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.

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OTTUMWA — Southern Iowa saw more snow than expected this past weekend, but there’s an even bigger change on the way.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 — 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.

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UPDATE: The city announced Friday morning the burn was cancelled and will be rescheduled for next spring.

OTTUMWA — Snow is back in the weekend forecast for southeast Iowa, but it’s not expected to bring major accumulations.

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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.

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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 court has approved a request from a man facing a first degree murder charge to have a second attorney appointed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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OTTUMWA — Tickets to see Grammy-nominated comedian Bill Engvall go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

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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.

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OTTUMWA — National Adoption Day will again be celebrated with a special ceremony at the Wapello County Courthouse.

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OTTUMWA — You can count Terry Burtlow among the fans of this year’s choices for the National Toy Hall of Fame.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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OTTUMWA — Graham crackers, frosting, sugar wafers, gum drops and Skittles became building materials at Ottumwa Public Library Thursday.

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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 — The first real taste of winter will likely arrive tonight, with the National Weather Service forecasting 1-2 inches of snow.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.