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Attorneys for Jason Carter say the judge that presided over the civil trial that found him liable for his mother’s death is biased and should recuse herself from an upcoming hearing to set aside that verdict.

OTTUMWA — A combination of dangerously cold air and icy roads led most area schools to cancel classes Thursday as winter blasted southern Iowa.

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OTTUMWA — Southeast Iowa is getting ready for a late-week plunge in temperatures, but forecasters say the cold won’t last long.

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Activities centered around Valentine’s Day start to fill the calendar this weekend, and bull riding action takes center stage at Bridge View Center. Here’s a look at what’s going on in and around Ottumwa this weekend.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued a notice that it intends to deny a permit application to withdraw water from Iowa’s Jordan Aquifer by a company that planned to ship 2 billion gallons a year to drought-stricken western states.

FAIRFIELD — A man convicted of robbing a bank in Jefferson County will spend at least 17 years in prison after being sentenced for aiding or abetting first-degree robbery and ongoing criminal conduct.

BLOOMFIELD — The Davis County woman accused of knowingly leaving a 6-year-old child with a man she knew had sexually abused her has reached a plea agreement that would spare her prison time.

HEDRICK — The ninth annual Bras for a Cause (BFAC) will be held April 4, 2020 at the Carl Craft Civic Center in Hedrick.

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OTTUMWA — Tax season is just around the corner and United Way of Wapello County Executive Director Ali Wilson is looking for volunteers to help with the tax filing process for United Way’s Volunteer Income Assistance (VITA) program.

Centerville Police have charged a Centerville woman with multiple charges after they said she was providing methamphetamine to children and performing sex acts with one child.

DES MOINES — Women age 50 and over are saying they plan to vote in large numbers in Iowa and nationally, and there’s no issue they care about more than health care, according to a Harris Poll conducted for AARP and released first to Iowa Capital Dispatch.

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OTTUMWA — Students and their coaches from 24 schools gathered inside Ottumwa High School Saturday to participate in the Iowa High School Speech Association’s District Large Group Contest.

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OTTUMWA — For 49 years the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) has herded its way to Ottumwa. The two-day conference gives vendors an opportunity to sell their services and for producers and researchers to talk about farming techniques and agricultural-based topics and issues.

BLAKESBURG — Cheryl Talbert has a vision to renovate a former auto repair shop into the new Blakesburg library. Fulfilling this goal, she said, takes hard work and monetary assistance.

OTTUMWA — Don Lewis became the newest Wapello County Veterans Affairs Commissioner of five at the beginning of January. In his new role, he wants to do his part to help provide services to veterans and encourage Elks members to help veterans, too.

OSKALOOSA—Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness, and Ryan Parker and his family know a lot about gratitude.

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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Small Business Alliance (OSBA) has been growing since it started in October 2019. Now there are 114 businesses associated with the alliance. Founder Connie Hammersley-Wilson couldn’t be happier.

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OTTUMWA — Opioids have been the focus of much of the federal effort to fight drug abuse in recent years, raising concerns for some that the effort deprived states with serious meth problems the funding to continue that fight.

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OTTUMWA — Despite the strong wind and icy conditions, the ninth annual “25 Men Who Can Cook” still drew a strong crowd.

FAIRFIELD — Pete Buttigieg will return to the area as he campaigns for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination with two stops in the area.

ELDON — The Cardinal school district has been proactive in letting students know about the mental health resources available, especially since Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill that creates and funds the state’s children’s mental health system.

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OTTUMWA — It would be easy to make assumptions about Courtney Reyes’ story. She knows it, too. There are several that would seemingly fit. Small town to big city. Misfit to success. Tropes that have been made into scores of plots for film, television and books.

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OTTUMWA — Local business owners will have the opportunity to win $28,000 in Main Street Iowa’s Open 4 Business Contest.

SEYMOUR — Two years, 10 months and nine days ago the community began picking up the pieces of an EF-2 tornado that impacted the lone school building in Seymour. On Wednesday, the culmination of the efforts that followed the devastating 2017 tornado were presented to that same community.

OTTUMWA — Dr. Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, will be in southeast Iowa this weekend on behalf of her husband’s caucus campaign.

As the temperatures drop this weekend, activities are picking up. There’s a full slate of events at Bridge View Center this weekend, plus opportunities to help keep yourself or your pet a bit safer.

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Police Department and the Humane Society collaborated Wednesday to host a training on recognizing animal cruelty.

After sitting abandoned for 10 years, local officials announced the Knoxville Veterans Administration campus is now owned and controlled by the local government.

OTTUMWA — A Davis County woman accused by prosecutors of neglect and child endangerment has waived her right to a jury trial.

OTTUMWA — Long-running discussions on pay for county officials came back to the county supervisors Tuesday.

DES MOINES — Despite a minor glitch with some of their microphones, Iowa legislative leaders were loud and clear about their priorities as they opened the 2020 legislative session on Monday.

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OTTUMWA — Driving in snowy and icy conditions can be intimidating, but emergency responders said it doesn’t have to be.

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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) wants to promote Ottumwa as “the place to be for conferences.” They got a helping hand Friday from residents who volunteered for a promotional video.

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ALBIA — Everyone has different personalities, gifts and talents. Music therapist Morgan Henderson knows that well, which is why she wanted to have an opportunity to showcase it in her community.

FAIRFIELD — The ability to create with different art media lives on in the Fairfield community, especially in the Fairfield Art Association (FAA).

There are a wide variety of events going on this weekend, ranging from community promotions to arena rock, agriculture and exploring past life experiences.

FULTON, Ill. — Selfies fill Josh Hill’s Facebook page. Like viral memes, the images are all alike: Men and women wearing Uphill Battle T-shirts or sweatshirts bend their left legs behind them.

OTTUMWA — Tony Floden, John Deere operations project manager, and Lincoln Addis, Junior Achievement volunteer classroom coordinator are gearing up for the 26th annual Junior Achievement Snow Bowl.

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KNOXVILLE — An Eddyville man will be under government supervision for the rest of his life after being convicted of third-degree sexual abuse.

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OTTUMWA — The Bridge City Slam II Wrestling Show and Legends Fan Fest at Bridge View Center Saturday night was packed to the brim.

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OTTUMWA — Every bleacher in the Evans Middle School gym was packed with families gathered to watch the Elks’ Annual Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest.

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OTTUMWA [mdash]Mark J. Littlejohn, 63, of Ottumwa, died February 18, 2020 at home. He was born April 1, 1956 in Ottumwa to Robert and Evelyn Jameson Littlejohn. Mark married Christine Box and they later divorced. A 1974 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Mark had worked at Iowa Malleable and F…

OTTUMWA [mdash]Michael D. Pate, 58, of Omaha, NE, died at 4:30 a.m. February 17, 2020 at Life Care Center in Omaha. He was born in Iowa City, IA on January 17, 1962 to James R. and Clela Ferne Toopes Pate. A 1981 graduate of North High School in Omaha, Michael was an eyeglass maker, retiring…