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The Civil War’s Oldest Soldier, A Direct Descendent Of Pocahontas, Is Buried In Rural Iowa

If you were to guess how old the oldest soldier to serve in the Civil War was, what age would you guess? Fifty – maybe sixty? How about eighty?! Did you know the story of Curtis King? Have you ever visited his grave? If you love Iowa history, you might also enjoy reading up on […] The post The Civil War’s Oldest Soldier, A Direct Descendent Of Pocahontas, Is Buried In Rural Iowa appeared first on Only In Your State.
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Demo of old Ottumwa church begins

OTTUMWA — Demolition of a nearly century-old Ottumwa church began this week, as the site it sits on is destined to become a new parking lot. Crews began bringing down the former Wesley United Methodist Church on Tuesday, and their work is expected to continue for at least two weeks.
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721 hospitalized with COVID, most in 2021

OTTUMWA — More Iowans were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday than at any other point in 2021. Three-quarters of those hospitalized weren't vaccinated. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that 721 were hospitalized in the state, with 172 requiring treatment in an intensive care unit. Of those hospitalized, 76%, or about 546, were not vaccinated. It's the most seen in the hospital this year, significantly more than the year's prior high-mark set in September of 638.
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Swift Pork Co. accused of discouraging workers’ use of family medical leave

An Iowa man is suing Swift Pork Co., alleging it discourages workers from taking advantage of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court on behalf of Swift employee Raymond Black of Wapello County, seeks unspecified damages for alleged FMLA violations. Black’s lawsuit alleges that in 2018, […] The post Swift Pork Co. accused of discouraging workers’ use of family medical leave appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.

Wapello County unemployment rate up slightly in October

OTTUMWA, Iowa — Wapello County’s unemployment rate rose slightly last month. October data from Iowa workforce development puts Wapello County’s jobless rate at 3.5%—up from 3.4% in September. That’s a huge improvement from August—when the county’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent. Des Moines County currently has the state’s highest unemployment...
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Check presented to family treatment court program

OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Family Treatment Court Alumni recently received a donation from the Wapello County Children's Alliance Council. A check for $4,638 was presented on Wednesday, with proceeds coming from the 12th Annual Deb House Deere Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser. The mission of the Wapello County Family Treatment...

Supervisors to receive weed commissioner report

The Wapello County Board of Supervisors will find out what weeds and plants were a problematic in 2021 as county engineer Jeff Skalberg discusses the annual weed commissioner report during today's meeting. The report classifies weeds into three categories, as well as a category for unidentifiable plants. The three main...
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Davis County Board of Supervisors, 8:30 a.m., courthouse board room, Davis County Courthouse. Fairfield City Council, 7 p.m., council chambers, Fairfield City Hall. Van Buren County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m., courthouse board room, Van Buren County Courthouse. Oskaloosa. Mahaska County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m., third-floor conference room, Mahaska...

County races feature several lot drawings

OTTUMWA — In a race no one ran, one draw by lot wasn't enough to produce a winner. During the second-tier certification of votes, Gary Collett was chosen to fill a vacancy on the Blakesburg City Council during Tuesday's Wapello County Board of Supervisors meeting. Originally, James Devers was selected but indicated he wouldn't serve. The race featured 20 write-in votes and no frontrunner, leaving the supervisors to draw names.
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Revised Bonita proposal comes before council

OTTUMWA — Two weeks after voting down a 20-year, 100% tax rebate to a developer for the Bonita Avenue housing project, city staff hopes a revised development agreement will be more palatable to residents, as well as the Ottumwa City Council. In what figures to be a historic meeting Tuesday,...

Wapello County Veterans Day program honors those who served

OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Ottumwa community is honoring those who have served the country this Veterans Day. Veterans were were honored at American Legion Post 3 in Ottumwa. One lucky veteran would receive the Wapello County Veteran of the Year title for his hard work and dedication to the community.

Rep. Miller-Meeks to leave Ottumwa, run in newly-redrawn 1st Congressional District

Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks has announced she will move from her home in Ottumwa to run in Iowa’s newly redrawn 1st Congressional District. Her decision puts an end to speculation around whether she would challenge Democratic Congresswoman Cindy Axne in the new 3rd District. Miller-Meeks had a decision to make...

Wapello County administers first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to children

OTTUMWA, IA — Children across southeast Iowa are now getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Monday morning, the Wapello County Public Health Department administered its first pediatric COVID vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer's vaccine for children emergency use authorization at the end of October. This vaccine is for children...
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Another 97 Iowans have died from coronavirus over the past week….bringing the pandemic total to 7166 as of Tuesday (11/9). There were three COVID-19 deaths in Wapello County, two in Jasper County and one in each of Mahaska, Poweshiek, Keokuk and Monroe Counties. There have also been another 9067 positive...
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Westrich to run in new senate district

Cherielynn Westrich, a Republican who represents Wapello County in the Iowa statehouse, announced she will run for a newly created state senate seat. Westrich said she will run in the newly created District 13, which encompasses all of Wapello, Monroe and Davis counties, and all of Appanoose County except for three western townships.