Mahaska Now! – December 2nd, 2019

Local News

*This is the week for the annual Oskaloosa Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled to begin at 7 pm on Saturday. Find out more detailed information from the visitors guide available here. PDF Download

*Things are changing at Oskaloosa News. Our print edition will be phased out soon. Our final printed version will be the December 31st edition, which will be our year in review.

This new column will continue to evolve into a live broadcast featuring Mahaska County, from its residents to institutions, and government.

State News

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Paul Ahlers to the Iowa Court of Appeals. Ahlers is from Fort Dodge and is a district court judge for District 2B.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds also extended two proclamations relating to the transportation of grain and the hours of service for the delivery of propane.

These proclamations apply to loads transported on all highways within the State of Iowa, for those not exceeding 90,000 pounds.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said that the soybean harvest in Iowa is officially complete, “but farmers are still working on getting corn out of the fields.”

According to Naig, 86 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, which is ten days behind last year.

National News

*Joe Sestak has dropped out of the race for President. “I want to thank you for the honor of running for President of the United States of America. It has been an endeavor filled with immeasurable wisdom, passions, humor, and insights to, and from, the people of America. I have “lived America.”

Sestak visited Oskaloosa on September 19th, 2019. You can watch the video of his speech here – Oskaloosa News Video

*Two separate shootings in the New Orleans area early Sunday morning caused widespread confusion as details were slow to emerge.

One shooting in the French Quarter left 10 injured, but no deaths reported.

Later, two were killed and two other wounded in a shooting that authorities do not believe was connected to the first.

As of publication, no arrests, suspects, or warrants had been announced.

*American corporations are collectively $10 trillion of debt on their balance sheets, representing 47% of GDP.

They’ve been bolstered by a long run of historically low-interest rates and tax incentives that have encouraged robust growth.

*The Chinese government is exploiting new Face ID technology on phones to build a database of images of all cell phone users in the country.

A new law will require people who get a new cell phone to submit a scan of their face from the phone and match it to their new phone number, expanding on an already well-established database of whos-who.

*A man released from prison last December for a 2012 al Qaeda-linked bomb plot killed two people in a knife attack in London on Friday.

Bystanders subdued the attacker, Usman Khan, who was shot dead by police.

As part of Khan’s release from prison, he was ordered to not step foot in London. Though his identification was screened and flagged, he was able to exploit a loophole in the law by saying he was attending a “prisoner rehabilitation conference” in the area, The Sun reports.

*Starting today, the House Intelligence Committee will have 24 hours to review its formal report about President Trump’s efforts to investigate the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine. If approved by the intel committee tomorrow, it will be the framework the Judiciary Committee uses to draw up articles of impeachment.

*Joe Biden had hairy legs that kids would play with while he was lifeguarding.

Video of Biden sharing the bizarre story went viral over the weekend; it appears to be from the same event from earlier in the year that detailed his throwdown with someone named “Corn Pop.”

In this excerpt, Biden explains:

“By the way, you know I sit on the stand and it’d get hot. I got a lot of — I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun … And the kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and then watch the hair come back up again.”

*President Trump headed to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving, serving dinner and spending time with American troops stationed there.

The whole operation was shrouded in secrecy. A decoy motorcade even headed to his golf course and press who joined on the military plane — not the typical presidential jet — weren’t told where they were going until just two hours before touching down.

*No winner for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tuesday’s drawing will be for a $266 million jackpot or a $182.3 million cash payout.

*Weekend Box Office

10. Last Christmas: $1.98 million (down from 9)
9. Joker: $2 million (up from 10)
8. Midway: $3.95 million (down from 5)
7. Playing with Fire: $4 million (down from 6)
6. 21 Bridges: $5.8 million (down from 4)
5. Queen & Slim: $11.7 million (new)
4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: $11.8 million (down from 3)
3. Ford v Ferrari: $13.2 million (down from 2)
2. Knives Out: $27 million (new)
1. Frozen II: $85.3 million (stayed at 1)

*Pat Sajak made his first public appearance since undergoing emergency surgery last month. The “Wheel of Fortune” host attended the Washington Capitals’ game against the Tampa Bay Lightning over the weekend. He was joined by daughter Maggie.

In early November it was announced that Vanna White would take over hosting duties as Sajak recovered.

Day Of The Year

Business of Popping Corn Day
Cyber Monday
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
National Fritters Day
Safety Razor Day
Play Basketball Day
National Mutt Day
Special Education Day

On This Date
*1845 – President Polk addresses Congress, calling for further Westward Expansion in the spirit of the Monroe Doctrine.

James Monroe, who was Polk’s predecessor in the White House, argued to remove European influences in the country and surrounding territory. Both presidents were for a strong, aggressive nation responsible for its own future without the help of European superpowers.

Polk’s policy agenda included acquiring California and making the southern border of the US the Rio Grande River.

*1961 – Fidel Castro publicly explains his support for Marxist-Leninist philosophy.

This came on the heels of his increasingly strained relations with the US, and Castro wanted the world to know just whose side he was on. While some at the time thought the dictator was just stunting so that the Soviets would support him, Castro remained a staunch communist throughout his years of control.

Castro held on to power until 2006, when his younger brother Raul took the reins of Cuba.

*2001 – Energy giant Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The move instigated one of the largest corporate scandals to ever rock the US.

Enron got in trouble for its creative — and illegal — accounting practices that defrauded shareholders and employees. The company’s stock price dropped from $90 a share in mid-2000 to less than a dollar by December 2001.

Sports

*Oskaloosa Girls Basketball defeated Centerville 61-58.

*Central Men’s Basketball defeats Gustavus Adolphus College 89-79 in overtime on Saturday night.

*#6 William Penn, Men’s Basketball, defeated Grand View 101-71 in the historic Toilet Paper game on Tuesday night.

*#14 Indian Hills moved to 8-2 on the season with a win #21 Moberly Area.

Weather

The weather for Monday shows a high of 38 degrees with a low of 28 degrees and a zero percent chance of precipitation.

A warm-up for Tuesday is in store, with a high of 46 degrees and a low of 29 degrees. There is currently a zero percent chance of precipitation in the Tuesday forecast.

Upcoming Events

*Holiday Window Decorating Contest is scheduled for December 2nd through December 7th. Contact Oskaloosa Main Street for more details.

*Oskaloosa Kiwanis Meeting

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
December 2, 2019
William Penn University

*Young Ambassador Crowning

6:00 PM-7:00 PM
December 2, 2019
Penn Central Mall

200 High Ave W, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

*The Oskaloosa Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade is December 7th, with the parade scheduled to take place at 7 pm.

*The Oskaloosa Public Library will host a book sale from December 2nd through December 7th in Room A/B on the third floor of the Library.

There will also be CDs and DVDs, including audiobooks, for sale.

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