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OTTUMWA — Students in Wapello County won’t be making up school days due to the extended closure of schools through the end of the month.

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OTTUMWA — A movement called “Heart Hunters” is making its way to Ottumwa and surrounding communities. The idea is for families to put hearts on their windows and front doors for all to see to symbolize hope and “spread a little love and compassion.”

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OTTUMWA — A study by the University of Washington suggests the COVID-19 pandemic could peak in the United States in the next two weeks, but Iowa’s toughest times could arrive in May. But both estimates come with considerable uncertainty.

OTTUMWA — With gyms and the YMCA closed, it may be tough for some to find ways to stay active and healthy during social distancing, but Kathy Sisler, YMCA health and member services director, said it doesn’t have to be difficult.

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OTTUMWA — Judge Lucy Gamon denied requests from some defendants in high-profile cases for their release from jail but granted others for inmates who said the COVID-19 outbreak posed an unreasonable risk to their health.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County’s response rate to the 2020 Census is lagging behind that in some other neighboring counties, a reverse of the situation from 10 years ago.

OTTUMWA — United Way of Wapello County has suspended Volunteer Income Assistance (VITA) tax services, a program available to those who make $54,000 or less, for two weeks.

DES MOINES — Iowa announced another 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as the number of cases statewide approached 300.

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OTTUMWA — Staying at home during the virus pandemic doesn’t have to be limited to sitting on the couch and watching TV. It could be a great time to get creative by pursuing a new hobby, like gardening.

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld an earlier ruling that ordered plaintiffs in a suit to reimburse the defendants for their costs.

OTTUMWA — Here are the cancellations the Courier has received for local events. We will update as notices come in. If you have an event to add, please email it to news@ottumwacourier.com.

OTTUMWA — Here are the cancellations the Courier has received for local events. We will update as notices come in. If you have an event to add, please email it to news@ottumwacourier.com.

OTTUMWA — Milestones Area Agency is looking for volunteers to help with their Meals on Wheels program.

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OTTUMWA — Future nurses train with much the same equipment hospitals use, and that allowed Indian Hills Community College to help out with a shortage in southeast Iowa.

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OTTUMWA — On St. Patrick’s Day, Ottumwa resident Kevin Hatfield created a Facebook group called “What’s for Dinner Ottumwa?” to foster connections and help others know about the different restaurants in town.

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OTTUMWA — The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is asking that people donate blood, but they are making a change to how they’re asking people to do it.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon said on Tuesday she is studying how to expand her department’s services.

OTTUMWA — Due to COVID-19 and in the interest of public safety, Indian Hills Community College announced on their website that all courses, including those with lab requirements, will be online effective 4:45 p.m. March 24, 2020, through April 13, 2020.

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OTTUMWA — No one really knew what to expect Monday as the first rounds of meal deliveries went out for Wapello County children.

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OTTUMWA — State officials confirmed the first case of the virus that causes COVID-19 in Wapello County as the number of Iowa cases passed 100.

OTTUMWA — The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life throughout Iowa, but officials are hoping people will still take time to prepare this week for severe weather season.

OTTUMWA — Before farmers rush to the fields to plant the crops that will grow in 2020, some are currently rushing to haul off the corn crop of 2019.

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OTTUMWA — Staying active, at a distance from others, and finding toilet paper are all challenges right now. Pioneer Ridge may have an answer.

OTTUMWA — With the June primary coming up, Wapello County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon, feels it is important for the public to stay updated with information about primaries and elections.

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OTTUMWA — Health and government officials held a joint press conference Thursday evening in an attempt to calm jangled nerves and address the COVID-19 outbreak.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County Sheriff Don Phillips won a special election in 2019 to succeed Mark Miller as the county’s top law enforcement officer. On Thursday, he announced he is seeking a full term of his own.

OTTUMWA — Due to concerns with the COVID-19 virus and in the interest of public safety, County Supervisor Jerry Parker announced that the Wapello County Courthouse will close effective at 4:30 p.m Thursday.

OTTUMWA — With students out of class for the foreseeable future, several local groups are working to create an emergency food distribution program that will start next week.

OTTUMWA — Concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak have led Iowa Democrats to postpone all conventions, including the Wapello County convention scheduled for Saturday.

OTTUMWA — The ripple effects of the COVID-19 virus is not the only factor in what has caused wild swings in agriculture commodity prices. Charlie White with Heartland Co-op points to two events that led to the fluid state of the ag markets.

OTTUMWA — Here are the cancellations the Courier has received for local events. We will update as notices come in. If you have an event to add, please email it to news@ottumwacourier.com.

OTTUMWA — Here are the cancellations the Courier has received for local events. We will update as notices come in. If you have an event to add, please email it to news@ottumwacourier.com.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon is encouraging residents to vote in the June 2 primary election by mailed absentee ballot due to concerns with the COVID-19 virus.

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OTTUMWA — Kelsie Thomas will face a second trial on a charge of first-degree murder, though the date has not been set.

OTTUMWA — Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order shutting down dine-in services at restaurants, closing fitness centers and turning theaters dark is not a suggestion. It can, if needed, be enforced with legal action.

ELDON — Closures of businesses and institutions amid the COVID-19 outbreak has not spared small communities.

OTTUMWA — It’s understandable that people are rattled by the rapid developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and steps being taken to slow the virus’ spread. Scammers are hoping that means you’ll let down your guard.