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Iowa State’s Hutchinson Named to Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List

Iowa State senior wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson was named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List yesterday. The award is given to the top offensive player in Division I football who exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell. The award is limited to players who were born in the state of Texas, attended a Texas high school or attended a Texas junior college or university.

Hutchinson is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and graduate of Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas. He led the Big 12 with an Iowa State single-season record 83 receptions last season. Hutchinson earned First Team All-Big 12 honors for the second-straight seasons in 2021. He leads all active Big 12 receivers in career receptions (147) and receiving yards (1,758).

US inflation will likely stay high even as gas prices fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans may finally be catching a break from relentlessly surging prices — if just a slight one — even as inflation is expected to remain painfully high for months. Thanks largely to falling gas prices, the government’s inflation report for July, to be released Wednesday morning, is expected to show that prices jumped 8.7% from a year earlier — still a sizzling pace but a slowdown from the 9.1% year-over-year figure in June, which was the highest in four decades. The forecast by economists, if it proves correct, would raise hopes that inflation might have peaked and that the run of punishingly higher prices is beginning to ease.

Oskaloosa Man Arrested for OWI, Drug and Weapons Charges

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa Police Department reports that on August 8, 2022, at approximately 5:58 a.m., members of the Oskaloosa Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of C Ave East and N 4th St in reference to a person passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle.  Upon arrival, they arrested Trevern Braden, 47, of Oskaloosa, for OWI.

A search warrant was requested and issued for Braden’s vehicle, leading to additional charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, two counts of failure to affix drug tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft 2nd degree, theft 5th degree, carrying weapons while intoxicated, and trafficking stolen weapons.

The Oskaloosa Police Department was assisted by the Mahaska County 911 Center.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Oskaloosa School District Reaches Agreement with Communications Firm

The Oskaloosa School Board met last night. A topic that saw significant discussion was the board’s decision to enter into an agreement with the Donovan Group, a communications firm specializing in education. Superintendent Mike Fisher initially recommended the group to outsource various aspects of the district’s PR, and explained why he saw the agreement as beneficial.

The agreement will cost the district $2,500 a month for full access to the firm’s services and is up for renewal annually, though the district can back out at the conclusion of any month of its duration.

The Oskaloosa School Board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for September 13.

Iowa Republicans question FBI search of Trump’s home

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)

Governor Kim Reynolds and the five Republicans in Iowa’s congressional delegation are calling on federal officials to release details about the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.

“It doesn’t seem right,” Senator Joni Ernst said earlier this afternoon, “and it just doesn’t seem to be on the up and up.”

Ernst said the American people deserve answers.

“Obviously no one knew that this was going to happen or occur, like to know what’s behind it,” she said. “We need clear answers coming from the (Attorney General) Merrick Garland on why this was executed the way it was executed (and) what they were looking for.”

According to Ernst, Republicans are skeptical, in part, because the Department of Justice and FBI have been “sitting on the sidelines” when they should have investigated threats to Supreme Court Justices.

Governor Kim Reynolds tweeted that “the Biden Administration is taking our nation down a dangerous path.” Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa, the only Republican in Iowa’s House delegation who Trump has not endorsed, said in a tweet last night that it’s time for Washington to focus on the crimes happening at the border and in U.S. cities and “not waste taxpayer dollars investigating political rivals.”

Ernst said it appears the search may be related boxes of presidential records and classified material Trump took to Florida that should have been turned over to the National Archives.

Senator Chuck Grassley said in a tweet this morning that  “we’ve got a right to be skeptical” about the search of a former president’s home. Grassley said without transparency, the FBI and Department of Justice “risk further damaging their credibility.” Republican Congressman Randy Feenstra of Hull said in a tweet that the FBI ‘must immediately provide a full accounting of facts.”

Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson of Marion said via tweet that if voters elect a GOP majority in the House this November, Republicans will “provide rigorous oversight of the Biden Administration and ensure they are serving the American people, not targeting them.”

Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say no one is above the law, even presidents, and the investigation should be allowed to run its course.

Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence. That’s according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. Trump says agents opened up a safe at his home and describes their work as an “unannounced raid” that he likened to “prosecutorial misconduct.” The FBI and Justice Department have not confirmed the search. It marks a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of the former president.

