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It’s Drost and Stream

Tom Richardson congratulates Lynette Stream on being elected to the Oskaloosa School Board.

by Charlie Comfort OSKALOOSA, IOWA- History repeated itself Tuesday as voters selected a challenger over the incumbent board president; the third election in a row that a sitting board president has been challenged. Voters gave the nod to Lynette Stream, a concerned parent, over incumbent Tom Richardson in the District 5 seat. Unofficially, Stream pulled […]

City council modifies two-hour parking restrictions

Oskaloosa City Hall

by Charlie Comfort OSKALOOSA, IOWA- The Oskaloosa City Council addressed the issue of two-hour parking at Tuesday’s meeting, with the possibility of eliminating a two-hour parking restriction. The issue consumed much of the council’s time at their first regular meeting of September. At the onset of Tuesday’s meeting, Julie and Trevor Wells, owners of Julie’s […]

Life running to give back to community

Kym Life

by Charlie Comfort OSKALOOSA, IOWA- After living and working in the Mahaska community for many years, Kym Life now feels called to utilize her experience in a way she feels she is best fit: serving on the Oskaloosa School Board. Life and her husband Scott Campbell have called Oskaloosa home for sometime, but Life said […]

Stream running to provide new perspective

Lynette Stream

by Charlie Comfort OSKALOOSA, IOWA- Lynette Stream is a stay at home mother who sends her children to the Oskaloosa School District. After watching issues such as student discipline unfold in the district, Stream started attending school board meetings and speak at them on the student discipline issue. Stream is now running because of her […]

Drost running because of passion for children

Carl Drost

by Charlie Comfort OSKALOOSA, IOWA- After serving on the Oskaloosa School Board for 20 years, Carl Drost chose to run for the school board once again in 2013 after having concerns about test scores in the district. After serving a four year term, Drost is once again running for re-election. Driving his decision to run […]

Richardson running to be involved parent

Tom Richardson

by Charlie Comfort OSKALOOSA, IOWA- Tom Richardson has served on the School Board since 2011, including two years as Vice President and two years as President of the board. In 2011 and 2013, Richardson ran unopposed. In this year’s election, he is being challenged by parent Lynette Stream. Richardson said that he has three main […]

Herr looks to continue what she started four years ago

Shelly Herr

by Charlie Comfort OSKALOOSA, IOWA- Four years ago, Shelly Herr threw her hat in the ring for Oskaloosa School Board as an involved parent who wanted to give back. Today, little has changed in why she wants to run for a second term. “Four years ago I ran initially because I’ve always been involved in […]

School Board Candidates Answer the Tough Questions

Oskaloosa School Board candidates answered questions at "Politics Under The Stars" this past week.

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa – Around 80 potential voters flocked to Oskaloosa’s square Tuesday evening for the resurrection of an old tradition not seen in Oskaloosa since the 1990s. Politics Under The Stars, hosted by Oskaloosa News, provided voters with the opportunity to hear a school board forum on the City Square. All five […]

SCRAA Designates Preferred Engineering Firm

An aerial view of the land that might be impacted by a new regional airport. (file photo)

by Charlie Comfort  Oskaloosa, Iowa- The South Central Regional Airport Agency (SCRAA) took another step forward in the regional airport project Thursday evening as they look towards the next phase of the project. At Thursday evening’s meeting, the SCRAA voted unanimously to proceed forward with using HDR Inc as the preferred engineering firm for the […]

Accusations leveled against County Attorney

Mahaska County Courthouse

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- At Monday’s Mahaska County Supervisors meeting, the supervisors heard comments from Nick Drost, of rural Mahaska County. Drost stated that his shop has been subject to three different burglaries and that he has had significant amounts of tools and other property stolen from him. Drost stated his belief is that […]


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