Currently in my third year as Southeast Iowa Digital Content Editor for the Ottumwa Courier and four other CNHI papers located in the region. I cover politics, courts, weather, and just about anything breaking. I guide the Courier's online efforts with particular attention to social media.
Sirens get workout Sunday, more severe weather possible overnight
OTTUMWA — Thanksgiving could be toasty and Black Friday could be balmy for southeast Iowa as a warm pattern moves in at midweek.The National Weather Service says there are a couple of cool days to get through before the holiday arrives. Tuesday’s forecast high of 42 sounds great, until you realize it’s forecast to arrive at 9 a.m. Temperatures will fall to the mid-30s for most of the day. And Wednesday’s high of 37 is below normal for this time of year. But then the warmth returns.
OTTUMWA — A city hall shuffle is coming, with some formal steps expected next week.Planning and Development Director Jody Gates has worn a lot of hats at city hall over the years. But she’s now retiring. Kevin Flanagan, the city planner, will take over her duties.Gates’ formal retirement is Dec. 22. Under the current plans, Flanagan will take over as director of health, inspections, solid waste and planning.
OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa man will spend 18 months in federal prison after his sentencing in an insurance scam.Cletus Ngwa, 34, must also pay $260,043 in restitution. The sentence was pronounced following a plea bargain. Prosecutors accused him and Venancia Rodriguez, 47, Ottumwa, of defrauding two insurance companies. The pair filed fraudulent foreign death claims for members of Rodriguez’s family whom they said died while in the Philippines.
@CourierTracy@courierwinona Or set a limit of one batter time out for every seven pitches (equals a full count). I don’t have a problem with stepping out during a marathon at bat, just not every pitch. Would have to combine with pitch clock to be fair.
@BM_Otown Been a scramble up here. Blakesburg: Leffler 78 for mayor. Smith, VanDorin tie with 51 for council, Myers 44 (top 2 win). Vacancy goes to Atwell (43) over Benge (39). Eldon: Potts wins mayor over Stacey 156-98. Keasling (135) Sapp (129) win over Kildow (99) and Teninty (112).
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Selecting a term
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