Pella’s FFA chapter was named the Champion Team at the annual Iowa FFA Horse Career Development Event held June 12. Members from the first place team include Camryn Norton, Zachary Thorson and Shianne Votava. They will represent Iowa at the National Horse Career Development Event at Indianapolis, Indiana in October. The team was also first in problem solving, first place halter team, second place oral reasons and fifth place in performance. In the overall individual category, Votava placed third, Norton placed seventh and Thorson placed 31st.
Authorities have found the body of a fisherman who went missing Saturday on the Des Moines River. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Department said a boater called at 8:30 a.m. Monday after finding a body in the river. The department and the Ottumwa Fire Department recovered the body, identified as Richard Lewis Mart, 79, of Ottumwa. Mart was found north of the Blackhawk Road Access northwest of Ottumwa. Mart’s boat was found Saturday wedged against the bank of Turkey Island. Authorities are not sure what caused Mart to go into the water from his boat; he was apparently not wearing a life jacket.