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ELDON — The Wapello County Fair was in full swing Saturday morning, with a particular emphasis on children's events. Here's a look.

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OTTUMWA — Escape rooms have grown in popularity over the past several years. Thomas Schwartz isn’t a big fan of the name, but he really likes the concept.

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OTTUMWA — Iowans are preparing for their third summer with fireworks, and a pair of Ottumwa residents are hoping to get a jump on the competition.

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OTTUMWA — The city council’s rejection of the school district’s proposal on school resource officers didn’t end discussions between the two sides. On Tuesday council members will decide whether a new proposal is one they can live with.

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OTTUMWA — School may be out for the summer, but the need for kids to have access to balanced nutrition doesn’t end. That’s where the Summer Food Program through the Ottumwa YMCA comes in.

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ELDON — For some, county fairs are about the rides, the food, the time with friends and family. It’s easy to forget there’s another side, as vendors depend on fairgoers to boost their business.

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1. Head over to Eldon as the Wapello County Fair continues through Sunday. Highlights for Friday include the Bill Riley Talent Search at 11 a.m. and the Grandstand Country Concert in the evening, which will open with a battle of the bands followed by headliner Craig Morgan. There will also b…

ELDON — The Wapello County Fair kicked off Wednesday evening with the royalty compeition. Madison Langford took the crown this year. Here's a look at the evening, and you can click here to go to our photo purchase page.

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OTTUMWA — The strongest tornado in Iowa thus far in 2019 hit Van Buren County, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

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BLOOMFIELD — A Davis County man faces charges of kidnapping and multiple counts of sexual abuse after authorities said he tried to take a woman to Wisconsin.

OTTUMWA — The idea of honor flights developed in part out of the idea aging World War II veterans deserved the opportunity to see the national memorial built in their honor after it opened in 2004.

OTTUMWA — Former Vice-President Joe Biden hadn’t been speaking for five minutes at his Ottumwa campaign rally when a man in an American flag shirt stood up in the audience.

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OTTUMWA — City officials are planning a public meeting later this month on the streetscape project, which will remake the 100 through 300 blocks of East Main Street.

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OTTUMWA — Rain is back in the Ottumwa forecast, but there’s another bit of prediction that should bring everyone a smile. River levels should start dropping soon.

OTTUMWA — School board members got a good look Tuesday at what the finances for a new elementary school would look like if paid through the use of bonds.

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ELDON — Sandbags still lined parts of downtown Eldon, remnants of a flood that almost happened. The water in the creek was lower than it was just two weeks earlier, but the river remains high. Until that changes, the sandbags may yet be needed.

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa school district will resume its discussion on the future for elementary schools on the city’s north side next week.

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ELDON — The Wapello County Fair is gearing up for next week’s festivities, and there’s a lot going on.

OTTUMWA — Organizers like to say events in Ottumwa and the surrounding communities help draw people back to town. This is one of those stories that illustrates how it happens.

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OTTUMWA — You could forgive Sharon Stroh for being a bit excited about the announcement this week that Professional Developers of Iowa will have its fall 2020 conference in Ottumwa. It’s not every day you have your home city hosting your own professional conference.

OTTUMWA — With Independence Day less than a month away, fireworks stands will be opening across Iowa. City officials are reminding people to use caution, and take note of the hours for legal fireworks use in Ottumwa.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld a Wapello County man’s sentence for driving while intoxicated.

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OTTUMWA — The district court has approved a public defender for the man accused by authorities of killing Thomas Foster last month.

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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Municipal Band begins its 155th season with a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Central Park.

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OTTUMWA — Solar panels aren’t the best bet for the city at Bridge View Center. Batteries might be an option. But the Beach? Now that can use the sun.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County supervisors postponed their usual meeting to Friday, where they will consider a budget amendment and a policy on employment eligibility.

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DES MOINES — A Bloomfield man faces spending the rest of his life in federal custody after being sentenced to 120 years in prison for sexual abuse.

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OTTUMWA — Rain is back in the forecast after a mostly-dry weekend, but it shouldn’t be the repeated washouts southeast Iowa saw in weeks past.

OTTUMWA — Joey Chestnut emerged victorious on Saturday after eating an amazing 28.5 Canteen sandwiches in just 10 minutes. Here's a look at the competition. Click here to go to our photo purchase page.

OTTUMWA — Gideon Oji had a good day defending his title as the Canteen eating champion. He broke the mark he set last year, after all.

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OTTUMWA — Jake McCoy’s introduction to the building in the 200 block of East Main Street wasn’t encouraging. The roof was almost at the point of collapse, and someone had taken an unusual step to keep it from sending water through to the ground floor.

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OTTUMWA — The city council is being asked to consider a resolution opposing Alliant Energy’s proposed rate hike, and the language in the draft doesn’t mince words.

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HOMESTEAD [mdash]Dean Brain passed away March 10, 2019, at Baptist Hospital, Homestead, Florida. Masonic service is set for Sunday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church, Hedrick, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.

BLOOMFIELD [mdash]Sheila Rae Early of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa, Iowa. Sheila was born December 28, 1943, to Ray and Helen (Drennan) Beckett in Springfield, Illinois. Her family moved to Edina, Missouri and she graduated from Ed…