News & Events

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...
Iowa company buys Al-jon

Friday, March 03, 2017

C&C has done business with Al-jon 20-plus years By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — One of the community’s well known, home-grown businesses will remain an Iowa...
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...
Supervisors act on zoning change

Monday, November 21, 2016

A public hearing has been set for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wapello County courthouse regarding a zoning change along Hutchinson Avenue in Ottumwa....
Frito Lay warehouse coming to Ottumwa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"We were pleased when they directed us to locate a site for them in Ottumwa." OTTUMWA — You may notice a bit more crunch in the...
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...
Minimum wage back on agendas

Monday, October 31, 2016

Wage decision set for Tuesday council By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — The city council is being urged by staff to reject the county’s minimum wage hike...
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....
IHCC intensifies efforts in bond vote

Monday, October 17, 2016

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College has begun its information blitz to encourage the public to vote yes for its proposed...
Greenhouse a big step in Tenco’s growth

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hydroponic facility sees grand opening By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — It’s one thing to hit the ground running after taking a new job. It’s another to formally...
ORMICS Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ottumwa Regional Health Center held a reception today to honor 35 years of ORMICS (Ottumwa Regional Mobile Intensive Care Service) service on Friday, September 30,...
City seeks growth through focus

Friday, October 07, 2016

Development agencies finding a more modern approach By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — If Ottumwa wants to grow, agencies here must update the way they compete...
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...
Newsletter Correction

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The October issue of O’Town O’ptomist has an error regarding the LeadershipNOW regional conference. While the date, time, and location are unchanged, speaker content is...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, September 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Ottumwa Economic Development Corp. is committed to promoting the overall health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in...
New year brings new school for Cardinal

Thursday, September 01, 2016

By ETHAN GOETZ Courier staff writer ELDON — The schools of yesterday were at times cramped and uninviting. Some had large brick facades with small windows, narrow...
Video Game Festival Coming to Ottumwa

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ottumwa, Iowa, long famous as the "Video Game Capital of the World", flexes its video game muscles during the weekend of August 5 - 7,...
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...
Branstad: Education Reform Key to Growth

Thursday, September 20, 2012

MARK NEWMAN  |   Ottumwa Courier Staff Writer OTTUMWA — Iowa’s governor told a crowd in Ottumwa that in order to improve education, we’re...
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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