OHS Annual Holiday Concert Coming Up This Weekend
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:41
Ottumwa High School Vocal and Orchestra department will present their annual
holiday concert on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. in the OHS auditorium.
The performing ensembles will include: the OHS Symphony Orchestra,
Preludes, Troubadours, Bells and Meistersingers. The concert will feature
the following songs: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Have Yourself a
Merry Little Christmas,” “Spirit of The Season,” “Carol of The Bells,” “Hark!
The Herald Angels Sing,” “Parade of The Wooden Soldiers,” “Greensleeves,” “Sleigh
Ride, plus much more.
concert will end with the OHS Symphony Orchestra and Meistersinger performing Handel’s
“Hallelujah Chorus.” Audience members are encouraged to sing with the Meistersingers on this finale.
Brighton Deer-Poacher Charged
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:40
Brighton Man Charged With Illegally Taking Deer
Charest, 55, of Brighton, was charged Thursday with two counts of
illegal possession of whitetail deer, one count of taking a buck deer
over bait, one count of taking deer out of season and one count of
hunting deer without a license or habitat fee. Charest is scheduled to
appear in court on Dec. 18.
allegedly shot a buck deer over bait in September at his residence near
Brighton. The deer scored around 140 inches. Charest also allegedly
shot a deer scoring 179 inches over bait in October 2012 that he
reported to the DNR’s harvest reporting system then took another deer
that scored 145-150 inches around New Years Day without a tag.
was also found in possession of an illegal deer scoring 165 inches, and
two deer from South Dakota and one deer from North Dakota. The
investigation is continuing on the deer from the Dakotas.
Officer Wes Gould who covers Washington and Keokuk counties received
information from a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline that lead to the
If convicted, Charest faces fines and civil penalties of $6,170. Gould seized Charest’s bow, arrows and the deer.
IOWA DNR to Continue Moniroting CWD
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:38
DNR to continue Surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease
wildlife staff will again be in the field during Iowa’s shotgun deer
seasons, collecting samples to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in
Iowa’s wild deer herd. The effort will concentrate on portions of
Northeast Iowa near Wisconsin and Illinois as well as in Wapello, Davis,
Pottawattamie and Cerro Gordo counties, following positive tests from
captive facilities in or near those counties last year.
of the samples will be collected during the first half of December, as
more than 120,000 hunters take part in Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons and
deer harvested during those seasons are major sources of samples.
Sampling—which involves removing and testing the brain stem and lymph
nodes--has been done on free ranging deer across Iowa for years. Many
hunters voluntarily contribute samples of their harvested deer for these
testing efforts. Most samples are obtained by wildlife staff, checking
with hunters in the field or at home processing points.
has historically focused its sampling efforts heaviest in northeast
Iowa, after Wisconsin and Illinois yielded positive cases in recent
years. After the positive findings in captive herds in 2012, DNR
focused additional testing in those counties identified above. Sampling
in northeast Iowa for the 2013-2014 seasons will continue at a slightly
lower intensity in order to accommodate the additional testing in Davis,
Wapello, Pottawattamie and Cerro Gordo Counties.
2002, more than 47 thousand wild deer in Iowa have been tested, with no
positive CWD result in the wild herd detected to date. “We are hopeful
CWD has not spread into Iowa’s deer herd. The only way to know this is
to continue to collect samples and do the testing. We will work through
all hunting seasons, with the peak being the shotgun seasons in
December,” said Dr. Dale Garner, Wildlife Bureau Chief.
Iowa DNR’s website provides information about CWD and other information on infectious disease at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/
Fugitive Captured/ Now in Jail
Friday, 06 December 2013 07:33
December 5, 2013 at or about 10:24am officers from the Wapello County
Sheriff’s Office and Ottumwa Police Dept. with the assistance of the
United States Marshal Fugitive Task Force arrested Donald Shawn Fountain
Age: 36 of Ottumwa. Mr. Fountain was arrested on a warrant for
Absence from Custody that was issued on him after Fountain was placed
on escape status after failing to return to the Ottumwa Residential
Facility from employment on October 12, 2013. Fountain also had
an outstanding arrest warrant for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender
Registry an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Fountain is being held at
the Wapello County Jail with No Bond.
arrested in connection to Fountain was Priscilla Biessener Age: 33 of
Ottumwa for Accessory after the Fact. Accessory after the Fact
is an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Biessener has been released from
jail on $2,000 bond.
Ottumwa Transit Food Drive Next Week
Friday, 06 December 2013 07:32
Transit Holds Food Drive
Ottumwa Transit is working to fight hunger this holiday season. From
December 9 to December 14, Ottumwa Transit buses will be collecting canned and
boxed food for the local food pantry. During this week-long holiday food
drive, passengers can board any Ottumwa Transit bus and place their donation of
non-perishable food items into a donation bin.
Transit Director David Silverio
said, "Ottumwa Transit understands that times are tough. As our wheels go
round, help us see that no one goes to bed hungry. Working together we can make
Ottumwa a better place."
