The effects of the drought are reaching far beyond Mahaska County - now they're an international concern. Xinhua News Agency came to Mahaska County this week to report on the crop conditions. It's the largest news organization in China and the official press agency of the People's Republic of China. The crew met with Iowa Soybean Association president-elect Mark Jackson. Click here for more.
Tune in to MCG Channel 12 tonight at 8:00 for a special program covering Obama's visit to Oskaloosa today, plus a look back at some of the issues he addressed during campaign stops here in 2007. There will also be some input from Romney supporters who came through town Tuesday morning to talk about campaign issues.The program will be availabe on the website after 9:00 p.m.
Tassel Ridge Winery is only days away from harvesting grapes. The vines got off to a rough start after temperatures dropped below freezing this spring, but recovered surprisingly well this summer. Click here for more.
Oskaloosa's library is making progress toward finding a new director. Interim Library Director Michael Schrock says 12 people have applied for the position and the board is bringing five in for interviews.
Local gymnasts have been training at Transform Academy for more than a month. According to the academy's owner Megan Slay, "things have really taken off." Even though this is the Oskaloosan's first business venture, attendance is high.
School starts in less than a month, and if you have back-to-school shopping to do, later this week might be a good time to do it. Iowa's 13th Annual Tax Free Holiday will be in affect Friday, August 3rd and Saturday August 4th. That means the sales tax on certain items, like clothing and shoes, will be waived for those two days.
Brown's Shoe Fit Co. Manager Brian Meyers says the two days of tax exemption have been big for the company in the past---since most shoes are tax-free during the holiday, he says he's expecting a lot of back to school shoppers.
For a complete list of which items are tax exempt on Friday and Saturday (and which items are still taxable), visit this website.
Oskaloosa's 13-year-old Babe Ruth team is off to a good start after winning its first tournament game Wednesday in Gering, Nebraska. The young Osky Maroon team beat the hometown Gering team 10-0 in six innings (Babe Ruth games are seven innings, but the "10 run rule" cut it short).
The 2012 drought is becoming more than just a local concern for farmers. Today Xinhua News Agency came to Mahaska County to report on crop conditions. Xinhua News Agency is the largest news agency in China and the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China. Click here for more photos and facts on exported crops.