The regular basketball season is wrapping up for W-P-U with one game left on the men and women's schedules. The Statesmen had to knock off Viterbo Wednesday night to solidify their chances for a top seed in the men's conference tournament.
Oskaloosa is at the front of state legislator's minds after being lobbied by local leaders this week. Members from the Mahaska Community Development Group (MCDG) traveled to the statehouse on Tuesday to talk about Oskaloosa, its industries, and Highway 63. And while that group influenced the lawmakers with their words, another local group did it with their music.
Despite the snow, Oskaloosa Community Members had a chance to work on their short game this past weekend. The 3rd Annual Osky Winter Open was held at Penn Central Mall Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15.
Mahaska County farmers are currently coping with the cold, waiting for warmer temperatures this spring. So with work somewhat frozen until planting season one young farmer from Rose Hill, IA is busy developing research that may change the agriculture business.
Oskaloosa's animal shelter is in need of improvements. That's what shelter director Lindsey Sime recently told the city council. But the shelter's board is not asking to revitalize the current facility, instead it wants to build a new facility at a new site. But to get that done the shelter needs financial assistance from the city.
Coming up this Friday is the Christian School's 'Bids for Kids' Auction. That fundraiser is held every year to raise money for the Christian School to purchase non-budgeted items such as text books, teacher materials, and technology.
The water department says its been busy this winter patching more than 25 leaks in it's water system. The department fixes on average 30-40 leaks in year. The spike in leaks this winter is due to cold temperatures that have frozen the ground two to three feet down. That's caused the soil to shift and leaks to occur. CRI met up with one crew to learn what it takes to keep your faucet flowing.
The city and water department have yet to find ways to cut costs and share more services. Last year, a study was conducted by a firm from Des Moines to recommend how the two agencies can be more efficient by sharing services. The study pointed out that by implementing nine recommendations the taxpayer could save an estimated $380,000.