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Showalter murder trial to start in January

An Ottumwa man accused of murdering his wife will stand trial in January.  61-year-old Gregory Showalter, Sr. is charged with first degree murder in the death of his wife, Helen, in July of this year. …
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Coronavirus update

Three people from Marion County, one from Mahaska County, one from Wapello County and one from Poweshiek County have died from coronavirus over the past week.  These are among 82 new deaths from COVID-19 reported…
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Independent autopsy ordered in Ottumwa woman's death

Judge Myron Gookin has granted Gregory Allen Showalter Sr. an independent autopsy.  Showalter has been charged in the murder of his wife, Helen Showalter.  Defendant Showalter's attorney, Bob Breckenridge, petitioned the court in August to…
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Threat made to North Mahaska student

The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office is looking into threats made to a North Mahaska High School student.  The threats were made on social media Monday night (9/20).  After Sheriff’s Deputies talked to the student and…
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Rep. Miller-Meeks announces run for re-election

Second District Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa has kicked off her campaign for a second term with a fundraiser in Coralville this weekend.  Democrat Christina Bohanan of Iowa City has announced she intends to run…
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Iowa DNR revokes Chamness Technology's sanitary disposal permit

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued an administrative order against an Eddyville business that’s been in the news recently.  The DNR has revoked Chamness Technology’s sanitary disposal permit, subject to an appeal.  Under…
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Man charged with arson in Newton County fire

A man from Newton has been charged with arson in connection with a Wednesday afternoon (9/15) fire in Kellogg.  Around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call about a structure…
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Oskaloosa School Board meets

The Oskaloosa School Board voted Tuesday (9/14) to put a question on the ballot for this November’s election.  The question deals with extending an agreement that governs how the Oskaloosa School District will use sales…
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NoCoast Beer Co. to serve special beverage at Fall Festival

There will be a strong local connection to Saturday’s (9/18) Fall Festival at Pioneer Farm.  Margaret Spiegel, the director and curator of the Mahaska County Historical Society and Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum, says Pioneer…
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Trucking company leader, philanthropist John Ruan III has died

BY O. KAY HENDERSON A Des Moines businessman and philanthropist who has been chairman of the Des Moines-based World Food Prize Foundation has died at the age of 78 after a long illness. For more than…
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