OTTUMWA — Jurors have found an Ottumwa man not guilty of burglary and sexual abuse.

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OTTUMWA — Twenty emergency personnel from 11 different departments responded to an incident near the 4300 block of 165th street Tuesday morning.

OTTUMWA — There’s a popular saying that “all good things come to an end,” but not for Tenco CEO Cheryl Plank. Her resignation from Tenco is the start of something new.

OTTUMWA — Main Street Ottumwa and the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival are teaming up to bring a gourmet, locally sourced dining experience to Ottumwa later this week called Field to Fork.


OTTUMWA — For some, Alzheimer’s is just a statistic, nothing more. But for the hundreds of Southeast Iowans who showed up dressed in purple at Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, it was personal.


OTTUMWA — Some residents only needed two excuses for getting out on a Saturday. One was getting down and dirty at the 4-H Mudfest, and two was spending time with family.

ELDON — Beth Howard, who earned the nickname “the pie lady” after selling hundreds of pies to tourists and locals, is returning to the Gothic House.

OTTUMWA — It can be overwhelming for an immigrant coming into a new country not knowing the language, culture, afraid of being unaccepted or, worse, getting deported.

OTTUMWA — Tenco is celebrating Direct Support Professionals week, a national event that celebrates the efforts of direct support professionals who dedicate time to helping those with mental and physical challenges.

OTTUMWA — Many residents may grin at the thought of someone paying half the cost for their homes to be remodeled. For some residents, that thought is now a reality.

OTTUMWA — Drivers will see a big wreck next week on 165th Street between Farson Road and the 4300 block of 165th Street, but it’s all planned as a way to train emergency responders. The Wapello County Engineer’s office announced the planned closure for Tuesday, Sept. 17. The current plans ca…


OTTUMWA — Expansion of the main runway at the Ottumwa airport is almost complete, and Airport Manager Chris Cobler expects it will be open and functional by early October.

OTTUMWA — A large swath of Iowa, including the Ottumwa area, could see strong storms Thursday.


OTTUMWA — United Way Day of Caring is not only a national event, it also something United Way of Wapello County has participated in for years.

OTTUMWA — Many residents may not have thousands of dollars to donate, but county supervisors are the exception.


OTTUMWA— Residents didn’t have choose between one or two garage sale to look for deals Saturday. They had the option of going to dozens.


OTTUMWA — For some, fall isn’t just about pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin patches, apple cider and sweaters. It’s also about the new Fall Maker’s Market.

OTTUMWA — When members of the Human Rights Youth Chapter at OHS were challenged to list the people they spent most of their time with, many were shocked to realize that most of their friends looked just like them.

OTTUMWA — After a spring and summer when it sometimes seemed the rain would never end, drought is creeping back into southeast Iowa.

OTTUMWA — Mylee Anderson/Sherwood, a 10-year-old Ottumwa resident, was severely injured in a four-wheeling accident in Wyoming. Her family is asking the community for support.

OTTUMWA — For close to 20 years, the Cardinal school district was losing more students than it gained. Now all of that has changed.

OTTUMWA — There’s not just construction happening all over town. A new course called financial services certificate is in the process of being constructed at Indian Hills.

OTTUMWA — Sometimes women may feel as if they can never get away from the real-world problems. They feel tired, worn out or unsure of what to do when adversity overwhelms them.


OTTUMWA — Food insecurity, inadequate heat in winter, lack of school supplies and other issues are a sad reality in Wapello County. United Way of Wapello County believes it doesn’t have to be if more volunteers can step up and help change these issues.

OTTUMWA — Prosecutors are not letting go of charges against former teacher Zachary Barr, filing a resistance to the defense’s latest motion to dismiss the case.

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ELDON — It’s not just the roar of engines that draw southeast Iowans to the tracks during the summer. They come for the chance to spend time with friends, family, and see who can come out on top when the laps are run.

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OTTUMWA — Most girls want to feel like a princess on their prom and homecoming nights, but can’t afford to if the dresses cost hundreds of dollars.

OTTUMWA— Some people might believe letters are dying out, but Pen Pals for Kids does not.

OTTUMWA — The Bridges out of Poverty Initiative will hold a training session Sept. 12 for members of the community interested in learning more about the organization’s strategies for dealing with generational poverty.

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OTTUMWA — Muscular dystrophy may just be a name to some, but to Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) local chairman Rodney Long it’s personal.

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OTTUMWA — Locals often do not have the opportunity to look through the eyes of a police officer, unless they attend Citizens Police Academy.

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Labor Day weekend is often called the “unofficial end of summer.” Here’s a few ideas on how to end it with a bang.

OTTUMWA — Veterans Affairs Director Terry L. Bradley said if veterans can bond over anything — the answer would have to be guns and food.

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OTTUMWA — When OHS graduate Sam Kramer started his freshman year at Iowa State in fall 2015, he was disappointed to find that all the chemical engineering courses that dealt with bio-fuel were closed to underclassmen. Kramer, who majors in chemical engineering and economics, found his chance…

OTTUMWA — When Brett Monaghan started 100 Men on a Mission in 2017, he wasn’t sure if anything would come of it. Now the group is poised to raise its first $100,000.

OTTUMWA — Judy Bales doesn’t fit into a typical art category and doesn’t plan on changing that anytime soon.

OTTUMWA — If you’re into J.R.R. Tolkien or Isaac Asimov, you may want to consider joining a club that discusses work from them as well as other fantasy or sci-fi writers.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County supervisors are preparing for the 2020 census, and they urge all residents to participate.

OTTUMWA — A federal judge cited Troy Davis’ status as a convicted sex offender as one of the reasons he will not be released prior to his trial on child pornography charges.

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ELDON — It’s not often a small town gets international recognition. Eldon is one of the exceptions.

OTTUMWA — After seeing a man bleeding from walking barefoot last winter and seeing an 84-year old woman sleeping in a tent, Whatsoever You Do Administrator Mary Margaret Butler knew she had to do something to fix the homelessness situation.

OTTUMWA — Even though the census count is a year away, county supervisors are already getting ready for it.

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CEDAR RAPID [mdash] Vicki (McClure) Funk Powers, 70, of Cedar Rapids passed away September 14, 2019. She was born May 5, 1949 in Ottumwa. Per her wishes she was cremated and no services are planned at this time.

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