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OTTUMWA — Ever since Shounam Ches was 13 years old, he knew he wanted to have his own photography and videography business. Later on, his brother, Jey, developed the same passion.

OTTUMWA — Prosecutors are pushing back against defense attempts to prevent the state’s medical examiner from testifying in the death of an Ottumwa child. But just what is being said is largely out of the public’s view.

OTTUMWA — Destination advocacy training launched in November 2018 to provide real-world customer service and engagement skills, advocacy for organizations, and how to request referrals and reviews during engagements with customers or clients. Now it’s expanding.


OTTUMWA — County supervisors decided to not ban contractor Tim Wright from county projects after he missed deadlines on a project.


ELDON — Grant Wood wasn’t around to see it, but you have to think he’d have enjoyed the birthday party Eldon threw for him.

OTTUMWA — County supervisors will decide next week if contractor Tim Wright can continue with county projects. Wright failed to have 6052 Madison Ave. cleaned up by a date set in the contract he had with the county.


OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Historical Museum opened up a celebration of women exhibition Friday. Dr. Rick Woten, the museum’s director, said the exhibit pays tribute to the centennial of the 19th amendment and highlights Wapello County women who have made positive impacts in the community.

OTTUMWA — Three weather records fell in less than 24 hours in Ottumwa. Two wer obscure, the other was downright frigid.


OTTUMWA — In her junior year of high school, Brei Holmes didn’t attend prom because she could not afford a prom dress.

OTTUMWA — The Alzheimer’s Association is having the Walk to End Alzheimer’s kickoff party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, on the second floor of the Hub.

ELDON — Heather Buckley, Cardinal Elementary School principal, was overjoyed when the Iowa School Performance profile released the school’s ratings and identified Cardinal Elementary as high performing.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County supervisors have long sparred with the state over mental health services. Now they say state requirements prevented a tax decrease.

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OTTUMWA — Thousands of people gathered to watch the 2019 Bull Riders of America (BOA) Finals.

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OTTUMWA — Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a suffragist, traveled time from the 1800s to share her story at the Wapello County Historical Society and Museum Clubhouse Saturday in celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment.

OTTUMWA — Lynelle Diers, Wapello County Public Health clinical director, said while coronavirus is making headlines residents should be more concerned about influenza.

OTTUMWA — Jennifer Robbins, Wapello County general assistance director and South Central Behavioral Health Region (SCBHR) CEO, said she puts on a lot of hats when it comes to serving on both organizations.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County is the last of the area counties to still have incomplete official caucus totals. The official results show Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, taking first in most of the county caucuses.

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ELDON — Katie Streeby, Cardinal School show choir director and drama instructor, always wanted to direct her own high school show choir. It’s a thought she played around for some time before she started it in August 2019.

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OTTUMWA — Initial results released by the Iowa Democratic Party gave both Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders reason to celebrate the results of Wapello County’s caucuses.

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

OTTUMWA — County supervisors and Sheriff Don Phillips believe installation of law center cameras will improve safety.

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OTTUMWA — Iowans had questions as Tuesday dawned, both about the winner of the previous night’s Democratic caucuses and the future of a key event for the state.

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OTTUMWA — Parents and bands gathered for Saturday’s 16th annual Sweets and Sounds. The event featured Sudden Impact (Ottumwa High School’s show choir), OHS band and jazz band, and the Evans Middle School jazz band and show choir.

OTTUMWA — There were a number of topics discussed at Saturday’s legislative forum such as abortion, mental health services for children, poverty, treatment of races and more.

OTTUMWA — The Produce with a Purpose program has had a successful year according to Food Box Coordinator Hilary Lanman. Now, she hopes to continue the program’s growth going into 2020.

OTTUMWA — High school and college students in Wapello County will have the opportunity to be awarded $2,500 annually thanks to the United Way of Wapello County Benson scholarship.

OTTUMWA — One year ago, Iowa was shivering through a dangerously cold period that saw temperatures in Ottumwa plunge to -21. Looking back, Tim Richmond said the county learned some important lessons from the cold.

OTTUMWA — At the time of year when farmers plan for the upcoming growing season, many are also considering another option for managing their acres.

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The weekend is jam-packed with a variety of activities, ranging from a chance to hear from legislators, fundraisers, music and history.

OTTUMWA — Don Phillips went from security guard to sheriff. The moment he became a security guard in 1990, he knew he wanted to go into law enforcement. He hasn’t looked back since.

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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.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to hear two Wapello County cases, meaning the state appeals court’s decisions in them will stand.

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OTTUMWA — More than four-and-a-half years after drug raids resulted in the arrests of 15 people in Ottumwa, the final case has been resolved.

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OTTUMWA — Main Street Executive Director Fred Zeisger wanted to surprise county supervisors Tuesday by giving them a full picture of how Main Street Ottumwa has changed.

DES MOINES — An Ottumwa man facing federal weapons charges has been granted a delay of his trial.

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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.

ELDON — Stress plays a big part in our lives. Cardinal Superintendent Joel Pedersen has seen the research on the impact it can have on teachers and decided to bring in a program to help combat it.

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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.

DES MOINES — A Wapello County man charged in federal court with transporting child pornography appears to have reached a plea bargain in the case.

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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…