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Greater Ottumwa Rodeo kicks off 4th of July weekend

OTTUMWA, Iowa — Hundreds of people gathered this 4th of July weekend at Greater Ottumwa park to witness a spectacular hometown rodeo. The Ottumwa Rodeo Committee has been working year-round to make the event possible. Committee member, John Klostermann, said he enjoys seeing the community's positive reaction toward the...
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Fire At First Church Of The Nazarene

A fire early Wednesday morning caused significant damage to an Ottumwa church. According to a press release, on Wednesday June 29, 2022 at 4:33 A.M., the Ottumwa Fire Department responded to a call of a building fire at 701 Ellis Ave, location of the First Church Of The Nazarene. All on duty firefighters responded with two fire engines; engine 2 located at Station 2 arrived four minutes after being dispatched and engine 3 from Central Station arrived six minutes after being dispatched.
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Navigator CO2 pipeline meetings will discuss new route, including Lee County

DES MOINES — Iowa Utilities Board has scheduled another 13 public information meetings about a proposed carbon pipeline through Iowa. The meetings are to discuss Navigator’s proposal to build and operate a large-scale pipeline system that will capture and transport liquefied carbon dioxide from local facilities spanning about 1,300 miles across five Midwest states, including Iowa.

Upcoming Fireworks Displays

There are several opportunities to view fireworks this Holiday weekend. Saturday July 2, the Richland Community Club will host a show from Alumni Park. Sunday July 3, Richmond Sons of AmVets Squadron #107 will light off from the AmVets Building. On Independence Day, several towns will be presenting displays. The...

Leadership Fairfield Accepting Applications

Applications are currently being accepted for a leadership program in Fairfield. According to the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Fairfield is in its eighth year and is the premier networking and professional development program in the area. The program includes eight monthly sessions each centered around a specific theme. Classes meet monthly from September to April. One day every month, the class meets for a day-long session to learn about the community and develop leadership skills. While there is some classroom time, much of the time is spent in the community taking tours, visiting businesses and non-profits, and doing hands-on activities.

Iowa man demolishes motorcycle in crash north of Kirksville

A motorcyclist from Moulton, Iowa was hurt Thursday morning when the motorcycle hit the rear of a sports utility vehicle north of Kirksville. Eighteen-year old Clayton Coffman refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the SUV, 44-year old Crystal Brown of Bloomfield, Iowa, was not reported hurt.

Harvey Man Facing Felony Charges

On June 14, Marion County Sheriff’s Detectives met with the Ottumwa Police Department in regards to a handgun located in their jurisdiction. Officers went to the 100 block of Cinder Avenue, where they spoke with 50-year-old Shawn Duane Gerdom of Harvey. Gordon told officers he had purchased a Chevy Silverado in May and a handgun was a part of the transaction. The truck showed up as stolen from Keokuk County. After running a check on Gerdom, officers found he had a conviction for domestic abuse assault. Gerdom was charged with Dominion/Control of a Firearm or Weapon by a Domestic Abuse Offender, a Class D Felony.

Chuck Grassley Town Hall Summary

Senator Chuck Grassley met with business owners and employees yesterday at Airport Road Winery and Vineyard in Mt. Pleasant for a Town Hall and was asked about various issues. Grassley pledged his support for the Next Generation Fuels Act, which seeks to promote low-carbon, high-octane fuels, protect public health, and improve vehicle efficiency and performance. When asked how the legal immigration process could be sped up to help fill the need for agriculture workers, Grassley said that an abundance of bureaucracy is slowing down the process. Henry County saw the most significant increase in unemployment in May for the KCII listening area at just under .5%.

Washington County Fireworks Ordinance Reminders

Those who have purchased fireworks recently and want to shoot them off on the fourth must check the Washington City Ordinance before they do so. While residents can purchase fireworks in Washington, discharging them within city limits is unlawful; the same applies to Kalona, Riverside, and Wellman. Any illegal discharging of fireworks is considered a simple misdemeanor and can carry a fine of $250.

Motorcyclist escapes serious injury after rear-ending SUV

NORTH OF KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — UPDATE: KTVO has now learned the names of those involved in Thursday morning's crash on Highway 63, two miles north of Kirksville. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the motorcycle was operated by Clayton Coffman, 18, of Moulton, Iowa. The SUV that Coffman rear-ended...
Pen City Current

Gaylord to announce run for Lee County Treasurer

LEE COUNTY – The Lee County Republicans are holding a Central Committee Meeting on Tuesday July 5th, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the Pilot Grove Meeting Room (506 North Main) in Donnellson. Lee County Deputy Treasurer Becky Gaylord is to announce her intention to run for Lee County Treasurer on the Republican Ticket.
Sioux City Journal

Hotel Ottumwa finds potential buyer in Davenport

The iconic Hotel Ottumwa, which has been for sale for almost two years, may have finally found a prospective buyer. The hotel announced on its Facebook page that it had entered a purchase agreement with Bush Construction of Davenport, pending the firm's approval for state historical tax credits, as well as Iowa Workforce Development tax credits.

Hazel Tedrow

Hazel “Maxine” Tedrow age 89 of Fairfield, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Prestige Care Center. A private celebration of life will be held at Millers Chapel with words of comfort by Tammy Tuttle. Friends are welcome to sign the guest book starting at 9:00 a.m. –...

Gene Durflinger

Richard “Gene” Eugene Durflinger, 80, of Eldon, IA passed away on Monday, June 27, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Eldon, IA with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. As were Gene’s wishes, cremation will take place following the visitation with a private family burial to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Gene’s honor may be directed to the family and mailed to 2048 130th St., Humbolt, IA 50548. Friends may leave online condolences at

Bryan Hancock

Bryan Christopher Hancock was born on April 12, 1953 in Rexburg, Idaho, and grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Bryan’s parents were Clem and Adell Hancock. Bryan was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bryan is survived by three siblings – Lynn Hancock...

D. Norman Boshart

Funeral service for 86-year-old D. Norman Boshart of Wayland will be held at 10:30a.m. Wednesday, July 6th at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in rural Wayland. Burial will be at the Sugar Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3-7p.m. Tuesday, July 5th at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church with family present to greet friends from 5-7p.m. A memorial fund has been established for Sugar Creek Cemetery and Wayland First Responders. The Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel in Mount Pleasant is caring for the arrangements.

City Releases 2022 Independence Day Closings

The City of Ottumwa has announced the list of closings and service changes for the upcoming holiday weekend. Independence Day falls on Monday, July 4, and the city has released the list of closings and service changes for the long weekend. They are as follows:. City of Ottumwa departments and...

Upcoming Fireworks Displays in Southeast Iowa

There are several opportunities to view fireworks this upcoming Holiday weekend. Saturday July 2, the Richland Community Club will host a show from Alumni Park. Sunday July 3, Richmond Sons of AmVets Squadron #107 will light off from the AmVets Building. On Independence Day, July 4, several towns will be...

Ottumwa church heavily damaged in Wednesday morning fire

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A Wednesday morning fire at a Heartland church has left the building heavily damaged. Just after 4:30 a.m., crews with the Ottumwa Fire Department were called to the First Church of the Nazarene on Ellis Ave. in Ottumwa. All on-duty firefighters responded to the fire with...