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OTTUMWA — What happens when students set the classroom rules? Cardinal Middle School has been giving it a try for the last two years, and the results might be surprising.

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PACKWOOD — Roland McCreery turned 90 years old Nov. 1. He and his wife just celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary. They still harvest together.

OTTUMWA — It has been an eventful year for Chuckie Denison. One of 1,500 workers at the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, Denison lost his job when the company moved production overseas. On Tuesday, he found himself in Ottumwa preparing to speak with fellow members of the United Auto Workers.

FAIRFIELD — The attorney for a man accused by the state of robbing a Jefferson County bank has asked for a delay in pretrial proceedings, raising questions about whether the trial will begin next month as scheduled.

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OTTUMWA — While the Ottumwa school district has become much more diverse, student extra-curricular participation doesn’t appear to represent that.

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OTTUMWA — The mechanism for funding the downtown SSMID district is in place following the city council’s approval of an agreement that formalizes the process.

OTTUMWA — Superintendent Nicole Kooiker attended the National Superintendents Forum last week, where she saw areas Ottumwa led — and a few that need improvement.

FAIRFIELD — For nearly a month, Mendy McAdams has been the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center (FACC) development director. She’s loved every minute of it and now wants to give people the opportunity to learn more about her at the upcoming “Let’s Meet and Mingle” open house from 5-7 p.m. Fr…

DES MOINES — Weather radar coverage in Iowa will take a hit next month while the National Weather Service in Des Moines undergoes refurbishments. The timing, officials said, works well.

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OTTUMWA — It’s been 48 years since Penny Miller and Mandy Whitehead last saw one another, but one could be mistaken in thinking they’ve been friends since childhood.

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DES MOINES — Public health officials say the first two deaths of the 2019-2020 flu season in Iowa were likely linked to underlying conditions.

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OTTUMWA — Coloring isn’t just for kids. Over the years, adult coloring has become a popular activity and made its way to the Ottumwa Public Library.

OTTUMWA — With the weather becoming colder, Pam Schell-Cloyd from the Bible Baptist Church doesn’t want to see residents get cold because they lack boots and tennis shoes.

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OTTUMWA — Newly elected officials in city offices generally have a couple months to get up to speed before formally taking their seats. The Ottumwa school board moves a lot faster.

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OTTUMWA — Area soccer, baseball and softball players, along with the YMCA, will be playing under new leases for the next two years if the city council approves them next week.

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OTTUMWA — County engineer Jeff Skalberg is currently looking to purchase new graders for the county.

OTTUMWA — Southeast Iowa may still set a few records this winter, but they won’t be happening over the next week or so.

The town is starting to get in the spirit of the holiday season while a couple of area high schools’ drama departments take to the stage. Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend:

OTTUMWA — The Salvation Army is offering a place for people to warm up during these cold days.

OTTUMWA — Students at OHS are participating in the Food Bank of Iowa’s Combat Hunger food drive. iJAG, a student organization at the school, has led the effort.

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OTTUMWA — Jacob Heckethorn avoided a potential life sentence in the August 2018 death of William Shettlesworth, but still faces a potential 50-year sentence.

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OTTUMWA — A significant addition to Ottumwa’s outdoor options began, according to Parks Director Gene Rathje, with a suggestion from a member of the public.

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DES MOINES — A judge has rejected a motion to dismiss a puppy laundering suit brought by the state against several Iowa companies, including one in Wapello County.

OTTUMWA — The results of the Nov. 5 election became official when county supervisors canvassed votes on Tuesday.

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OTTUMWA — More than 200 computer programming students from across the state came together at Indian Hills on Tuesday for the college’s annual Byte Jam.

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OTTUMWA — When Chef Nicola Michieletto says he spent a little time in seminary, it’s easy to believe. His work in the kitchen and as an instructor is a vocation, a true calling.

OTTUMWA — Ottumwa shivered past a record early Tuesday, as temperatures fell into the low single digits.

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OTTUMWA — Between frigid wind, frozen roads, and a two-hour delay, organizers weren’t sure if Evans Middle School’s Veterans Day assembly was even going to happen.

OTTUMWA — Scam artists depend on people being worried about the situation they’re in, and their approach is designed to give people little time to think about what to do.

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OTTUMWA — Music can tell stories, no matter how young the audience is. In fact, Saturday’s performance by the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra was aimed at young listeners.

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OTTUMWA — Congressman Dave Loebsack was excited when he came to tour the Ottumwa Job Corps Center Friday afternoon.

OTTUMWA — It may sound odd for a former state senator and recent candidate for lieutenant governor to say she needs to introduce herself to people, but that’s precisely what Rita Hart said she needs to do in Iowa’s Second Congressional District.

OTTUMWA — Small-time entrepreneurs may have a new way to get their businesses going after Wells Fargo and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced a $55,000 grant for microfinancing.

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OTTUMWA [mdash]James R. "Chub" Chebuhar, 86, of Ottumwa, died at 11:15 p.m. November 19, 2019 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Arrangements are pending at Reece Funeral Home.