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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.

KNOXVILLE — Wrapped in the reds, whites and blues of a new quilt, Myles Murphy uncovered a couple of military memories Monday during a ceremony at Knoxville High School.

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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.

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series. The next part will feature local veterans explaining why the American Legion is important to them and what the American Legion does in the community.

A late-night traffic stop got dicey for a Centerville Police Officer, who fired his weapon at a dog he said charged him.

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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.

FAIRFIELD — Jefferson County authorities say icy roads contributed to a fatal crash Friday morning.

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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 — 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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DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals has thrown out the civil commitment of a Mahaska County man, saying the state failed two points of the test to have the commitment enforced.

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OTTUMWA – Monday’s fire at 201 Albany St. in Ottumwa is the second at the house in as many months, said Fire Chief Tony Miller Tuesday. Both fires were caused by people living in the home without permission, he said.

Around 30 volunteers came together Saturday, Nov. 3 to hold a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for Appanoose County animals at Centerville City Hall.

OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa Christian School students tugged on hairnets and listened attentively as Georgie Filber with Meals from the Heartland demonstrated how to package the food staples laid out before them.

CLINTON — Clinton County, like other counties across the state, is facing a shortage of child care options available for working parents.

PELLA — Voices were raised, along with plenty of opinions on Monday night, as the agency responsible for building a regional airport held a public hearing in Pella about acquiring Mahaska County land for the project.

FAIRFIELD — A Saturday night crash killed one persona and seriously injured another in Jefferson County.

OTTUMWA – The grace period for most student loans ends six months after a student leaves college. Iowa College Aid and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office are warning May 2018 graduates to beware of loan rescue organizations as the repayment start date approaches.

In France, there is no higher military or civilian award than the Legion of Honor. On Friday, it was an American World War II veteran and Centerville resident Edward Bellendier who was pinned with the award.

PELLA — The wind was having fun Sunday with Lil Terpstra’s lace veil as she stood in Oakwood Cemetery, but her oorblikjes were standing the tests of weather and time.

OSKALOOSA — High school students used their math and science skills as they got their hands dirty while working at the Habitat for Humanity house at 1212 First Ave. W.

The Centerville School District may privatize their driver’s education classes after hearing proposals from two companies during a work session Monday.

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On Monday evening, law enforcement asked for the public’s help in identifying two people involved in a theft from a Moravia church. Within an hour, the individuals were identified and soon after were arrested.

FAIRFIELD — After at least 10 years absence from the Milestones board, Jefferson County attended a meeting and concluded that funding the organization may not be in the county’s best interest.

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EDDYVILLE — For a small school, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont has a pretty impressive play cast, said Director Troy Schutt Saturday.

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OTTUMWA — Allowing a 15-year-old to navigate the world of business might seem controversial; there are some real slime balls out there. At least there will be by the time slime entrepreneur Emily Williams has passed through town.

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OTTUMWA — Iowa has one of the highest rates of voter registration and voter turnout in the nation, said Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, so it needs the best security of any state.

OTTUMWA — Best-selling Ottumwa author Leigh Michaels will discuss her new history book, “Movers and Shakers,” at the railroad clubhouse at Wapello County Historical Society today at 5:30 p.m.