OTTUMWA — County Supervisor Jerry Parker said a boat dock project will be in the works soon.

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This weekend offers chances to celebrate art and opportunities to dress up. Take a look at just some of what’s going on in southeast Iowa this weekend.

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OTTUMWA — The city’s budget concerns caused council members to tap the brakes on what they view as an important, but potentially expensive, project.

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OTTUMWA — Ever since Shounam Ches was 13 years old, he knew he wanted to have his own photography and videography business. Later on, his brother, Jey, developed the same passion.

OTTUMWA — Prosecutors are pushing back against defense attempts to prevent the state’s medical examiner from testifying in the death of an Ottumwa child. But just what is being said is largely out of the public’s view.

OTTUMWA — Destination advocacy training launched in November 2018 to provide real-world customer service and engagement skills, advocacy for organizations, and how to request referrals and reviews during engagements with customers or clients. Now it’s expanding.

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OTTUMWA — County supervisors decided to not ban contractor Tim Wright from county projects after he missed deadlines on a project.

DES MOINES — Ask any brand about the importance of marketing, and they’ll promptly reply that understanding the needs and wants of the customer is the first and most essential step to making a sale.

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ELDON — Grant Wood wasn’t around to see it, but you have to think he’d have enjoyed the birthday party Eldon threw for him.

OTTUMWA — County supervisors will decide next week if contractor Tim Wright can continue with county projects. Wright failed to have 6052 Madison Ave. cleaned up by a date set in the contract he had with the county.

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OTTUMWA — Philip Rath’s first session as Ottumwa’s new city administrator is going to be an interesting one.

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OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Historical Museum opened up a celebration of women exhibition Friday. Dr. Rick Woten, the museum’s director, said the exhibit pays tribute to the centennial of the 19th amendment and highlights Wapello County women who have made positive impacts in the community.

OTTUMWA — Three weather records fell in less than 24 hours in Ottumwa. Two wer obscure, the other was downright frigid.

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OTTUMWA — In her junior year of high school, Brei Holmes didn’t attend prom because she could not afford a prom dress.

OTTUMWA — The Alzheimer’s Association is having the Walk to End Alzheimer’s kickoff party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, on the second floor of the Hub.

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OTTUMWA — Firefighter Rodney Long is worried. The revenues for the upcoming budget year aren’t what the city hoped, and he has heard cuts may be coming to the police and fire departments.

OTTUMWA — A combination of dangerously cold air and icy roads led most area schools to cancel classes Thursday as winter blasted southern Iowa.

ELDON — Heather Buckley, Cardinal Elementary School principal, was overjoyed when the Iowa School Performance profile released the school’s ratings and identified Cardinal Elementary as high performing.

DES MOINES — Attorneys for the Wapello County man accused of multiple drug charges are trying to have evidence thrown out, saying his questioning did not comply with Constitutional requirements.

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OTTUMWA — It was a journey for Krista Tedrow to open up No Opportunity Wasted (N.O.W). She finally decided to go for it back in June, after she said God gave her a clear direction.

OTTUMWA — Authorities are accusing an Ottumwa man of injecting an intellectually disabled woman with methamphetamine before sexually assaulting her.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County supervisors have long sparred with the state over mental health services. Now they say state requirements prevented a tax decrease.

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OTTUMWA — Ottumwa schools Superintendent Nicole Kooiker is a finalist for the vacant superintendent’s position in Newton.

OTTUMWA — The annual Battle of the Brushes returns later this month as artists compete to create a painting in just 90 minutes, and splitting the event’s proceeds with the Ottumwa Area Arts Council.

OTTUMWA — A Fairfield engineering firm will help Ottumwa study whether the existing railway spur could move to a location closer to South Iowa Avenue.

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OTTUMWA — Southeast Iowa is getting ready for a late-week plunge in temperatures, but forecasters say the cold won’t last long.

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OTTUMWA — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign is formally asking for a review of 28 caucus precincts, including one in Ottumwa, after it said the initial counts gave too many delegate equivalents to rival Pete Buttigieg.

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OTTUMWA — Thousands of people gathered to watch the 2019 Bull Riders of America (BOA) Finals.

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OTTUMWA — Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a suffragist, traveled time from the 1800s to share her story at the Wapello County Historical Society and Museum Clubhouse Saturday in celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment.

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OTTUMWA — Joss Teed remembers helping set up several years' worth of banners for Jump Rope for Heart for several at James Elementary when he taught there three years ago. For the past couple of weeks, he has been leading his students through the program once again.

OTTUMWA — Lynelle Diers, Wapello County Public Health clinical director, said while coronavirus is making headlines residents should be more concerned about influenza.

OTTUMWA — Jennifer Robbins, Wapello County general assistance director and South Central Behavioral Health Region (SCBHR) CEO, said she puts on a lot of hats when it comes to serving on both organizations.

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Activities centered around Valentine’s Day start to fill the calendar this weekend, and bull riding action takes center stage at Bridge View Center. Here’s a look at what’s going on in and around Ottumwa this weekend.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County is the last of the area counties to still have incomplete official caucus totals. The official results show Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, taking first in most of the county caucuses.

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OTTUMWA [mdash]Mark J. Littlejohn, 63, of Ottumwa, died February 18, 2020 at home. He was born April 1, 1956 in Ottumwa to Robert and Evelyn Jameson Littlejohn. Mark married Christine Box and they later divorced. A 1974 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Mark had worked at Iowa Malleable and F…

OTTUMWA [mdash]Michael D. Pate, 58, of Omaha, NE, died at 4:30 a.m. February 17, 2020 at Life Care Center in Omaha. He was born in Iowa City, IA on January 17, 1962 to James R. and Clela Ferne Toopes Pate. A 1981 graduate of North High School in Omaha, Michael was an eyeglass maker, retiring…