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OTTUMWA — A pursuit reached speeds of 100 mph Wednesday before ending after the tires of the vehicle were punctured using two spike strips, police said.

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Art Association will be hosting a closing reception and gallery talk by local artist Mark Shafer, whose "Retrospect" exhibit is on display in the main gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center through the end of January.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awarded $1.25 million across nine Iowa communities in creative placemaking grants to build projects and strengthen communities.

OTTUMWA — Police have charged an Ottumwa woman with methamphetamine possession following a traffic stop Sunday morning.

OTTUMWA — Ottumwa Hy-Vee stores participated in the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive by offering customers the opportunity to donate during the checkout process.

OSKALOOSA — Crisis Intervention Services recently awarded 30 gifts to its clients on Dec. 23, made possible by donors in the 12-county region served by CIS.

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OTTUMWA — The city of Ottumwa's snow emergency ordinance, which was put in place during Tuesday's winter storm, will be allowed to expire at 7 p.m.

LifeServe Blood Center will be holding a community blood drive next month in Moravia as part of National Blood Donor Month.

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Pekin and Fairfield school districts were just two of a handful of schools to receive free face shields from Alliant Energy and the Iowa State University Digital Manufacturing Lab as part of a venture with two other companies.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County offices and buildings will reopen their doors Monday after having been closed since Nov. 18 because of COVID-19.

OTTUMWA — Chef Michael Kopp has returned to Pennsylvania Place to oversee food operation at the retirement community.

OTTUMWA — Community 1st Credit Union was recently recognized by the Iowa division of the U.S. Small Business Administration as one of the top-five financial institutions for loans produced (non-Paycheck Protection Program) through the third quarter of 2020, and the only credit union recogniz…

CENTERVILLE — Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson was honored with the 2020 Compassion in Crisis from the National Association of Mental Health (NAMI) South Central Iowa division recently.

OTTUMWA — The Historic Preservation Commission for the city of Ottumwa has rescheduled its holiday luminary display because of high winds.

AMES — Several area students earned degrees from Iowa State University with the end of the fall term. This list is as follows:

OTTUMWA — The Historic Preservation Commission for the city of Ottumwa will line the streets of the city's four residential National Historic Districts with luminaries Dec. 23 from 6-8 p.m.

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Area 15 and Greater Ottumwa Area Partners In Progress partnership will be receiving financial support from ITC Midwest as part of the company's larger disaster relief assistance from both the COVID-19 pandemic and derecho.

Starting Tuesday, Iowans can buy 2021 resident hunting, fishing and other licenses to replace their expiring 2020 licenses, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that almost $9 million in assistance is available to assist eligible Iowans who are at risk of eviction and individuals who have lost housing to quickly regain housing stability.

OSKALOOSA — Crisis Intervention Services, which serves a 12-county area in southern Iowa, is attempting to make the holidays brighter and safer for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and violent crimes by providing gift cards to them and their families to buy toys, clothing, food…

DES MOINES — A pair of local housing trust funds have earned grants from the Iowa Finance Authority to support local housing initiatives for fiscal year 2020.

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College was recently approved by the Department of Labor to start a Nursing Apprenticeship program, and the school is wasting little time trying to connect potential nurses to employers.

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday announced the launch of an Iowa Arts & Cultural Program. The statewide grant program will provide short-term relief to arts venues, cultural organizations and creative workers who have lost significant business or income due to COVID-19.

DES MOINES — COVID Recovery Iowa, which offers free confidential counseling, support groups and personal support for anyone who has been impacted by COVID-19, has launched Virtual Santa over various social media platforms in time for the holidays.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Alliant Energy is seeking applications for its 2021 Innovation scholarships as the company recognizes outstanding community leadership. Up to 25 students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help them reach their academic goals.

The U.S. Postal Service is expecting more gifts and greetings to be sent through the mail this year, and once again, the USPS advises to send early.

As part of an announced $3.1 million investment through the "Hometown Strong Initiative," JBS USA and Plumrose USA will provide $600,000 in funding for expansion of the Ottumwa Family YMCA Day Care.

OTTUMWA — A major reconstruction of Highway 63 south in Ottumwa is almost complete.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County's recount of the U.S. House District 2 race began bright and early Thursday morning in a meeting room at the board of supervisors office.

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that the annual holiday lighting ceremony in Central Park, which was scheduled for Nov. 27, has been canceled.

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