Music echoes through the Great Hall in the Penn Activity Center as the band completes one of its songs. Pride of Penn, William Penn University’s marching band, is not a well-known university activity because it is relatively new. The band has played at some Penn sporting events for four years, and as an actual marching band for three of those years.
The 2012 presidential election is less than two months away. While some voters are still undecided, others have their minds made up. For this week's Oskaloosa Speaks Out, we asked residents, "If the election was held today, who would you vote for, and why?" Here's what they had to say:
Mid-American Energy will shut off power to a small portion of Oskaloosa on Wednesday, September 19th from 4:00 AM - 8:00 AM. The outage is scheduled for a half block of downtown between High Ave. and Market St., from Brown's Shoe Fit to Smokey Row.
As a part of the "Positive Behavior Interventions and Support" program, or PBIS, Oskaloosa Elementary students earn tickets when teachers see them practicing good behavior skills. For instance, holding a door for a classmate or standing still while in line for lunch.
Late summer is when we start seeing a jump in West Nile Virus cases---and even though about ten people in Iowa have tested positive for West Nile this year, Mahaska County has been spared. Public Health Coordinator Patty Malloy says the hot, dry summer has been tough on mosquitoes.
The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors addressed several items at the Monday, September 17th meeting including Pathfinders funding, approving a committee for the southeast connector route study, and selling county land to make room for a bigger parking lot at CableVey. Click here for more details about what happened at the meeting.
The mammoths discovered at a site in Mahaska County belong to different species. One is a Woolly mammoth, the other is a Columbian mammoth, according to the University of Iowa scientists and naturalists leading the dig. Professor Emeritus Holmes Semken told CRI that this is a big development---finding two different species together is rare. He mentioned that Woolly mammoth bones and Columbian mammoth bones had only been found together at one other spot in the U-S, to his knowledge; at a mammoth site in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
The Oskaloosa Public Library welcomed new director William Ottens this week. It had been without a full-time director since July. The library held a Meet and Greet for Ottens Thursday evening and as CRI's A.J. Hodgeman reports, Ottens isn't what you'd expect in a librarian.