This Saturday more than 350 William Penn students will conclude their college careers when they grace the stage at commencement. As the 2013 graduating class enters the working world seeking success, one of its instructors will be honored for his career of 50 plus years.
According to bullyingstatistics.org, "more than half of all adolescents and teens have been bullied online." But one class at William Penn University is trying to change that. Penn's social media class launched a campaign last week called "Break the Wall".
Mahaska County is home to more than 5,000 persons under the age 18, according to the 2010 census, and those young people are either home-schooled, attend a private school, or are enrolled in the public school system. The education reform bill at the Iowa Legislature would somehow affect all of those education outlets.
Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity will be putting on the finishing touches on its most recent house project on Sunday after receiving a $5,000 grant from Lowe's this past week as part of the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build Program. Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity will be a part of the sixth annual National Women Build Week on Sunday, encouraging women to devote at least on day between May 4 and May 12 to the effort of creating affordable housing. However, men are also invited to attend as the initiative targets women in order to create a more inclusive construction site.
Some in the community are worried that children who currently receive free or reduced lunch during the school year will go hungry once sumer arrives. Even though there is a month left before school is out members of nonprofits met to discuss how they could keep hunger from happening.
Gov. Branstad announced on Wednesday that MidAmerican Energy Company will make a $1.9 billion investment in Iowa targeted for wind energy projects, making it the largest-ever economic investment in the state of Iowa.
Along with education reform, health care and property tax reform are two other issues that are still being discussed at the Iowa Legislature. With the 110-day adjournment set for Friday, May 3, there is still a long way to go for both the Senate and the House to come to an agreement on these issues.
Residents have experienced wild weather this week. On monday the temperature reached a high of 82 degrees only to fall down to 31 degrees by Friday. Coupled with precipitation, Oskaloosans woke up to snow on the ground Friday morning.
Bulky televisions, rusty bikes and other rubbish littered the streets of Oskaloosa this week as part of the annual "City Wide Clean-UP". The free initiative kept city workers busy clearing curbs and hauling away waste, but as CRI's Jason Madison tells us some residents were about to turn one man's trash is another man's treasure.
According to the Iowa Association of Realtors home sales in Iowa have been on the rise, and the same is true for Oskaloosa. According to Broker Chris Roach of Hawkeye Realty, Oskaloosa has seen an 8% increase in the number of homes sold this year compared to this same time last year. I met up with a local realtor to learn more about Oskaloosa's housing market.
Healthy habits made by an elementary school class have turned into a five-hundred-dollar cash prize. Ms. Megan VandeVoort's class of 1st graders participated in the "Live Health Iowa Kids" ten-week wellness challenge from January till April. That required recording thirty to sixty minutes of activity each day in addition to eating healthy.