United Way of Mahaska County is partnering again with the Southern Iowa Economic Development Association (SIEDA), and the Salvation Army, to bring back 'Operation Backpack.' Operation Backpack provides school supplies and backpacks for students in need in the county.
The Mahaska County YMCA is asking the city council to become a financial partner. The YMCA offers fitness programs, youth and adult sports, and aquatic recreation programs it says are critical needs in the community.
An 18 year old man is back behind bars after attempting to escape custody while at a doctor's appointment. According to a press release from the Mahaska County Jail, inmate Martell Lamar Tillman-Hollinshed was in Dr. Karen Spahr's office at 1417 A Ave East in Oskaloosa. He was waiting for his scheduled appointment.
Three Oskaloosa families are receiving support from the community. Tyler Zickefoose, Cole Nilson, and Brandt Ringgenberg, were all recently involved in separate serious accidents. But the community has responded with multiple benefits and charity events over the last couple of months.