Category archives for: Arts and Education

McGriff New Business Manager at North Mahaska

by RD Keep NEW SHARON – North Mahaska has a familiar face overseeing the school district’s finances. Sarah McGriff, a former student, was sworn in by school board president Dirk Wilkin Aug. 17. She replaces long-time business manager Cindy Quang, who moved to Nebraska this summer. McGriff is a 2012 graduate of North Mahaska and […]

Central College Plans Class of 2020 Commencement in September

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PELLA, IA (09/03/2020) Central College is planning to recognize its Class of 2020 with an in-person commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium. Commencement scheduled in May was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be livestreamed and available here beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 […]


Freeport, IL, Sept. 4, 2020: A newly constructed Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is now open in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The 76-room property is located at 2325 Coal Mine Loop in the Gateway Commercial Park at the southwest corner of Highway 92 and Gateway Drive. The opening is announced by Swift Hospitality Group, Inc. (SHG), […]

Photographer Ken Prince visits IHCC

Indian Hills

Ken Prince returns to Indian Hills Community College with his photography exhibit “It’s About The Light.” This first exhibit of 2020-21 runs from Monday, September 14 through Thursday, October 29 in the Indian Hills Art Gallery which is located in the campus library on the Ottumwa campus. There will be an opportunity to meet Ken […]

The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra presents Music On the Green

Indian Hills

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra presents Music On the Green on Sunday, September 13 at 5:30 pm. on the Marge Dodd Stage at Indian Hills Community College. This is a family-friendly free concert, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic basket to the beautiful Indian Hills campus.  Masks and […]


The Exchange for Entrepreneurs is holding another story-telling event on August 12 at 6:30 p.m. Exchange’s story-telling events showcase area businesses, their owners, and the entrepreneurial path taken. This week’s event is being hosted by “The Muse Music Store.” Owner Ashley Schultz will share her story, her inspiration, passion, and pitfalls. Exchange members as well […]

FACE of Mahaska County opens Sculpture Workshop

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FACE (Fine Arts & Cultural Events) of Mahaska County is excited to announce the opening of a Sculpture Workshop as an expansion of the Oskaloosa Art Center. The workshop is located at the corner of South Market Street and 9th Avenue East. A mural on the building is highly visible from Market Street and has […]

William Penn University Receives Build with Bags Grant

Penn Hall on the campus of William Penn University celebrated 100 years of serving the students during Homecoming 2017.

DES MOINES, Iowa –William Penn University located in Oskaloosa, Iowa, will soon have several new park benches courtesy of the Build with Bags grant program. The Iowa Grocery Industry Association announced today that the plastic bag recycling program, being led by Iowa grocers, has awarded the William Penn University, $2,000 to purchase five new park […]

Central College Adds Two Members to Board of Trustees

PELLA, IA (07/07/2020) Central College has announced changes to its Board of Trustees, including the addition of two new members and the retirement of two others. Mike Van Voorst and Christine Epperly Ieuter were elected as new members, beginning their terms July 1. Karin Peterson and John Schmidt retired as members of the board. Board […]

Leah VanLoon, ARNP Joins Mahaska Health Care Team

MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health is pleased to welcome Leah VanLoon, ARNP as a new Walk-In and Primary Care provider. Leah is from the Eddyville area and joins Mahaska Health with 16 years of prior nursing experience, most recently serving as a Nursing Supervisor at ChildServe in Johnston, Iowa. She began her nursing education at Indian Hills […]


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