News & Events

Airport receives major grant

Sunday, July 09, 2017

OTTUMWA — The city is getting a big piece of the puzzle for airport upgrades with a $400,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant,...
New Reformations Underway at IHCC

Monday, July 03, 2017

Indian Hills Community College is always seeking to improve on all aspects of their college experience. Recently, due to new Capital Projects, the Centerville campus...
O’Town O’ptomist Economic News, July 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

OEDC is committed to promoting the overall economic health of Ottumwa and Wapello County by expanding and retaining business and industry, assisting in the development...
Community improvement team gets one boss

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Will help four organizations push forward together By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — There are some good people working to improve this community, said a local...
Come In, Sit Down, Stay a While

Monday, June 26, 2017

As Ottumwa, IA, focuses on building up their community in many ways, one problem was brought to light: newcomers don’t feel welcomed into this city,...
Stocking the store at Hobby Lobby

Monday, June 26, 2017

Employees work to prepare for June 30 opening By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer Manager David Schwartz is impressed with the employees setting up inside the new Hobby...
A taste of East Africa

Friday, June 23, 2017

New grocery starting up downtown By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — The downtown area does not have a lot of grocery stores. A couple is adding...
Main Street receives $50K grant

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

OTTUMWA — The National Endowment for the Arts has tapped Ottumwa as one of 89 recipients of an "Our Town" grant. The $50,000 grant will help...
Downtown…Where the Health Centers Go

Monday, June 19, 2017

The River Hills Community Health Center has been offering its medical and dental services to those without insurance or who are unable to afford care...
Business going totally solar

Monday, June 19, 2017

Protecting nature is ‘bonus,’ but decision was made for finances By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Brian Brown is taking control of his business. Not what...
Mercy’s medical clinic completed

Monday, June 19, 2017

Model facility to open its doors June 20 By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer Patients will notice a more spacious, peaceful series of rooms when Mercy’s new Ottumwa...
Burned school building bought

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beleaguered Christian school made ‘a good offer’ by company By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — A local construction firm has purchased the old Ottumwa Christian School,...
Trailways changes Ottumwa location

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Long-distance bus service has no plans to leave By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — If you don’t see the big red bus pulling in to drop...
Downtown Ottumwa is Smith’s canvas

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

By WINONA WHITAKER Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — For 18 years, Sue Smith has been keeping downtown Ottumwa beautiful. Connie Hammersley-Wilson, executive director of the Ottumwa Area...
IEDA & TAI: PROUD TO PARTNER TO PROMOTE IOWA TECH

Thursday, June 01, 2017

By Debi Durham, Director at Iowa Economic Development Authority The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is proud to partner with the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)...
Mercy move increases room for patients

Friday, May 26, 2017

Date for opening new clinic has been scheduled By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — For months, Ottumwans have watched the new Mercy Clinic move toward completion....
Council eyes energy savings

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Reduction in energy use encouraged By MATT MILNER Managing Editor OTTUMWA — The city’s participation in Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards program was overshadowed Tuesday by debate over fireworks,...
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...
ORHC Celebrates Employee Years of Service

Friday, May 05, 2017

OTTUMWA-Ottumwa Regional Health Center recently showed their appreciation of employee service at their annual Service Awards Dinner held at Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa. Phil Noel, CEO...
Tenco Has Arrived in Lucas County

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

OTTUMWA-Tenco is ready to welcome the community to visit their new location in Chariton. Tenco has begun to provide hourly residential and employment services for...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Best and Worst States for Millennials 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Each generation is different, and is shaped to a large extent by its circumstances. For members of the millennial generation, those circumstances are a mixed...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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