The best items for donation are
packaged, non-perishable food items like: canned soups, fruits and vegetables,
canned meat and tuna, cereal, rice, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and
Ottumwa Schools Band Concert Sunday
Friday, 06 December 2013 07:31
The Ottumwa Community School District
will host their Holiday Band Concert for students in grades 5-12 on Sunday,
December 8 at 2 p.m. in the OHS auditorium.
Selections performed by the elementary bands will
include “Au Claire De La Lune,” “Jingle Bells,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” and “We Wish You a
Merry Christmas.” The fifth grade concert band is directed by Jena Hawk and the
sixth grade concert band is directed by Alex Mason.
The seventh and eighth grade concert band will
perform “Christmas Fantasy,” “Jingle Jive,” and “Holiday Bobsled Run.” The band
is directed by Pam De Boer.
The 9-12 Wind Ensemble will perform “Fanfare
& Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “A Fresh Aire
Christmas.” The ensemble is directed by Troy Gerleman and Alex Mason.
Ottumwa Schools Choir Concert Next Week
Friday, 06 December 2013 07:28
The Ottumwa Community School District
will host their Holiday Choir Concert for students in grades 5-8 on Tuesday,
December 10 at 7 p.m. in the OHS auditorium.
The fifth grade honor choir will perform several
selections, including “Papa’s on the Housetop,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and
“Mister Frosty Winter.” The choir is directed by Kendra Elledge.
The sixth grade choir, directed by Tom Shadonix,
will sing “The Water is Wide,” “The Marvelous Toy,” The Cup Song,” and “Winter
The seventh grade choir will sing “Hush, Hear
the Angels Sing,” “I See a Star,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “African Noel.”
The eighth grade choir will sing “Christmas Fanfare” featuring Riley Albertson on
the trumpet, “Snow is Falling,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Santa
Claus is Comin’ to Town.” Both choirs are directed by Pam De Boer.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 07:28
Wapello County event submissions sought for spring brochure
Event submissions are being sought for inclusion in a brochure
featuring activities occurring from March 1 through May 31, 2014 within
listings are free and will be included in the brochure titled the
Explore Ottumwa Event Calendar Spring 2014. Three thousand five hundred
brochures will be printed and distributed both locally and to eight
welcome centers across Iowa. The brochure is a publication of the
Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
activities include festivals, fundraisers, concerts, exhibits, and
seminars. Examples of prior listings are the Home & Garden Show,
International Festival, symphony concerts, legislative forums, Susan G.
Komen Race for the Cure, and school performances. Events must occur in
Wapello County and be open to the public.
Event submissions can be completed via an online submission form (http://www.exploreottumwa.
It is a straight-forward process that takes less than five minutes.
Activities can be submitted even if all details haven’t been determined.
submission deadline is Friday, January 10, 2014 for inclusion in the
spring brochure, however events can be submitted anytime for listing on
the Ottumwa Area CVB’s website, ExploreOttumwa.com. The brochure
deadline is so early to allow sufficient time for verifying, editing,
designing, proofing, printing and distributing the piece.
addition to the spring brochure and website, events will be promoted
via the CVB’s electronic newsletter Bravo Wapello County with more than
400 subscribers and through its Facebook page, Explore Ottumwa Iowa,
with 4,400 followers. The earlier an event is forwarded, the more ways
it can be showcased.
Edgington coordinates the collection of information on behalf of the
CVB and can respond to any questions regarding the spring event
brochure. She can be reached at 641.799.2801 or
Evans Holiday Performance
Thursday, 05 December 2013 07:27
The Evans Middle School
seventh and eighth grade orchestra will host a "Cookies and Carols"
concert on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. Enjoy an
evening of holiday songs and cookies. Songs will include: Trepak from the "Nutcracker Suite,"
“The Chipmunk Song,” “Still, Still, Still,” “A Suite Christmas,” “O Come, O
Come Emmanuel,” “Borgo African Bell Carol,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 07:25
Congratulations to Mitch Buller, Cody McConnell, and Nick
Sedore for successfully completing the L.E.A.P. Academy. Sedore will also be
recognized for placing first in the Business Plan competition. They attended a
graduation ceremony with their families on Wednesday, December 4.
The L.E.A.P. (Leadership,
Empowerment, Achievement, Progress) Academy was created in March, 2013 by
Indian Hills Community College with the goal of inspiring future
leaders. High school juniors enter the program in the spring semester of
their junior year and continue through the fall semester of their senior year.
The students meet at Indian Hills six times and complete a service project in
their community during the summer.
During their on–campus
meetings, students engage in a variety of hands-on activities designed to
develop leadership skills in the following areas: team building, goal setting,
ethics, creativity, communication, handling conflict, problem solving, servant
leadership, and leading change.
Forty-eight students from
southern Iowa attended the academy. Cargill Meat Solutions sponsored Ottumwa's