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Public Meets Final Four Police Chief Applicants

Jonathon Butts of Decatur, IL highlighted 29 years of experience with a focus on responsibility, credibility, and accountability, along with integrity and ethics.

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – With long-time Oskaloosa Police Chief Jake McGee set to retire at the end of this month, the search for a new police chief is winding down. In April, it was announced that the search had narrowed to ten individuals after receiving 70 applications. The applicant pool is now even […]

Class Of 2018 Celebrates A Milestone In Life

Jumnan San celebrates after leaving the gymnasium as a graduate of Oskaloosa High School.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa High School Class of 2018 came together for the last time on Sunday afternoon. Outgoing Superintendent Russ Reiter addressed the graduates of 2018. Reiter made reference to past graduation ceremonies when temperatures would rise to uncomfortable levels. This year, air conditioning of the gym was made possible due to renovation […]

Montezuma author fulfills dream with first published novel

Dreams do come true! Just ask Debbie Tindle Parker, a Montezuma author, who after 20-years of writing, re-writing and editing, has released her first novel. The Auctioneer, which was released in February, is a 348-page romantic suspense based in the fictional town of Hope, Iowa. Readers who turn the pages of The Auctioneer will learn […]

Welcome Home: A Salute to Vietnam Veterans

DAR member Connie Van Polen presents Kenneth Mortensen with a book and certificate at Saturday's 'A Salute To Vietnam Veterans'

By Hailey Brown (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – The center court at Penn Central Mall was a hub of activity on Saturday for the annual “Welcome Home & Recognize Vietnam Veterans” event. This year the event was held on Armed Forces Day instead of the traditional date of March 30. Event organizers had something special in mind […]


The Oskaloosa Police Department wants you to know that beginning May 21 and until June 3, 2018 State and local law enforcement agencies across the United States will be stepping up enforcement with the Click It or Ticket campaign. This concentrated effort will be on the lookout for motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts. […]

Fire Damages Oskaloosa Business

Oskaloosa Fire's Tower 6 provides needed light for firefighters as they battled a fire at Clabaugh Enterprises on Friday night. (photo by Ginger Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The 911 call came in that there was a lot of black smoke in the area of South 7th Street, and 10th Avenue East, at approximately 8:15 pm. First responders arrived at Clabaugh Enterprises to find a substantial amount smoke exiting the structure. All firefighters were then paged out, and the new […]

Veterans Affairs Commission Will Increase to Five Members Beginning July 1

Mahaska County Courthouse

By Hailey Brown (MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The absence of Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Doland from did not detour supervisors Henry “Willie” Van Weelden and Mark Groenendyk from business as usual on Wednesday. During the May 16 meeting, the duo voted to approve an increase of representation from three to five members on the Mahaska […]

Gov. Reynolds orders state flags at half-staff to honor school shooting victims

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all state flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to honor the murdered and injured in Friday’s tragedy at Santa Fe High School in Texas. The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s order to […]

Indian Hills Insight

Indian Hills

by Kevin Pink Indian Hills Community College is in its sixth decade of providing post-high school education to residents of the college’s ten-county area and beyond.  Indian Hills, however, is also allowing students still in high school to get a taste of college through the concurrent enrollment program.  And, in significant numbers, high school students […]

OHS Students Recognized For Academic Achievement

Jared Maas accepts the

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Oskaloosa High School Students were recognized for their academic achievements during the 2017-18 school year. Those receiving awards gathered at George Daily Auditorium on Wednesday evening, May 16 at 7 pm. Family, friends, and classmates joined in to honor the work and dedication on display. In addition to the academic awards, scholarships […]


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