OTTUMWA — While the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, a look at local numbers shows the dramatic differences in its course over the past two months.

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NEW SHARON — The Mahaska County Sheriff's Office said the driver of a cement truck that rolled over on Highway 63 Thursday morning has died.

OSKALOOSA — After serving more than 600 patients in Mahaska County since its opening in 2000, River Hills Community Health Center will set up shop in Oskaloosa.

OTTUMWA — Iowa officials counted two new COVID-19 cases in Wapello County on Wednesday, the first confirmed cases in more than 48 hours.

OTTUMWA — The TestIowa site in Ottumwa is closing. County officials said operations at Evans Middle School will end at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

OTTUMWA — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Wapello County rose by six on Sunday, a higher increase than the area had seen in more than a week.


CENTERVILLE — Jodie McCoy, realtor of Hometown Realty, said she always has a passion for helping people, whether it is helping someone find their dream home or just making someone smile.


DES MOINES — A tick-borne virus has been found in Iowa for the first time and the year’s first West Nile Virus case has been reported, prompting public health officials Wednesday to urge residents to take precautions to avoid tick and mosquito bites.

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OTTUMWA — Kelsie Thomas’ retrial on murder charges has been pushed back to October.

OTTUMWA — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Wapello County barely budged over the weekend, a sharp difference from the daily, double-digit rises recorded a month ago.

OTTUMWA — The COVID-19 virus is still spreading through southeast Iowa, but the rate at which it is doing so continues to slow.

FAIRFIELD — It may not be the typical Greater Jefferson County Fair, but local 4-H and FFA members will get a chance to show off their hard work of the past year in Fairfield later this month.

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OTTUMWA — Southeast Iowa is looking at a lot of rain in the next couple days.

CENTERVILLE — It appears one newcomer and one incumbent will receive Republican nominations for two open seats on the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors. However, there are enough outstanding absentee ballots to potentially change the result.

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OTTUMWA — Summer heat and, possibly, summer storms will return to southeast Iowa this week.

DES MOINES – While hog farmers around the state continue to deal with the effects of the coronavirus, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is helping producers who are unable to harvest pigs.

OTTUMWA — Coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes were one of the most serious early issues in Iowa’s handling of the pandemic. Southeast Iowa managed to largely avoid such situations as care facilities took early steps to limit risk.

PELLA — A female was found unresponsive after the Pella Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call Monday night. The female was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

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KEOSAUQUA — Most people look avoid being stung by a bee just one time. Vern Ramsey figures he’ll be stung 20-30 times a day. Such is the life of a beekeeper.

OTTUMWA — Monroe County saw its first death from COVID-19 on Thursday, while Wapello County officials announced much better news.

OTTUMWA — The Wapello County office for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently open for phone and virtual appointments only, but can still work with producers on timely filing 2020 crop acreage reports.

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ALBIA — Monroe County was among the last area locations to report a confirmed case of COVID-19. Cases have risen quickly, though, and it appears to be for one of the worst possible reasons.

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FAIRFIELD — Ethan Spray had already reached a plea bargain on charges related to a bank robbery in Jefferson County. But the court granted a motion by prosecutors to delay his sentencing until after he testifies against another defendant.

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Although the 85th annual Tulip Time Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19, hundreds of tourists have flocked to Historic Downtown Pella to admire blooming tulips, indulge in sweet Dutch treats, shop at local retail stores and stock up on freshly-cured meats.

PEKIN — Constant nurture and care is always required in horticulture. Exactly the opposite of what’s required to comply with the social distancing guidelines currently in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

OTTUMWA — Authorities have charged an Ottumwa man in connection with a burglary investigation involving multiple counties.

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