Officials are anticipating a longer than expected timeline before the proposed regional airport is up and running. Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock told the city council on Monday that the consulting firm Snyder and Associates reassessed the timeline and now believes the airport will be operating in 2021.
The City of Oskaloosa is reinstating an annual "Spring Cleaning" week. Residents will be able to throw away large home appliances, furniture, and other trash not suitable for regular garbage collection.
The board of supervisors voted to appoint Mark Doland to the mental health regionalization advisory committee. This is part of an ongoing effort to reorganize mental health services across Iowa. The committee is temporary until the counties that make up the region form a 28-E agreement to share mental health resources. After that a governing board will be created.
The issue of expanding Medicaid coverage to more people in Iowa is still a hot topic at the Iowa Statehouse this legislative session. The Iowa Senate, where democrats hold the majority, passed a bill this week that expands Medicaid coverage, but the issue is far from over.
Gun control, Medicaid and the federal budget deficit were some of the topics Sen. Chuck Grassley addressed in his town-hall meeting at Smokey Row on Tuesday. Grassley fielded questions for an hour from a crowd of around 85 people.
An effort to fix one road in Oskaloosa could affect your daily commute. The South 7th Street Rehabilitation Project will soon close the street from the intersections of A Avenue to 6th Avenue. The project was approved by the City Council on Monday. It is set to begin sometime this month.
Mahaska Health Partnership wants to add two deputy medical examiners to the county medical examiners' list, as well as three medical examiner investigators. The deputy examiners are physicians in MHP's emergency room and will help the county medical examiner with duties such as determining a cause of death. Medical Investigators have a different purpose.
An informational meeting about a regional airport project has been scheduled for the middle of April. That was decided as area residents had a chance to ask questions of the South Central Regional Airport Agency on Tuesday. Supporters say the nearly $30 million project is vital for keeping jobs and strong commerce in the area.
Members of Oskaloosa's RAGBRI Committee are busy gearing up for the statewide cycling event. RAGBRAI stands for the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Tuesday RAGBRI officials from Des Moines stopped through Oskaloosa to discuss specifics
William Penn University faculty and students learned this week that when it comes to Evangelism, you should always "show and tell." That was the message from Jim Le Shana on Tuesday as he delivered his speech titled "The Forgotten Quaker Distinctive.” He did that as part of the fourth annual Ercil and Maxine Beane lecture series held at the university.
This week, students enrolled in Oskaloosa schools took the Iowa Assessments test. That test replaced the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills starting last year. The test is used to collect data on how well students are learning and for the schools themselves to be graded by the federal government as required by the No Child Left Behind law.
Oskaloosa High School received a visit from a famous artist on Wednesday. Artist Ben Victor is working on a sculpture of Iowan Norman Borlaug. Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work to end world hunger by creating new strains of drought resistant wheat. Victor was chosen by the Borlaug Statue Committee to create the sculpture that will be displayed in Washington DC