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Visually Impaired Residents Working To Create Local Support Group

Area residents with visual disabilities listened to Kimberley Barber, Independent Living Program Director, Iowa Department For The Blind spoke about forming a support group locally to support blind residents.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Learning to make it through everyday life is a challenge for most people, but being blind or visually impaired can provide an extra layer of challenges to overcome. One group of individuals impacted by visual impairments are joining together to help one another overcome those obstacles. Things like transportation and transportation options […]

School Board Holds Final Meeting Before 2014-15 School Year

Oskaloosa Community School Board

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa School Board held their final summer meeting before the school year starts. The meeting included the appointments of the remaining certified staff. After an Oskaloosa Elementary 4th Grade teacher resigned because her spouse took a job out of state, the district set out to fill that position. Joel Ralfson, a […]

Water Board Votes To No Longer Pursue Keltner Removal

Water Board Trustee Jon Zobel (far left) and Trustee Joe Ryan (far right) discuss the status of the Oskaloosa Water Department with Manager Chad Coon (center back) this past week.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Municipal Water Board of Trustees voted this week to not pursue any further legal action against the City of Oskaloosa in former Trustee Errin Keltners removal. Recently appointed Water Board Trustee Jon Zobel read a portion of an email from the attorney representing the Board in the case. “Under the […]

County Considers IT Staffing Needs


Oskaloosa, Iowa – Technology and digital records continue to march further into the normal, even in an environment in government that requires absolute reliability. For many years, paper copies and records have continued because the changes in formats and data loss have continued to cause concern over records search and archive. The Mahaska County Board […]

Oskaloosa Main Street To Host Nationally Recognized Branding Expert

Oskaloosa Iowa on July 25, 2013.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Why would people want to be a part of Oskaloosa? How can Oskaloosa improve itself? These and many more questions will be part of an upcoming assessment by Roger Brooks, President of Destination Development International. Brooks will deliver his assessment of Oskaloosa on Friday, September 19, 2014. For those unfamiliar with Brooks […]

Supervisors Move To Have Roof Further Evaluated

damaged roof

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors called a special meeting for Monday to discuss what options were available for facilitating repairs to the Mahaska County Courthouse. Mahaska County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Vander Molen said that the final roof report was submitted. The contractor said that if the current roof can […]

OACDG Hires McReynolds As New Director

Valinn McReynolds at a recent Habitat For Humanity event.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group has been without a director for a year now. On August 11th that changes, when Valinn McReynolds takes over the position as Director. McReynolds has been appointed to help lead the Oskaloosa Chamber into the future, and the self-described “community navigator” says that along the […]

Council To Consider Franchise Fee Increase

Oskaloosa City Council

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council gaveled into session Monday evening, where the Council set the first public hearing for a proposed franchise fee increase. August 18th was set as the time for the first reading, and for the public hearing. A franchise fee is the fee for consumed natural gas and electricity, and […]

Courthouse Roof Repair Discussions Continue

Mahaska County Board of Supervisors for August 4, 2014

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met Monday morning to discuss a fairly short agenda. The discussion about repairs to the Mahaska County Courthouse roof continued from previous meetings. The roof was damaged by the severe thunderstorm at the end of April, and since that time, the Supervisors have not found a […]

Two Vehicle Accident Claims Life Of Area Woman

Emergency responders were called out at 7:19 pm to 1856 Highway 163

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Emergency responders were called to a two vehicle accident at 7:19 pm Wednesday, located at 1856 Highway 163. According to a preliminary crash report from the Iowa State Patrol, vehicle 1, a 2005 Chevy Impala, driven by 51-year-old Robin Ann Vos of Oskaloosa, failed to yield from a private drive on Highway […]

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