STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a tool school districts around the country are using to raise awareness about the importance of promoting competitiveness in science and technology development, and Newton High School is being recognized for its excellence in these subjects. Newton High School was selected as a STEM BEST award recipient this year, and will receive a $25,000 grant for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. STEM BEST, an acronym for Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers, is a program which aims to connect high school students with local businesses. NHS was one of 19 schools selected for the grant out of a pool of 31 schools.
“Fly Ottumwa” could become more than the name of an air show if new plans come together. As of yesterday, the Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau began surveying residents about their desire for commercial flights from Ottumwa Regional Airport. Discussions between airlines and community leaders have already taken place; if started first flights would likely go to Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis.