Over at the Oskaloosa Middle School, staff and administrators are also gearing up for the upcoming year. The secondary school is entering its second year of Dyad Structure and block scheduling for incoming sixth graders.
The beach at Lake Keomah is slowly getting a face lift. A non-profit volunteer organization called Friends of Keomah has put in the work this year to clean up the beach and bring back the crowds of year's past.
The Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation held its fourth annual Play it Forward event last Friday. MCRF puts the event on each year to gather gently used sports equipment for youth in the community.
Pretty soon Oskaloosa will see some updated transportation rounding the corners in town. The two-year trial period for Oskaloosa's fixed bus route ended in June and organizers are ready to see how this year's ridership turns out.
This week organizers from the United Way of Mahaska County, the Southern Iowa Economic Development Association (SIEDA) and the Salvation Army were busy stuffing school bags with donated supplies for Operation Backpack.