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OTTUMWA — Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress is inviting the public to a “mitigating COVID-19 in Iowa restaurants” webinar scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, hosted by the Iowa Chamber Alliance.

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OTTUMWA — Like many business owners some local areas are taking the steps to reopen.

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OTTUMWA — The Quincy Place Mall officially reopened its doors 10 a.m. on Friday. Mike Nelson, the mall’s maintenance and on-site manager, said he and employees felt comfortable with reopening this week.

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OTTUMWA — The Walk to End Alzheimer’s remains scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29 at Bridge View Center.

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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OTTUMWA — Heartland Humane Society has seen an increase in adoptions since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Pam Ratliff, the facility’s manager, couldn’t be more thrilled.

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OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program has had to make some adjustments in order to meet the needs of children.

OTTUMWA — Iglesia Pentecostés Monte Sinaí (Mt. Sinai Church) plans to have a free mask giveaway from 1-2 p.m. Monday, May 18, at 1105 E. Second St.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County’s COVID-19 total jumped again Thursday, reaching 150 cases as counted by local officials. The addition of 34 confirmed cases was the biggest one-day increase so far.

OTTUMWA — Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress (GOPiP) announced a redesigned website this week.

OTTUMWA — Although Ottumwa Small Business Alliance (OSBA) meetings were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, OSBA Founder Connie Hammersley-Wilson still finds ways to support the 110 OSBA members.

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OTTUMWA — As a new work week was about to get underway at Warehouse Barbeque, proprietor Dusty Ware took to Facebook to post a message to let his customers know exactly how the coronavirus has affected his business.

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OTTUMWA — Prosecutors are asking the court to consolidate the cases against two men arrested after an August 2018 shootout with police.

The Ottumwa Courier is currently celebrating its 172nd year of publication. Throughout our history the newspaper’s mission has been to serve the community with accurate and timely local journalism, which we remain focused on today.

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College has received $1.1 million in federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

OTTUMWA — On Tuesday county supervisors agreed to write a letter of support for the city’s application for funding from the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant.

OTTUMWA — Iowa passed 10,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus on Tuesday, and Wapello County reached triple digits in official counts.

OTTUMWA — Monday brought another jump in Wapello County’s confirmed COVID-19 count, with 84 people now having tested positive for the virus.

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ELDON — The 2020 Wapello County Fair will not go ahead as planned.

OTTUMWA — The surge in COVID-19 confirmed cases continued on Sunday, with Wapello County’s count rising to 68 according to county officials.

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OTTUMWA — With churches allowed to gather for worship after the Iowa governor lifted some restrictions, individual congregations are taking different approaches to how they maintain the balance between community and safety.

OTTUMWA — Local small businesses experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19 may qualify for some aid. The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation used $100,000 to create and manage the Wapello County Small Business Impact Fund to assist local businesses.

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OTTUMWA — One week after a blast of winter put farmers in southern Iowa behind schedule, a week filled with spring-like conditions allowed significant progress to made in the 2020 planting season

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OTTUMWA — Ottumwa High School senior Lily Streeby didn’t want her graduating class to leave high school behind without giving them a chance to reflect on their memories.

OTTUMWA — Prairie Hills residents were thrilled when actor and Ottumwa native Tom Arnold interacted with them by playing virtual bingo from his home in Hollywood this week.

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OTTUMWA — On Tuesday county supervisors will consider insurance options for telehealth visits and financial contributions to the Friends of NAS (Naval Air Station) in Ottumwa.

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 — Early voting is open and being encouraged for the upcoming primary election scheduled for June 2.

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