OACDG Annual Awards Banquet

On Thursday, May 10, the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group will hold the OACDG Annual Awards Banquet at 5:30 PM in the William Penn Cafeteria, located in the Dana M. Atkins Memorial Union. Meal options include steak, chicken, salmon, or vegetarian. Get tickets prior to April 27 for $30 at the Oskaloosa Chamber office. After April 27, ticket prices increase to $40. The OACDG Annual Meeting will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 with a social hour, followed by dinner, awards, and a dessert auction. Call 641-672-2591 for tickets or to nominate award recipients.

Carrie Underwood To Make First Public Appearance At The ACM Awards

Carrie Underwood is finally ready to officially step back in the public eye. The singer has been added to Sunday’s ACM Awards, where she’s set to perform her new single, which will drop tomorrow. This will be Carrie’s first public performance since injuring her wrist and face in a fall at her home last year.

Carrie has yet to announce the name of the song, although she teased it with a picture of her eye with glitter dripping down from the bottom. Check out the photo below.

In addition to Carrie, the ACMs will feature performances by such stars as Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young.

Reba McEntire will host the 53rd Annual ACM Awards, which air Sunday night at 8 pm from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Source: ACM

Indoor Pools Open at Beach Ottumwa

The indoor pools at the Beach Ottumwa will reopen Saturday, April 7 at 11 AM. Recent improvements include new overhead indoor LED lighting, painting of the indoor pools, and new concrete on the outdoor concession deck.

Shania Twain Dominates the US Country Charts

Country Music History – On This Day

1938 – Singer/songwriter/producer Norro Wilson is born in Scottsville, Kentucky. He died of heart failure on June 8, 2017

1944 – Songwriter Bob McDill is born in Walden, Texas.

1971 – Music artist Clay Davidson is born in Saltville, Virginia.

1977 – Kenny Rogers is #1 on the Country Charts with Lucille.

1996 – Shania Twain continues to dominate the US Country Music Charts with The Woman in Me at #1.

2006 – Hank Williams Jr. surrenders to police due to a warrant issued as the result of an alleged assault. The charges would be later dropped in 2007 due to a lack of evidence.

‘Experience Mahaska’ at Penn Central Mall This Sunday

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Penn Central Mall will host “Experience Mahaska Community Activities & Events Expo” event in the Mall on Sunday, April 8. The event is designed to be an interactive introduction of all of the incredible clubs, activities, events and organizations available right here in the Mahaska County community. The event is open to the public and will be held at Penn Central Mall on Sunday, April 8th. Nearly 45 entities that offer “things to do” for all ages in the community will host stations from 1PM – 4PM.

The community is invited to attend and experience activities that are available right here in their community with hands-on, interactive stations that are creative, fun and unique.

Come walk the MCRF trail, checkout a racecar from Eddyville Raceway Park, see the KBOE/KMZN booth, play a spin the wheel trivia game with Hy-Vee and earn the chance to win Fuel Saver points, take an indoor “test ride” on a bike from Bobzilla’s Bicycle Werks and do much much more at the Experience Mahaska Events Expo.

“I am excited to see the community working together to get the word out about what’s happening in Mahaska County,” stated Mike Gipple, Mall manager. “It has been fun connecting with entities and clubs to be a part of this great event. In addition, we are incredibly thankful to MCRF and the Mahaska Co. YMCA for their assistance in making this unique event happen.”

Penn Central Mall will provide a sheet with descriptions and introductions of the stations at the event.

Kenny Chesney is Born

March 26 in Country Music History

1942: Country music producer/songwriter Larry Butler is born.

1952: Hank Williams makes an appearance on The Kate Smith Evening Hour TV show performing “Hey Good Lookin’”.

1955: Country music artist and songwriter Dean Dillon is born.

1956: Country music singer Charlotte Denise “Charly” McClain is born.

1968: Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

1992: George Thackston pleads no contest to a charge of reckless endangerment arising out of a fatal accident.

1996: The Woman in Me album by Shania Twain sits at #1 on the Country Charts. It would go on onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year.

Maren Morris Weds Ryan Hurd

Maren Morris is officially a married lady. Maren tied the knot with fellow singer Ryan Hurd in Nashville over the weekend.

Maren shared a picture of their first kiss as man and wife with the caption, “my last turn home,” a reference to a Tim McGraw song she and Ryan wrote together in 2013, which was the first time they met.

The bride wore a custom gown by Nashville designer Cavanagh Baker,which was short in the front, with a detachable long train in the back. The front featured lace and crystal details, along with a very low cut out.

  • ONE MORE THING! One day prior to the nuptials, Ryan released a new single “Diamonds or Twine,” which has sentimental value to the couple. “I wrote this song for you, played it for you in Michigan the night I asked you to marry me,” Ryan shared on Instagram. “Diamonds or Twine, no matter what, I’ll be wrapped around your finger. I love you, MM. Here’s to forever.”

Source: People

Dolly Parton is #1 Again

March 23 in Country Music History

1870: Fiddler John Carson is born on this day in Fannin County, Georgia. Carson would later become the first “hillbilly” artist to play on the radio.

1970: Merle Haggard is #1 on the US Country Chart with The Fightin’ Side of Me.

1981: Dolly Parton is at #1 on the Country Charts with 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.

1986: American country singer Brett Eldredge signs to Atlantic Records Nashville.

1990: Ricky Van Shelton is at #1 on the Country Charts with his third album RVS III.

2006: American singer/songwriter Cindy Walker dies at the age of 87.

Jason Aldean May Be Opening A Bar In Nashville

It looks like Jason Aldean may be the next country star to open a bar on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.

According to the “Nashville Business Journal,” TC Restaurant Group filed paperwork for Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar and the company just purchased a property in the area for $32 million in a building that already houses the honky tonks Tequila Cowboy and WannaB’s Karaoke Bar. 

Jason has yet to confirm the news of the possible Nashville spot, but if he is indeed opening a place he will join a long list of country stars who already have establishments in the area, including Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, John Rich and more.

Source: Nashville Business Journal

Mary Street Closure in Ottumwa

Motorists are advised that Mary Street at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue in Ottumwa will be temporarily closing starting Tuesday, March 27. The closure is in association with the Sheridan Avenue Reconstruction project and will allow for the installation of a new water main. During this work, Mary Street will be narrowed to one lane of traffic, with intermittent complete closures. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes around the work zone. With favorable weather conditions, the temporary lane restrictions and closures are anticipated through the end of next week.


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