Retiring Kasey Kahne turned down Stewart-Haas NASCAR team approach

Retiring NASCAR Cup driver Kasey Kahne turned down an approach from leading team Stewart-Haas Racing for 2019.  Autosport revealed earlier this month that Kurt Busch and sponsor Monster Energy will be leaving SHR to replace Jamie McMurray at Ganassi next season.  Kahne, who has ended up at the midfield Leavine Family Racing team this season after losing his Hendrick seat, announced on Thursday that he will retire from full-time NASCAR racing despite his current team offering him a new two-year deal.  Multiple sources have confirmed that SHR recently approached Kahne about Busch’s seat, but Kahne said he had already made up his mind about retiring.  A spokesperson for Kahne declined to comment on the SHR interest.  In his retirement message on social media, Kahne said he had “thought about this decision for many months, if not longer”.

Human remains found Tuesday at the creek where teenager Jake Wilson was last seen

Recreational kayakers’ discovered human remains in an area of Jake’s hometown authorities said they had searched more than a dozen times. Those remains were found Tuesday in and around Wolf Creek.  Jake, an autistic teenager, told his family he was going for a walk near the creek before he vanished April 7.  Authorities declined to say Thursday exactly where the remains were found. Investigators with the FBI and the state medical examiner’s office were assisting local authorities in forensically processing the area that search crews had combed up to 30 times previously.  “If this is Jake, it’s not enough to (just) recover him for this family,” Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said during a news conference in the city’s fire station. “We want to know how” he died.

La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher said it could take a couple of weeks to get DNA testing results from the remains. When asked if the remains could be those of Jake, Brecher said told reporters: “With what we have found, it’s consistent (with) what we’re looking for.”  The remains were found downstream from where Jake was expected to have gone that evening, officials said.   Since the remains were found, authorities have been working to clear the area to locate, hopefully, more definitive evidence.   Brecher said the creek’s water level has lowered substantially since Wilson, 16, disappeared, and authorities believe that is what allowed the kayakers to make their discovery. Later in the news conference, the sheriff also mentioned the changes in the creek’s conditions, adding: “Why we didn’t find it very early on, I don’t know.”

August 17th: On this day

On this day in 2014 Johnny Cash’s childhood home was opened to the public as part of a drive to revitalise the Arkansas town where he grew up. The Cash family moved to the house in Dyess in 1935, when Johnny was three, as part of a government drive to help families after the Great Depression. The five-room wooden home had been refurbished and featured the family’s piano as well as other period items.

Colorado husband charged in killing of pregnant wife, 2 young daughters after they were reported missing

A Colorado man has been charged in connection with the killing of his pregnant wife and two young daughters after the mother and their little girls went missing earlier this week. Shanann Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the couple’s daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, were reported missing Monday by a family friend, according to police in Frederick, about 35 miles north of Denver. The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation joined local police on the missing persons case, and authorities Wednesday night announced the arrest of Watts’ husband, Chris Watts. Family friends who stood by the husband said they were shocked to hear of his arrest. Chris Watts had initially told reporters that his wife, 34, disappeared without a trace, leaving her purse and keys at home. Yesterday he confessed to killing all three of them and told authorities he could take them to where he buried the bodies. The bodies of all three females have been recovered and identified. Chris Watts, 33, was booked on three counts each of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Aretha Franklin dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76

Aretha Franklin, whose riveting voice made her a titan of American music, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 on Thursday, her niece, Sabrina Owens confirmed.  Her death follows several years of painstakingly concealed medical issues, which led to regular show cancellations and extended absences from the public eye.  Franklin was one of the transcendent cultural figures of the 20th Century. Raised on an eclectic musical diet of gospel, R&B, classical and jazz, she blossomed out of her father’s Detroit church to become the most distinguished female black artist of all time, breaking boundaries while placing nearly 100 hits on Billboard’s R&B chart — 20 of them reaching No. 1.  The Queen of Soul, as she was coronated in the 1960s, leaves a sprawling legacy of classic songs that includes “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Baby I Love You,” “Angel,” “Think,” “Rock Steady,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Freeway of Love,” along with a bestselling gospel catalog.

Born in Memphis on March 25, 1942, Franklin moved at age 4 to Detroit when her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, took over duties at New Bethel Baptist Church. Turmoil set in early: Her mother left Detroit for Buffalo, N.Y., when Aretha was 6, and died four years later.

Still, Franklin grew up in an environment ideal for nurturing her skills. Her charismatic father was a preacher and singer with a national reputation, with sermons that became top-selling records and a gospel revue that toured the country. That brought important musical figures into the young singer’s orbit, including household guests such as James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King and Sam Cooke. Growing up on Detroit’s northwest side, she was a childhood friend of Smokey Robinson.

She became a singing prodigy at New Bethel, and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma, also honed their gospel skills. But it was Aretha who steadily emerged as the standout, and by age 14 she was accompanying her father on his gospel travels.

August 16th: On this day

On this day in 1977 Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden; he had been seated on the toilet reading The Scientific Search For Jesus. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. The most significant pop artist of the 20th century, the beginning and end of his career are grounded in country. He entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

OCSD Board Announces Finalists for Superintendent of Schools

(Oskaloosa, IA) – The Oskaloosa School District Board of Education has announced two finalists for district superintendent. The finalists are Paula Wright, Superintendent of Schools in Chariton, Iowa; and Todd Meyer, Superintendent of Schools in Jackson County, Minnesota.

