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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

Loebsack Rep Holds Knoxville Hours

Brianna Dennison, Congressman Dave Loebsack’s District Representative, will be in Knoxville, Iowa on Wednesday, March 21. Dennison will be at the Marion County Courthouse from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. She will be on hand to work with individuals who are having difficulty with a government agency, have suggestions for Dave, or would just like to share their concerns. Public invited.

City of Ottumwa Seeks Flagpole Donations

(OTTUMWA, Iowa)– On behalf of the City of Ottumwa, the Ottumwa Board of Cemetery Trustees is charged with the oversight and care of the Ottumwa, Calvary, and Ottumwa Jewish Cemeteries. Recently during one of their regular meetings, they reviewed and have decided to upgrade and improve the Veteran Sections of the Ottumwa Cemeteries.

This project will replace flagpoles, flags, and supporting structures in the Veteran Section of Ottumwa Cemetery, as well as install solar lights on the flagpoles in the Veteran Sections of Ottumwa and Calvary Cemeteries. Currently, there are 35 veterans interred in the Ottumwa Cemetery, with 38 open spaces remaining. Free burial spaces are offered to veterans.

The Board is now seeking partners in support of this project. Donations received will go toward funding this endeavor. Any additional funds raised will be deposited into an account for the future maintenance and repair of the flagpoles and supporting structures.

Donations may be sent to the Ottumwa Cemetery, 1302 N. Court Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501. Questions and concerns should be directed to Gene Rathje, Cemetery Superintendent, at 641-455-9463, or the cemetery office at 641-683-0687.

Dixie Chicks ‘Fly’ to #1

March 19 in Country Music History

1961: Marty Robbins sits at #1 with Don’t Worry, his seventh Country Chart-topper.

1972: Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats are #1 on the Country Chart with My Hang-Up Is You, Hart’s second #1 on the US Country Singles Chart.

2000: Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly is #1 on the Country Charts.

2007: Days after an announcement that Lonestar had parted ways with longtime record label BNA Records, lead singer Richie McDonald announces plans to depart the group to embark on a solo career at the end of the year.

2010: Josh Turner is #1 on the Country Singles Chart with Why Don’t We Just Dance.

2013: Police in north Florida ticket country music singer David Allan Coe for running a red light before being struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala.

Check Out Keith Urban’s SXSW Speech

Keith Urban was a featured speaker at this year’s South by Southwest music conference. In a 75-minute discussion and Q&A session, he touched on his musical influences, his feelings about modern technology and how wife Nicole Kidman has helped him try new things.

Here are a few revelations from Urban’s chat:

  • Johnny Cash made him realize he wanted to be a musician at the age of 5;
  • Being married made him better at relationships;
  • Speaking of being married, his wife made him less fearful of trying new things;
  • Social media has its downside, it can make you too self-aware;
  • Sobriety is what helped make him a superstar.

Later on that night, Urban hit the stage for an 80-minute showcase performance at Stubbs. The 16-song set mostly included hits from 2013’s “Fuse” and 2016’s “Ripcord” albums

Urban just announced the forthcoming “Graffiti U” album, but there’s no release date.

Here are the “Graffiti U World Tour” dates – click HERE for the full listing:

  • June 15 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • June 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortage Music Center
  • June 22 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • June 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
  • June 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • June 29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
  • June 30 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
  • July 5 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
  • July 6 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
  • July 8 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC

Source: Rolling Stone

Maple Syrup Festival – NEW LOCATION & TIME

The Mahaska County Conservation Board staff and volunteers will demonstrate how to tap trees and boil it to make maple syrup at the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, March 17. Bring your appetites for fresh maple syrup on ice cream! (We can’t let you leave without tasting maple syrup).

New Location: Conservation Center at the Russell Wildlife Area – Due to today’s weather and tomorrow morning’s forecast, the Maple Syrup Festival has been relocated to be held indoors at the conservation center at the Russell Wildlife Area. Please note the time change which is now 9:00-10:30 am.

The Russell Wildlife Area is located at 2254 – 200th Street, New Sharon, IA which is 4 miles north of Oskaloosa on Hwy. 63 and 1 mile east on 200th Street. We look forward to see you!

If you have questions, call the Mahaska County Conservation Board at 641-673-9327.

Mahaska Amateur Radio Club Swapmeet

The Mahaska Amateur Radio Club will host it’s 30th annual Amateur Radio Swapmeet, on Saturday march 17, 2018. It will be held at the American Legion Hall located at 302 high avenue east ( which is one block south of highway 92 and one block east of the town square). It will run from 8:00 am until about 11:30 am. Admission is by donation, Tables may be rented for $5.00 each. There is usually used Amateur Radio equipment and accessories, used computer equipment and accessories, and occasionally a CB radio or two for sale. Soda, coffee, water, and doughnuts will be available. Contact Vernon Stanley at 641-622-2154 or vstanley@iowatelecom.net or Don Brain at 641- 660-0404 or dbrainbe@hotmail.com for more information or to reserve a table space.

Hank Williams Records A Couple of Hits

March 16 in Country Music History

1931: Shirley Collie Nelson, country music and rockabilly singer, is born in Chillicothe, Missouri. Nelson was also known for her work as a yodeler, guitarist and songwriter. She was also the second wife of country superstar Willie Nelson. Shirley Collie Nelson died January 27, 2010 at the age of 78, due to illness.

1942: Country music singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is born in Oneonta, New York. He was most famous for his hit, “Mr. Bojangles”.

1951: Hank Williams records “I Can’t Help it If I’m Still in Love with You” and “Hey, Good Lookin’” while at Castle Studio in Nashville. Also on this day, Ray Benson is born. Benson was the front man of the group Asleep at the Wheel.

Rusty the Cattle Dog

Meet our ol’ pal Rusty, KBOE 104.9 FM‘s Pet of the Week from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter.

Rusty is about 8 years old, and he is a cattle dog mix. He came to the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter very skinny as a stray, so he is ready for you to fatten him up!

To meet Rusty or any of the other wonderful cats and dogs, stop out to the shelter today! Visit www.stephenmemorial.org to learn more, call the shelter at 641-673-3991, or check out the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter Facebook page.

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