Crops suffer as Iowa’s drought worsens

By Jared Strong (Iowa Capital Dispatch) — Drought conditions across southern Iowa have led to the state’s corn and soybeans recently being rated their poorest yet this year.

About 73% of the state’s corn crop is rated good or excellent, down from 76% a week ago, the USDA report said. About 71% of soybeans were rated the same, down from 73% last week.

Those declines were the result of abnormally warm weather: The state averaged about 5 degrees above normal last week, according to Justin Glisan, the state climatologist for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

Rainfall was highly variable, with very little for central and southern Iowa. The percentage of Iowa in drought status nearly doubled in the U.S. Drought Monitor’s report late last week, from about 17% to about 31%. Much of that gain was attributable to southern Iowa, according to the report.

Lepper Named Recipient of Heart’s Nomination for A.O. Duer Award

Oskaloosa — Corrin Lepper (Sr., Jefferson City, Mo., Exercise Science) has an opportunity at national hardware after winning the A.O. Duer Award nomination from the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Lepper’s award was announced at the Heart Summit recently.  She becomes the second Statesmen in as many years to earn the Heart’s nomination for the A.O. Duer Award after Tanner Bedier (baseball) was rewarded in 2021.

The A.O. Duer Scholarship Award has been presented by the NAIA since 1967 to one male and one female junior student-athlete in any sport who have excelled in scholarship, character, and citizenship.  A.O. Duer was a long-standing executive secretary for the NAIA.

Lepper has been a standout on the women’s volleyball team, earning three all-Heart honors thus far in her career.  A second-team pick in 2021, she posted 230 kills (2.32 per set) on a .259 attack percentage.  The now fifth-year senior also notched 83 blocks last fall.

A leader on WPU’s campus, Lepper owns a 3.81 Grade Point Average and has garnered three NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards and two Heart Scholar-Athlete laurels.  She serves as President of the Campus Activities Board and Communications Coordinator for the Association of Student-Athletes, and is a member of the Kinesiology Club.  For her efforts in the classroom, Lepper was named the 2022 Student of the Year by William Penn’s Division of Health and Life Sciences.

Lepper is an active servant as well, volunteering on numerous occasions throughout the Oskaloosa community.

Lepper will now be considered for the NAIA’s national award.  The national winner will be announced in September as part of the NAIA’s National Awards Day.  The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship that their institution will used towards his/her’s tuition or other approved expenses.

Mahaska County Announces New Filing Period for Upcoming General Election

Mahaska County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Jody Van Patten, announces that pursuant to a Federal Court Order, the filing period for candidates for Nonparty Political Organization (NPPO) and Non-Affiliated persons for the upcoming General Election, held on November 8, 2022, has changed.

Anyone interested in running as an NPPO or Non-Affiliated candidate in the General Election may pick up Nomination Papers and Affidavits of Candidacy in the Auditor’s Office, located at 106 South 1st St, in Oskaloosa, from 8:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/general/index.html 

The first day for Non-Party candidates, Township Trustees and Township Clerks to file for the General Election is Monday, August 8th, with a filing deadline of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31st. As a reminder, the last day to file for Soil & Water Commissioners, Ag-Extension and Hospital Trustees is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31st. If you have already filed papers to be on the General Election ballot, you do not need to refile.

County positions open are: Township Trustees, Township Clerks, Soil & Water Commissioners, Ag-Extension Council, and Hospital Trustees.

For more information and for the number of signatures required for each office, please contact the Auditor’s office at 641-673-7148.

Ottumwa School Board Hears Update on Free and Reduced Food Service Program

The Ottumwa School Board met on Monday and heard an update on the district’s free and reduced food service program. The district is set to offer both breakfast and lunch for students in need this coming school year, and the update had some encouraging news on the program’s sustainability.

Superintendent Mike McGrory said “it’s not hard to correlate” students’ nourishment and academic success, so it was important to sustain the program without it adversely affecting the district’s budget.

The full Ottumwa School Board meeting from August 8 can be viewed here. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for August 22.

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