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First Responders Search The River For The Third Time In As Many Weeks

Oskaloosa Firefighters search the banks of the South Skunk River on Saturday afternoon.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – A passing motorist spotted an overturned flat bottom boat in the South Skunk River just after 12:30 pm on Saturday afternoon. Mahaska County Deputy Randy Poe said that resources were then activated to make sure that no one was in the water from the overturned boat. A short time after that another […]

Supervisors Say They Will Block Emergency Radio System If EMA/911 Don’t Comply

Mahaska County Emergency Management Commission Meeting for June 21, 2018.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Emergency Management Agency gathered for their regular meeting Thursday evening. Mahaska County Sheriff and Chairman of Mahaska County Emergency Management Commission Russ Van Renterghem said that he received a petition on Thursday from the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors. Dustin Hite of the Mahaska County 911 board also received […]

Area Youth Explore the World of Wildlife

Jr. Naturalist day campers make their own t-shirts June 21 at Russell Wildlife. Photo by Hailey Brown

By Hailey Brown (New Sharon, Iowa) – Children in Mahaska County got a closer look at nature last week during the Jr. Naturalist Day Camp at Russell Wildlife Center in New Sharon. “Where the Wild Things Are” was the theme during the annual summer camp June 26–28, where children were able to learn about wildlife […]

Mahaska County Representative Rejoins Airport Board

An aerial view of the land that might be impacted by a new regional airport. (file photo)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The South Central Regional Airport Agency held their quarterly meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Mahaska County representative Joe Warrick rejoined the board. A move set in motion by Mahaska County Supervisors Chair Henry ‘Willie’ Van Weelden. The first item on the agenda was the approval of the minutes from the February 27, 2018 […]

One Killed In Overnight Fire

One person lost their life in an overnight fire in this garage.

A New Sharon Fire Department Press Release ***Update June 25, 2018 from New Sharon Fire Chief Josh Crouse*** The victim from the 06/22/2018 garage fire has been identified as Karen Bunting, 61 of New Sharon, Iowa. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No further information is planned for release at this time. On […]

Oskaloosa Rental Housing Inspection Program Registration and Informational Meetings

Oskaloosa City Hall

The City of Oskaloosa’s Rental Housing Inspection Program is undergoing a few administrative changes. The most significant change to the program is that now landlords only have to file property registrations and fees at the time of inspection. This is a change – landlords do not need to file property registrations annually. Registrations will be […]

Iowan’s Shocked By Act Of Violence Come Together To Work For A Solution

Cobra Druliner (left) with his mother Jennifer Miller (center) at In The Flesh Tattoo.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – A viral video on Facebook brought many different emotions to those that saw it. The video featured 15-year-old Cobra Druliner being struck in the head by another underage male. Iowan’s came together to show support for Cobra, and to ask what they could do to help prevent such acts of violence or […]

Road Construction In Mahaska County

Mahaska County

To the residents and business in and around Mahaska County Construction on T-65 or Oxford Ave from the Lacey Hwy. G-29 east of Lacey southwesterly to the Mahaska County Rural Water Plant, is scheduled to begin the last week of June, weather depending. If Construction is held up due to weather the likely starting date […]


It’s nearly time again for Christmas in July! Join Oskaloosa Main Street downtown for this unseasonal holiday celebration! Kick off the day from 9 AM – 1 PM with a stop by The Alley to shop the pop-up craft and product vendor show. Shortly after the show begins, fun family and children’s games will begin […]

City Council Appoints Drost To Fill Vacancy

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met in regular session on Monday evening, The council approved appointing a new member after long-time city council member Tom Jimenez resigned because he was moving from his ward. The council received applications from Shane Blanchard, Bob Drost, and Wyatt Russell. Drost was appointed to fill the vacancy […]


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