ALBIA — Women were walking around in crinolines and petticoats. Boys wore caps and knickers. Men wore morning suits and top hats. Carolers stood in front of shops. A horse drawn carriage traveled around the town square.

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OTTUMWA — Saturday’s Around Town Downtown Holiday Home Tour, organized by Laureate Guild and Main Street Ottumwa gave residents the chance to get into the Christmas spirit as homes were decked out for the holiday season, some with holly and most with red and green.

OTTUMWA — Ottumwa Symphony Guild members and volunteers are doing everything they can to make sure Saturday’s Christmas ball at Bridge View Center is a night to remember. The theme for this year’s ball is a “Magical Christmas,” featuring a silent auction.

OTTUMWA — Prairie Hills presented a check for $1,246 to Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday so they can continue building homes for people in need.

MAHASKA COUNTY — All the documentation paperwork for the Mahaska County portion Dakota Access Pipeline has been officially turned over to the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors.

OTTUMWA — Iowa’s voter registration numbers are at a high for the year before a presidential election, according to the state. County officials say local numbers are up as well.


A judge went against a sentencing recommendation included in a plea agreement in a child endangerment case involving the death of an 11-month-old child in Centerville earlier this year.

FAIRFIELD — The public is invited to unleash their inner creativity at Friday’s Fairfield Art Association (FAA) portrait demonstration from 6-9 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.


OTTUMWA — With rain, fog and gusts of wind, hopes of having a good crowd show up for the Jingle Jog seemed bleak. Thankfully, the rain held off and 30 participants were able to kick off the holiday season with an outdoor activity.

OTTUMWA — Since the 1940s, the Workingman’s Christmas has been working to give presents to children who may not otherwise get presents for Christmas.

OTTUMWA — Filing taxes can be overwhelming for anyone. That is why United Way of Wapello County Community Engagement Director Emma Kain is looking for volunteers to help with the process.

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OTTUMWA — The region’s farmers are feeling relief after a difficult growing season, but manmade factors cast an ominous cloud over the rural economy.

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OTTUMWA — If you’re planning on hitting the roads this holiday season, you’re not alone.

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OTTUMWA — Every bacon enthusiast got to indulge in bacon galore at Saturday’s BaconTown at Bridge View Center. Residents ate different bacon foods from beer-battered bacon on a stick to maple bacon cookie dough truffles.

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OTTUMWA — Smiles, tears, joy and excitement were all wrapped up in one as adoptions created new families Saturday at the Wapello County Courthouse.

KEOSAUQUA — State officials have confirmed two cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in captive deer at two farms in Van Buren County.

FAIRFIELD — The attorney for a man accused by the state of robbing a Jefferson County bank has asked for a delay in pretrial proceedings, raising questions about whether the trial will begin next month as scheduled.

DES MOINES — Weather radar coverage in Iowa will take a hit next month while the National Weather Service in Des Moines undergoes refurbishments. The timing, officials said, works well.

Barbara Pasa faces sentencing following a jury conviction for murder and arson on Friday. On the same day, judge will hear arguments in a motion by her lawyers for a new trial.

There’s a lot going on in southeast Iowa this weekend, with concerts, musicals, community events and historical lectures. There’s sure to be something for everyone, no matter your interests.

After an effort to create a viral gender reveal video resulted in an explosion near Knoxville that killed a grandmother-to-be, an Internet blogger believed to be the beginning of gender reveal parties regrets what the trend has become.

RURAL KNOXVILLE — Authorities released the name of a woman who died in an explosion related to a gender reveal Saturday, as well as more details about the incident.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Jefferson County woman for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

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OTTUMWA — Christmas isn’t for a while, but the Ottumwa Fire Department is already setting its sights on how to give back to the community this holiday season.

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OTTUMWA — Jacob Hall dreamed of becoming a missionary. When a go-kart accident took his life 20 years ago, it left his family and friends devastated.

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OTTUMWA — Soccer is more than a fun sport for the Ottumwa Soccer Club coaches and players. It’s a passion. Despite Saturday’s rain, parents, coaches and players did not want to spend the weekend without soccer.

DES MOINES — A Fairfield judge who was passed over for the Iowa Court of Appeals earlier this year is getting another chance with another vacancy.

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Police say a Knoxville man made multiple threats toward law enforcement, including that he planned to place bombs on or near the cars and residences of police officers.

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SIGOURNEY formally of Floris. Funeral service Sunday 2:00 P.M. at the Holm Funeral Home , Sigourney. Visitation 1 hour before. Graveside service Monday 1:30 P.M. at IOOF Cemetery, Bloomfield. Surviving her husband Harold Henderson. Arrangements Holm Funeral Home.

Marilyn McDanel, 89, Centerville, died December 4, 2019, at Wayne County Hospital, Corydon. Funeral services are 10a.m. Monday, December 9, with visitation 2-4p.m. Sunday, December 8, at Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared at or

KESWICK Joseph Kiefer died Dec. 3, 2019 in Iowa City. Funeral Mass, Saturday 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Prayer service Friday 4:00 P.M. with visitation til 7:00 P.M. Holm Funeral Home Sigourney.