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Marion county man charged in death of his mother

Marion County Sheriff's Office (file photo)

by Charlie Comfort Knoxville, Iowa- Two days after a jury in a civil trial found him liable for his mother’s death, 45 year old Jason Gene Carter was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Sunday afternoon. Authorities officially announced the arrest at a press conference Monday morning at the Marion County Law Enforcement Center. According […]

Edgren to resign from school board

Erik Edgren [second from right\ announced on Tuesday that he will step down from the board in the near future.

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- More turnover on the board is imminent as another Oskaloosa School Board member announced they would not be completing their term on the board. Director District 6 member Erik Edgren announced on Tuesday that he would step down from the board in the near future. Edgren did not give an […]

City recognizes longevity, hears report on facade improvements

Oskaloosa City Hall

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- Four employees with a combined total of 110 years of service were recognized at Monday’s regular Oskaloosa City Council meeting. The employees were recognized for their many years of service to the City of Oskaloosa, and is an annual tradition. Among those recognized were: Oskaloosa Fire Department Captain Dave Christenson […]

County settles insurance claim

Mahaska County Courthouse

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- After a closed session on Monday, the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to approve an insurance claim settlement. The claim dealt with an accident claim, and was presented in the closed session as a possible matter of litigation. After re-entering open session, supervisor vice-chair Willie Van Weelden revealed […]

SCRAA conditionally approves engineer agreement

by Charlie Comfort Pella, Iowa- The South Central Regional Airport Agency met on Wednesday to consider approval of an airport engineer services contract with HDR Engineer Inc. The agreement will guide the SCRAA through the next phase of the project, which will include land acquisition and design of the airport. The SCRAA had previously been […]

School board hears reports on test scores, student behavior

Oskaloosa School Board - October 2017

by Charlie Comfort Oskaloosa, Iowa- It was a night of presentations for the Oskaloosa School Board at their regular meeting Tuesday night, as the board heard a variety of presentations dealing with student behavior and test scores. Curriculum Director Steph Wilson was among those presenting Tuesday night. Wilson stated that the district had shown improvement […]

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 […]


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