The State's gender balance law became an issue again at this week's Mahaska County Board of Supervisors Meeting. The supervisors talked about replacing Joe Warrick -- who was appointed in May to the Regional Airport Board -- with former candidate Margaret Ratcliff. This change would satisfy Iowa's Gender Balance Law making the board balanced with three males and three females. Click here for more.
The Oskaloosa Housing Trust Fund board is taking a closer look at the quality and affordability of the city's housing stock. The city asked University of Iowa graduate students to study the types and amount of housing Oskaloosa needs---now that the results are back, a smaller committee of OHTF members is talking about how to encourage new development, and improve the rental options in Oskaloosa.
The Mahaska County Supervisors continue to try to come to terms over gender balance on the Regional Airport Board. At Monday's meeting the board discussed removing Joe Warrick from the Regional Airport Board in order to comply with Iowa law. Click here to find out more.
An easier schedule might be ahead for parents of 4-year-olds. The former elementary school at Webster will now be offering day care services for 4-year-olds before and after their preschool classes. Organizers hope it'll mean more Oskaloosa kids will get to attend state-funded voluntary preschool.
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.
William Penn University has lost one of its most distinguished alumni and namesake of the McCracken Graduate Program of Business Leadership. Dr. Paul McCracken passed away last Friday at the age of 96.
What started as a discussion about whether the Oskaloosa Water Board should be increased, ended with the suggestion that the board should be dissolved completely. Monday's agenda included a resolution to place a referendum on November's ballot so voters can decide if the Oskaloosa Water Board should be increased from three members to five members.
As the drought continues water conservation is becoming a concern in Mahaska County. People in Oskaloosa aren't being asked to conserve water, yet. But thats not the case for New Sharon in Northern Mahaska County. Click here to find out more.
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.