Osakloosa, Mahaska County, and Pella, Iowa are putting together a team in charge of building a new regional airport. The regional airport board will include 3 people selected by Pella's City Council, 2 selected by Oskloosa, and 1 representative appointed by the Mahaska County Supervisors.
A local church is celebrating a century in Oskaloosa. CRI spent some time with Pastor Don DeGlopper of Central Reformed Church and saw how his congregation is honoring the past while looking to the future.
This month, Mahaska Health Partnership is encouraging residents to sign up to be organ or tissue donors. The hospital has launched a campaign to raise awareness about donation. CRI's Maureen McKamey spoke to a bone marrow transplant recipient and the chief officer of nursing at MHP about how donating organs and tissues can help save lives.
Mahaska County voters will go to the polls for Primary elections on June 5th. CRI is continuing our primary coverage-- interviewing the auditor, sheriff, and supervisor candidates. This week CRI's Jon Hoffmann sat down with County Sheriff incumbent Paul DeGeest. DeGeest is running on the Democratic ticket and has been Mahaska County's sheriff for the past 8 years.
Oskaloosa High School is changing the way it does gym class. CRI's Amy Langdon has more on how some teachers are hoping a new fitness room will help transition high school students into fit and healthy adults.
Mahaska County is mourning the loss of 10-year-old T.J. Goomaat of rural New Sharon. TJ lost his battle with cancer last Sunday. The Goemaat family has received an outpouring of support in recent months.
William Penn football coach Todd Hafner has reported that undrafted Statesmen football player Damon Harrison will still get a chance to live out his gridiron dream as he signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets. More information to come...
Oskaloosa Police say Saturday morning's prescription drug take-back was a success. According to Officer Charlie Valentine people dropped off 50 lbs. of unused and expired prescription drugs during the four-hour event in the Mahaska Drug parking lot. He says, "Any day you can get 50 lbs. of drugs off the streets it's a good day. Especially when you're used to only getting grams at a time." More people showed up this time than two years ago. This year, about one every five minutes for four hours, Valentine estimates. He's planning another take-back this September or October.
Eveland Access Campground has kicked off its season-- coming off a record setting year in 2011. Last year Mahaska County's only pay-to-stay campground rented out a total of 1,100 campsites bringing in $11,000. But that was just enough to cover the cost of maintenance and utilities.