News & Events

Hobby Lobby opening early July

Thursday, May 18, 2017

OTTUMWA — Quilters, crafters and generally creative customers have been waiting: Hobby Lobby has announced a schedule for opening. A release Wednesday from the national chain...
County expands public areas

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recreation area purchased near Kirkville By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Wapello County has a new public area for outdoor enthusiasts as a result of the...
Meeting set on t rate hike

Monday, May 08, 2017

By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Alliant Energy announced in March it is seeking a rate increase for Iowa customers. Those customers have a chance to...
Focus for Growth

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ottumwa could see annexation opportunities Managing Editor When sewer infrastructure work moves to the north side of Ottumwa, it will mark a major change to what the...
To raze or renew?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

City faces dilemma with 140 placarded area homes By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Dilapidated properties pose a challenge for Ottumwa. Demolishing them is a long, potentially...
Proposed apartments take first step

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"This is not low income or public housing. This is moderate income. It is moderate rate housing is what it is. Will there be people...
Fly Iowa unveils Ottumwa logo

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

OTTUMWA — Fly Iowa has unveiled the logo for this year’s event, which is scheduled for Aug. 26-27 in Ottumwa. The logo pays tribute to Ottumwa’s...
Happier Trails

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Wapello County Trails have been a source of natural entertainment for years. Recently, they have gotten even better. Thanks to a Community Attraction and Tourism...
Will budget derail Amtrak in Ottumwa?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Iowa stations actually had 6 percent more traffic "The budget proposal to eliminate funding for Amtrak’s long distance service could impact many of the 500 communities...
Principal will be new to Evans, not Ottumwa

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Principal will be new to Evans, not Ottumwa OTTUMWA — After being gone from Evans Middle School for 10 years, Steve Zimmerman returns to his roots. A...
State: Main Street looks like a million bucks

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ottumwa receives award for large private investment By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The Main Street Ottumwa representatives came back from Des Moines with an award...
CAN YOU RAISE CAPITAL IN IOWA?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Iowa offers one of the lowest costs of doing business in the country, but can you raise capital in Iowa? Yes. Want proof? Cedar Rapids’ NewBoCo, organizers...
Forefront Dermatology Expands In Iowa

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Forefront Dermatology is pleased to announce the addition of two new dermatology practices, Skin Solutions Dermatology and Associates in Dermatology, in Iowa. These new relationships expand...
Let’s Get Physical (Therapy)

Monday, April 10, 2017

The YMCA is known for promoting health and wellness. That’s just what they do. Well now the Ottumwa YMCA offers another way for community members...
Smithsonian exhibit coming to Ottumwa

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Historical Museum will play host next year to an exhibit from one of the best-known museums in...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, April 2017

Monday, April 03, 2017

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) and Alliant Energy are creating a new industrial park geared toward economic growth and job gains in the region. Helgerson Flats...
GLOBAL STARTUPS ENTER INSURTECH ACCELERATOR

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Now in its third year, Insurance Journal writes that the Global Insurance Accelerator in Des Moines is experiencing a “growth-spurt.” The accelerator has seen an increase in...
City eyes property improvement incentives

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tax abatements could lower cost of upgrades, ‘nudge’ owners to renovate, expand By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — For more than a decade, Ottumwa has maintained two...
Ottumwa Job Corps among top 10

Friday, March 24, 2017

Director: Success dependent on trainees By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer "It’s hard to put your finger on one factor to account for becoming a top 10 Job...
District Expands

Thursday, March 16, 2017

4-year-olds offered classes, day care all-day preschool "Every day, they really do learn something.' "We are ... focusing on providing strong foundational skills that will give our...
County expands public areas

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recreation area purchased near Kirkville By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Wapello County has a new public area for outdoor enthusiasts as a result of the County...
Donated Items Solicited for Annual Book Sale

Saturday, March 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottumwa, Iowa (March 13, 2017) – Donated items will soon be accepted for the sixth annual Pages for Pennies Book Sale. Donations of gently...
Turning By-Products into Biotechnology

Monday, March 06, 2017

Iowa is known for one main thing: corn. And in this region, nothing goes to waste. So what happens when four major companies ban together...
Ottumwa schools: ‘Early outs’ each week

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Change will give students more hours with teacher By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Students in the district will get out of school early on Friday....
Report: Investment into community colleges pays off

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Analysis: Community colleges give state 25.3 percent return By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The financial return Iowa receives for its investment in community colleges far...
Uptown/Downtown solicits donations

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nonprofit seeks funding through GoFundMe By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer ELDON — Eldon’s Uptown/ Downtown is actively recruiting donors to fund its plan to revitalize the small...
Officials to consider funding request

Monday, February 20, 2017

Eldon initiative asking for assistance By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Eldon Uptown/Downtown will ask Wapello County supervisors for financial assistance at the regular Board of...
IHCC receives $103,000 internship grant

Monday, February 20, 2017

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — A two-year, $103,248 grant will allow Indian Hills Community College to provide paid internships for its students during the...
IHCC sets budget hearing for March 13

