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School Board presses forward with building additions

Oskaloosa Community School Board

OSKALOOSA – The Oskaloosa School Board is moving ahead with building addition projects totally nearly $10 million. The move came at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Oskaloosa School Board, as they received an update on rates for the sale of bonds, as well as heard an update on how the overall design of proposed […]

Mahaska County Lawsuit Attempt To Dissolve EMA/911 Proceeding Through Court System

OSKALOOSA – A second attempt by Mahaska County to dissolve the present composition of the Mahaska County Emergency Management and Mahaska County 911 is proceeding through the court system. No action has formally been taken on the most recent motion filed, that being a motion for summary judgement. A motion for summary judgement is a commonly […]

Appeals Court upholds Van Hemert Murder Conviction

Luke Vanhemert took the stand Friday morning to tell his side of the story of what happened on March 1, 2018. Vanhemert is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Marquis Todd

OSKALOOSA – The April 2019 second-degree murder conviction of Luke Van Hemert should stand, according to the Iowa Court of Appeals. In a ruling dated Oct. 7, a three-judge panel for the Court unanimously found that there was sufficient evidence to show that Van Hemert acted with malice aforethought and no justification. “[S]ubstantial evidence supports […]

Court Dismisses Site A Landowners Lawsuit

OSKALOOSA – Another lawsuit regarding the regional airport has reached some level of finality. On September 18th, District Court Judge Crystal Cronk dismissed a lawsuit filed by Site A Landowners against the Cities of Oskaloosa and Pella and Mahaska County, seeking to have the 2012 28E agreement that started the Regional Airport project invalidated. The […]

Court Denies Mahaska County Motions In Airport Lawsuit

Legal documents were filed in Mahaska County District Court by Pella and Oskaloosa to force Mahaska County to once again participate in the 28E agreement for a regional airport.

WASHINGTON – An Iowa District Court judge has denied a motion to reconsider 2018 and 2019 summary judgment decisions that were decided in favor of the Cities of Oskaloosa and Pella and a motion to sanction attorneys for the Cities. Judge Crystal Cronk issued the ruling late Sunday evening, finding that Mahaska County had no […]

Letter To The Editor: Be A Cop

Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this editorial are not necessarily the views or opinions of Oskaloosa News. Written by Brian Rainey on June 1st, 2020. Be a cop You want to make the world and your community a better place? You want to change law enforcement and the way policing is done? […]

Derecho-devastated Iowans wonder when more help will come: ‘This is beyond us’

By Andy Kopsa / For IowaWatch In 2008, residents of Iowa waited a day for a major disaster declaration when an EF-5 tornado struck Parkersburg. That twister cut through Black Hawk and Butler counties, killed nine people and injured dozens. It destroyed nearly 200 homes, totaling several millions of dollars in damages. President George W. […]

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 […]


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