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Nolie’s Nook – There Are So Many Ways To Show Support

by Nolanne Rust Once again, Oskaloosa Main Street- along with a multitude of businesses, vendors, volunteers, and locals- pulled off a great family day during the Annual Christmas in July event. Entertainment for 12 hours, children’s games, loads of food and drinks, a silent auction, a splash pad, and a BBQ contest in support of […]

Nolie’s Nook – I’m Not Writing A Column About America Today

by Nolanne Rust On the 4th of July, I posted my blessings for the day with a post shared that read “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do what we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. -Peter Marshall” Guys, that is so good. In so many ways. […]

Nolie’s Nook – Respect And Honor For Men And Women In Blue

by Nolanne Rust A little over a week ago, I started my column about how great our sense of community in Oskaloosa is. This week, I want to bring praise to a part of any community that hardly ever goes unnoticed; but not always in a positive light, and rarely ever with full credit on […]

Nolie’s Nook – You Know What’s Nice About Being A Part Of A Community!?!?

Editors Note- We want to introduce you to Nolanne Rust. In a day and age when so much negativity fills conversations, she’s focused herself on bringing forward the positive things happening around her and in the community. We look forward to her sharing those often overlooked and quickly forgotten good things around us. by Nolanne […]

Hite Proud Of First Session In Legislature

Oskaloosa, Iowa – In 2018, New Sharon Mayor Dustin Hite was elected to the Iowa Legislature in House District 79, representing Oskaloosa, New Sharon, and Pella. The 2019 session of the Iowa Legislature recently ended in quick fashion. For Hite, that brought to a close his first year in Des Moines, affecting policy for the […]

Iowa’s Small Towns Struggle To Gain Traction and Grow

Ronda Fry, left, talks with Sharon Kistler at Grampa Jim’s in Humeston, Iowa, on March 27, 2019. (Emily Carey/IowaWatch)

By Randy Paulson and Zoe Seiler The town of Humeston, Iowa, straddles Highway 65 in the northwestern corner of Wayne County, less than a 30-minute drive from the Missouri border. Its population peaked in the 1920s at 1,214 people. Today, the southern Iowa town has only 494 people. “A lot of kids, when they graduate, […]

Emergency Management Deploying Bleed Kits

Mahaska County Emergency Management Director Jamey Robinson shares with the commission what the bleed kits are and look like during Thursday's commission meeting.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Mahaska County Emergency Management has received another tool to ensure the safety of Mahaska County residents. At the most recent Emergency Management Commission meeting, EMA Director Jamey Robinson reported that his office had received several “bleed kits,” which he said can be utilized in a mass casualty/mass bleed event. Each kit is […]

Charges Against Former Oskaloosa Police Officer Dismissed

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Charges of domestic abuse assault against a former Oskaloosa Police Officer have been formally dismissed. Janay Pritchett was arrested and charged on May 4, 2018, after an altercation between a former girlfriend at a residence in Oskaloosa. According to a motion to dismiss filed by Assistant Poweshiek County Attorney Timothy Dille on […]

City Council Votes To Proceed On Façade Project Phase 2

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council is moving forward with plans to improve a second round of business facades in the downtown Oskaloosa area. On April 15, the council unanimously voted to approve a resolution for preliminary approval of plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated cost for the project. Information provided at the […]

Vanhemert Found Guilty Of 2nd Degree Murder

Luke Vanhemert is lead from the Mahaska County Courthouse to the Mahaska County Jail on Monday afternoon after being found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Family and friends of Marquis Todd and Luke Vanhemert waited for word from the jury after closing arguments finished up Monday morning. The jury was given their instructions just before noon and moved to the deliberation room. After a week-long trial that was sometimes filled with emotional testimony, a jury of nine […]

     

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