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College Board of Trustees agreed to hold a public hearing concerning its proposed 2018 fiscal...
Broadband money may benefit rural area

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Farm areas should have access, official insists By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Rural voters sometimes speak out to remind elected officials that farmers feed America....
Eldon commences library renovation project

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Historic building almost 104 years old By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer ELDON — Making repairs to a building that is listed on the National Register of Historic...
City’s new roundabouts take step forward

Thursday, January 19, 2017

By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Two new roundabouts in Ottumwa are closer to construction, moves that could have Ottumwa drivers looking for detours later this...
Community’s customers have needs near and far

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Business conference discusses exports By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — A local economic development official is checking on business opportunities to the south. Far to the...
City to close viaduct to do repairs

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Jefferson Street work to take place in spring By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — A litany of problems will be addressed this spring when the city closes...
Cities reject county wage ordinance

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — When Wapello County’s minimum wage raises Jan. 1, most of the towns in the county, including the largest, will...
Top stories of 2016 from ottumwa.com

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Business news took two of the top three spots Economic news claims two of top three spots By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — Business news took two...
Cardella to open center

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

OTTUMWA — Regional Economic Development Investments (REDI) Inc. announced a business assistance award to Thomas L. Cardella, owner of TLC Associates, Inc. of Cedar Rapids. Cardella...
Indian Hills culinary arts named best in state

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The culinary program at Indian Hills Community College has been named the best culinary school in Iowa by Best...
Reynolds poised to lead Iowa

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Just two years ago, Iowa was one of only four states that had never sent a woman to Congress. Republican Joni Ernst broke that political glass...
Tenco Expands to Mahaska County

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tenco is a non-profit corporation, founded in 1965, that currently serves over 300 people with disabilities. Tenco’s mission is to provide opportunities for people with...
Ottumwa has best tacos in Iowa

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Want the best taco in the state of Iowa? Don’t leave the town of Ottumwa. At least if you trust the judgement of JayJay Goodvin. Goodvin writes...
Bond issue explained to Rotarians

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Rotary Club of Ottumwa heard details of a proposed $36 million bond issue for facility improvements to Indian Hills...
Wastewater rates go under the microscope

Monday, November 07, 2016

"As with any enterprise fund, rates need to be reviewed on set time intervals or when major events occur." PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR LARRY SEALS By MATT MILNER Managing...
Buxton targets businesses to locate in Ottumwa

Monday, November 07, 2016

Officials hope company can help city pursue development more effectively By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — The pursuit of new businesses in Ottumwa is about to take...
Changes to wage ordinance assured

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Questions answered in Wapello County Supervisors meeting By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Changes to the Wapello County minimum wage ordinance are certain following a discussion...
Supervisors revisit minimum wage issue

Monday, October 31, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Board of Supervisors will revisit the minimum wage question at its regular meeting at 9:30 a.m....
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, October 2016

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, Inc.– committed to promoting the overall economic health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding & retaining business & industry, assisting...
Breaking ground for business

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

By LAURA CARRELL Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — It may have been a cold, windy morning, but the groundbreaking at the Indian Hills Regional Business Incubator at...
County Reviews IT Concerns

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Cindy Toopes   OTTUMWA — Technology is an integral part of today’s world; the need to stay on top of that technology...
Clinic keeps name... for now

Friday, July 05, 2013

Article By: Ottumwa Courier   |   Mark Newman, Courier Staff Writer   OTTUMWA — There’s a reason your doctor’s bill may have a different name on it —...
Bringing the Legislature to Ottumwa

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OTTUMWA — As the 2013 legislative session kicked off Monday in Des Moines, two Ottumwa organizations began preparing for three legislative forums this spring. The forums, sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Ottumwa, have been a staple in Ottumwa’s political discussion for several years. Area state representatives and senators compose the panel, which fields questions from the public...
Broadband a concept 'like magic' to most

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  CHELSEA DAVIS- Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — As Ottumwa vies for a fiber optic network, the public will need to understand broadband because to most, it’s an unknown and often misunderstood concept. “We need to educate the constituents,” said Craig Settles, broadband and fiber optic community assessment consultant. “It’s like magic to people. They don’t fully understand it. There’s fear, there’s misunderstanding. Sometimes there’s too much positive hype...
Bringing Broadband to Ottumwa

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CHELSEA DAVIS  |  Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — In Ottumwa’s never-ending quest to further economic development in the city, broadband access will play a key...
Deere Reports Record Third-Quarter Earnings

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Net sales and revenues increase by 15 percent. Demand remains strong for U.S. farm equipment while construction continues solid recovery. Company forecasts record full-year income of approximately...
Broadband Not Optional

Friday, May 25, 2012

Faster Internet isn’t just a luxury for watching movies, listening to music or getting a bargain on overstocked pillow cases. “Broadband ... is not optional,” said David Barajas Jr., executive director of the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation. “In today’s society, we can’t be afraid to be better than better.”
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