April 21st: On This Day

On this day in 2015, Atlantic released Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind” to radio. The song was released as the first single from Eldredge’s second studio album,  Illinois.

“Lose My Mind” hit #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, giving Eldredge his fourth consecutive #1 hit. The song also hit No.48 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The single has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Kacey Musgraves and Zac Brown Collaborate In The Studio

Zac Brown Band’s upcoming album, Welcome Home, will include a song featuring vocals from Kacey Musgraves. The collaboration was revealed when Zac and Kacey shared video of them putting their spin on the John Prine classic “All the Best” in the studio together. Welcome Home will hit shelves on Friday, May 12.


·         Kacey said in her caption for the video, “I had SO much fun singin’ on one of my favorite old @john_prine songs on the new @zacbrownband record. Zac – thanks for always being so kind and supportive to me.”

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini Hosting CMA Music Festival Special

After hitting the road together all year on the “Home Team Tour,” Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini will soon join forces again to co-host the 2017 CMA Music Festival special on ABC. Rhett is returning as host for a second straight year, while Kelsea steps in for last year’s co-host, Brett Eldredge. The three-hour special will bring highlights from the annual festival to a national television audience and will air at a date later in the year. This year’s CMA Music Festival will take place on June 8-11 in downtown Nashville.


·         Kelsea and Thomas are also slated to perform on the Nissan Stadium stage this year, joining acts such as Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and many more.

·         Kelsea took to Instagram after Thursday’s (4/20) announcement to say, “News is out! Not only do I get to play, I get to HOST CMA Fest with my brother @thomasrhettakins this summer. Gonna be funnnnn. Who will we see there??”

Ottumwa Teacher Arrested For Sexual Exploitation

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Ottumwa Police Department received a call from personnel from the Ottumwa Community School District regarding a high school teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student.


As a result of the investigation, the Ottumwa Police Department subsequently arrested Jose De Jesus Ortiz Jr. age 26, of 1532 W. Finley, Apt. 19, Ottumwa, with Sexual Exploitation by a Counselor, Therapist, or School Employee, a Class “D” Felony.


Ortiz is currently being held in the Wapello County jail on $5,000 bond.





 Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings:   “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”


Pet of the Week: Ringo & Bambi

Hi, there! We’re Ringo & Bambi (No relation).

Ringo: I’m a 7-year-old Chihuahua Short Coat who loves to be on your lap and get some love.

Bambi: And I’m a Chihuahua Short Coat/Mix who’s just 2 years old. I’m a tad more shy than my friend here, but I come around pretty fast.

We’d like to be adopted together, but we won’t mind if you decide otherwise.

To adopt us or one of our friends, visit http://www.stephenmemorial.org/

April 20th: On This Day

On this day in 1959, thirteen-year-old Dolly Parton released her first single called “Puppy Love”. The song was written by Dolly at age 11, with the help from her Uncle Bill Owens.

Dolly and her grandmother, Rena Owens, took the bus for over 30-hours to the recording studio in Lake Charles, Louisiana to record the song.

“Puppy Love” was released by Goldband Records in 1959. “Girl Left Alone” written by Dolly, her Aunt Dorothy Jo Owens and Uncle Bill Owens appeared on side B.

Stage Fright Once Caused Shania Twain To Pee Herself

While appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night (4/18), Shania Twain revealed that she had once peed herself right before one of her high school band performances. Twain made the candid revelation when she was asked about her battle with stage fright, which she’s struggled with for several years. In the interview, Shania also revealed her ingenious way of keeping the accident a secret by spilling a glass of water on the floor next to her. The interview can be seen here.


Luke Combs Covers “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Luke Combs may have a Top 5 single on the charts with “Hurricane” right now, but it’s his soulful cover of Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” that’s been turning heads this week. Luke recently shared his rendition of Urban’s latest chart-topper on Facebook, with his video garnering more than 650,000 views in less than 24 hours. The video can be seen here.

Circus Returns to Bridge View Center

Ottumwa, IA: Bridge View Center is proud to announce the return of Circus Pages Circus on Sunday, May 7th for two shows at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.


Circus Pages, produced by Jose Pages for over 25 years, has successfully drawn from the generations of performing Pages to create a mesmerizing show for all ages. Originating in Cuba in the 1960’s, the world renowned Pages family has progressed from its initial talent on the flying trapeze to its current array of international animal trainers, daredevils, aerialist, acrobats, and clowns.


As one of the most respected names in the circus entertainment, Circus Pages has appeared throughout the United States and Canada in conjunction with numerous community sponsors, civic organizations, schools and non-profit organizations.


Circus Pages is proud to uphold the continued tradition of wholesome family entertainment that has linked generation after generation of Americans and Canadians together with a smile.


The show owns animals that enjoy starring in the circus ring which includes elephants, rare white tigers, camels, acrobatic dogs, liberty ponies, horses and rare white lions. These animals highlight the fabulous aerial, juggling, and clown acts that complete the family experience. A crowd favorite, Earhart Globe of Death will be back with adrenaline rushing motorcycle mayhem. Camel and pony rides will be available before the show. Elephant rides will be offered during intermission.



Tickets On Sale: Wednesday, April 19 at 9:00 am

Ticket Prices: Adults $19.00


Children 14 & under $4.00; Under 2 is Free


(2) Kids get in free with (1) paying adult with coupon


Tickets can be purchased at the Bridge View Center Ticket Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For more information visit www.bridgeviewcenter.com or call (641) 684-7000


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