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Much of this week’s meeting of the Courier’s editorial board focused on the current dispute over the standing of seven candidates for Ottumwa’s school board. The candidates are the subjects of a new court filing that seeks to have them removed from the ballot because their candidate petition…

The school board’s decision Monday to tap the brakes a bit on the assessment of the country club site as a possible location for a new elementary school makes sense. It’s also an important indicator that what had appeared at times to be a headlong rush is a more deliberate process than criti…

My husband and I try to be do-it-yourselfers as much as possible. It saves us some money and gives us a chance to work together on something.

The city council has an important decision to make tonight. It is being asked to vote on hiring Moulder & Associates/Midwest Municipal Consulting to help find a new city administrator. It’s not the kind of thing that usually gets a lot of attention from the public, but it’s difficult to …

This week, as always, provides some time for reflection. The tragedy that took place 18 years ago, to many, still elicits strong memories and emotions from those who witnessed it, even if it was through the lens of television.

The Ottumwa Fire Department had a busy weekend. Four structure fires in about two hours, which included three within about a half-hour, always raise questions.

Back to school preparations this year were pretty much the same in my house as they’ve been for more than a decade. As my children got older they had more say, but it’s still fundamentally a process of preparing to get back to a school schedule.

The sudden placement of City Administrator Andy Morris on administrative leave raises serious questions about the city council’s adherence to Iowa’s open meetings law.

One of the great things about parenting is introducing your kids to the things you loved as a child.

One of the top stories we’ve had recently was Frank Huston’s interview looking back at his career. It hit the paper Friday, and the online readership underscores the effect he had on generations of Ottumwans.

I’ve been reading an interesting book this past week. I almost always have more than one book going at a time, but this is one of those rare times one of them has been so strong it crowded out the others.

The laws surrounding consent may vary state by state, but you don’t need to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in everyday life.

Larry Northup and the Evans Middle School students on the Great Western Expedition should be getting back into town this morning. It’s Northup’s final trip with the school’s travel program, a program he has shepherded for years.

Like many of you, we’ve been seeing posts online by people saying their electrical bills have shot up by far more than Alliant Energy’s interim rate would allow, or even their proposed rate hike if it was approved in full by the Iowa Utilities Board.

It’s not often a major piece of new equipment comes with a discount of more than 50 percent, but that’s effectively what the city is getting with the new river rescue boat. The cost to the city was slashed thanks to donations from other organizations.

It has been fun to watch the Bulldog baseball and softball teams this summer. Both have had seasons to be proud of, and they’re not finished.

One of the biggest gambles on Ottumwa’s future in recent years kicked off Monday. Crews began setting up protective barriers to separate the sidewalks in front of businesses on East Main Street from the streetscape project that will remake the road.

I don’t know whether I’ll be able to catch this weekend’s final of the Women’s World Cup live. I’ll try, but I also know I’ll be working.

This has indisputably been a difficult year for those who manage Iowa’s waterways. Far more rain has fallen in 2019 than normal. While patterns have been less relentless in the past several weeks, Iowa is still getting more than its share of rain.

If you have the chance to visit the Wapello County Historical Museum’s exhibit on World War I, do it. It’s worth seeing.

We can’t help but be uneasy about the interest Alliant Energy is showing in the city’s tentative steps toward using solar power to help shave some costs at city-owned facilities. Alliant’s history of rate increases and fundamental opposition to solar power gives us little reason to believe t…

About a decade ago, I collected every single political fax that came into the newsroom from elected officials. A year’s worth of faxes created a stack about eight inches tall.

It would be easy to give in to cliché when talking about Judge Arthur “Art” McGiverin. He had a remarkable legal mind and rose to the highest levels of the Iowa judiciary, serving for 13 years as the state’s chief justice.

We have rarely been so pleased to be wrong as we were on Saturday with the Canteen eating contest. The event’s move from Central Park to Canteen Alley had us concerned.

My wife put out a hummingbird feeder this year. We spent more time in the yard last summer, and noticed the birds buzzing around more than we had before. So, this summer, we figured we’d set out a meal for them and see what happened.

School board members were right to delay the vote on whether to move ahead with construction of a new elementary school on Tuesday. But they should give the idea strong consideration.

The Pages for Pennies Book Sale Committee would like to thank everyone for another successful sale.  For our 8th Annual sale we set records and are so excited for the continued success of this event that benefits the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bridge View Inc., and the Ot…

I’ve been lucky with my sports teams over the years. I’ve seen multiple championships from both the Cardinals and the Cowboys, to say nothing of Manchester United (the past several years notwithstanding).

There aren’t too many good options in the current situation with the City of Ottumwa and the Ottumwa Community School District. On Tuesday, the council rejected the school district’s proposal to share the costs of the school resource officers 50-50.

Anyone who has watched Blackbird Investments’ actions over the past several years could see a stark difference between past performances and Tuesday’s update for the city council. The brash, defiant attitude Blackbird has displayed in the past was gone.

I was already feeling nostalgic Sunday afternoon. I had been at the Cardinal High School graduation ceremony, taking photos for work.

Entertainment has changed a lot since I was a kid. I remember when we had three stations (barely) and the jump to cable seemed huge. For most of my life cable was the standard.

Blackbird Investments’ statement on the stalled projects in Ottumwa and Des Moines was hardly a master class in damage control. It contained the usual elements — straw man arguments and vague claims of progress — but failed in its goal. Ottumwa has no more reason to trust Blackbird today tha…

Every so often, I see a meme come across my social media pages. It says something along the lines of “Pay attention to the mom who doesn’t have her hair perfectly styled, her nails done,” and so on. “They’re the ones putting their children first.”

When people scheduled this year’s Race for the Cure and the work day at Seton’s playground, they probably figured mid-May would be safe. Sure, it rains occasionally, but it’s at least warm by then. Right?

I’ve written about my fondness for fountain pens before. A good fountain pen is, for me, the pinnacle of writing. There is simply nothing that matches the experience of using a quality pen on paper made to reward such an instrument.