OTTUMWA — The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers gives their top awards to very few people in the industry. Yet four decades of professionalism and making his community a better place convinced the organization to recognize a member in Wapello County.
OTTUMWA — Perhaps it's fitting that one of Wapello County's oldest businesses was the location for Leigh Michaels' latest book signing. After all, her most popular subject by far is local history.
OTTUMWA — Despite the playground connection, there weren't too many grade school children at Ottumwa High School on Saturday. It was a more grownup crowd, mostly shopping for handmade Christmas gifts.
OTTUMWA — The courtroom was packed, which is unusual for a Saturday. The number of children was a bit strange for the main courtroom, too; perhaps three dozen youngsters explored the third floor of the Wapello County Courthouse.
If you usually assume kids know how to do things your way, you may be disappointed. Frustrated. Angry, even. James Elementary teachers no longer assume. They tell students clearly what behavior they’re looking for.
OTTUMWA — A national grocery delivery service is expanding again, providing a home delivery option from a second grocery store in Wapello County. Starting this week, Ottumwa residents will be able to get groceries from ALDI.
OTTUMWA — The next step toward a self funding district in downtown Ottumwa will come next month, when the city council will hold a hearing on the proposal.
OTTUMWA — There may be some in Wapello County who fail to grasp the fact, proven by police, paramedics and teachers that there is a problem with homelessness here. But the people at the Salvation Army get it.
OTTUMWA — Stan Rodich, a local minister, has always been happy that Wapello County has an option for children to receive a Christian education. Now a great-grandpa, he decided to get on the board of Ottumwa Christian School when he saw them facing serious challenges.
OTTUMWA — Blackbird Investments commented Thursday for the first time in months, saying the stalled demolition of St. Joseph Hospital has “created an eyesore.”
OTTUMWA — The Red Cross issued an appeal Thursday for blood donors, saying it faces a shortage after Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael disrupted donations. Things aren’t as serious locally, but the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center said weather is hurting them, too.
OTTUMWA — The drug court representatives included a staff member, and a pair of participants. Yet even with the jumbo novelty check in the room, it was the couple's baby girl who was the center of attention.
OTTUMWA — It was the spark that lit a fire under the Wapello County Board of Supervisors: A simple garage fire at a home out in the county with one problem: Nobody lived there.
OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Attorney’s office has filed a resistance to a claim by Frederick Elifritz that it improperly manipulated testimony during Elifritz’s trial on sexual abuse charges.
OTTUMWA — The Horace Mann Heroes are using their leadership skills to help those who are less fortunate in our community have a warmer Thanksgiving — and winter.
OTTUMWA — The results you heard on election night are now official. At least they are in Wapello County, where the auditor and board of supervisors completed their canvass.
OTTUMWA — Low unemployment may be one of the stats politicians brag about. But Iowa's governor says she's well aware that having everyone working can actually cause headaches for business managers.
OTTUMWA — Kalvin Mashrey knew there was a good chance he’d find old items when he started renovations on the house he bought at Cherry and Plum streets. But finding copies of a nearly-intact Courier from 1948 under the carpet was a surprise.
OTTUMWA — Despite pleas from students, parents and coaches Monday night, the Ottumwa school board will reserve organized athletics for its own students.
OTTUMWA — It’s not unusual for southeast Iowa to have highs that don’t quite reach freezing a couple times during the winter months. But the fact it’s happening in mid-November is unusual.
OTTUMWA — Ottumwa home-schooled kids have been immersed in the Civil War for eight weeks. And their parents couldn’t be prouder.
OTTUMWA — Live music, drinks and bacon. One of the musicians on stage asked the audience at BaconTown if they had everything they needed. If they needed more of those three things, they were in the right place.
OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Community School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the district “Spark Tank,” located at 325 E. Main St.
OTTUMWA — Owners of business properties in Ottumwa’s Main Street district will see an additional fee next year if all goes according to plan.
OTTUMWA — Veterans don’t always tell their own story. But these tales of courage are valuable to Americans as a people — and shouldn’t be forgotten.
A threat of snow this weekend will not deter southeast Iowa from entertaining the masses. Concerts, plays and bacon await residents and visitors.
OTTUMWA — Nearly 400 missing Iowans have not been found, and that number remains steady as old cases are closed and new cases are filed, according to Medina Rahmanovic, manager of the Missing Person Information Clearinghouse.
OTTUMWA — It may be a surprise to hear apprentice training programs called a new way to learn. But the way apprentice programs work now is much different than the way they were run centuries ago.
OTTUMWA — Larry Clabaugh’s attorney is asking the court to reject the city’s proposed judgement, saying it grants unreasonably broad authority for the city to intrude on private property.
OTTUMWA — Bacon is known as a favorite food in America — maybe even a bit of a guilty pleasure. But you don’t have to feel guilty about a day of bacon eating if your cardiologist recently told you, for example, to avoid sugar.
OTTUMWA — Knowing what their children are learning at school has never been easier for parents in the Ottumwa Community School District. Throughout their busy days, parents keep up with their children on their smartphones.
OTTUMWA — An upcoming performer at Bridge View Center wants to influence you in more ways than one, though she may not hypnotize you into being generous to veterans.
OTTUMWA — In one of the last area races to be determined Tuesday night, Republican Marriannette Miller-Meeks was elected to the Iowa Senate.
OTTUMWA — In one of the races to have solid results available Tuesday night, former assistant county attorney Reuben Neff will be moving back into Wapello County Attorney’s Office — this time, he'll be the boss.
This Week's Circulars
- Prep football: Quintet of players named IPSWA all-state
- Judge expands more families Saturday
- Recount sought in local race
- Prep volleyball: Local players named to IGCA all-district, all-state teams
- Arizona St, Utah St advance to MGM Main Event title game
- Abuse defendant will claim diminished capacity
- Pekin, Fairfield play for Hall of Pride
- Parents should expect alert test
- Helping homeless kids living in cold cars
- Warmup on the way
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