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Hafner Steps Down as Head Football Coach

William Penn Football Head Coach Todd Hafner (file)

Oskaloosa–William Penn University Athletics Director Nik Rule has announced that the department has accepted the resignation of Todd Hafner as head coach of the Statesmen football team. “We would like to thank Coach Hafner for his years of service to William Penn University and our football program; he has been a dedicated servant-leader to his […]

Supervisors Canvas November 8th Election

Mahaska County Courthouse

by Ken Allsup November 15, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday afternoon to canvas and certify the election results from the November 8th, 2022, election. Interim Mahaska County Auditor Jody Van Patten and Deputy Auditor Teresa Paige presented the final vote count. There were no significant changes to the […]

Vaughan Settles Into Role As Oskaloosa Fire Chief

Oskaloosa Fire Chief Scott Vaughan

by Ken Allsup November 14, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa Fire Department has a new face in the department. Well, not so terribly new, as Scott Vaughan has been serving Oskaloosa since March of 2022. Oskaloosa News sat down with Vaughan recently to catch up with the new Chief and see how his transition […]

Rural Fremont Man Passes Away In Two Vehicle Crash

Mahaska County Sheriff's Department

A Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Press Release On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 3000 block of Highway 23 in reference to a 2 vehicle accident. Upon Deputy’s arrival, it was discovered that 22-year-old Morgan Sanders, of rural Fremont, Iowa, had passed away from […]

North Mahaska Schools Evacuated

North Mahaska Warhawks

NEW SHARON – Students, staff and faculty were evacuated just before school began Monday morning. Members of the New Sharon Fire Department and MidAmerican Energy responded to the call about 7:40 a.m. Upon staff arrival at school Monday morning several staff members reported the scent of gas. MidAmerican Energy, New Sharon Fire Department, and Mahaska […]

Oskaloosa’s Downtown Light Display Comes On This Coming Saturday

After the crowd went home, the lights continued to shine, and are scheduled to be on every evening through the holiday season.

Oskaloosa Main Street is excited to announce the Turn on the Lights to take place in downtown Oskaloosa on Saturday, November 19. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 8:00 p.m. The lights will be turned on by our Citizen of the Year, Scottie Moore at 6:00 p.m. Painting with Lights is […]

Veterans Honored In Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa Police Officer Arriesgado (submitted photo)

by Ken Allsup November 12, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The 11th Day, of the 11th Month, on the 11th hour, the First World War ended in 1918, and by an act of Congress became known as Armistice Day in 1926. The day would eventually become a national holiday in 1938 and is now a solemn […]

Oskaloosa Fire Shares Tips To Help Stay Safe This Winter

This home located at 510 North C in Oskaloosa was heavily damaged in an overnight fire.

by Ken Allsup November 9, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The winter months in Iowa can provide beauty but can come with hazards from the cold. There are some hazards to staying warm in your home, such as space heaters and extension cords that may become overloaded. The Oskaloosa Fire Department wants you to be safe […]

Council Getting Closer To Adopting the 2022 Comprehensive Plan

An aerial view of Oskaloosa, Iowa taken October of 2014.

by Ken Allsup November 8, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met in a regular session on Monday evening at city hall. Charlie Cowel from RDG Planning & Design made a presentation to the Council about the progress of the comprehensive plan, which he states is nearly ready for adoption by the Council. […]

Supervisors Approve Preliminary Agreement For Highway 63 Bypass

Potential U.S. Highway 63 bypass of Oskaloosa.

by Ken Allsup November 8th, 2022 Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Monday morning, November 7th. The Supervisors approved a new 28E agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for a driver’s license station inside the Treasurer’s office at the Mahaska County Courthouse. This agreement is a […]


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