Flu activity is on the rise in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced that 480 Iowans have been hospitalized for influenza through the first week of January. That's three times higher than the typical flu season.
It's down to three locations for the regional airport. The South Central Regional Airport Agency, made up of representatives from Oskaloosa, Pella and Mahaska County, hired a consulting firm to help the board select a site for the airport.
The United Way of Mahaska County's annual fundraising campaign is coming to a close but Executive Director Brianne Fitzgerald says it's not too late to give. Last year, local businesses and individuals donated Four hundred and twenty five thousand dollars and this year, Fitzgerald hopes to top that. The money will then be distributed to local non-profits to meet educational, health, or financial needs.
It's the first week at the Iowa Legislature and two new people represent Mahaska County at the Capitol in Des Moines. Former County Supervisor Ken Rozenboom just started his service as a state senator. Larry Sheets was elected in November to represent the western portion of Mahaska County in the Iowa House of Representatives. State Representative Guy Vander Linden from Oskaloosa is the veteran of the delegation from Mahaska County. He's starting his second term.
It's been more than a month since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School took the lives of 26 students, teachers and administrators, and schools around the country are still working to make sure something like Sandy Hook, doesn't happen at their schools. The issue came up at Tuesday's school board meeting. School board member Nik Rule says he's received more than two dozen phone calls and emails from parents worried about the safety of Oskaloosa Schools.