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Oskaloosa Council OK’s Taco Bell Site Plan

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council approved a proposal for a Taco Bell to be built on the vacant lot directly across from McDonalds along A Avenue West. Sundance Inc. has submitted a site plan for a new Taco Bell fast-food restaurant to be located at 702 A Avenue West. The site in consideration […]

Mahaska County Hires New Deputy

Courthouse sm

Oskaloosa, Iowa – In the first regular scheduled meeting since the election, the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors were one member short, as newly re-elected Mark Doland was absent while he took part in an all expense paid trip overseas. The trip was funded by interests connected to potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. For the […]

That Familiar Ring In The Air

Volunteers sign up on Saturday morning for their opportunity to ring the bell for the Salvation Army.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – A quick walk into one of your local shopping establishments from now until Christmas will more than likely be filled with that familiar holiday sound of ringing bells. The Salvation Army of Mahaska County started its annual bell-ringing this Saturday with a kick-off ceremony held at the VFW. There, volunteers signed up […]

Taintor Man Dies In Tragic House Fire

New Sharon Firefighters attack the house fire that took the life of Emery Black.

Taintor, Iowa – The blast of winter has made its way across Iowa and Mahaska County this past week. With that comes space heaters, wood burners and other potential fire hazards that are helping to heat up the night. On Thursday evening, November 13th, fire crews were called to the home of Emory Black and […]

City Council To Consider Taco Bell Site Plan

Oskaloosa Taco Bell Plan

The Oskaloosa Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for a new Taco Bell fast-food restaurant, this past week, to be located at 702 A Avenue West in Oskaloosa. The site is 1 acre in size and is currently zoned Urban Corridor district with A Avenue overlay. The applicant has submitted the required site […]

Jury Seated In Ritenour Case

Alicia Ritenour

Oskaloosa, Iowa – A Mahaska County jury has been selected to hear the case of an Oskaloosa mother, Alicia Ritenour, accused of First Degree Murder, a Class “A” Felony, in the death of her 18 month-old daughter on January 24th of 2014. Alicia Ritenour has also been charged with Child Endangerment Resulting in Death, a […]

Oskaloosa Girl Gives A Gift Of Love To Those Who Served

Ten-year-old Cierra Williams (center) made her 3rd ever quit to be given away at Tuesday's raffle. "Because I wanted to honor the veterans for serving our country so we can be free."

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Veterans Day around the United States brings a groundswell of appreciation for those who have served our country in the armed forces. Young and old alike come together to share meals, share stories and remember those who have gone before. One Oskaloosa area girl has had a desire to share her talent […]

Former CRI Reporter Wins Midwest Emmy

Johnathan Gregg with his Video Journalist Emmy Award. (submitted photo)

Oskaloosa said farewell to Jonathan Gregg over 2 years ago. Since that time, Gregg has been working at WITI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was recently recognized by his peers for his work. Gregg walked away with the Video Journalist by the Midwest Emmy’s. Gregg talked about his time in Oskaloosa and at CRI. “Working […]

Packaging Up Some Love And Caring

Students at Oskaloosa Christian School helped to package meals on Friday.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – How do you help feed the hungry? You do that by sharing a bit of food, and lots of love and caring. Mike Frandsen, with Meals from the Heartland, was in town to help coordinate the effort of the Oskaloosa Christian School Students. In any year, Frandsen says that he will help […]

Democrats Suffer “Shellacking” At The Hands Of Republicans

Voters, candidates and the media gathered at the Mahaska County Courthouse on Tuesday evening to catch the voter returns as they became available. (photo by Ginger Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – There was a wave crashing across the country as the Republican Party in Iowa and the United States gained significant ground over Democrats. President Obama said that the mid-term vote would be a referendum on his policies and leadership. CNN described the night as a shellacking for the Democrats. In Iowa, Joni […]

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