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West Burlington Man Killed In Mahaska County Crash

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Pella, Iowa – First responders were called to the 46 mile marker along Highway 163 after the driver of a car lost control on a snow covered roadway near the Pella city limits, at approximately 6:10 p.m. Carrie Ellen Falcon was the driver of a 2004 Chevy. According to an initial report by the Iowa […]

Oskaloosa Water Department Approves 5% Rate Increase

Oskaloosa, Iowa – At their monthly meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Oskaloosa Water Board approved a 5% increase for ratepayers. The increase will take effect on March 1st. Resolution #1701, Resolution to Increase Water Rates Effective March 1, 2017 was passed on a 4-0 vote by the board after hearing from the board’s financial advisors […]

Legislators discuss Chapter 20 reform, voter ID

By Charlie Comfort Des Moines, Iowa- Last week, the Iowa Legislature, on near party line votes, approved a bill which would alter Chapter 20 of the Iowa Code, better known as collective bargaining. The bill, which was met with immense discord from union members, was formally passed by the legislature last Thursday after marathon debate […]

Indians claim district championship with 64-56 win over Knoxville

One win away from state tournament By Doug DeKock The Oskaloosa boys’ basketball team showed the heart of a champion on Thursday night as they overcame a double digit deficit to defeat Knoxville 64-56. Things did not look good for the Indians in the early going, as jitters and a hot-shooting Knoxville team jumped to […]

Council Approves Rental Inspection Program

by Hailey Brown Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa City Council members voted 5-2 on Tuesday evening to approve and adopt a Rental Housing Inspection Program Administrative Policy. The program could be implemented as early as July 1, with inspections beginning in the fall. In the same action, the council voted to amend the 2017 fee schedule […]

On-Going Burglary/Theft Investigation Nets More Charges

A Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Press Release As part of an on-going burglary/theft investigation being conducted by the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office (see original press release dated February 3rd, 2017), criminal charges have been filed against several individuals. 38-year-old Steven Joseph Johnson of 1213 River Road, Leighton, Iowa was charged with Theft in the 1st […]

First Prospect for 28E Counsel to Present Plan

By Hailey Brown Oskaloosa, Iowa – Discussion continued Tuesday morning as the Mahaska County Supervisors hashed out ideas for fresh legal counsel pertaining to the 28E Agreement to build a regional airport with the cities of Oskaloosa and Pella. The original agreement was drafted back in 2012, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). […]

Indians advance in district play with 81-46 win over Washington

by Doug DeKock The Oskaloosa boys basketball team did some things that had not been done for quite a while Monday night in district play at Oskaloosa against Washington. First off, they are hosting districts by being the #2 seed in the substate, secondly, they won a district game beating Washington badly 81-46. The Indians […]

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Main Street sets theme for 2017 Lighted Christmas Parade

The Lighted Christmas Parade Committee met following a successful 2016 parade and set the theme for the 30th annual Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade to be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The parade will be on Thursday only and the theme will be “30 Years of Christmas Past”. The committee envisions the resurrection of […]


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