OTTUMWA — It was relatively quiet in the OHS cafeteria Saturday. People did come to the winter festival fundraiser, but not as many as students hoped for.

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OTTUMWA — Santa didn’t just want people to have a holly jolly interaction with him, he wanted pets to have their share.

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OTTUMWA — Southern Iowa could see the first significant snowfall of the year as the weekend draws to a close.

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OTTUMWA — In the freezing Food Bank of Iowa warehouse, a small crowd gathered. Then all of a sudden, by the dozens, a forklift dropped more 8,400 pounds of pork loin, all packaged up.

OTTUMWA — County supervisors’ gift to the community this season may be donations. On Tuesday, they will consider grants to the Indian Hills simulation lab and to the Blakesburg Friends of the Library.

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OTTUMWA — The second floor of Hotel Ottumwa was transformed into a Winter Wonderland Friday as children and families came to write letters to Santa and have their pictures taken with him.

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OTTUMWA — A resolution up for consideration next week gives a look at what the airport improvements over the next several years could look like for Ottumwa.

OTTUMWA — The Legacy Youth Alliance, a program supported by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, has made its first grants to area programs.

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OTTUMWA — Dog owners in Ottumwa will see an increase in the cost of dog licenses next year as part of a move to boost funding for Heartland Humane Society.

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OTTUMWA — Paws came running into the sheriff’s department Wednesday afternoon as people finally got to see the department’s two newest workers: one-year-old German Shepherd Luna and two-year-old German Shepherd Hex.

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OTTUMWA— If your business has ever had cookies delivered to them, or if you attend Christ’s Church or have ever spent time at Wolfe Clinic, chances are you encountered Charlie Hart and his wife Mable.

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OTTUMWA — Market on Main is closing at the end of this month after nearly eight years in operation.

OTTUMWA — How much does a person change in seven years? A number of seniors at Ottumwa High School learned the answer Wednesday morning when they were given letters they’d written to themselves as elementary schoolchildren.

OTTUMWA — Get ready for the return of some of the most intense eight seconds of sports with the return of the Professional Bullriders of America compete at Bridge View Center next year.

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OTTUMWA — The order entered in an Ottumwa murder case after the defendant was found incompetent to stand trial illustrates the different standards and requirements involved in such a case.

OTTUMWA — Far away from Capitol Hill, where House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against Donald Trump Tuesday morning, presidential candidate Julián Castro spoke to a group of Ottumwans.

Hundreds of comments were posted Monday and Tuesday with many chastising a decision to remove a nativity scene that had been placed on the courthouse lawn.

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OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College has asked county supervisors for help in order to complete a lab it hopes will help students gain realistic training.

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OTTUMWA — An man faces charges involving both legal and illegal drugs after authorities searched an Ottumwa residence.

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OTTUMWA — Revenues for Indian Hills Community College dropped a little more than 2 percent in the 2019 fiscal year, according to an audit report released by the State Auditor’s Office.

OTTUMWA — City officials are blaming two recent house fires on the use of space heaters and are asking people to use caution with the devices.

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OTTUMWA — Winter made an abrupt appearance in southeast Iowa on Monday, sending temperatures plunging 15 degrees in just a few hours.

OTTUMWA — Ottumwans crowded into the Ottumwa High School auditorium Sunday afternoon for the school district’s annual holiday band concert.

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ALBIA — Women walked around in crinolines and petticoats. Men wore morning suits and top hats. Carolers sang in front of shops, and a horse-drawn carriage traveled around the town square.

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OTTUMWA — Saturday’s Around Town Downtown Holiday Home Tour, organized by Laureate Guild and Main Street Ottumwa, gave residents the chance to get into the Christmas spirit.

OTTUMWA — Elizabeth Warren is bringing her campaign to Ottumwa next Sunday. The Dec. 15 stop is scheduled for Liberty Elementary School.

OTTUMWA — Ottumwa Symphony Guild members and volunteers are doing everything they can to make sure Saturday’s Christmas ball at Bridge View Center is a night to remember. The theme for this year’s ball is a “Magical Christmas,” featuring a silent auction.

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OTTUMWA — The clanging of the crossing guard bells and the rumble of the BNSF coal train rolling through Ottumwa on Friday were familiar. What was missing was another noise.

OTTUMWA — A bed bug was discovered at OHS, but Principal Richard Hutchinson said there’s no need to worry.

OTTUMWA — The first week of December has felt more like October, but changes are on the way.

OTTUMWA — Prairie Hills presented a check for $1,246 to Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday so they can continue building homes for people in need.

OTTUMWA — School doesn’t teach a student everything. Barb Hanson, GEAR UP coordinator at OHS, hopes to change that.

OTTUMWA — Iowa’s voter registration numbers are at a high for the year before a presidential election, according to the state. County officials say local numbers are up as well.

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A judge went against a sentencing recommendation included in a plea agreement in a child endangerment case involving the death of an 11-month-old child in Centerville earlier this year.

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OTTUMWA — Emergency crews evacuated portions of the 200 and 300 blocks of East Main Street Wednesday morning after a gas leak.

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OTTUMWA [mdash]William Hyrum Neal, 91, of Ottumwa, died December 8, 2019 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Graveside services and burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Shaul Cemetery with Pastor Gary Brooks officiating.