Courtney Reyes’ story. She knows it, too. There are several that would seemingly fit. Small town to big city. Misfit to success. Tropes that have been made into scores of plots for film, television and books.
OTTUMWA — Tracey Menninga knew that, for some, the knock against Ottumwa Christian School was always that it wasn’t an accredited school. That’s no longer the case, and she couldn’t be happier about it.
SEYMOUR — Two years, 10 months and nine days ago the community began picking up the pieces of an EF-2 tornado that impacted the lone school building in Seymour. On Wednesday, the culmination of the efforts that followed the devastating 2017 tornado were presented to that same community.
As the temperatures drop this weekend, activities are picking up. There’s a full slate of events at Bridge View Center this weekend, plus opportunities to help keep yourself or your pet a bit safer.
OTTUMWA — The next winter storm arrives soon, and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the area beginning at 6 a.m. Friday.
OTTUMWA — Two finalists for the vacant city administrator’s position have been named. Joseph Gaa and Phillip Rath will be formally interviewed by the city later this month.
OTTUMWA — A proposal by 10-15 Transit to take over operation of Ottumwa’s municipal transit system is in the hands of the city council following presentations from that organization and Ottumwa Transit.
OTTUMWA — It sounds simple enough. Stairways are already an incline, so why can’t they be converted to ramps in an emergency to speed evacuation of people in wheelchairs?
OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) wants to promote Ottumwa as “the place to be for conferences.” They got a helping hand Friday from residents who volunteered for a promotional video.
OTTUMWA — The way Jay Allison sees it, public transportation isn’t the city’s main focus. It is for 10-15 Transit. So he and the 10-15 Transit board are proposing that the operation take over Ottumwa’s bus system.
OTTUMWA — The former Agassiz Elementary school could have a second act as new apartments under a plan that has city support. Developer Jim Danaher said the building’s unique architecture was part of what made him consider the project.
CLIVE — An Ottumwa woman is celebrating her win in the Iowa Lottery, telling officials she was “floating on air” after seeing she had won $100,000.
ALBIA — Everyone has different personalities, gifts and talents. Music therapist Morgan Henderson knows that well, which is why she wanted to have an opportunity to showcase it in her community.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a rate increase by Alliant Energy, but the split decision did not allow the company’s full increase and had sharp criticisms for the company.
There are a wide variety of events going on this weekend, ranging from community promotions to arena rock, agriculture and exploring past life experiences.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected a Wapello County man’s claim a 25-year sentence for first-degree robbery was cruel and unusual because of his age.
OTTUMWA — Tax season is just around the corner. Many may dread the time, but Wapello County Naturalist Annette Wittrock said it can be a time to make a difference for birds, butterflies, frogs, turtles and many other animals.
OTTUMWA — The schedule for vetting the city administrator candidates and access for the public looks much the same now as it was when a tentative schedule was laid out by City Attorney Joni Keith several weeks ago.
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OTTUMWA [mdash]Phyllis Mae Woods, 78, of Ottumwa, passed at 5:30 p.m. January 15, 2020 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born May 20, 1941 in Bloomfield to Dick and Hilda Marie Zumwalt Saner. She married Richard Link on December 24, 1959, they later divorced and he prec…
OTTUMWA [mdash]Connie J. Solomon, 73, of Ottumwa, died January 15, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born January 1, 1947 in Ottumwa to Eugene and Bernadine Walker Solomon. Connie completed the Airplane Mechanics course at Indian Hills Community College and retired as a hairsty…
AGENCY [mdash]Jack Brewer, 80, of Agency, died at 5:37 p.m. January 15, 2020 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born February 14, 1939 in Ottumwa to Harold "Jinks" and Viola M. "Judy" Christy Brewer. Jack married Kay Bird. A 1957 graduate of Agency High School, Jack was a mechanic all…
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