The Rotary Club isn't the only group spreading holiday cheer. The Southern Iowa Economic Development Association, or SIEDA, along with other organizations and agencies, made sure more than 550 Mahaska County children got a present to open for Christmas.
Two trucks a day are shipping mail out of the Oskaloosa Post Office to the central post office in Des Moines until Christmas. The postal service added an extra truck to pick up mail in Oskaloosa last week to keep up with the volume of mail over the holidays.
The Ecumenical Cupboard has been serving the needy in Oskaloosa for more than 25 years. And if you've spent any time at the food bank, you've probably met Shirley Frey. The volunteer co-director has been serving the community since 1997. I stopped by the cupboard to find out how she started volunteering and what motivates her to keep doing good.
Throughout the nation, people have been debating whether increased gun control or an increased focus on mental health issues would have helped prevent the tragedy. What would you do to reduce the risk of another school shooting? CRI's Lucas Burns and Clarissa Molyneux have details in this edition of Oskaloosa Speaks Out.
The snowstorm that swept across the Midwest Wednesday and Thursday got some mixed reviews. Students cheered as school days were canceled all over Iowa but some adults saw the snow as more of a chore. The national weather service reported Oskaloosa received 4 inches of snow. Aaron Riggs was out Thursday morning talking to people whose work kicks into high gear when the first snow falls.
The Law Enforcement Center at 214 High Avenue East will be getting some much needed repairs next year. The local law enforcement held its annual budget meeting this week. One big need for next year - repairs to the 15-year-old heating and cooling system in the facility.
The nation was shocked last Friday when a gunman shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 20 children - all just six or seven years old - as well as six teachers and administrators. As the community mourns, school administrators around the country are revisiting emergency plans, hoping to make sure what happened in Newtown, Connecticut doesn't happen at their schools. I stopped by Oskaloosa Elementary School to see how they're dealing with the tragedy.