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Drive-Thru Highlights the Serenade in 2020

by Justin Burtis Oskaloosa — The 2020 edition of Sweet Corn Serenade was different from other years, but that did not stop the corn from being thrown on the grill. Despite a couple of heavy rain spells in the late afternoon, about 20 vendors set up their wares and the corn, creating a pleasant aroma […]

Jenkins Happy with Schedule, Optimistic for Season

by Justin Burtis Oskaloosa — Head Coach Jake Jenkins knows that every day brings more news and shifts in policies and procedures. But for now, the Oskaloosa Indians are scheduled to play a full set of games under the current Iowa High School Athletic Association plan. Making a schedule was undoubtedly a challenge this year […]

Todd Hafner Reflects on His Career

by Justin Burtis Oskaloosa — Entering his 17th year at the helm of the William Penn University football program, Todd Hafner has seen it all over his time at WPU. With a 102-75-1 career record, Hafner helped turn a struggling program into a team that earned respect both on and off. While the head coach […]

Southern Iowa County Fair Shines in July

by Justin Burtis Oskaloosa — When the last horse-racing carriage crossed the finish line on the track Monday, the 2020 edition of the Southern Iowa Fair officially ended. Months ago, such an event would probably have not been thought possible. Despite a large hurdle to jump, the organizers and planners meticulously figured out a way […]

Indians Stumble Against Grinnell

Oskaloosa — Heartbreak for both Osky teams to end the 2020 summer season. After softball had been called off due to potential exposure, the baseball team hosted the Tigers of Grinnell to start 3A sub-state 6 bracket play. Having gone 2-1 against Grinnell on the year, the Indians had confidence that they could move on, […]

Penske Wins Second Night in Iowa, Rahal Third

Newton — Without a repeat of last year’s major weather delays (and your author tragically getting soaked from shirt to flip-flops), the second half of the NTT IndyCar race in Newton went off with another good crowd on hand. Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon again climbed the scoring tower but it was last year’s winner […]

Last to First shows Pagenaud, Penske, Ready to Fight Dixon, Ganassi

by Justin Burtis Newton — A hot afternoon at Iowa Speedway saw a unique qualifying format tried for the first time, as the NTT IndyCar series lined up for the first race of a double header at the Fastest Short Track on the Planet. Each racer would take two laps for qualifying, the first would […]

John Henry Recognized For Success On And Off The Court

William Penn University Mens Basketball Coach John Henry holds the net in celebration as his team wrapped up their second consecutive conference title this month.

by Justin Burtis Full video interview below. Oskaloosa — 400 wins. To some, that could be a career goal, a mark of success to hang their hat on. Not many climb the mountain that high at any level, with the finicky nature of school sports. However, to John Henry, the head coach of the William […]

School board approves Return to Learn Plan

OSKALOOSA – The Oskaloosa School Board is preparing for the school year’s return, though by any reasonable standards, it will not be considered regular. At the regular monthly meeting of the Board on Tuesday, July 14, the Board heard from Superintendent Paula Wright on what the District’s plans are for the upcoming school year. Wright […]

Split to end the Regular Season

by Justin Burtis Oskaloosa — The final two games of the year were away from home for the Indians and they took on the Big Reds of Centerville in a Monday night clash. They then finished away to Fairfield as the whole team gets set for a run to state. To start the week, Noah […]


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