The public is invited to the Candidate Meet and Greet Community Forums, scheduled to take place on Monday, April 30 at the Oskaloosa Elementary School Commons at 1801 Orchard Ave.

5:30 p.m. Paula Wright, Superintendent of Chariton Community School District

6:30 p.m. Todd Meyer, Superintendent of Jackson County Central School District

Attendees may complete candidate impression forms to share input with the board to assist in their final decision. Candidates’ resumes, are available on the Oskaloosa Community Schools Website at http://www.oskaloosa.k12.ia.us/.


Paula Wright is currently serving as the Superintendent for the Chariton Community School District in Chariton, Iowa. She studied Educational Leadership at Iowa State University, completing her Certificate of Advanced Studies in 2005. Paula earned a Master of Science Degree from Drake University in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Simpson College in Elementary and Special Education. Paula has teaching experience in Special Education, 2nd, and 4th grades and had previously served as an Elementary Principal for nine years prior to assuming the Superintendent role in 2007. In her free time she enjoys quilting, swimming, bicycling, and spending time with family and friends. Paula is grateful for the opportunity to explore what the Oskaloosa School District has to offer and is excited for the possibility of helping the Oskaloosa School District foster an environment where all students can embrace the power of learning.


Todd Meyer is the current Superintendent at Jackson County Central School District in Jackson, Minnesota. He has led the district for 10 years. Prior to that, Mr. Meyer served for three years as the Superintendent at Nicollet School District in Nicollet, Minnesota. During his career, he has been a High School Principal, Middle School Principal, and K-12 Principal in Pipestone and Nicollet, Minnesota; and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Before going into administration, Mr. Meyer taught High School Social Studies for 12 years in Watertown, South Dakota; and in Farmington and Northfield, Minnesota. He was born and raised in Spencer, Iowa and got his educational degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Each of the finalists will spend the day visiting the Oskaloosa Area School District and participating in a series of meetings with district employees and community members. The board will also interview the finalists for a second time during their visit to the district and plans to discuss final candidate selection on Monday evening after completing the interview process and reviewing stakeholder feedback.

The finalist announcement is the culmination of a comprehensive search conducted by the board with the assistance of the search firm, Ray and Associates. The search process included many hours of reviewing application materials, interviewing semifinalist candidates and carefully assessing the qualification of candidates in relation to the candidate profile determined by the board, district employees, and community members. The board evaluated 11 applicants from a pool of 46 from across the country, and interviewed six semi-finalists before narrowing the search to the two finalists.

Oskaloosa Indians Track & Field, Golf Recaps

Oskaloosa Boys Golf Team Recap

The Osky boys golf team played in a 20-team field and finished in 5th place which is a solid finish. Spencer Tucker finished as the runner-up and Hogan Rockhold finished tied for 4th out of around 110 players. It is Hogan’s career low round.

Full results weren’t available, so here are Oskaloosa’s scores:

  • Spencer Tucker 76
  • Hogan Rockhold 79
  • Austin Hafner 84
  • Noah Van Veldhuizen 93
  • Joe Glasgow 101
  • Carter Parks 110
  • Team: 332 (5th place)

Oskaloosa Track & Field Recap

In track & field, With 6 personal records set and 2 season best relays the Osky girls had a night of improvement at the Pella Tulip Time Relays.

Individual champions included: Sophia Dykstra in the discus and Ava VandeWall in the High Jump.

Personal records were set by: Sophia Dykstra in the disc and the shot put, Brooke Allen in the 100 m hurdles, Maliyah Martin the shot put, Hannah Flaherty in the 100 m dash and a split 400 time by Marleigh Denburger in the Sprint Medley Relay.

The season best relays came in the 4×100 and 4×200 with the team of Brooke Allen, Ava VandeWall, Lauren Coon and Savannah Wiltse.

Emma Kelderman finished in a tie for 17 at the Drake Relays tonight with a height of 5-2. (10 other jumpers also went out at this height.) She achieved the goals that she set out for herself tonight and is looking forward to returning to the “blue oval” in 3 short weeks for state.

Old Dominion Extend Tour

Old Dominion has extended their “Happy Endings Tour.” The ACM Vocal Group of the Year has added 13 more shows to their schedule, which will keep them on the road through December.

The new shows, which will feature special guests Michael Ray, High Valley and Granger Smith on select dates, kick off October 4th in Knoxville, Tennesee, and run through December 15, 2018 in Duluth, Minnesota.

Check out the dates below and click here for more info.

  • October 4th: Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
  • October 6th: Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
  • October 11th: Amarillo, TX -Amarillo Civic Center
  • October 12th: Las Cruces, NM – Pan American Center
  • October 26th: State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
  • October 27th: Roanoke, VA – Berglund Center
  • November 29th: Estero (Ft. Meyers), FL – Germain Arena
  • November 30th: St. Augustine, FL – St Augustine Amphitheatre
  • December 7th: Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
  • December 8th: Grand Rapids, MI – Deltaplex Arena
  • December 13th: Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Event Center
  • December 14th: Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena
  • December 15th: Duluth, MN – Amsoil Arena

Source: Billboard


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